3 Fresher Program Assistant Job Opportunities – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy Corps
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.
Job Summary:   The
Program Assistant will support implementation of the livelihoods/market
development component which will include support for farmers and farmer groups;
e-vouchers or cash for agricultural inputs; formation and support for income
generating activities and market linkages to ensure sustainable incomes are
Key Duties and
Planning, developing and implementing humanitarian cash transfer
  • Work in close coordination with Program
    Officer, mobilize community members, taking care to identify those who fit
    the pre-established vulnerability criteria, for registration and other
  • Support and lead community sensitization
    activities around livelihoods activities in the Palabek Refugee
    Settlement. Identify specific topic areas of information needed and
    develop clear communications plans to effectively disseminate information.
  • Support development of platform to
    implement evouchers or other platform to distribute agricultural inputs
    with linkages to local traders.
  • Support identification and development of
    IGA groups and entrepreneurs/traders; support development of specific IGA
    and business plan; cash grants and ongoing support.
  • Assist the development of strategy and
    implementation of capital grants to IGA groups, traders and enterprises
    for livelihood activities along with ongoing support.
  • Coordinate with other field teams as
    needed to ensure continuity in the program.
Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
  • Under guidance of Program Officer and
    M&E Officer, participate in any market assessment and baseline/end
    line data gathering needs.
  • Support the development of vulnerability criteria
    and beneficiary registration tool.
  • Work closely with supervisor to capture
    data for measuring output and
    impact of the program; and to ensure accurate and timely flow of
    information from the field. Specific data collection would include
    post-distribution monitoring and after action reviews for key activities.
    Continuous improvement of activities will be expected based on this
  • 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.
  • Build and maintain good coordination and
    working relationships with Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR local
    government officials, and other NGOs/CBOs, representing Mercy Corps and
    soliciting participation in activities where appropriate and as directed.
  • 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
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps Uganda’s
commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that
learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the
communities they serve – we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time
to learning activities that benefit the program as well as themselves.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Program
    Assistant job placement should hold a Diploma in Development Studies.
  • Background in EITHER humanitarian response
    activities, preferably in livelihoods OR Market Systems
    Development/M4P/market facilitation preferred.
  • Previous community mobilization
  • Strong writing, communication,
    organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written
    communication skills.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full
    knowledge of office applications.
  • Proactive, problem-solving action
    orientation is essential. Organization will prioritize candidates from
    Acholi or with extensive experience in Acholi.
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability
    and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural,
    relatively poor infrastructure of West Nile.
  • S/he will be an excellent communicator,
    have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and
    often stressful environments.
  • S/he will be committed 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.
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: ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org
Deadline:  30th March 2018
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