20 June 2017

2 Entry Level ECHO Livelihood Program Assistant NGO Jobs - Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy Corps
Funding Source: European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Program Officer

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 ECHO Program:
Mercy Corps is implementing an 18-month Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) funded program around Livelihood Programs for South Sudanese refugees in Bidibidi Settlement, Rhino Camp and Palorinya Settlement in Uganda. The program will focus on building Livelihood activities and Agriculture resilience through agricultural inputs and trainings, creation of VSLAs and IGAs activities.

Job Summary: The Livelihood Program Assistant will offer support in the implementation of livelihood activities Rhino Camp and Palorinya Settlement. As needed, Livelihood Program Assistants will be expected to support all interventions of the program. Specific activities will include strengthening relationships with existing community structures, assessing beneficiaries; mobilizing community members for assessments and registration of beneficiaries; post-distribution monitoring and after-action-reviews and any other activity as needed. S/he will be a creative, action-oriented problem solver with strong experience in partnership management.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Planning, developing and implementing livelihood activities:
  • Work closely with Program Manager and Officers, mobilize community members, taking care to identify those who fit the selection criteria, for registration and other activities.
  • Support community sensitization activities. Identify specific topic areas of information needed and develop clear communications plans to effectively disseminate information.
  • Render support in the development of platform to distribute vouchers, seeds and tools and its implementation in the field.
  • Support farmers’ trainings and demonstration gardens.
Documentation and Reporting:
  • Render support in the development of livelihood training and farmers registration.
  • Support data collection activities
  • Update and maintain proper filing system
  • Prepare and submit timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports that will be indicative of program progress during
Training Farmers on:
  • Maintaining the quality of farms, crops, and livestock.
  • Preparing land or greenhouse beds for growing crops
  • Spraying fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungi, and weeds
  • Harvesting and inspecting crops by hand
  • Irrigating farm soil and maintaining ditches or pipes and pumps
  • Overseeing and monitoring the activities of planting, weeding, or harvesting
Collaboration / Networking: Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps Uganda and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidates for the Mercy Corps Livelihood Program Assistant jobs should hold Bachelor’s Degrees in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a similar position.
  • Background in humanitarian response activities preferred.
  • Possess excellent community mobilization skills
  • Good writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Good (English) verbal and written communication skills preferred.
  • Computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  • Keen attention to detail and proven ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Excellent teamwork abilities and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment mandatory.
  • Proactive, problem-solving action orientation is essential.
  • Have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of West Nile.
  • Be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments.
  • Be committed to the work of Mercy Corps and the objectives of this program. They will demonstrate their dedication with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and creative problem solving.

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, Mercy Corps Uganda.

Deadline: 20th June 2017

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