Mercy Corps Governance Manager Jobs in Uganda

Mercy Corps Governance Manager Jobs in Uganda

General Position Summary

  • The Governance Manager position focuses on providing capacity building, expert technical support, oversight and direction of the Governance thematic area of the Karamoja Food Security and Nutrition Activity.

  • The Governance Manager will be responsible for developing and implementing the Governance Sector work plan and ensuring the Governance team in each of the four field offices are implementing their respective activities on-scope, on-time and on-budget.

  • Activities will include developing and rolling-out a comprehensive program strategy to build the operational, technical and financial capacity of local civil society, engage government and increase coordination among formal and informal stakeholders, and mobilize communities to undertake collective action. The position will based in Moroto with operational oversight in Districts of Operation.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Program Implementation and Quality

  • Work with local CSOs to develop inclusive capacity building strategies and plans focusing on technical and networking capacities

  • Supervise the organizational development of local partner organizations using Mercy Corps Organizational Capacity Index and Capacity Development Planning process.

  • Lead joint mapping of formal and informal governance structures for development and peace building in Karamoja in collaboration with key stakeholders.

  • Ensuring coordination and integration of governance into other thematic sector activities and planning. The governance component of the program is foundational to many of the activities implemented in the other sectors.

  • Develop curricula to strengthen the capacity of government and traditional leaders in community engagement skills, including facilitation, consultation, negotiation, and participatory planning and budgeting.

  • Convene and facilitate meetings between governance structures at different levels and across geographies, as well as between parallel government and traditional non-state structures in order to promote communication and collaboration within government as well as between government and traditional non-state authorities.

  • Build the capacity of Mercy Corps staff to implement governance activities.

  • In collaboration with the M&E team, monitor and evaluate governance activities.

  • Liaise with local and regional government officials, traditional leaders, local NGOs and civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps’ programs, coordination with actors working on related issues, and cross-learning.

  • Gather/analyze data and complete assessments to determine community needs and priorities

  • Work with programs, country/regional teams, and technical support units on development of strategies.

  • Provide technical guidance and support the development of activities to increase women’s participation and youth civic engagement.

  • Provide technical support and develop program activities to strengthen social accountability, grievance redress and feedback mechanisms.


  • As required by the Technical Director, liaise with and represent the program’s Governance components to regional, district and local government officials, civil society/community leaders, political parties and other key stakeholders.

  • Ensure close coordination and information sharing with consortium partners, sub-grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.

  • Establish and maintain professional and productive relationships with communities and local government.

  • Serve as key
    focal point for Apolou problem solving at regional and district levels as required.
    Team management

  • Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.

  • 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, orient and lead team members as necessary.
    Finance, Compliance and Operations Management

  • Oversee the smooth flow of routine program support functions (e.g., finance, administration, logistics) in the field office and compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures.

  • With the support of the Sn Operation Manager ensure adequate operational systems are in place to provide for program.

  • Manage program budget(s) as Primary budget holder.

  • Strictly follow Mercy Corps Fraud and Corruption Prevention guidelines.

    Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required. M.A, M.S., M.Sc., or equivalent in a field related to Governance or International Development preferred.

  • 10 years of experience providing increasingly proficient technical support in the Governance field of expertise that includes:

  • Preparing writing and analysis on program development.

  • Demonstrating strong theoretical and applied knowledge of the field of expertise.

  • Using integrated approaches and applying systems thinking.

  • Practical field experience, typically over the course of 2 years, that includes:

  • Managing and implementing successful programs in the field.

  • Delivering Capacity Building curriculum or other processes for field teams

  • Managing staff and developing work-plans

  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently to Mercy Corps project sites and field locations, including traveling to insecure environments, is required.

  • Familiarity with USAID.

  • Fluency in English is required.

    Success Factors

  • The Governance Manager will demonstrate significant experience managing programs in the field, further enhancing their ability to adjust technical theories to meet real world complexities.

  • The individual should have the proven ability to influence donors, partners, and peer organizations toward innovative programs and best practices.

  • The Governance Manager must take a lead role in building and maintaining relationships as well as demonstrating the drive and initiative to contribute to internal team efforts.

  • This position requires strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and a level of emotional intelligence proficiency that quickly builds and maintains productive relationships across teams.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Governance Manager Jobs in Uganda

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