Nike Foundation GIRL Program Officer NGO Jobs – Mercy Corps

Title:         Program Officer
Organization: Mercy Corps
Nike Foundation Girls
Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL)
GIRL Team Leader
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.
Nike Foundation Girl Project:
Mercy Corps has been
implementing the Nike Foundation funded program working in the Karamoja
(Uganda) and West Pokot and Turkana (Kenya) regions. The project, called Girls
Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL), aims to empower pastoralist girls
in the Karamoja region to improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as
well as increase the food security and adaptive capacity of their households
and the resilience of their communities.
The Mercy Corps
Program Officer for the GIRL program will be focused on community engagement,
including the identification, recruitment and retention of training
participants; the establishment of partnerships with key community members
(elders, religious leaders, government officials) and the execution of
livelihood development activities. He/she will be locally hired and based in
Amudat. He/she will be responsible for day-to-day field-work in implementation
of activities, mobilization, formation and monitoring of girls
livelihoods/education cohorts.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work
    closely with all the program staff in implementation of the program.
  • Actively
    engage community members (community representatives, teachers, religious
    leaders, government officials and gatekeepers) to form an Advisory
    Committee to support and inform program activities
  • The
    incumbent will organize community events to sensitize communities on the
    GIRL program
  • Offer
    support in the creation of technical curricula, basic education (numeracy
    & literacy) and financial literacy
  • Recruit
    and train mentors to deliver technical curricula to girls
  • The
    incumbent will identify and recruit girls in the community to participate
    in livestock/producer groups
  • Identify
    and engage local animal health workers to provide training and technical
    assistance to livestock/producer groups
  • Regularly
    monitor and track the success and failures of livestock/producer groups
  • Collect
    program data accurately and forward the same to the office timely.
  • Offer
    support in community mapping activities, market assessments and
    base-line/end-line evaluation activities
  • Prepare
    accurate and timely monitoring and field reports and other project
    documentation as required.
  • Maintain
    proper project/program files.
  • Represent
    the organization in meetings at the grass root level.
  • Conduct
    himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to
    bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian
  • Perform
    any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or representatives
Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Programme Officer job opportunity should
    hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development, Economic Development or
    related field;
  • At
    least three years’ experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in civic engagement,
    livelihoods and education
  • Show
    commitment to working with youth and vulnerable groups in need, regardless
    of race, tribe, religion or gender;
  • Broad
    knowledge and understanding of working with local partners;
  • Good
    problem solving, written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong
    written and spoken English
  • Local
    language skills required-Pokot.
  • Ability
    to work without constant supervision and as part of a mixed team;
  • Good
    knowledge of MS Office software such as Excel, Word, and Access;
  • Ability
    and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural,
    relatively poor infrastructure of Karamoja sub region.
  • S/he
    will be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor,
    multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments.
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.
10th August, 2016
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