Public Private Partnerships Officer – GIRL Program Jobs – Mercy Corps


Job Title:    Public Private Partnerships
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 Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Officer will respond to the needs of
communities and adolescent girls through public-private sector engagement.  The PPP Officer will work with APOLOU’s
Adolescent, Gender & Youth, Livelihoods, and Governance teams to create
opportunities for adolescents programming through public-private sector
engagement.  In coordination with GoU and
GIRL program implementation team, s/he will identify private sector actors both
regionally and nationally to support adolescents’ programs in Karamoja.  S/he will build and maintain essential
relationships with relevant community stakeholders, and public/private
actors.  S/he will facilitate the
development of partnership MOUs and protocols for both, public and private
sectors.  S/he will ensure that these
processes are transparent and in the best interest of the adolescents – skills
building, apprenticeships, employment and funding opportunities.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  


Lead in formulating strategies and operational guidelines
for private sector engagement in development and PPP promotion within APOLOU
Activity & GIRL Program

Working closely with the Senior Governance Advisor and
Governance Team, participate in the preparation of District and National level
Partnership Strategies and annual business plans to highlight funding gaps and
opportunities for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW)

Promote joint planning and decision making between GoU and
adolescent girls regarding government economic opportunities for adolescent
girls and women e.g. UWEP

Conduct scoping analysis for government and private sector
institutions/companies to determine PPP opportunities for adolescent girls

Contribute to the development of fundraising strategies
and products for diverse fundraising activities that serve to promote PPP for
adolescent girls’ programs

Identify and develop a database of regional and national
private institutions/companies for skills building and other economic
opportunities for transitioning adolescent girls

Identify and strengthen corporate social responsibility
(CSR) among selected private sector actors to complement GoU’s budgetary gaps
in AGYW programming.

and Evaluation

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

With the support of MEL, maintain an updated database of
private actors with CSR budgets/commitments, signed MOU’s for PPP, prospective
PPP opportunities and commitments

Create a monitoring system for adolescents who transition
into empowerment interventions under PPP, follow up and document success

and Representation

Support and coordinate field learning visits from
sub-county, district and national government, partners and external visitors,
and private actors particularly on issues around PPP

Build capacity of APOLOU Activity /GIRL program teams to
understand PPP model and its relevance to GIRL program, APOLOU and MC Uganda

Establish and maintain a productive working relationship
with the local Government and Sub Counties, the private sector partners.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

applicant for the Mercy Corps Public Private Partnerships
job must hold a Bachelor’s
degree in Agribusiness, Agriculture Economics, Community Development, Project
Planning and Management, Public Policy and Administration, Business
Administration or any other business-related fields. Post graduate certificate,
diploma or degree on earlier mentioned disciplines is a plus.

At least five years of related professional experience in
public-private sector engagement (PPP)

Demonstrated skills in catalyzing Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) in the private sector

Knowledge and understanding of youth/gender empowerment

Experience with private sector financial institutions or
income generating activities is a plus

Demonstrated skills in data collection, verification and

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

Excellent reporting, communication and presentation skills

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

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
PPP Officer drives results (identifies and nurtures opportunities for
public-private sector engagement to sustained funding of GIRL activities),
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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