06 June 2017

USAID BRACED Land Surveyor Careers - Mercy Corps

Job Title:         Land Surveyor
Organization: Mercy Corps
Project Name: USAID Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate extremes and disaster (BRACED Program
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 BRACED Program:
Mercy Corps was awarded a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for Peace-funded program working in the northern half of Karamoja called Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate extremes and disaster (BRACED). The project supports the immediate needs of program beneficiaries while also promoting long term development by spurring systemic improvements in key economic sectors in the Districts of Napak, Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong. Since January 2015, BRACED has been supporting private Businesses ranging from agro vets, entrepreneurs Ag-input retailers and also the SACCOs in providing financial services to assist rural population to access secure savings and business loans to strengthen businesses in a bid to build their resilience to shocks and stresses.

Job Summary: The Land Surveyor will provide direct support to beneficiaries that are dealing with land disputes and seeking to officially register their land. The Land Surveyor will work with key government stakeholders and communities to conduct surveys, prepare reports, and help in the registration of lands in Napak and Moroto District.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The incumbent will also prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports, and legal descriptions of surveys in order to describe, certify, and assume liability for work performed.
  • Verify accuracy of survey data, including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites.
  • Direct or conduct surveys in order to establish legal boundaries for properties based on legal deeds and titles.
  • Record the result of surveys, including the shape, contour, location, elevation, and dimensions of land or land features.
  • Calculate heights, depths, relative position, property lines, and other characteristics of terrain.
  • Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys.
  • The incumbent will write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal documents.
  • Plan and conduct ground surveys designed to establish baselines, elevations, and other geodetic measurements.
  • Search legal records, survey records, and land titles in order to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Land Surveyor career job should hold a Diploma in Land Surveying and Mapping from a recognized institution. Possession of a degree in the same field is desirable
  • A minimum of two years of technical and practical work experience in land mapping and surveying
  • Basic knowledge of various Communal land protection, land tenure security, rangeland management and collaborative land management and administration.
  • Knowledge of institutional and/or administrative aspects relevant to the land in Karamoja.
  • Previous experience in organizational analysis and partner/project executing agency assessment.
  • Prior exposure and experience in conflict sensitive programme design and monitoring.
  • Ability to effectively land rights information to diverse audiences through a variety of media
  • Good team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as part of a regional team and with international professionals.
  • Excellent analytical and information management skills.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to work under stress and in austere contexts of remote locations.
  • Highly flexible and creative in planning and problem solving.
  • Keen attention to detail, ability to follow procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Proven excellence maintaining professional internal and external relationships.
  • A focus on building staff capacity

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: 6th June 2017

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