Senior Governance Officer BRACED Non-profit Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:     Senior Governance Officer
Organization: Mercy
Duty Station:  Uganda
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 Senior
Governance Officer will be responsible strengthening the horizontal and
vertical linkages of governance with the aim of helping institutionalize
community driven resilience actors, including BRACED Resilience Adaptation
Committees. The Senior Governance Officer will represent the program at
government meetings, helping to raise awareness of program activities and to
strengthen policies and budget allocations around NRM and land rights.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop and execute a cross sector
    strategy to resilience focused budgeting and activities within governance
  • Drive sustainability around Resilience
    Adaptation Committees helping to operationalize community level Resilience
    Action Plans
  • Maintain strong, up-to date understand of
    the national and local-level policy environment, including donor
    initiatives and funded activities and public budgeting processes,
    timelines and prioritization.
  • Foster enhanced communication and
    collective planning across line ministries in a way that honors needs of
    communities with a focus on gender-sensitive policy and budget planning.
  • Provide research, review, advocacy,
    coordination and support to policy formulation between remote communities
    in select districts of Karamoja, district-level government departments,
    and national level government Ministries.
  • Support Project Manager in the
    dissemination of program findings to key government stakeholders
  • Represent Mercy Corps at government,
    donor, NGO and other relevant events in the field, in close coordination
    with the Programme Director. Attend key events, committee meetings, fora,
    seminars, etc. as they relate to East Africa resilience. Coordinate
    activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government and
    other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Senior Governance Officer job placement should hold an advanced
    University Degree (Masters) in public administration, public policy,
    political science, or related field.
  • A minimum of five years of experience
    including three years in a senior management position in relevant field.
  • Excellent writing, communication,
    organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Strong management skills, with good
    understanding of relevant cross-sector and cross-cultural issues.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of both
    urban and rural livelihoods systems, climate change adaptation strategies,
    public administration and resilience programming;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Karamoja
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability
    to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and
    cooperatively with team members.
  • Experience working in conflict
    environments is preferred.
  • Good team player
  • Excellent communication and diplomatic
  • 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.
  • Fluency in N’Karamojong preferred
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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