Present in Uganda since 2006, Mercy Corps Uganda’s aim is to catalyze change through the Ugandan private sector, civil society, and government to create resilient, economically inclusive, healthy, and secure communities by 1) strengthening market systems that enable inclusive growth and resilience; 2) strengthening governance; 3) promoting health and nutrition outcomes; and 4) meeting the immediate needs of refugees and host communities while strengthening market systems and resilience capacities.
The USAID-funded Securing Peace and Promoting Prosperity in Karamoja (EKISIL) is implemented by Mercy Corps and partners in the following four districts of Karamoja: Abim, Kaabong, Kotido and Moroto. EKISIL is a conflict mitigation and management project that uses a people-to-people approach (P2P) that brings groups together across divisions to address underlying social, economic, ecological, and governance issues at risk of fueling conflict in the Karamoja region. This is achieved through three interlinked objectives that address root causes of inter-ethnic conflict and promote reconciliation, empower local capacities to prevent and manage conflicts, and address emerging conflicts related to land.
The Program Officer will be responsible for supporting the implementation of EKISIL Activity at the community level. S/he will be in constant contact with stakeholders and targeted communities to ensure full participation and implementation. In coordination with the Senior Program Officer and Program Manager conduct regular field visits to ensure that all stakeholders fully understand and utilize EKISIL approaches and methodologies. Working and building the capacity of the partners, supporting in developing institutional development plans for the local partners. Participate in the peace actors’ coordination meetings, and prepare activity workplans and budgets for approval.
Reports Directly To: Senior Program Officer (Kaabong)
Works Directly With: EKISIL Program Team, CARM Assistant, Subawards, Finance, HR & Operations Teams, partner staff
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
The successful Program Officer will combine good planning and communication skills in the delivery of the project activities in the community. Ability to quickly learn and implement new information/concepts. Willingness to travel frequently to remote locations. Ability to work with various community structures including but not limited to Women Peace Forum, Elders Councils, mediators, sub-county leaders etc. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail as well as strategic vision are essential. 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. A good sense of humor and the ability to learn from mistakes also goes a long way!
The position is based in Kaabong, Uganda with frequent travels across the district and some travel to other districts in Karamoja.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development.
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Mercy Corps is an equal-opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary-General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
Disclaimer: This job description is NOT an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
Interested applicants must submit their Cover Letter & CV saved in 1 document as PDF of no more than 5 pages by 11th November 2022.
Please note that any application submitted that does not follow the above instructions will be automatically discarded.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Mercy Corps does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process.
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