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.

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.
  • Build a cohesive team spirit and culture among staff and delegate functions and responsibilities to them while ensuring achievement of program objectives.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to nationalize key program positions.
  • Maintain effective and positive internal communication with Mercy Corps staff in all field offices.
  • This includes ensuring open and harmonious communication between different departments, offices, and programs.
  • Supervise, provide leadership, mentor and build the capacity of senior program staff in program/project design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and management, in order to foster a working atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development of excellence at all levels.
  • Recruit, orient and lead team members as necessary.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on one meetings and performance reviews.

    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.

    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..

    Success Factors
  • The successful DCD will skillfully represent programmatic priorities of the agency to donors and partners while providing effective leadership to the Mercy Corps program team.
  • S/he will have high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven experience with capacity building and will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level.
  • The role is a hands-on position and success will be determined by the level of direct engagement in program development, oversight of projects, fundraising for new projects and representing the agency to stakeholders.
  • The successful DCD should welcome multi-tasking and take an active role in program design and overarching strategy.
  • Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.

    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..

    How to Apply
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 13 January 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Deputy Country Director Jobs in Uganda

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