Conflict and Governance Officer International NGO Jobs - Mercy Corps

Job Title:         Conflict and Governance Officer
Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda

About Mercy Corps:
Mercy Corps is an International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.

Job Summary: The Conflict and Governance Officer will build local partner capacity and serve as contact person/adviser to AWOTID as the organizations is leading the GHG’s land conflict Mitigation and governance efforts. The CMG team leader will also inform the work of GHG Economic Development Team, which will work to improve private-sector performance through, among other interventions, the fostering of a Karamojong private sector body that can unite the concerns and aspirations of local business people as they relate to governance and conflict-related issues. Lastly, the CGO will work with other sector teams to enhance sector efforts to achieve its desired objectives/goals.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         Oversee Abim-focused governance, conflict and community mobilization/engagement and institutional capacity building activities of identified civil society organizations (CSOs) within the program, ensuring these CSOs are able to mobilize themselves and community members, mitigate crime/conflict and engage with government.
·         This staff member will have primary responsibility for management, leadership and support to local partner AWOTID.
·         Enhance capacity building/support to AWOTID and other SO3 partners to strengthen their internal systems (Documentation, reporting and communication) in a timely manner.
·         Advise on the development of CSO, youth-led groups, mobilization strategies, capacity building programs and government engagement strategy with or in the absence of other team members
·         In addition s/he will advise in developing and implementing training programs for members of the CSO (Youth Groups, traditional leaders and other stakeholders), including local government officials involved in conflict management, prevention of crime and sexual and gender-based violence, dispute resolution and multi-stakeholder dialogues.
·         S/he will further support CSOs to develop a conflict prevention plan over resource use, including livestock (depending on the possible areas of tension) and facilitate local response and management of conflicts as they emerge.
·         Provide key support to CSO management system development for local partners, including financial and internal governance standards and adherence.
Partnership Management:
·         Work closely with local government officials, local NGOs and civil society organizations, local religious leaders and other notables to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps’ programs.
·         Build and maintain close working relationships with other humanitarian and development organizations, and local partners, including representing Mercy Corps at local coordination meetings as may be assigned.
·         Communicate the organization’s commitment to gender equity, and the rationale for it, to staff and stakeholders.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
·         Create a dynamic program environment that promotes inquiry;
·         Establish procedures and guidelines to monitor and evaluate the progress and impact of AWOTID development support work including setting and measuring benchmarks along results chains;
·         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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Conflict and Governance Officer job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in appropriate subject i.e Social Science, Peace Studies, Development Studies/Mobilization or related field.
·         Three or more years of experience focused on governance programs at both community and official levels.
·         Previous experience supporting the development of CSO internal management systems.
·         Good team management, report writing and training skills are strong assets.
·         Broad knowledge and understanding of complex emergencies, related security concerns and appropriate responses.
·         Excellent negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a sensitive environment.
·         Computer literacy i.e. working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) are a requirement
·         Excellent English language skills essential (verbal and written), with Ethurr skills preferred.
·         Experience working with youths is desirable
·         Ability to ride a motor bike with a valid riding permit is preferable

How to Apply:
All prospective Ugandans who wish to join Mercy Corps are encouraged to send their applications via email including a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road.

Deadline: 25th August, 2016

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