Mercy Corps NGO Economic Empowerment Manager Jobs in Kotido

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Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps implements high quality- analytical work in tough environments. We’ve been operating in Uganda since 2006 and currently manage a range of programs in Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions with funding from a host of donors.

In October 2017, Mercy Corps was awarded a 5 year USAID/ Food for Peace- funded program working in 4 districts in Karamoja, the Apolou Activity. The Activity has four purposes with cross cutting themes of gender and youth and resilience:

Inclusive and effective governance contributes to food and nutrition security
Improved health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women, children under five, and adolescent girls

Improved WASH conditions

Adolescent girls, adolescent boys, women and men access diverse and secure livelihoods through improved capacities and strengthened market systems

Apolou is implemented by a consortium of actors led by Mercy Corps, including Save the Children, Whave Solutions, four local partners (KAPDA, AIDI, NARWOA and Riam Riam) and Tufts University’s Feinstein International Centre (FIC).

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision

  • Develop and oversee the effective implementation of Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods strategy and implementation work plan, moving from a direct service delivery model to an integrated approach embedded in local private sector/government delivery mechanisms
  • Coordinate with the MSD, Livestock, Agriculture, Gender and Youth, MCHN and Adolescent team on program implementation to leverage synergy and maximize impact

    Program Management

  • Coordinate the activities of Senior Officers and service contractors to ensure training and mentorships are delivered on a timely basis and in line with best practice across all districts
  • Provide technical support and quality control checks for skills building trainings, troubleshooting challenges, and standardizing implementation approaches in delivery of Livelihoods messages
  • Provide technical contribution to the development of core IEC materials
  • Support the cultivation of PLW/CU2 and adolescent micro scale businesses as a means to sustainable economic empowerment and poverty reduction
  • Prepare MCG+ movement plans, cash projections, and other administrative and management duties as required
  • Ensure team follows PM@MC best practice in reporting, contributing to a culture of adaptive management and effective monitoring and evaluation

    Team Management

  • Directly supervise team of Senior Officers, with accountability for entire Livelihoods training team (inclusive of Officers and service contractors), mentoring the team in order to build technical capacity and ensure best practice in implementation as well as adherence to Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures.
  • 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.
  • Liaise with other Managers and Team Leaders to ensure consortium is integrated in approach, on-scope, on-time and on-budget.

    Finance & Compliance Management

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to Economic Empowerment Training Activities
  • Develop Economic Empowerment team budgets, ensure adherence to MC Uganda Field Finance Manual and Field Procurement Manual for all Economic Empowerment activities, and oversee implementation of key budget lines

    Influence & Representation

  • Represent Mercy Corps’ approach at key government, coordination and advocacy platforms and ensure coordination with other youth and PLW/CU2 training programs.

    Organizational Learning

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

    Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work,
    while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

    Supervisory Responsibility

  • The Economic Empowerment Manager is directly responsible for 4 senior officers and accountable for the performance of the entire team, officers and service contractors


  • Reports Directly to: Livelihoods Manager
  • Works Directly with: MSD Manager, Other Apolou Sector leads, Save the Children Program Manager, DCOP, M&E Manager, Gender and Youth Manager, Dynamic Program team for Karamoja

    Ethics and Integrity

  • All Mercy Corps staff member are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate highest integrity in their professional and personal life.
  • Mercy Corps has zero tolerance to any form of fraud, corruption, abuse, harassment or exploitation.
  • Any breach of our policies or misconduct will lead to disciplinary action or may lead to termination.

    Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum post graduate diploma in Agribusiness, Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, Agriculture Economics, Community Development, Project planning and Management or any other Business related fields.
  • Postgraduate degree on earlier mentioned disciplines is a plus
  • At least six years’ experience in managing and delivering livelihoods development programs and/or gender empowerment programs, previous experience in Karamoja a plus
  • Previous experience coaching or mentoring of women and youth groups
  • Previous experience developing curricula and leading trainings related to gender, savings or business development
  • Experience in implementing effective savings, financial empowerment or functional adult learning programing
  • Experience with private sector business or income generating activity experience a plus
  • Demonstrated skills in data collection, verification and documentation
  • Proven skills in networking, team-building, community consultations and organizational development;
  • Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Fluency in English required, fluency in Ngakarimojong a plus
  • Motorbike riding permit required
  • Knowledge and skills in Microsoft packages

    Success Factors

    The ability of the Economic Empowerment Manager to ensure standardize, market based life skills and livelihoods training will be the positions first success factor.

    The second will be the ability of the Economic Empowerment Manager to effectively build evidence of program coverage and quality, documenting activity roll out and lessons learned through shared communications platforms across the program.

    The third success factor will be the degree to which the Manager effectively collaborates with MCHN, MSD and Gender and Youth teams, and Save teams driving integrated programming through mutual learning and programmatic support that ultimately benefits pregnant and lactating mothers and children under two as well as adolescents.

    Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
    The position is based in (Kotido, Uganda) and it requires travel to other locations in Karamoja The region is secure with access to most basic amenities.

    Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all locations.

    How to Apply:

    All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to:

    Deadline for Submission: Close of business on Tuesday, July 31st 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Please note that this is a re-advertisement, earlier applicants need not to apply.

    For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps NGO Economic Empowerment Manager Jobs in Kotido

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