USAID GHG Program Management Advisor (Growth, Health & Governance) Job Opportunity – Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) Program
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party
Tracking Code: 220199-927
About US:
Corps is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality,
analytical development work in very difficult places. We have been operating in
Uganda since 2006 and currently implement development programs in the Acholi
and Karamoja sub-regions of Uganda with funding from USAID, EC, SDC, and USDA.
We were recently awarded a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for
Peace-funded program working in the northern half of Karamoja. The program has
three strategic objectives (SO):
  • Pro-poor market development (SO1)
  • Improved health for children under five years
    of age (SO2)
  • Improved security and governance (SO3)
About USAID GHG Program:
project, called the Northern Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG)
program, 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 is the prime grantee,
leading the implementation of SO1 and supporting SO2 and SO3, with
accountability for all project interventions. World Vision Inc. is the
technical lead for SO2, while Karamoja Peace and Development Agency (KAPDA)
plus other local civil society agencies lead the implementation of SO3. A
research partner, Tufts University’s Feinstein International Centre (FIC),
performs annual impact evaluations to inform ongoing programming.
Job Summary: The Program Management Officer (PMO) Growth,
Health and Governance will work closely with Mercy Corps’ project support
teams, such as operations and finance teams, as well as program partners and
leaders to provide essential support and guidance to establish effective
project management systems, ensure rapid and scaled implementation, enhance
workflow planning, and other critical support as needed to ensure GHG meets its
targets and deliverables on-time and within budget. The incumbent will also
take the lead in streamlining management and operations processes, while
ensuring adherence to Mercy Corps internal policies and procedures as well as
donor regulations. The jobholder will ensure that program operations are of the
highest quality and standards and that day-to day issues are being addressed
timely and efficiently. The incumbent will also build, maintain and track
project management tools and documents and lead GHG’s efforts around reporting
and communication activities. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Project Management:
  • Assist build, maintain and/or track project
    management and implementation tools such as work plans, concept notes,
    MOUs, sub-grant and service contract monitoring, procurements, budgetary
    planning, on-line project document filing, 
    quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) processes, and work
    flow integration between GHG program and support teams.
  • Lead and oversee the implementation of GHG’s
    project close-out plan.
  • Support follow-up and implementation
    monitoring with sub-grantees, service contractors and other partners.
  • Understand and incorporate resources, systems
    and structures available from Mercy Corps to GHG, such as PM@MC.
  • Work closely with the management team to
    identify and quickly resolve issues, bottlenecks and conflicts that affect
    any aspect of program operations and quality.
2. Team Management
  • Support GHG managers to conduct staff reviews
    in a timely manner.
  • Support the hiring managers to ensure rapid
    hiring of open positions (including short term and part-time positions) and
    on-time contract renewals.
  • Maintain and share tracking tools to improve
    coordination between HR, operations, finance and program staff. 
3. Operations and
  • Coordinate with procurement, logistics,
    security, administration, and human resources teams to ensure operational
    systems support field activities.
  • Work with the Operations, Admin and Finance
    Managers to evaluate current methodologies and policies used in Mercy
    Corps Uganda programs, determine their effectiveness and provide
    suggestions on ways to improve compliance and collaboration, and to ensure
    program and organizational success.
4. Communications and
  • Work closely with the COP and program staff
    to compile, review and edit monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Help draft, review and edit success stories,
    publications and program documents.
  • Identify and submit program materials to
    Mercy Corps and other agencies for broader dissemination.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID Program
    Management Advisor (Growth, Health & Governance) career opportunity
    should have a minimum of two years’ experience in a coordination and/or
    management support role.   
  • Excellent organizational skills using
    computer-based tools/software with demonstrated attention to details.
  • Proven record of project management
    particularly including operations, finance and program activities as well
    as trouble shooting skills. 
    Preferably have a project management qualifications such as PMD
    Pro1 or PRINCE.
  • Excellent written and verbal English language
    skills that meet the standards of Mercy Corps and USAID reporting.
  • Strong communication skills including the
    ability to communicate frequently and effectively in both verbal and
    written form.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct him/herself
    professionally under pressure.
  • Previous experience as a full time staff with
    Mercy Corps and demonstrated knowledge of Mercy Corps systems, procedures
    and program priorities is an advantage.
Personal Competencies:
  • Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to
    organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning
    organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the
    communities they serve – we expect all team members to commit 5% of their
    time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as
  • Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy
    Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards
    accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international
    standards guiding international relief and development work, while
    actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design,
    monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join USAID’s Mercy
Corps GHG Program should apply online by visiting the web link below.
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