Mercy Corps

  • KAMPALA, UGANDA

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.

Mercy Corps Kampala, Uganda
09/08/2019
Chief of Party - Development Food Security Activities (Apolou) - Uganda Programming  Kampala, Uganda Description *The role is contingent upon donor approval of the candidate. 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. We help people overcome poverty and conflict. Working with communities, we leverage local logic to help people transform their lives. To grow more food, earn higher incomes and ultimately advocate for their needs. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions. During our 34-year history, our work has improved more than 170 million lives in more than 115 countries around the world. Program / Department Summary Mercy Corps is currently implementing a five-year $41 million USAID Food for Peace Activity – called “Apolou”  - to support agriculturalists, agro-pastoralists, and pastoralist households living across the four districts of Amudat, Kotido, Kaabong and Moroto in Karamoja.  Apolou is an integrated food security program. The goal of the Activity is to achieve a food secure future in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda through community level governance, preventing chronic malnutrition, sanitation and hygiene and sustainable livelihoods. General Position Summary The Chief of Party (CoP) will provide overall leadership, management and strategic vision to the implementation of a five-year, multi-million dollar USAID/Food for Peace and USAID/Uganda-funded Development Food Security Activities (DFSA). S/he will manage staff, resources and partnerships to ensure that the program meets its targets and deliverables on-time and within budget. The CoP will supervise program staff and ensure accountability to Mercy Corps’ policies and donor rules and regulations. S/he will be the primary program representative to donors, relevant government entities, partners, other implementers and external stakeholders. Essential Job Responsibilities Strategy and Vision Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed. Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives. Oversee the development of annual, integrated strategic work-plans for the program. Lead the development of a program-wide resilience-building framework to guide coordination and integrated implementation. Program Management Oversee program start-up and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations. Lead the development of detailed implementation plans, flowing from annual strategic work-plans, and ensure the delivery of the same. Lead the socialization of the program with Government of Uganda stakeholders, ensuring necessary approvals and collaboration as required. Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria. Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate. Provide managerial and programmatic oversight to partners and sub-grantee(s). Document processes and achievements to ensure best practices are captured and disseminated. This will include the continual re-evaluation of program activities and information, with resulting activity adjustments in keeping with new insights. Produce written reports on program activities, capturing the impacts of activities. Oversee efforts to design effective M&E systems for the program, and linkages with internal M&E systems. Create and follow effective stakeholder management plans, ensuring sound and proactive communications with Mercy Corps Uganda, partner organizations, Mercy Corps headquarters, USAID, Government of Uganda authorities, and colleague agencies. Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites – spend up to 50% of time in the field. Team Management Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence. Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews. Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes. Supervise and manage all program staff to ensure day-to-day activities are implemented in a coordinated fashion according to schedule, budget and quality. Supervise and manage all program partnerships to ensure sound coordination in the context of an overall program strategic and resilience-building framework. Manage and help with the recruitment, orientation, professional development and ongoing training of Apolou staff to ensure they are of the quality and technical capacity necessary to ensure the successful implementation of activities. Finance & Compliance Management In collaboration with the country program’s operations and finance departments, ensure proper financial management, procurement, administration, human resources and logistics (including transport, warehousing and asset management) needs of the program are conducted within Mercy Corps’ policy and with the maximum benefit to the program. Monitor adherence to grant agreement, Mercy Corps’ policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations, including those of the government of Uganda. Representation Liaise with and represent program to USAID and other cooperating sponsors and stakeholders. Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events in the field, in close coordination with the Country Director. 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 relationships with communities and local government. Security Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership. Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies. 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 Deputy Chief of Party, Partnership and Quality Manager; MEL Adviser, Gender Adviser Accountability Reports Directly To:  Country Director Works Directly With:  Director of Programs, Finance Director, Operations Staff, HQ Regional Program Team, Technical Support Unit and Partner Organizations Knowledge and Experience Master’s degree in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, public health or related field. Minimum of ten years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects, at least five years in a senior management role is required Prior experience managing development assistance projects of a similar size and scope in developing countries including USAID-funded projects. Preference for experience with Title II funded activities Experience managing multi-sectoral projects including agricultural development and maternal child health and nutrition. Proven leadership skills. Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners. Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming. Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English Ability to travel within the country and internationally, as required. Experience with USAID rules, regulations and requirements is preferred. Experience working in sub-Saharan and preferably East Africa. Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications. Success Factors Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. Strong facilitation skills. Ability and willingness to both lead and follow as appropriate. Has an internal and external network of experts to draw upon as needed. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations. Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions The position in based in Kampala with 50%+ travel to the Karamoja region.  Life in Kampala is comfortable, with a vibrant expatriate community and supermarkets with western goods at western prices. This is an accompanied post, with international schools catering to all grades.  There is regular access to services – medical, electricity, water, etc.  However, this position requires at least 50 percent travel by road and air to the Karamoja region. The Karamoja region as a whole is chronically under-developed and is remote, road conditions are challenging and there is very limited infrastructure in general across the region. Living conditions are basic in Karamoja (no running water, and limited electric without generators and solar systems). Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit to a field posting. 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 in-country venues Learn more...
Mercy Corps Moroto, Uganda
22/07/2019
Description   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. GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY The Resilience Director for Karamoja will provide in-depth technical guidance and mentoring in resilience approaches for key complex, resilience-focused programs in Karamoja Uganda.  S/he will partner closely with lead program managers, technical officers and advisors, and monitoring and evaluation team to ensure resilience-thinking supports design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes within and across programs, and supports greater impact. In addition to strengthening technical approaches in resilience, s/he will be responsible for guiding teams and capturing program successes, failures, and lessons-learned, and facilitating adaptive management and reflective processes to ensure learning improves programming. S/he will directly and manage and oversee resilience research and learning program components Team and partner capacity-building and technical support Work closely with Managers to set team capacity-building priorities to ensure integration of resilience approaches into program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Facilitate processes with team members that allow for integration of resilience approaches to improve sector-based and cross-sectoral programming, and get to impact Adapt and develop context and program-specific guidance, tools and trainings to advance the integration of resilience-thinking and action into program systems, to support results Coordinate and deliver support visits, training workshops and sharing/designing tools and resources that facilitate team capacity-building in resilience Provide technical support and mentoring to program managers and team members in ensuring high-quality, impactful implementation in resilience, documentation of lessons and taking initiatives to scale. Identify capacity-building needs and opportunities in resilience for program partners, to support an integrated resilience approach across programs Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.   Monitoring, measurement and Learning Facilitate the development of a resilience monitoring and learning agenda, tied to program outcomes Mentor program M&E and implementing teams to implement a resilience monitoring system, to track resilient program outcomes and document lessons-learned. Work with program teams to develop and facilitate an adaptive management process, to reflect on resilience monitoring results, take stock of successes and failures, and make program adjustments as necessary Work with teams to set and oversee the delivery of research and learning priorities in resilience, in consultation with donor, including measuring resilience at systems level Identify opportunities for ensuring resilience programs can demonstrate evidence and deliver compelling messages on what works best for resilience, Oversee support systems and structures that actively cultivate learning and exchange on resilience approaches team members and partner agencies; serve as technical lead on resilience across partner agencies Identify opportunities to professionally document and promote best practices and lessons learned that respond to the priority research and thought leadership topics. Coordinate the development of high quality learning products, program briefs and thought pieces articulating and sharing evidence and proxy indicators of success for building resilience Representation, partnership and outreach Facilitate liaising and maintaining strong relationships with donors and partners, jointly identifying resilience priorities and opportunities for influence and demonstrating impact Represent Mercy Corps Kenya and Uganda in strategic internal and external high-profile resilience events and conferences, including with donors, higher-level government stakeholders and multilateral institutions. Connect our thought leadership and influence agenda to representation and outreach efforts. Identify strategic partners for resilience building in collaboration and facilitate outreach and coordination efforts Promote resilience work within the organization and cultivate participation in communities of practice   Organisational 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: None   Reports Directly To:  Chief of Party, Apolou Works Directly With:  Secondary report to Regional Resilience Director, ESA Hub; Global Resilience team, Country Director, Program and M&E teams, DcoP, Apolou, Apolou Team Knowledge and Experience MA/S or equivalent experience in agriculture, environmental management, governance or other relevant international development field required. Minimum seven years of experience in program management, design, monitoring and evaluation, with proven ability to coordinate and manage diverse, complex initiatives. Thorough understanding of resilience thinking required, with an understanding of Mercy Corps’ approach to resilience a plus. Strong understanding of food security, youth, urbanization, market systems development, and environmental programs required. Experience in international development and humanitarian assistance in East Africa is strongly preferred. Demonstrated ability to design and facilitate processes to use research and M&E to improve program learning and adaptive management. Strong representation, networking and facilitation skills. Proven ability to synthesize and communicate complex subjects/topics effectively to multi-stakeholder groups. Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational, and prioritization skills. Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and non-formal methods. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a diverse, geographically spread team.   Success Factors The successful candidate will apply a strong combination of program leadership and relationship-building skills with an outstanding ability to contribute to innovation, influence and impact across a set of complex contexts and multi-sector programs. With a high capacity to deliver results under tight deadlines with multiple priorities, the Resilience Director will have the ability to strategically develop and guide a course of action for Mercy Corps’ complex resilience programs under his/her mandate. Commitment, flexibility and openness to new practices, concepts, ideas and change for continuous improvement will serve the position and team well. Public relations skills are integral success factors in this position.  Excellent negotiation and communication skills will foster the development of donor and partner relationships. Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions This position is based in Kampala with 40% travel to domestic sites, primarily Moroto in the Karamoja region, and regionally, primarily to Kenya and Zimbabwe. Travel to other locations for regional representation may be required. When in the field the team member will need to able to work in remote settings and possibly over weekends and/or evening as required by the schedule. Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. 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 in-country venues. Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.   http://jobs.jobvite.com/mercycorps/job/oYS59fwO