Project Officer – GIRL NGO Jobs – Mercy Corps


Job Title:    Project Officer – GIRL

Organization:  Mercy

Duty Station:  Uganda

Reports to: GIRL Program Manager


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.


About GIRL Program:

Improving Resilience through Livelihoods (GIRL) is a three-year,
10-million-dollar program to be implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Haiti that
seeks to improve the well-being of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) by
increasing their access to skills and knowledge, health resources, formal
education and economic opportunities. GIRL also fosters an enabling environment
by working with communities to transform unhealthy social norms and create
opportunities for girls to access education and economic opportunities. Key to
GIRL is a robust learning and research agenda that reaches across three
countries to contribute to the evidence base on what works to secure access to
opportunities for adolescent girls within the most marginalized communities and
to better understand their contribution to household resilience. This evidence
and learning will be shared to elevate Mercy Corps’ influence in the adolescent
girl space and to bolster fundraising efforts to scale the model. In
coordination with APOLOU Gender & Youth and Adolescents team, the GIRL
Program Officer will support the Program Manager in the routine implementation
of the GIRL program activities.


Job Summary:  Under the Program Manager’s direct
supervision, the Program Officer will respond to the needs of communities
through GIRL services.  The PO will work
with APOLOU’s Adolescents Coordinator, safe space mentors and community
structures to ensure that eligible adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) are
transitioned and enrolled into GIRL program. 
In coordination with the mentors, Senior Economic Empowerment Officer,
Public-Private Partnerships Officer and MEL Officer, s/he will ensure that
quality and timely safe space services and interventions are delivered to the
enrolled AGYW, within scope and target. 
S/he will build and maintain essential relationships with relevant
community stakeholders, DLG, partners and CBOs. S/he will work directly with
girl mentors and build their capacity to ensure quality and timely
implementation of GIRL activities. The Program Officer will be responsible for
the supervision of partner CSO activities. 
S/he will work closely with the Apolou Gender & Youth, Adolescents,
Livelihoods, and Health Teams, District Implementation Team Leads, MEL, and
Chief of Party to ensure that GIRL program is implemented to the highest
standards possible with strong community engagement, within the agreed project
timeframe and to the approved budget.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  


Provide leadership and daily oversight for planning and
implementation of GIRL Activities including; mentorship and support supervision
to mentors in the respective District.

Support the Program Manager in the development of activity
plans and reporting format for activity implementation

Support the Program Manager in advocacy and maintenance of
partnership with the relevant departments of the Local Government at Sub County
and District level to elevate GIRL objectives.

Support the Program Manager in the design, implementation,
monitoring and evaluation of the program activities, in accordance with Mercy
Corps Apolou-GIRL objectives.

Contribute in the development of training curriculum,
project tools, and IEC materials; facilitate GIRL related training for girl

Supervise the activities and performance of the partners, mentors
and TOTs; conduct routine team meetings, adhere to performance reviews
timelines, troubleshoot challenges and standardize implementation approaches.

Identify and document best practices and failures in GIRL
program and provide timely feedback to the Program Manager.

Work with APOLOU Finance team to ensure that CSOs budgets
are prepared and payments/sub-grants processed in a timely manner

Ensure timely and consistent submission of project
reports, success stories and other relevant data to MEL Officer and the Program
Manager (weekly, monthly and quarterly reports).

and Evaluation

Provide ongoing mentorship to implementation team on data
collection processes for completeness, accuracy and timely submission.

Oversee the governance structures filling system in the
GIRL program implementation districts and ensure that information is organized
according to the reporting and auditing needs of the program.

Responsible for data collection including gender and age
disaggregated data, data validation, assuring quality control measures, timely
data submission in coordination with MEL Officer/team

Through the field staff, support and mentor community
partners and structures on data collection and use.

Supervise the GIRL Program partner CSOs and Mentors in
data collection and entry to regularly update the Activity Tracker

and Representation

Support and coordinate field learning visits from district
and sub-county government, partners and external visitors, such as donors and
media, in collaboration with GIRL Program Manager and APOLOU Team

Support the Program Manager in coordination and
communication of field activities with other NGOs and local government partners
to avoid duplication of services and support an enabling environment for GIRL
program interventions.

Establish and maintain a productive working relationship
with the local Government and Sub Counties, working in unison to develop
complementary joint monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management structures
where possible.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

applicant for the Mercy Corps Project Officer – GIRL job
must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Public
Health, Agribusiness or in a related field

At least three years of related professional experience in
adolescent girls programming, youth, women empowerment, or livelihoods.

Demonstrated skills in data collection, verification and

Proven skills in networking, team-building, community
consultations and organizational development;

Excellent reporting, communication and representation

Willingness to consider new perspectives, promote gender
equality and engage in gender training

Ability to ride a motorcycle and he/she should be in a
possession of a valid riding license

Proven knowledge and capacity in using computer basic
applications MS word, Excel and internet

In-depth knowledge of the social, cultural and economic
context of Karamoja a plus

Fluency in local languages prevalent within the
operational district where assigned (highly desired)

Success Factors: The ability to communicate
effectively, respectfully and enthusiastically with community structures will
be one of the position’s three success factors. The second will be the degree
to which the Program Officer drives results, producing scheduled outputs at
deadline and to expected quality. The third success factor will be the degree
to which the officer effectively gathers activity monitoring and evaluation
data and utilizes data to inform activity implementation and program learning.


Mercy Corps is an
equal opportunity employer; Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged
to apply.


How to Apply:

All candidates
should apply online at the link below.




Deadline: 22nd January 2021


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