Fresher USAID GHG Program Jobs – Financial Services and Business Enterprise Officer at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: USAID Growth Health and Governance (GHG) Project
Duty Station: Uganda
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 USAID GHG Program:
Mercy
Corps implements a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for
Peace-funded program working in the northern half of Karamoja, and are in
search of Health Facility Support Officers for Abim District with support to
Kaabong District. The project, called Growth Health and Governance (GHG)
2012-2017, aims to support the immediate needs of program beneficiaries while
promoting long-term development by spurring systemic improvements in key
economic sectors of northern Karamoja. 
Mercy Corps plans to expand its GHG livestock activities to identify and
pilot key interventions that have the potential to improve the productivity and
competitiveness of Karamoja’s livestock producers – including cattle for meat
and dairy, goats and sheep.
Job Summary: The Financial Services and Business Enterprise
Officer will actively participate in the daily implementation of the
development programming through support to key business partners including
commercial banks, MFIs, Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs), Business
Forums, agro processors, traders, transporters, input sellers, pharmacies,
animal and human healthcare providers, consumer goods retailers, and a host of
other actors.  The Financial Services and
Business Enterprise Officer will be responsible for assisting in the
implementation and facilitation of projects that make beneficial products and
services accessible to households within northern Karamoja. These activities
will work almost exclusively through private sector actors, seeking to crowd in
provisions rather than displace or replicate private actors with donor-funded
services. Facilitation projects support the creation of an enabling financial
inclusion and business environment and will include, but are not limited to,
building the capacity of community level financial service providers such as
SACCOs and VSLAs and building the capacity of Business Forums and their members
to provide services and products. Additional responsibilities will include
supporting community level financial service providers, Business Forums and
private sector actors in: improving access to beneficial and life-saving health
products, developing agent input and aggregator networks, improving the service
offerings and profitable provision of community animal health services,
commercializing access to fuel efficient stoves, increasing availability of
solar products and improved accessibility to local hand pump repair and spare
parts. The Financial Services and Business Enterprise Officer will also work
closely with Economic Development Team Leaders and Project Managers to better
address and improve the economic future and quality of life of its program
beneficiaries. He or She will also work in coordination with the program
management team.
The
ability to push forward market-driven approaches in all stages of programming
will be one of the position’s three success factors. The second will be the
degree to which that person promotes and captures learning with her/his team,
institutionalizing activity reviews, identifying and evaluating preconceptions
and promoting a culture of inquisition. The third success factor will be the
degree to which that person drives results, making critical decisions and
producing scheduled outputs at deadline and to expected quality.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Program:
  • Build the capacity and reach of SACCOs
    operating in Kotido District
  • Work closely with Business Forums and financial
    service providers to identify equitable solutions for financial inclusion
    and economic growth.
  • Offer support in the development of business
    development services (BDS) and a sustainable BDS delivery system.
  • Work closely with the team leader, carry out
    financial market assessments and training.
  • Recommend program priorities and explore,
    evaluate and present new opportunities with high potential for impact.
  • Introduce the program to relevant
    stakeholders including local business owners, local representatives and
    community members. Foster ongoing positive cooperation with these
    stakeholders.
  • Ensure an integrated approach to program
    implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy
    between the staff and different MC programs, if any.
2. Partnership
Management:
  • Identify, assess and develop partnership
    strategies for potential private sector GHG partners.
  • Establish and maintain productive working
    relationships with, District Commercial Officer, sub-county and district
    leaders and production and marketing departments, soliciting their
    participation in all activities where appropriate.
  • Make on-site field visits regularly to
    provide technical review and/or design suggestions.
  • Work with team leader(s) and Mercy Corps
    technical staff in order to develop potential projects, implement and
    closely monitor selected economic development projects including detailed
    work plans and business plans.
3. Monitoring and
Evaluation:
  • Create a dynamic program environment that
    promotes inquiry.
  • Take primary responsibility for
    sector-focused data gathering.
  • Establish procedures and guidelines to
    monitor and evaluate the progress and impact of economic development
    support work including setting and measuring benchmarks along results
    chains.
  • Keenly analyze project implementation
    strategies to identify constraints to program success and provide timely
    recommendations.
  • Provide data in support of team submission of
    timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports that will be indicative of
    program progress during implementation.
  • Where needed, support external evaluations by
    research partner Feinstein International Centre and other organizations.
  • Work in liaison with the Chief Learning
    Officer to ensure accurate and timely flow of information from the field
    for entry in the database and for preparation of PR materials.
4. Other:
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally
    and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to
    not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Other duties as assigned by the line manager.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Financial
    Services and Business Enterprise Officer job placement should hold a University
    degree in business, economics or a related field
  • A minimum of two years of professional
    experience
  • Previous experience working in Retail Banking
    and/or Financial Services sector
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide
    variety of people
  • Ability to evaluate businesses and business
    plans
  • Skills in networking, team-working, and
    community consultations
  • Excellent reporting, communication and
    representation skills
  • Willingness to work in the field
  • Good spoken and written English. Fluency in
    Ngakarimojong and Ethurr is an advantage
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 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: mcjobs@ug.mercycorps.org
Deadline:  24th
February 2016

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