Land Surveyor Non-profit Career Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:     Land Surveyor
Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
About US:
Mercy Corps is an international
non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development
programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda
since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja
sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to
address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the
root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include
the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), DFID,
Mastercard Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US
Depart of State (DOS) /PEPFAR, ECHO and Nike Foundation.
About BRACED Program:
BRACED is being implemented in the Karamoja Region of Uganda, as well
as Wajir County Kenya. The BRACED Mercy Corps programme is designed around
three integrated thematic focus areas – Lands/NRM, Market Systems Development
and Governance. Mercy Corps recently received an 18-month extension operating
from January 2018-June 2019.
Job Summary: The BRACED Land
Surveyor will be part of the Lands Sector team. They 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:
  • 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
  • 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 jobholder will also write descriptions
    of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal
  • 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.
  • Provide input to M&E activities
    related to all activities conducted
  • Plan, implement, evaluate and ensure that
    reports on field activities are properly drafted and timely submitted to
    the Projects Manager.
  • He/she will take part in periodic BRACED
    monthly and quarterly review meetings to share successes, challenges and
    lessons learnt to inform overall program objectives
  • 70% Travel in Karamoja required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Land Surveyor job placement should hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in Land Surveying and Mapping from a recognized institution.
  • Three years of technical and practical
    work experience in land mapping and surveying
  • Extensive 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.
  • 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.
  • Proven 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.
  • Flexible and creative in planning and
    problem solving.
  • 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.
  • Fluency in N’Karamojong preferred
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle is required.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their E-mail applications including a cover
letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three
professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates
addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to:
Deadline:  24th January 2018

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