Mercy Corps NGO Governance and Advocacy Officer Jobs in Kaabong

Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and works to catalyze change through the Ugandan private sector, civil society and government to create resilient, economically inclusive, healthy, and secure communities.

Our work focuses on building resilience and enabling economic growth, improving opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, improving governance and conflict management, and bridging humanitarian response with longer term development outcomes. We implement programs in Acholi, Karamoja and West Nile Sub-regions, as well as eastern Uganda and the greater Kampala area with funding from USAID, Sida, US State Department, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.

The primary focus of the Governance and Advocacy Officer will be to strengthen horizontal and vertical linkages of formal and informal governance structures in Karamoja with the aim of mobilizing communities, building governance capacity for improved nutritional outcomes and ensuring governance structures are inclusive.

The Governance and Advocacy Officer will support the integration and implementation of the Apolou advocacy strategy while helping to raise awareness of program activities with governance structures, strengthening policy and budget allocations which support Apolou’s objectives


  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • In close coordination with the M&E team implement M&E protocols and procedures to ensure accurate reporting of data against program indicators.
  • Support data collection for governance related learning questions to the Apolou learning agenda and support data collection, analysis and write up of this data.


  • Implement activities in a way that is compliant with USAID rules and regulations.
  • Adhere to Mercy Corps policy and procedures, in particular related to finance and operations.

    Documentation & Knowledge Management

  • Regularly document activities, success stories and administrative issues (e.g. distributions or transfer documentation) in soft and hard copy.
  • Implement the document management system to ensure compliance.
  • Contribute to reports for Mercy Corps and its donor.
  • Generate and share success stories

    Staff Management

  • Work collaboratively with other sectors, departments and staff across Apolou and the Mercy Corps Uganda team.


  • Execute a strategy for roll out of Community Mobilization through Resilience Action Committees across Apolou districts of implementation.
  • Drive sustainability around Resilience Adaptation Committees helping to
    operationalize community level Resilience Action Plans
  • Maintain up-to date understanding of the national and local-level policy environment, including donor initiatives and funded activities and public budgeting processes, timelines and prioritization.
  • Integrate governance initiatives across all Purposes (WASH, Livelihoods and MCHN) of Apolou providing technical guidance for improved nutritional outcomes.
  • Increase representation and participation of women and youth in leadership committees (WUCs, Peace Committees etc.)
  • Roll out trainings to improve women’s leadership capacity.

    Representation and Coordination

  • Liaise with local government officials, local CSOs and NGOs, local religious leaders and others to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps.
  • Maintain close working relationships with donors, other humanitarian and development organizations, and local partners, including representing Mercy Corps at local coordination meetings as required.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.

    Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor or Advanced Degree in Governance, Law, Civil Society Development or related field.
  • 3+ years of experience focused on governance and civil society development in Karamoja.
  • Experience supporting Community Mobilization processes and building inclusive governance structures.
  • Excellent negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a sensitive environment.
  • Effective verbal and written communication; strong skills in organization and prioritization
  • Good knowledge on Microsoft Office applications (Word, excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) are a requirement
  • Excellent English language skills essential (verbal and written), with Ngakarimojong skills preferred.

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 18th June, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps NGO Governance and Advocacy Officer Jobs in Kaabong

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