Vacancy Announcement

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Operating in Uganda since 2006, Mercy Corps has field offices in Kitgum, Pader, Kotido and Kaabong and implements programs that cover a wide variety of program sectors including food security, health/nutrition, water/sanitation, peace building, youth, agriculture, and econ development


PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: In October 2017, Mercy Corps was awarded a 5 year USAID/ Food for Peace- funded program working in 4 districts in Karamoja, the Apolou Activity. The Activity has four purposes with cross cutting themes of gender and youth and resilience: 1) Inclusive and effective governance contributes to food and nutrition security, 2) Improved health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women, children under five, and adolescent girls, 3) Improved WASH conditions and 4) Adolescent girls, adolescent boys, women and men access diverse and secure livelihoods through improved capacities and strengthened market systems. Apolou is implemented by a consortium of actors led by Mercy Corps, including Save the Children, Whave Solutions, four local partners (KAPDA, AIDI, NARWOA and Riam Riam) and Tufts University’s Feinstein International Centre (FIC).

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: The primary focus of the Health System Strengthening Officer (HSSO) will be to improve coordination of service provision for food and nutrition security. The HSSO will implement and support a program that improves the organizational performance of HC III and HC II-level facilities with emphasis on the Health Unit Management Committees (HUMC) which is in line with government standards and priorities. Support will be strongly focused on the management of facilities, with less support on the technical skills of facility staff.


  • Work with HSS Senior Officer to identify gaps in regulatory compliance at the lower health facilities, and design training initiatives depending on identified gaps.
  • Advocate for oversight at district and sub-county level through continuous advocacy for support to Health Unit Management Committees.
  • Partner with Ministry of health (MoH) to refine HUMC guidelines to simplify roles and responsibilities of HUMC members and ensure that youth and women are represented.
  • Support mechanisms for targeted and age specific educational trainings around SHR to VHTs to include a clear referral pathway for SGBV into the health system, strengthen coordination mechanisms by HUMCs.
  • Assist the local government in the development of health facility capacity building plan.
  • Work with Senior HSSO to define, design, implement and monitor a health social accountability platform.
  • Recommend program priorities and explore, evaluate and present new opportunities that leverage impact and/or complement core program activities related to governance, gender and social accountability.
  • Collaborate with district-level HUMC focal person to improve government led mentorship of the committees, strengthen their understanding of roles, responsibilities and community linkages
  • Offer onsite technical support supervision to health facilities by supporting the development and implementation of health facility capacity building strategies for health centers that are 1) systemically targeted and 2) sustain impact avoiding direct provision of materials/equipment to health facilities and should reflect the priorities identified under the local government. MONITORING AND EVALUATION:
  • Under guidance of Senior HSSO take responsibility for district data gathering and documentation of program activities.
  • Comply with M&E systems that will be established to measure program impacts and desired results include writing most significant change stories.
  • Analyze project implementation strategies to identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations.
  • Submit to the Senior HSSO timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly report that will be indicative of program progress during implementation.
  • In collaboration/consultation with MCHN Manager and BCC Save staff periodically supervise various activities implemented on the ground by the partner.
  • Where needed support external evaluations by research partner Feinstein International Center and other organizations.
  • Documentation of key lessons learnt and sharing with key stakeholders for improved service delivery. ETHICS AND INTEGRITY:
  • All Mercy Corps staff members 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:
  • A Degree in Public Health, Nursing or a related field
  • At least 3 years of professional experience working with the government health system is desirable.
  • Experience in delivering capacity building programs especially on organizational capacity of health facilities and establishing support programs.
  • Intimate knowledge of Uganda’s public health environment and strong familiarity with the publicly funded Health Center system, particularly in the context of rural areas like Karamoja.
  • Demonstrable writing and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrable quantitative skills, including familiarity with financial accounting
  • Proven skills in networking, collaboration, community consultations and organizational development
  • Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Fluency in Nga’Karimojong desirable.
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle and he/she should be in possession of a valid driving/riding license
  • Proven knowledge and capacity in using computer basic applications MS Word, Excel and internet

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 for Submission: Close of business on Friday, July 27th 2018. 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.