Program Officer – Mercy Corps

Title:     Program Officer
Organisation: Mercy Corps
 Kampala, Uganda
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).
G4AW-MUIIS Program:
G4AW-MUIIS is a consortium of partners in the agriculture industry who are
looking to develop a low cost offering of bundled mobile services and crop
insurance to agriculture smallholder farmers in Uganda. The project will reach
over 350,000 soy bean, maize or sesame farmers. The goal of the project is to
increase crop yields by 25% and increase farmer incomes by 20%. The G4AW-MUISS
consortium is being led by The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural
Cooperation (CTA) based in the Netherlands. The consortium consists of seven
partners are all working in the agriculture sector. Mercy Corps Uganda is the
key local implementing partner.
The Mercy Corps Program Officer will be responsible for providing
overall oversight and administration for the G4AW-MUISS programme. The job
holder will ultimately about being the focal person for ensuring all elements
of the programme are executed, while ensuring compliance to Mercy Corps
Duties and Responsibilities: 
Support the Programme Director and consortium partners
with defining and collecting baseline data for farmers’ impact assessment;
Work closely with consortium partners to map
service providers (MNOs, insurance companies, farmer organizations, financial
companies) and develop the necessary contracts
Carry out field assessments to better understand
local end-user preferences for receiving agricultural information
Actively liaise and work to maximize program
synergies with Mercy Corps Uganda field programming and management teams;
Assist consortium partners with profiling and
mapping a sample representation of 350,000 farmers using survey application and
real-time data
Work in liaison with Mercy Corps Uganda partners
to customize software for G4AW-MUISS programme
With the Programme Director develop and execute a
program impact assessment
Support the Programme Director in writing,
editing, assembling, and submitting final funding proposals and reports;
Prepare and submit reports on M&E findings,
working closely with technical staff and implementing partners;
Understand donor and Mercy Corps policies,
procedures, rules and regulations to assist in monitoring and ensuring
Quickly respond to internal and external requests
for information on programme activities through verbal and written communication
in coordination with the Programme Director and MC Uganda;
Represent Mercy Corps at public and media events
when requested
Skills and Experience: 
The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Program
Officer should preferably hold a Bachelor’s Degree in business, agribusiness,
economic development or other relevant field required.
At least three to five years’ experience in the
private sector, business, market/economic development and/or related industry.
Significant experience in the private sector and
with private sector engagement and development;
Prior experience in private sector business
development services is an added advantage
Previous experience with market facilitation,
supporting systemic change and promoting supporting services indirectly.
Highly motivated and motivating individual who can
lead teams, SMEs and partners.
Working knowledge of agricultural sectors highly
Excellent (English) verbal and written
communication skills with proven financial management skills.
Computer literacy skills with working knowledge of
office applications.
Keen attention to detail and ability to complete
tasks in a timely manner.
Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and
enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually adaptive
within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment mandatory.
Willingness to spend much time in the field and
work closely with program target groups.
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 Human Resource 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:
Deadline:  8th January 2016

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