Non-profit Jobs – Market & Financial Services Officer at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: Building
Resilience and Adaptation to Climate extremes and Disaster (BRACED) Project  
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to:  Senior Operations Manager
About US:
Mercy Corps is
an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality,
analytical development programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has
been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs
in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led,
market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity needs through
interventions that get to the root causes and contributing factors of economic
vulnerability. Donors include the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID), the European Commission (EC), United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).
About BRACED Project:
Resilience and Adaptation to Climate extremes and disaster (BRACED) supports
the immediate needs of program beneficiaries while also promoting long term
development by spurring systemic improvements in key economic sectors in the
Districts of Napak, Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong. Since January 2015, BRACED has
been supporting private Businesses ranging from agro vets, entrepreneurs
Ag-input retailers and also the SACCOs in providing financial services to
assist rural population to access secure savings and business loans to
strengthen businesses in a bid to build their resilience to shocks and
Job Summary: The Market
& Financial Services Officer will support the Markets and Financial
services team. The Senior Market & Financial Services Officer will largely
be involved with the markets team to promote access to Financial products and
services, agricultural inputs, NCD vaccination campaigns, work with Hand pump
mechanics associations to set up franchise in 3- 4 locations. Work with
Agro-vets and CAHWs in the provision of Livestock health services. He / She may
also be required to support the Natural Resources Management and gender teams
with activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
With supervision and guidance from the team leaders
undertake assessments and project design in the target geographic areas to
assess current situation, economic opportunities and resources, needs and
potential programs as well as obstacles that could be mitigated through BRACED
engagement with public and private sector actors
Work in liaison with the Market Systems/financial
services team leader and all other teams in planning and implementation of
Markets systems and financial access components of the projects according to
the approved work plan and budgets, project document and implementation
The incumbent will provide continuous support and
oversee activities of the local financial institutions identified for capacity
building support.
Work in liaison with all other program teams at
local level to identify Local Business Entrepreneurs like CAHWs, Agro-vets
financial services providers etc. and support service extension as well as to
ensure synergy and to maximize program impact.
Emphasize the role of and opportunities for women
and girls in the economic realm in both rural roles and in the urban sphere.
Work closely with team leaders, Identify
value-addition opportunities that strengthen economic opportunities, especially
for rural women and urban poor, in the livestock and agriculture sectors as
identified by local and national government as well as independent market
studies and needs assessments; these will focus on urbanized areas such as
Moroto and Napak and districts that are heavily engaged in agriculture
Actively participate in the periodic program
planning, review and reflection meetings and sessions.
Prepare and submit periodic work plans and progress
Maintain proper filling system as needed.
Work closely with the monitoring, evaluation,
learning and communication staff to capture data and learning for measuring
output and impact of the program as well as opportunities for redesign.
Coordinate with other Mercy Corps programs and local
government bodies to ensure coherent program implementation and to capitalize
on business opportunities in Mercy Corps’ target communities.
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and
personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not
jeopardize its mission
Assists in all other tasks and duties as assigned by
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
The ideal candidate for the Market & Financial
Services Officer should preferably a university degree in Development Studies,
economics, business, or management is preferred.
At least three years’ experience in development related work with an international NGOs,
Computer literacy skills with good knowledge of
office applications and data base is required.
Ability to work independently and with less
Willingness to spend much time in the field and work
closely with program target groups.
Motorbike riding experience and a valid riding
permit is essential.
Must be a team player with less supervision
A strong team player, with good communication and
diplomatic skills.
Demonstrated ability to work independently as part
of a regional team and with international professionals.
Excellent analytical and information management
Good organizational skills and ability to work under
stress and in austere contexts of remote locations.
High degree of flexibility and creativity in
planning and problem solving.
Keen attention to detail, ability to follow
procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with
team members.
Proven excellence maintaining professional internal
and external relationships.
A focus on building staff capacity.
Fluency in both spoken and written English.
Knowledge of the local language (Ngakaramojong) is a must.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications
including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV
(with three professional referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th
Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road. The E-mail applications with cover
letter should be sent to:
11th December 2015
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