NU-TEC Project Officer US NGO Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:          NU-TEC Project Officer
Organization: Mercy
Corps
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
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.
Job Summary: The NU-TEC
Project Officer will take day-to-day responsibility for a range of critical
functions. Key amongst these will be working collaboratively with a leading
commercial bank, which is Mercy Corps’ central partner in the programme. This
position offers an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic area at the
crossroads of traditional NGO development interventions and traditional
commercially-focused financial service provision. The Project Officer will be
responsible for supporting the Team Leader in ensuring key deliverables under
the Contact are defined, tracked and completed. Vital delivery tasks include:
engagement and relationship-building with the commercial bank and with the
(agri-)businesses it will lend to; support to the design and delivery of market
assessments; generation of loan portfolio reports and narrative reports;
collation of invoices; and the identification of, engagement with and support
to external consultants. The Project Officer will also be responsible for
adherence to Mercy Corps policies, in particular PM@MC, and will contribute to
learning initiatives. The Project Officer is expected to have a high-level
understanding of shared value partnerships (seeing where access to financing
can unlock the potential of cash-constrained businesses) as well as experience
managing and developing such partnerships. S/he should understand the barriers
commonly present in the agribusiness value chain.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Programme Implementation
  • Supporting
    the Team Leader in day-to-day implementation of the programme
  • Help
    in the identification, engagement and support to external Consultants
    brought in for specific tasks
  • Support
    Executing Market Assessments
  • Tasked
    with the maintenance of the programme Risk Register
  • Ensure
    adherence to PM@MC Minimum Standards
  • Make
    regular on-site field visits to provide technical backstopping and/or
    design suggestions to actual or potential borrowers.
  • Support
    other team members to better understand private sector partnerships and
    financial services and how they can be integrated into the programme.
  • Lead
    on tracking workplan and progress towards achieving deliverables
Consortium Management: Working closely with commercial bank, in
support of the programme objectives, building a strong and collaborative
working relationship
Communication and Reporting:
  • Input
    to the preparation of reports demonstrating progress, successes and
    challenges – both internal and donor-demanded
  • Lead
    on the preparation of case studies to reflect progress, successes and
    challenges.
Programme Administration:
  • Lead
    on the collation of monthly invoices (fees and expenses) and payment by
    results invoices (for deliverables)
  • Lead
    on the logistics for regular and ad hoc meetings – both internal and
    external
  • 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 programme.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps NU-TEC Project Officer job opportunity
    should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in finance, agribusiness, development,
    economic development, business management or a closely related field.
  • A
    minimum of five years of experience designing, implementing and managing
    similar initiatives (private sector partnership, financial services
    strengthening, market systems development).
  • Experience
    in leveraging private sector partnerships is a must.
  • Strong
    interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English are also
    required.
  • Experience
    in building and maintaining strong/productive relations with implementing
    and strategic partner agencies is required.
  • Demonstrated
    attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work
    independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Strong
    problem-solving and demonstration of initiative.
  • Strong
    computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  • A
    dynamic, “outside-the-box” attitude is required, with proven ability to
    think and act creatively in challenging environments.
  • Multi-tasking,
    organizational, prioritization skills are necessary.
  • A
    strong team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.
  • Proven
    ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • 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.
    **
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their online applications to the Senior HR
and Legal Manager by clicking the link below. Please clearly state your salary
requirements on the cover letter, attach your CV (with 3 referees), and copies
of academic qualifications/certificates.
Deadline:  2nd May 2018
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