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USAID GHG Financial Services and Business Enterprise Officer Careers - Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy Corps
Project Name: USAID Growth Health and Governance (GHG) Project
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.

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 participate in the daily implementation of the development programming through support to key business partners including commercial banks, MFIs, 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 is also 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.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Program:
  • Work closely with Business Forums and financial service providers to identify equitable solutions for financial inclusion and economic growth.
  • Build the capacity of Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) and financial institutions operating in Kaabong.
  • Offer support the development of business development services and a sustainable BDS delivery system.
  • Recommend program priorities and explore, evaluate and present new opportunities with high potential for impact.
  • With support from the team leader, carry out financial market assessments and training.
  • 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.
  • Build 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 closely 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 closely 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 three years of professional experience
  • Previous experience working in micro finance
  • Willingness to work in the field
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to evaluate businesses and business plans and support business growth
  • Skills in networking, team-working, and community consultations
  • Good reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Good spoken and written English. Fluency in Ngakarimojong and Ethurr is an advantage

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 ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road.

Deadline: 16th August, 2016

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