About Mercy Corps
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In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
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Now, and for the future.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and works to catalyze change makers within the Ugandan private sector, civil society and government to create economically dynamic, healthy and secure communities. Our works focus on building resilience and enable economic growth, improve opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improved governance and conflict management. We implement programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.
We have been implementing a 2-year PEPFAR DREAMS Innovation challenge program, Cultivating Safe Work, Life Skills and Market Connections to Decrease HIV Risk for Young Women (SKY) seeking to address the growing rate of HIV/AIDS among young women (ages 19 -24) who engage in transactional sex in the Gulu, Lira and Oyam Districts. SKY will reduce 4,500 young women’s reliance on transactional sex by providing them the skills, confidence and connections needed to achieve steady employment. By tapping into the young women’s aspirations and locally available market opportunities, SKY will provide demand-driven technical and life skills training, which will enable young women to successfully navigate the private sector, generate a steady income and reduce their dependence on transactional sex. The program will include vocational training and market facilitation activities.
General Position Summary
This position is focused on community engagement, including the identification, recruitment and retention of young women (creation of safe space groups); the execution of livelihood development and health related activities (enrollment in vocational training institutes and referrals to health facilities), market facilitation activities including private sector engagement and subsidies. She will be locally hired and based in Oyam area. She will be responsible for day-today field-work in implementation of activities, mobilization, formation and monitoring of groups of young women and related education and Livelihoods activities.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
· To work closely with all the program and MEL staff in implementation of the program.
· Provide group mentorship and facilitate trainings
· Support business plan development and IGA support for AGYW groups
· To engage community members (community representatives, teachers, religious leaders, government officials and gatekeepers)
· Support identification of market and business opportunities and facilitate linkage of project beneficiaries and groups
· Coordinate directly with CBOs and other partner organizations to ensure AGYW linkage and access to layered services.
· To organize community events to sensitize target communities on the SKY Program
· To support partnership creation and management in relation to market facilitation activities and vocational training.
· To monitor and track the success and failures of young women and groups and document learnings for the project
· To collect program data accurately and forward the same to the office timely.
· To support community mapping activities, market assessments and base-line/end-line evaluation activities.
· To prepare accurate and timely monitoring and field reports and other project documentation as required.
· Maintain proper project/program files and document progress reports.
· To represent the organization in meetings at the grass root level.
· 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.
· Supervise grass root community structures to provide effective group mentorship and support to achieve project objective
· Perform any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or representatives
Finance & Compliance Management
· Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations .
· 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.
· 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 and meet the minimum standards of learning as per organization guidelines
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 with beneficiary communities Supervisory Responsibility
Supervision of Community Based Facilitators and grass root mobilisers.
Reports Directly to: Program Manger
Works Directly with: Adolecenst Girls specialist, MEL Team and Program Officers
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
- Minimum 3+years of experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in civic engagement, livelihoods and education
- Degree in Community Development, social sciences, or related field;
- Commitment to working with youth and vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
- Understanding of working with local partners;
- Good problem solving, written and oral communication skills;
- Strong written and spoken English
- Local language skills highly required
- Ability to work without constant supervision and as part of a mixed team;
- Good knowledge of MS Office software such as Excel, Word, and Access;
- Ability and willingness to ride motor bike is a MUST.
The ideal candidate will;
- Have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in this region.
- Be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasked, and able to work I in difficult and often stressful environments.
- Good partnership manager
- Ability to effectively function in a team setting to achieve objectives
- Have self drive and inititive to deliver quality programing
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Oyam, (Uganda). The region is secure with access to most basic amenities.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. 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 locations.
Applications: Submit your application through e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, 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 Friday, September 06th, 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.