District Implementation Lead US Non-profit Careers – Mercy Corps

 Job Title:    District Implementation Lead

Organization: Mercy

Duty Station:

Reports to: Implementation


About US:

Mercy Corps has been
present in Uganda since 2006, focusing its interventions on economic and
agricultural development, maternal child health and nutrition, governance,
conflict management and humanitarian response. In 2017, Mercy Corps had an
impact on almost 1 million beneficiaries in Uganda through our work focusing on
building resilience and enabling economic growth, improving opportunities to
attain better health and nutrition, and improving governance and conflict
management. Common themes include community engagement, inclusive development,
gender, and working in partnership with local government, the private sector
and civil society actors.


Job Summary:   The District Implementation Team Lead will
play a key leadership role in the implementation of Apolou/RCF programs in any
one of the districts of Kaabong, Kotido or Amudat districts in which s/he is
stationed. The $41 million USAID Food for Peace Activity (Apolou) and the $5
million USAID Resilience Challenge Fund (RCF) Activity support
agriculturalists, agro-pastoralists, and pastoralist households living across
the districts of Amudat, Kotido, Kaabong, Karenga, and Moroto in Karamoja.


The DITL will be
responsible and accountable to oversee that all programmatic activities are
performed in target communities, using an “adaptive” management approach within
the district they are responsible for. The IM will manage their team, mentoring
the Program Officers / Assistants, to adopt an approach that mobilizes and
adapts to the needs of different community platforms. The focus of the
Implementation Team will be to develop core capacities of community group
leaders, and systemic support structures of government extension agents and
bodies, as well as the surrounding private sector. Through this approach, the
Apolou/RCF Activities intends to sustainably strengthen the capacity of
communities, supported by a functioning and responsive government and private
sector support system.  The DITL will
work closely with the Technical Team to implement high quality activities in
governance, health/nutrition, WASH and Livelihoods, as well as work closely
with the Gender & Youth, MEL, and Program Quality and Partnerships teams.
The DITL will be responsible to ensure that high quality activities are
implemented on scope and budget within their district


The District
Implementation Team Lead will be the focal point representing the program in
their individual districts with government and other civil society platforms,
and will be supervised by the Implementation Director who will be the senior
focal point for relationships with government and other civil society


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Strategy &

  • Support the Implementation Director in executing the vision and
    strategy for the program.
  • Play an active role in identifying and developing initiatives that
    foster or improve strategic objectives of the program and the country

Program Management

  • Together with the Implementation Director, the Technical Director
    and managers, and with the Gender, MEL, and Program Quality and
    Partnerships team, oversee program implementation, management,
    administration, and close-out of activities within their district.
    Together with the Implementation Director and Technical Team, lead the
    development of detailed implementation plans within their district, and
    ensure that program implementation is on time, on target and on budget,
    using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and
    partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines,
    principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
  • Work closely with local government to bring them on as active
    partners to the program.
  • Confirm participants are effectively targeted according to
    transparent criteria.
  • Integrate facilitative approaches, gender and youth sensitivity, a
    resilience lens and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
    Certify all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm
    principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.
  • Work with the Technical Team to ensure program strategies and
    activities represent global good practice in market facilitation, health
    & nutrition, WASH and governance.
  • With the MEL Director and Manager, ensure program staff as well as
    sub-grantees adhere to USAID monitoring and evaluation requirements and
    that data analyzed is used to inform programming through adaptive
    management approaches. Support the CoP where necessary in donor reporting.
  • Support the CLA Manager and the MEL team to identify key areas of
    learning taking place in communities, together with assisting the MEL team
    document these areas of learning
  • Together with the Implementation Director, fulfill Mercy Corps’
    Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.
  • Represent the program within their district to government, donors
    and other high-level stakeholders.
  • Ensure that program monitoring tools such as the Activity Tracker
    and Dashboards are populated on time, and that informed actions are taken
    as required as they emerge from these program tools.
  • Team Management
  • Fully accountable for the oversight of their District Implementation
    team, including their capacity development and their facilitative and
    adaptive approach to communities.
  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve
    performance & reach objectives.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide
    constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and
    performance reviews.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team
    members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Hire, train, coach and motivate their team.


  • 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.

Finance, &
Operations Management

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to
    programming and operations
  • Manage program budget(s) as secondary budget holder
  • Strictly follow Mercy Corps Fraud and Corruption Prevention
  • Chairing Field Office Management (FOM) meetings and liaising with
    the Apolou SMT and the Country Office SLT

Influence &

  • Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant
    events, in close coordination with the Implementation Director within
    their district.
  • Coordinate activities with consortium partners, subgrantees, local
    government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps


  • With the Operations Team, develop and maintain systems that promote
    the safety and security of all team members.
  • Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear
    analysis and understanding of security.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant for the Mercy Corps District Implementation Lead  job placement must hold a MA/S or
    equivalent in social science, management, international development or
    other relevant field [include technical fields as per program]. However,
    educational requirements will be relaxed for candidates demonstrating
    relevant experience.
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience.
  • Prior experience in managing USAID DFAP programs is preferred.
  • Strong skills and a track record in strategic visioning, leadership,
    and inspiring teams.
  • Effective personnel management, coordination, and decision-making
    skills, with proven ability to be accountable for all components of the
  • Competent in building networks, strong problem-solving skills, and
    ability to influence with effective listening, persuasion, negotiation and
    other techniques.
  • Strong understanding of USAID/FFP compliance issues.
  • Persuasive written and oral communication in English, including
    report writing.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in one or more of the sectors
    described above.
  • Experience in Karamoja preferable.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet
    deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.


How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below




Deadline: 30th September 2020


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