Senior Program Manager PEPFAR SKY NGO Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:          Senior Program Manager
Organization: Mercy Corps
Project Name: PEPFAR Safe
Work, Life Skills and Market Connections to Decrease HIV Risk for Young Women
(SKY) 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 PEPFAR DREAMS Project:
Mercy Corps was recently awarded funding for a 2-year PEPFAR DREAMS
program, Cultivating Safe Work, Life Skills and Market Connections to Decrease
HIV Risk for Young Women (SKY) seeking to address the growing rate of HIV/AIDS
among young women (ages 19 -24) who engage in transactional sex in the Gulu,
Lira and Oyam Districts. SKY will reduce 4,500 young women’s reliance on
transactional sex by providing them the skills, confidence and connections
needed to achieve steady employment.
Job Summary: The Senior
Program Manager for the SKY program will have supervisory and managerial
responsibility over all aspects of program implementation and staff development
in that locale. The Senior Program Manager works closely with the Director of
Programs to provide vision and leadership in project administration and
monitors overall project performance. The Senior Program Manager leads the
coordination, financial and administrative compliance and monitoring and
evaluation of the consortium in Gulu, Lira & Oyam, engendering a
collaborative team spirit focused on achievement of program goals and objective.
The Senior Program Manager is responsible for the oversight of SKY activities
and travels frequently to the field.
Key Duties and
Program Management:
  • Take lead in the conceptualization,
    implementation and continual improvement of dynamic, analysis-rooted
    development interventions in Gulu, Lira and Oyam Districts in
    collaboration with program staff.
  • Set an example as a thought leader,
    continually encouraging staff to re-evaluate their strategies, gather and
    incorporate tacit information, and adapt programming to new learning and
    environmental conditions.
  • Coordinate, manage and motivate program
    teams in Gulu, Lira and Oyam offices, ensuring that they have clear
    objectives/individual work plans as part of performance management) and
    receive meaningful feedback on their performance.
  • The incumbent will recommend program
    priorities and explore, evaluate and present new country opportunities
    that leverage impact and/ or complement core activities.
  • Ensure an integrated approach to program
    implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy
    between the staff and different MC programs. Office Management:
  • Ensure proper logistics, administration,
    human resources and transport needs of the program are conducted within
    Mercy Corps policy and with the maximum benefit to the program.
  • The jobholder will oversee the recruitment
    and training of program staff to ensure staff is of the quality and
    capacity to successfully implement activities. Monitor and advise on
    staffing needs throughout the program. Ensure evaluations and disciplinary
    measures are made, as necessary according to Mercy Corps policy.
  • Exercise sound judgment to ensure project
    expenses are reasonable, allocable and prudent. Ensure all project funds
    are spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations. Work with the
    Director of Programs to forecast expenditure surpluses and deficits to
    enable adjustments to be made to the program in a timely fashion.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Support the development and continual
    revision of a dynamic, programme-wide monitoring and evaluation system
    linked to program strategies, indicators, and information management
    tools, which supports programme management, accountability and learning.
    Coordinate data gathering and management with all program staff and take
    overall responsibility for monitoring and evaluation for the SKY Program.
  • Ensure that team leaders are paying
    sufficient attention to the continual gathering and digestion of operating
    environment data and activity reports, and that teams are holding frequent
    activity review sessions to continually re-examine the relevance and
    impact of their programming.
External Representation and Coordination:
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of
    relationships with communities, village councils and local government in
    target areas.
  • Offer support and coordinate visits from
    regional and HQ based staff and external visitors, such as donors and
    media, in collaboration with Director of Programs and Country Director.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Senior
    Program Manager job placement should a Master’s Degree in business,
    economic development or other relevant field is preferred.
  • At least eight years of relevant
    international experience with positions of progressively greater
  • Proven management and demonstrated success
    building, managing and leading a team of professionals.
  • Strong writing, communication,
    organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written
    communication skills with proven financial management skills.
  • Excellent quantitative skills required.
  • Financial accounting experience preferred.
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: 29th
September, 2016

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