Mercy Corps Pilot & Strategy Lead: Refugee Finance Jobs in Uganda

Mercy Corps Pilot & Strategy Lead: Refugee Finance Jobs in Uganda


General Position Summary

  • The Pilot & Strategy Lead will lead the French Development Agency (AFD) funded Refugee Finance to Grow Incomes, Assets and Resilience through Bundled Services in Uganda (ReFine) and will report to the Director of Programs in Mercy Corps Uganda and collaborate closely with the Director of Financial Inclusion (TSU) on technical and partnership issues.

  • The successful candidate will bring in-depth experience of banking or microfinance operations, a clear understanding of, and vision for impact, and excellent leadership and management skills to support high quality execution and field operations.

  • In doing so, you will work closely with MFIs in Uganda to deliver against program goals; ensure the program and partners understand and respond to the needs of refugees and host communities; provide excellent management oversight of a team of staff and consultants to ensure the highest quality program execution and that Mercy Corps measures and delivers impact; work with leadership colleagues to develop a sustainable long term strategy and partnership for scale; and write accurate and compelling reports and updates for donors.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    Strategy and Vision

  • Ability to think creatively, and demonstrate laser like focus on impact and scale

  • Take ownership of advocacy and communications focused program deliverables, including ‘state of the sector’ reports

  • Work closely with key stakeholders to develop a long term scale and impact strategy for ReFine, that can be replicated in additional countries.

  • Create a high profile for the ReFine program both in Uganda and across the wider sector. Engage and lead on thought leadership opportunities.

    Program Management

  • Understand and articulate the priorities and objectives of the program

  • Develop, monitor and execute a results focused project plan

  • Manage multiple and competing priorities across different workstreams including product development, training, and strategy.

  • Provide technical knowledge and leadership, and contribute to technical work undertaken by program staff and/or consultants.

  • Provide high degree of attention to detail, logistics, and planning to ensure high quality and consistent execution.

    Partnership Management

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with multiple external partners, including AFD, Kiva, UR, and 2-3 financial service providers.

  • Communicate clearly and consistently with internal and external stakeholders

  • Coordinate program activities across multiple implementing organizations and develop shared work plans, objectives and key results.

    People Management

  • Lead hiring process for staff and consultants
    Provide leadership and management to the program team, including clear objectives and key results, regular performance reviews and feedback, and support for ongoing professional development.

    Knowledge and Experience

  • Strong commitment to using financial inclusion as a tool to serve the most vulnerable in improving their incomes and resilience.

  • 7-10 years of experience in financial inclusion, preferably including experience working for a Financial Service Provider, ratings agency or financial inclusion consulting. Including,

  • High degree of fluency in microfinance, digital technology or mobile money

  • Experience or knowledge of human centered design

  • Familiarity using integrated approaches and applying systems thinking and/or key partnership development.

  • Familiarity with inclusive and gender-responsive approaches.

  • Project planning and management experience

  • Great people skills. Proven ability to build and manage strong working relationships in-person and remotely, and to build strategic partnerships with institutional partners

  • Experience in East Africa, and preferably in Uganda and the local financial services sector.

  • Ability to be dynamic, work flexibly and effectively in remote management situations, and manage ambiguity in the workplace.

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

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Pilot & Strategy Lead: Refugee Finance Jobs in Uganda


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