Senior Program Lead NGO Job Opportunities – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station:  Uganda
Mercy Corps is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), DFID, Mastercard Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US Depart of State (DOS) /PEPFAR, ECHO and Nike Foundation.
Job Summary: The Senior Program Lead will be a senior position in small field offices located in either Palorinya or Rhino Camp. The Senior Program Lead will support the West Nile Team Leader in implementing the workplan and activity streams in the specific geography of focus. The Senior Program Lead will be expected to support coordination with consortium partners as well as implementing agencies, OPM and UNHCR. Reporting to the West Nile Team Leader, the Senior Program Lead will lead implementation of the livelihoods and economic development component which will include support for farmers; evouchers or cash for agricultural inputs; formation and support for VSLAs; formation and support for income generating activities and market linkages to ensure sustainable incomes are developed. Specific activities will include strengthening relationships with existing community structures, assessing beneficiaries based on vulnerability criteria; mobilizing community members for assessments and registration of beneficiaries; development of platform for evouchers or other platform for access to agricultural inputs; implementation of evoucher and input distributions; post-distribution monitoring; overseeing agriculture extension trainers and other mentorship for IGAs. S/he will be a creative, action-oriented problem solver with strong experience in partnership management.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Planning, developing and implementing humanitarian cash transfer activities
  • Work in close coordination with Team Leader, mobilize community members, taking care to identify those who fit the pre-established vulnerability criteria, for registration and other activities.
  • Lead field level community sensitization activities around livelihoods activities in zones of focus in Rhino Camp or Palorinya. Identify specific topic areas of information needed and develop clear communications plans to effectively disseminate information.
  • Provide support in the development of platform to implement evouchers or other platform to distribute agricultural inputs with linkages to local traders. Lead implementation of platform in the geography of focus.
  • Lead development of groups for VSLA activities; support initial training and provide ongoing monitoring support.
  • Lead identification and development of IGA groups; support development of specific IGA and business plan; and ongoing support.
  • Support development of strategy and lead implementation of capital grants to IGA groups for livelihood activities along with ongoing support.
  • Coordinate with other field teams as needed to ensure continuity in the programs.
Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
  • Under guidance of Team Leader and M&E Specialist, participate in and potentially lead any market assessment and baseline/endline data gathering needs.
  • Render support in the development of vulnerability criteria and beneficiary registration tool.
  • Work closely with supervisor to capture data for measuring output and impact of the program; and to ensure accurate and timely flow of information from the field. Specific data collection would include post-distribution monitoring and after action reviews for key activities. Continuous improvement of activities will be expected based on this information.
  • Prepare and submit timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports that will be indicative of program progress during implementation. Respond to queries if and when necessary.
  • Maintain proper filing system.
Collaboration/Networking: Establish and maintain good coordination and working relationships with Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR local government officials, and other NGOs/CBOs, representing Mercy Corps and soliciting participation in activities where appropriate and as directed.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps Uganda and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps Uganda’s 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 the program as well as themselves.
  • Perform any other duties assigned 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Senior Program Lead job placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field required. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Background in humanitarian and/or market development response activities, preferably in livelihoods and cash transfer programming. Ideally candidate will have experience working on electronic methods of payment.
  • Five years of progressive experience required.
  • Ideal candidate will demonstrate progressive levels of responsibility including some staff management
  • Previous community mobilization experience is mandatory
  • Experience in leading M&E processes ideal.
  • Strong writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Excellent teamwork abilities and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment mandatory.
  • Proactive, problem-solving action orientation is essential.
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of West Nile.
  • S/he will be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments.
  • S/he will be committed to the work of Mercy Corps and the objectives of this program. They will demonstrate their dedication with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and creative problem solving.
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:  12th January 2018

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