Program Officer US Non-profit Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
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.
About PEPFAR DREAMS Project:
Mercy Corps has been
implementing a 2-year PEPFAR DREAMS Innovation challenge program, Cultivating
Safe Work, Life Skills and Market Connections to Decrease HIV Risk for Young
Women (SKY) seeking to address the growing rate of HIV/AIDS among young women
(ages 19 -24) who engage in transactional sex in the Gulu, Lira and Oyam
Districts. SKY will reduce 4,500 young women’s reliance on transactional sex by
providing them the skills, confidence and connections needed to achieve steady
employment. By tapping into the young women’s aspirations and locally available
market opportunities, SKY will provide demand-driven technical and life skills
training, which will enable young women to successfully navigate the private
sector, generate a steady income and reduce their dependence on transactional
sex. The program will include vocational training and market facilitation
Job Summary:  The Program Officer  will focus on community engagement, including
the identification, recruitment and retention of young women (creation of safe
space groups); the execution of livelihood development and health related
activities (enrollment in vocational training institutes and referrals to
health facilities), market facilitation activities including private sector
engagement and subsidies. She will be locally hired and based in Oyam area. She
will be responsible for day-today field-work in implementation of activities,
mobilization, formation and monitoring of groups of young women and related
education and Livelihoods activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • To work closely with all the program and MEL staff in implementation
    of the program.
  • Provide group mentorship and facilitate trainings
  • Support business plan development and IGA support for AGYW groups
  • To engage community members (community representatives, teachers,
    religious leaders, government officials and gatekeepers)
  • Support identification of market and business opportunities and
    facilitate linkage of project beneficiaries and groups
  • Coordinate directly with CBOs and other partner organizations to
    ensure AGYW linkage and access to layered services.
  • To organize community events to sensitize target communities on the
    SKY Program
  • To support partnership creation and management in relation to market
    facilitation activities and vocational training.
  • Keenly monitor and track the success and failures of young women and
    groups and document learnings for the project
  • To collect program data accurately and forward the same to the
    office timely.
  • To support community mapping activities, market assessments and base-line/end-line
    evaluation activities.
  • Prepare accurate and timely monitoring and field reports and other
    project documentation as required.
  • Maintain proper project/program files and document progress reports.
  • To represent the organization in meetings at the grass root level.
  • 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.
  • Supervise grass root community structures to provide effective group
    mentorship and support to achieve project objective
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or
Finance &
Compliance Management:
compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations.
  • 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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Program Officer job
    opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development,
    social sciences, or related field;
  • Three years of experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in civic
    engagement, livelihoods and education
  • Commitment to working with youth and vulnerable groups in need,
    regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
  • Understanding of working with local partners;
  • Good problem solving, written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Local language skills highly required
  • Ability to work without constant supervision and as part of a mixed
  • Good knowledge of MS Office software such as Excel, Word, and
  • Ability and willingness to ride motor bike is a MUST.
  • Have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively
    in this region.
  • Be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor,
    multi-tasked, and able to work I in difficult and often stressful
  • Good partnership manager
  • Ability to effectively function in a team setting to achieve
  • Have self-drive and inititive to deliver quality programing
  • Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
  • The position is based in Oyam, (Uganda). The region is secure with
    access to most basic amenities.
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:
Deadline: 6th September 2018
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