Program Manager – Livelihoods US Non-profit Jobs – Mercy Corps

Manager – Livelihoods 

Organization: Mercy

Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Deputy
Director of Programs

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 Program Manager for Livelihoods will
provide leadership, management and strategic vision to the implementation of
the program. The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring that the project
meet targets and deliverables on-time and within budget. The Project Manager
will supervise staff and ensure accountability to Mercy Corps policies and
donor rules and regulations. S/he will coordinate closely with the MEL Advisor
at Mercy Corps to ensure appropriate MEL activities are planned, and supervise
the management of MEL activities on the ground, ensuring that analysis of data
coming from the ground feeds into the learning agenda for the program, and
ensures higher level impact for program beneficiaries. He/she will coordinate
closely with consortium partners to ensure the program contributes effectively
to the end objectives for the program. He/she will report to and work with the
Deputy Director of Programs to engage in program representation to donors,
relevant government entities, partners, other implementers and external

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Staff and Program

  • Oversight of all staff members on the
    project, coordinate and implement activities in line with approved project
    proposal, budget and within the agreed time frames.
  • Ensure compliance to all Mercy Corps,
    Donor and Government of Uganda policies, procedures and guidelines that
    relate to the implementation of the program with limited supervision.
  • Ensure project deadlines, quality
    standards and targets are met, redesigning deadlines, quality standards
    and targets as needed.
  • Make on-site field visits regularly to
    provide technical back-stopping and/or design recommendations.
  • Develop all reports, both internal and
    external to the donor, with a high level of quality with limited need for
  • Lead the coordination, management and
    motivation of program teams through ensuring that they have clear
    objectives/individual work plans as part of performance management and
    receive constructive feedback on their performance. Ensure work plans are
    designed collectively with staff and other key stakeholders.
  • Monitor and lead recruitment, capacity
    building and training needs for program staff.

Management/ External Representation

  • Independently establish, maintain and
    grow productive working relationships with Local Government officials and
    line departments, soliciting their participation in all activities where
    appropriate, in close coordination with other programs in the same
    operating areas.
  • Ensure effective communication with
    implementing partners
  • Responsible for engagement with other
    stakeholders including private sector actors, community-based
    organizations and other key partners.
  • Work with the Deputy Director of
    Programs to engage in program representation to donors, relevant
    government entities, partners, other implementers and external

Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

  • Take a leadership role in development
    and revision of MEL system linked to indicators, and information
    management, in close coordination with MEL team.
  • Coordinate data gathering and management
    with project staff and take overall responsibility for MEL, and ensure, in
    coordination with the MEL advisor, that Data Quality Audits are carried
  • Oversee scheduling and production of
    formal and informal reports on all aspects of the program, with a high
    level of quality, requiring minimal revision.
  • Ensure coordination and sharing of
    information with other district level stakeholders.
  • Ensure the program has an effective and
    functioning community accountability and response mechanism in place

Program Support

  • Coordinate and support of finance,
    operations and administration staff to ensure operational systems are in
    place to support field activities including logistics (transport,
    warehousing and asset management), procurement, security, administration
    and human resources.


  • Ensure the program upholds best
    practices in terms of ensuring ‘Do No Harm’ and Gender Equity throughout
  • Contribute to new business development,
    identifying new potential partners, leading negotiations of partnerships
    and leading implementation of any work plans related to such partnerships,
    building off the project learning and areas to develop further
  • Conduct himself/herself both
    professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring positive
    recognition to Mercy Corps.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant for the Mercy Corps
    Program Manager – Livelihoods job must hold an MA/S or equivalent in
    international development, economics or related field preferred.
  • At least three years of senior-level
    experience with positions of progressively greater responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated success in programs related
    to economic and market development programming.
  • Experience with cash transfer
  • Proven skills in financial management
    and staff management.
  • Demonstrated ability with building,
    managing and leading a team of professionals and the ability to function
    as a team player among peers.
  • A dynamic, “outside-the-box” attitude is
    required, with proven ability to think and act creatively in challenging
  • Effective verbal and written
    communication skills in English are required.
  • Multi-tasking, organizational,
    prioritization skills are necessary.
  • History of working effectively and
    respectfully with government, private sector, INGO and NGO partners in
    complex environments.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full
    knowledge of office applications.
  • A strong leader and team player, with
    good communication, negotiation and diplomatic skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as
    part of a regional team and with international professionals.
  • 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.
  • A focus on building staff capacity.

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: 12th August 2019

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