4 Fresher Program Assistant NGO Job Opportunities - Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Program Officer

About US:
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 Project:
Mercy Corps is supporting 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 in Yumbe District, Rhino and Palorinya Camp in Uganda as well as a 12 month program from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) designed to demonstrate a market systems approach in Bidibidi and Palorinya Settlements. The programs will focus on building Livelihood activities and Agriculture resilience through agricultural inputs and trainings, creation of VSLAs and IGAs activities.

Job Summary: The Program Assistant will support the implementation of livelihood and market activities the Bidibidi Settlement of Yumbe District including the creation and monitoring of farmers associations. As needed, Program Assistants will be expected to support all interventions of the program. Specific activities will include strengthening relationships with existing community structures, assessing beneficiaries based on vulnerability criteria; mobilizing community members for assessments and registration of beneficiaries; supporting the development of a platform for e-vouchers and payment; 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 and market activities:
  • In close coordination with Program Manager and Officers, mobilize community members, taking care to identify those who fit the pre-established vulnerability criteria, for registration and other activities.
  • Provide support in community sensitization activities around farmers associations, trade fairs and other income generating activities in two zones of focus in Bidibidi Settlement. Identify specific topic areas of information needed and develop clear communications plans to effectively disseminate information.
  • Render support in the development of voucher platform and its implementation in the field.
  • Support implementation cash distributions on a monthly basis to Persons with Special Needs.
Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
  • Under guidance of Program Manager, Officer and M&E Officer, participate in any market assessment and baseline/endline data gathering needs.
  • Support the development of vulnerability criteria and beneficiary registration tool.
  • Provide support in data collection activities including post-distribution monitoring and after action reviews for key activities. Continuous improvement of activities will be expected based on this information.
  • Prepare and submit timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports that will be indicative of program progress during implementation. Respond to queries if and when necessary.
  • Maintain proper filing system.
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 candidate for the Mercy Corps Program Assistant career opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field preferred.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in humanitarian response activities preferred.
  • Excellent community mobilization skills
  • Good writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Computer literacy skills with proficiency in full knowledge of office applications.
  • Keen attention to detail and 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.
  • Demonstrated ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of West Nile.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments.
  • Show commitment 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.
  • Good (English) verbal and written communication skills is 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 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: 15th August 2017

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