Economic Strengthening Officer USAID Project Jobs – Mercy Corps



Organization: Mercy Corps
Funding Source: United
States Agency for International Development (USAID)
 Duty
Station:
  Jinja, 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 USAID Project:
Mercy Corps is implementing the USAID funded five-year program on
Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda ending in
2020. Better Outcomes is led by World Education, Inc./Bantwana with Mercy Corps
as an implementing partner. The program goal is to improve the wellbeing of
children and youth orphaned by HIV and other adversities in Uganda. It mainly
focuses on orphaned and vulnerable children, youth and their caregivers to have
improved access and utilization of health, nutrition, education, and
psychosocial wellbeing and reducing abuse, exploitation and neglect. The sector
priorities include meeting immediate economic needs of the most vulnerable
target groups though temporary interventions to uplift and integrate them in to
market systems; increased savings and access to credit opportunities; increased
opportunities for income growth and building assets; and better access to group
based education and support programming. The program is implemented in Northern
and Eastern Uganda.
Job Summary: The Economic
Strengthening Officer will responsible for theday-to-day implementation of the
economic empowerment component of the program in Eastern Uganda. S/he will be
responsible for activity planning and implementation to improve the economic
conditions of target groups through improved access and utilization of services
and products and better access to markets. Reporting to the Economic
Strengthening Technical Lead, the Officer will work with a consortium of
agencies under the leadership of WEI/Bantwana.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • With guidance from the technical lead, the
    officer will be responsible for program planning and implementation in the
    areas of economic strengthening.
  • Work closely with other component field
    teams in the consortium to ensure integrated approach to program
    implementation.
  • Build and maintain productive working
    relationships with local government officials and line departments,
    soliciting their participation in all activities where appropriate.
  • Responsible for the day to day
    implementation of activities at field level, in line with Mercy Corps
    finance, operations and other policies.
  • Ensure proper logistics, administration,
    human resources and transport needs of the program are conducted within
    Mercy Corps policy and with the maximum benefit to the program.
  • Work with the economic strengthening team
    for the development of and continual revision of a dynamic, program-wide
    monitoring and evaluation system linked to program strategies, indicators,
    and information management tools, which supports program management,
    accountability and learning.
  • Continual gathering and sharing of data
    specific to the sector.
  • Prepare written reports on the program
    capturing impacts related to all activities.
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of
    relationships with communities, consortium partners and other CSOs in
    target operation areas.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Economic
    Strengthening Officer job placement should hold a Degree, preferably
    graduate level, in economics development, development studies, social
    sciences or social work, or a closely related field 
  • A minimum of three years of works
    experience in economic strengthening initiatives that target vulnerable
    communities mainly orphan and vulnerable children and households.
  • Experience in working with private sector
    partners.
  • Previous experience on market based
    solutions to addressing poverty.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral
    presentation skills in English are also required.
  • Keen attention to detail, ability to
    follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively
    with team members.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full
    knowledge of office applications.
  • Ability to focus on day-to-day tasks at
    hand while also working towards longer-term objectives with an
    understanding that these will change continuously;
  • Willingness to spend much time in the
    field and work closely with program target groups and partners.
  • The successful Economic Strengthening
    Officer will have the ability and curiosity to work effectively with local
    government, civil society and community based organizations.
  • The successful candidate will have solid
    background in economic and market development.
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: 6th March 2018
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