9 Economic Empowerment Officer International NGO Job Opportunities – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
Reports to:
Senior Economic Empowerment Officer
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 Economic Empowerment Officer will support
the roll out of economic empowerment training at individual level by the
service contractors within their assigned district. Activities will focus on
two populations: Groups of pregnant and lactating women and male change agents
building life skills, access to finance, and business development skills. The
second population will be a cohort of youth. Youth will be initially engaged by
Save the Children in intensive life skills and general economic development
curricula. Officers must roll ToT trainings to service contractors and ensure
quality of implemented trainings.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Strategy &
Coordinate with the
Market Systems Development (MSD), Gender and Youth, MCHN and Adolescent team on
program implementation to leverage synergy and maximize impact
Program Management
  • Coordinate the activities service contractors to ensure training and
    mentorships are delivered on a timely basis and in line with best practice
  • Provide technical support and quality control checks for skills
    building trainings, troubleshooting challenges, and standardizing
    implementation approaches in delivery of Livelihoods messages
  • Support the cultivation of PLW/CU2 and adolescent micro scale
    businesses as a means to sustainable economic empowerment and poverty
  • Contribute to team reporting, data collection, cash projections and
    other administrative needs as necessary.
Team Management
  • Oversee service contractors/mentors, providing mentorship to build
    their capacity to deliver high quality empowerment activities and ensure
    adherence to Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures within assigned
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team
    members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as
    determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment
    and are aware of policies.
Finance &
Compliance Management:
to MC Uganda Field Finance Manual and Field Procurement Manual for all Economic
Empowerment activities, and oversee implementation of key budget lines
Influence &
Represent Mercy
Corps’ approach at key government, coordination and advocacy platforms and
ensure coordination with other youth and PLW/CU2 training program as necessary
As part of our
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 Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to
Mercy Corps team
members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international
relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as
equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Economic Empowerment Officer
    job opportunity should a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness, Rural
    Development and Agricultural Extension, Agriculture Economics, Community
    Development, Project planning and Management or any other Business related
  • Three years of related professional experience in youth/gender
    skills building or employability
  • Experience in savings, financial empowerment or functional adult
    learning a plus
  • Experience with private sector financial institutions or income
    generating activity experience a plus
  • Demonstrated skills in data collection, verification and documentation
  • Proven skills in networking, team-building, community consultations
    and organizational development;
  • Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Willingness to consider new perspectives, promote gender equality
    and engage in advanced gender training
  • Fluency in Nga’Karamojong required
  • Motorbike riding skill, permit required
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: 27th July 2018
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