Governance and Advocacy Officer US Non-profit Jobs – Mercy Corps

and Advocacy Officer
Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 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 Governance and Advocacy Officer will
strengthen horizontal and vertical linkages of formal and informal governance
structures in Karamoja with the aim of mobilizing communities, building
governance capacity for improved nutritional outcomes and ensuring governance
structures are inclusive. The Governance and Advocacy Officer will support the
integration and implementation of the Apolou advocacy strategy while helping to
raise awareness of program activities with governance structures, strengthening
policy and budget allocations which support Apolou’s objectives
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Monitoring &
  • Work in close coordination with the
    M&E team implement M&E protocols and procedures to ensure accurate
    reporting of data against program indicators.
  • Support data collection for governance
    related learning questions to the Apolou learning agenda and support data
    collection, analysis and write up of this data.
  • Implement activities in a way that is
    compliant with USAID rules and regulations.
  • Adhere to Mercy Corps policy and
    procedures, in particular related to finance and operations.
Documentation &
Knowledge Management
  • Regularly document activities, success
    stories and administrative issues (e.g. distributions or transfer
    documentation) in soft and hard copy.
  • Implement the document management system
    to ensure compliance.
  • Actively contribute to reports for Mercy
    Corps and its donor.
  • Generate and share success stories
Staff Management:  Work
collaboratively with other sectors, departments and staff across Apolou and the
Mercy Corps Uganda team.
  • Formulate a strategy for roll out of
    Community Mobilization through Resilience Action Committees across Apolou
    districts of implementation.
  • Drive sustainability around Resilience
    Adaptation Committees helping to operationalize community level Resilience
    Action Plans
  • Maintain up-to date understanding of the
    national and local-level policy environment, including donor initiatives
    and funded activities and public budgeting processes, timelines and
  • Integrate governance initiatives across
    all Purposes (WASH, Livelihoods and MCHN) of Apolou providing technical
    guidance for improved nutritional outcomes.
  • Increase representation and
    participation of women and youth in leadership committees (WUCs, Peace
    Committees etc.)
  • Roll out trainings to improve women’s
    leadership capacity.
Representation and
  • Work closely with local government
    officials, local CSOs and NGOs, local religious leaders and others to
    ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps.
  • Build and maintain close working
    relationships with donors, other humanitarian and development
    organizations, and local partners, including representing Mercy Corps at
    local coordination meetings as required.
  • Conduct himself/herself both
    professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy
    Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Mercy Corps
    Governance and Advocacy Officer job placement must hold a Bachelor’s or
    Advanced Degree in Governance, Law, Civil Society Development or related
  • Three years of experience focused on
    governance and civil society development in Karamoja.
  • Experience supporting Community
    Mobilization processes and building inclusive governance structures.
  • Excellent negotiation and representation
    skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse
    staff in a sensitive environment.
  • Effective verbal and written
    communication; strong skills in organization and prioritization
  • Good knowledge on Microsoft Office
    applications (Word, excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) are a requirement
  • Excellent English language skills
    essential (verbal and written), with Ngakarimojong skills preferred.
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: 18th June 2018
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