Mercy Corps Partnerships and Capacity BuildingTeam Leader-One Vacancy based in Moroto- Uganda Jobs

Mercy Corps Partnerships and Capacity BuildingTeam Leader-One Vacancy based in Moroto- Uganda Jobs

Closing date: 05 Aug 2019

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 Summary:

Mercy Corps does high-quality, analytical work in very difficult places. We have been operating in Uganda since 2006 and currently implement development programs in the Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions of Uganda with funding from USAID, DFID and ECHO, among others.

Apolou (“Growth” in Nga’karimojong) is a 5-year USAID funded DFSA activity operating in the four districts of Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong and Amudat. Apolou has four objectives grounded in social behaviour change and supports gender-transformative and resilience outcomes:

  • 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 strengthen market systems.

    General Position Summary:

    The primary focus of the Partnerships and Governance Team Leader will be to provide strategic guidance, build local partner technical, financial and operational capacity, and serve as a key adviser to Apolou’s local partners: NARWOA, KAPDA, RIAM RIAM and AIDI.

    The Team Leader will support the development and implementation of strategies to develop local partner capacity and networks across all four districts. The position should focus on three key success factors:

  • Ability to provide relevant, timely, and focused capacity building support to RIAM RIAM, KAPDA and NARWOA primarily, but also to other local partners and their associated points of contact within Mercy Corps.
  • Strategically building networks across civil society in Karamoja while integrating the work of Apolou’s local partners into mainstream Apolou activities, for example, Community Mobilisation, social behavior change and advocacy for improved service delivery.
  • The degree to which the Team Leader drives results, making critical decisions and producing scheduled outputs on time, on scope and on budget for Mercy Corps and the associated local partners.

    Essential Job Functions:

    Monitoring & Evaluation
  • In close coordination with the M&E team design and implement M&E protocols and procedures to ensure accurate reporting of data against program indicators.
  • Ensure that local partners are fully aware of and understand the data reporting requirements, the M&E system which they are required to follow and the indicators that they are tracking.
  • Ensure that all staff assigned to local partners under the Apolou program follow standard operating procedures when it comes to documenting monitoring of partners (reports, meeting minutes, spot checks etc.)


  • Ensure the compliance of local partners to their subgrant agreements, and monitor that they are meeting the agreed upon milestones on time, on scope and on budget.
  • Compile and organize the necessary paperwork to ensure timely payment of all local partners in line with their subgrant agreement.

    Documentation & Knowledge Management
  • Develop a system for the team and local partners to regularly document activities, success stories and administrative issues (e.g. distributions or transfer documentation) in soft and hard copy.
  • Regularly monitor the document management system to ensure compliance.
  • Contribute to reports for Mercy Corps and its donor. Review and compile report sections from team members.

    Staff Management

  • Directly line manage three Partnerships and Capacity Building Officers, encourage formation of a cohesive team for effective implementation.
  • Identify training opportunities for team members and provide strategic guidance in support of their professional development.
  • Work collaboratively with other sectors, departments and staff across Apolou and the Mercy Corps Uganda team.

  • Identify, organize and execute strategic trainings and capacity development opportunities for local partners.
  • Oversee all governance, conflict and community mobilization/engagement and institutional capacity building activities of identified local partners within the Apolou program, ensuring these local partners are able to
    mobilize community members, mitigate conflict and engage with government.
    This will be implemented in close coordination with the Governance and Advocacy Team Leader and Officers.
  • Ensure that capacity building strategies are developed, implemented and updated for all local partners.
  • Implement and support team members to implement the Organizational Capacity Index on an annual basis with all local partners. Track, oversee and document their capacity development progress.
  • Work with local partners to integrate social behavior change and gender initiatives into their everyday work and activities.
  • Identify and develop networking opportunities for Apolou local partners within Karamoja and beyond to strengthen their capacity and further engage civil society.
  • Develop and implement a workplan for the local partnership team in close collaboration with the Governance Manager, team members and local partners.

    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.
  • Act as a point of coordination between local partners and other CBOs working in the same District and/or technical sector.
  • Similarly, act as a focal point for coordination with other Mercy Corps programs that also work with local partners in Karamoja (e.g. SP3, PEACE III, BRACED etc.)

    Supervisory Responsibility: Partnerships and Capacity Building Officers (3)

    Reports Directly to: Governance Manager

    Works Directly With: Quality & Partnerships Manager, SO2, SO3, SO4 teams, M&E staff, Gender & Youth team, Local Partner Agencies (NARWOA, KAPDA, RIAM RIAM), Finance and Operations staff.

    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:

  • Bachelor or Advanced Degree in Governance, Law, Civil Society Development or related field.
  • 4+ years of experience focused on governance, civil society development, conflict mitigation and management in Karamoja. With at least one year of supervisory experience.
  • Experience supporting the development of CSOs and CSO programming.
  • Team management and training skills are strong assets.
  • Excellent negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse team of staff and local partners in a sensitive environment.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including both in English and local languages.
  • Effective skills in organization, prioritization and team management.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Excel.
  • Knowledge of Nga’karimojong language and culture is an added advantage.

  • Ability to provide effective and timely feedback on a broad range of work related concerns.
  • Demonstrates initiative when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
  • Remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Commitment to implementing the goal of gender and youth equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of boys, girls, men and women as appropriate.
  • Meets timeline for delivery of reports and any required documentation by line mangers.
  • Ensures quality of information communicated.

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.

    Any other duties as assigned.


    Employee Date

    Supervisor Date

    How to apply: Submit your application through email to addressed to the Human Resource Director, Mercy Corps Uganda. Include a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates. Deadline for Submission: Close of business on Monday, 05th August, 2019.

    Subject of email should include the position you are applying for. 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

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