Mercy Corps Deputy Country Director Jobs in Uganda

Mercy Corps Deputy Country Director Jobs in Uganda


About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.

In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps has been present in Uganda since 2006, focusing its interventions on economic and agricultural development, food security and nutrition, governance, conflict management and humanitarian response.

With funding from USAID, DFID, private individuals and and private foundations including MasterCard, Mercy Corps has been able to work together with communities in Uganda to respond to the needs of our target population, which is focused on youth, adolescent girls and rural poor.

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.

Mercy Corps Uganda promotes and uses market system development approach.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision

  • Demonstrate visible leadership and adherence to Mercy Corps' core values, principles and strategy.
  • Support Country Director to communicate a clear vision of present and future program goals of Mercy Corps Uganda to team members and stakeholders that translates into concrete programs and work plans.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to the country strategy, including through fundraising.
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.

    Program Management

  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities, authorities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps' program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and vision.
  • Provide leadership and direction to program staff and support the Country Director to strengthen program strategies, program quality, partnerships, and accountability in accordance with Mercy Corps and donor policies.
  • Manage and maintain ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations, focusing on the integration of programs.
  • Provide technical leadership and advice to program teams as required, particularly in the domains of market systems development, food security, livelihoods and financial services.
  • Ensure program implementation is on time, on target and on budget, using effective M&E systems to demonstrate the desired impact.
  • Ensure that regular monitoring of project activities and project impact is undertaken, in accordance with existing Mercy Corps' Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation guidelines.
  • Oversee program implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, beneficiary targeting, distribution processes and capacity building of partners as needed.
  • Support TOLA, an open-source software built internally to improve how we evaluate program data by providing adaptable tools, and promoting better learning and sharing of information.
  • Maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources and timely, accurate and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.

    Influence, Representation & Fundraising

  • Identify and lead on fundraising opportunities for the sustainable growth of country programs, including proposal design and development that contributes to the strategic objectives of the country strategy.
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with donors (both traditional and corporate), Government of Uganda representatives, consortium partners, sub-grantees, and other stakeholders. Maintain critical relationships.
  • Communicate with Mercy Corps headquarters, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, donor community officials, national government, vendors, media and the general public in a way that fosters linkages, optimizes networks, avoids overlap, shares resources, and ensures program success.
  • In agreement with the Country Director, take on a representation role on specific coordination working groups or forums.

    Finance & Compliance Management

  • Ensure compliance and transparent use of resources in line with donor and Mercy Corps regulations.
  • Monitor adherence to grant
    agreements, Mercy Corps' policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations, including those of the Government of Uganda.
  • As part of the senior management team, work within operations systems for program impact including finance, logistics, security, and administration.
  • Work with Program Heads on proper budget management, including forecasting and procurement planning.

    Accountability

    Reports Directly To:

  • Country Director

    Works Directly With:

  • HQ-based Program, Operations, Finance, Compliance, Fundraising and Technical Support Unit; Operations, Finance

    Knowledge and Experience

  • Proven track record in successful proposal writing and program development.
  • MA/S and/or equivalent in management, international development or other relevant field.
  • At least 10 years of expatriate experience, including at least five years in a senior management position.
  • Experience managing development and humanitarian programs as well as transitional programs in insecure areas affected by conflict.
  • Experience managing programs in relevant technical area(s) including food security, market systems development, gender, livelihoods and financial services.
  • Strong M&E skills with extensive field experience in developing practical, useful and timely monitoring systems, both at the program- and country-level, which promote the use of data for adaptive management and learning.
  • Knowledge of major donor requirements and compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work both independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Strong understanding of conflict sensitive program mainstreaming and gender or protection mainstreaming would be an advantage.
  • Previous experience working Africa is desired..

    Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

  • The position is based in Kampala and requires up to 40% travel to field locations. Security in Kampala is generally good. Housing, health care, water, electricity and consumer goods are all reasonably accessible and there are good international and domestic travel options from Entebbe/Kampala Airport.
  • Air and road travel is necessary to get to some field locations. Mobile phone services are widely available. Internet is available in all Mercy Corps offices, although might be inconsistent. Travel to field sites will be required where living conditions are clean and secure, but basic. There is reasonable access to most consumer goods, although they can be expensive. There is a good number of schools with different education philosophies and curricula (including British, American and French). Kampala is an accompanied location suitable for spouse/partners and/or dependents.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on short-term assignments. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps' policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

    Knowledge and Experience

  • Proven track record in successful proposal writing and program development.
  • MA/S and/or equivalent in management, international development or other relevant field.
  • At least 10 years of expatriate experience, including at least five years in a senior management position.
  • Experience managing development and humanitarian programs as well as transitional programs in insecure areas affected by conflict.
  • Experience managing programs in relevant technical area(s) including food security, market systems development, gender, livelihoods and financial services.
  • Strong M&E skills with extensive field experience in developing practical, useful and timely monitoring systems, both at the program- and country-level, which promote the use of data for adaptive management and learning.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 13th January, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Deputy Country Director Jobs in Uganda

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