Uganda: Economic Empowerment Manager- 1 Vacancy based in Kotido (Open to Ugandan Nationals Only)

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Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 19 Jan 2018


Mercy Corps implements high quality- analytical work in tough environments. We’ve been operating in Uganda since 2006 and currently manage a range of programs in Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions with funding from a host of donors. In October 2017, Mercy Corps was awarded a 5 year USAID/ Food for Peace- funded program working in 4 districts in Karamoja (Amudat, Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong), the Apolou Activity. The Activity goal “improved food and nutrition security” 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

  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).


The primary focus of the Economic Empowerment Manager will be to support the roll out of economic empowerment training at individual level. Activities will focus on two populations: Groups of pregnant and lactating women and male change agents building life skills, access to finance, and business development skills. The second population will be a cohort of youth. Youth will be initially engaged by Save the Children in intensive life skills and general economic development curricula. The Manager will be expected to provide technical input to the Save curriculum business development and financial inclusion components and then to work with a sub set of the youth to more directly advance technical skills through employment platforms (apprentices, technical training etc). Over the course of the program the Manager is responsible for ensuring the program transitions from service delivery to market based sustainable approaches.



· Develop and oversee the effective implementation of the Livelihoods training strategy and implementation workplan, moving from a direct service delivery model to an integrated approach embedded in local private sector/government delivery mechanisms

· Coordinate with the MSD, Gender and Youth, MCHN and Adolescent team on program implementation to leverage synergy and maximize impact


● Coordinate the activities of Senior Officers and service contractors to ensure training and mentorships are delivered on a timely basis and in line with best practice across all districts

● Provide technical support and quality control checks for skills building trainings, troubleshooting challenges, and standardizing implementation approaches in delivery of Livelihoods messages


● Directly supervise team of Senior Officers, with accountability for entire Livelihoods training team (inclusive of Officers and service contractors), mentoring the team in order to build technical capacity and ensure best practice in implementation as well as adherence to Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures.

● Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.


● Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to Economic Empowerment Training Activities

● Develop Economic Empowerment team budgets, ensure adherence to MC Uganda Field Finance Manual and Field Procurement Manual for all Economic Empowerment activities, and oversee implementation of key budget lines


● Represent Mercy Corps’ approach at key government, coordination and advocacy platforms and ensure coordination with other youth and PLW/CU2 training programs.


· Bachelor’s degree preferably in Economics or Development Studies

· At least six years’ experience in managing and delivering livelihoods development programs and/or gender empowerment programs with two plus years’ supervisory experience, previous experience in Karamoja a plus

· Previous experience coaching or mentoring of women and youth groups

· Previous experience developing curricula and leading trainings related to gender, savings or business development

· Experience in implementing effective savings, financial empowerment or functional adult learning programing

· Experience with private sector business or income generating activity experience a plus

· Demonstrated skills in data collection, verification and documentation

· Proven skills in networking, team-building, community consultations and organizational development;

· Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills

· Fluency in English required, fluency in Ngakarimojong a plus

· Motorbike riding permit required

· Knowledge and skills in Microsoft packages

How to apply:

Applications: Submit your application through email to 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, 19th January, 2018. Subject of email should include the position you are applying for**.** 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.

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