12 June 2017

3 Fresher Data Management Assistant NGO Jobs - Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: MEL Specialist

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 SIDA TRAIL and CFPA Programs:
Mercy Corps is implementing the SIDA funded ‘Transforming Agriculture for Improved Livelihoods (TRAIL) program and Special Projects such as CFPA which are being implemented in Lamwo Kitgum, Pader, Agago districts. The programs seek to enhance smallholder farmer production and profitability, improve agribusiness and trade performance in key input and output markets and expand access to rural financial services. The programs work with a range of private sector partners including agribusinesses, SMEs, financial institutions and other service providers.

Job Summary: The Data Management Assistant will provide support to ensure program quality, assurance, accountability, documentation and learning within the MEL unit. The unit exists to support program design, implementation and utilization of information collected at different stages to create data driven impact. The incumbent will be responsible for data tracking, entry and documentation of learning. S/he will be responsible for data collection, cleaning, validation and coaching partners on data tracking tools as well as engagements in mini-assessments, case studies, surveys and evaluation.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Provide support to the MEL Specialist and Program team in data collection, tracking, and validation. Data entry into Design Planning Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Communication DPMELC systems and conduct basic data analysis, organization and presentation to program team members and partners/stakeholders.
  • Offer timely support to the MEL Specialist in the design and uploading forms into digital data collection platforms such as ODK/Ona to enhance ICT4D initiatives.
  • Actively participate in program and sector specific assessments, monitoring, surveys and evaluations. This will entail trainings and management of data collectors and facilitating results discussion
  • Tasked with conducting, documenting and recording beneficiary interviews and share all learnings from program implements as required.
  • Actively participate in on-going M&E training and support for all Mercy Corps programs
  • Visit sites and partners to collect supplementary data, stories and conduct qualitative research both independently and in teams
  • Manage the Design Planning Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Communication (DPMELC) systems and private sector partners databases working with the program and work closely with the program team to monitor progress against target.
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with local government officials, private sector partners, NGOs, other development organizations and civil society organizations
  • Maintain an active advisory role with each program team to help guide them towards robust and relevant data collection
  • Work in liaison with MEL Specialist, Senior Program Manager and other staffs to ensure that activities are implemented on plan and progress towards targets is not compromised.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to credit Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or representatives

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Data Management Assistant job placement should hold a bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Economics, Demography, Statistics, Information Technology, Computer Science or relevant field
  • A minimum of two years of experience in data tracking
  • Broad knowledge on ICT4D initiatives such as digital data collection etc.
  • Knowledge/Skills in designing databases will be an added advantage
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Highly knowledgeable in quantitative and qualitative data collection, reporting techniques.
  • Broad understanding and ability to apply basic measures of central tendency and spread
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Access.
  • Demonstrated ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of Acholi sub region.
  • Excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments.
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English. Luo language skills is a plus

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: 15th June 2017

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