Uganda: Livelihoods Officer- 1 Vacancy based in Moroto (Open to Ugandan Nationals Only)

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Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 24 Jan 2018

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Karamoja, Acholi and West Nile 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. Among the many country programmes is the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) whose implementation period is 2015-2019.

BRACED is being implemented in the Karamoja Region of Uganda, as well as Wajir County Kenya. The BRACED Mercy Corps programme is designed around three integrated thematic focus areas – Lands/NRM, Market Systems Development and Governance. Mercy Corps recently received an 18-month extension operating from January 2018-June 2019.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The Livelihoods Officer will be responsible for enterprise and grants implementation and management. S/he will lead activities to create livelihood opportunities for program beneficiaries through conducting market and business assessments so as to advice on identification and selection of successful business enterprises/income generating projects for the program target beneficiaries as well as grants disbursement and management. S/he will ensure BRACED program’s objectives and results are fully accomplished, documented and meet expected standards.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

General Management:

· The Livelihoods Officer will conduct Sub County program inception meetings; undertake participatory consultative and selection meetings to identify program beneficiaries in the BRACED sub counties.

· The Livelihoods Officer will take lead in conducting contextual analysis to analyze business and market opportunities in order to identify and advice on enterprises that can thrive in BRACED program areas.

· In collaboration with technical sub county stakeholders, take lead in organizing and coordinating trainings of program beneficiaries on group dynamics and enterprise/IGA selection and management.

· The Livelihoods Officer will offer technical guidance to program beneficiaries on enterprise/IGA proposal development; putting into account gender sensitive and environmental friendly business proposals for financial and technical support are properly drafted, reviewed and supported to transform community ideas into successfully running more self-reliant enterprises.

· He/she will effectively monitor and manage enterprise start-up grants disbursement for program beneficiaries and perform monthly spot-checks on established business initiatives.

· In collaboration with the Project Manager and M&E officer, he/she will be responsible for writing and documenting enterprise success stories, documenting lessons learned and best practices of the different enterprise aspects to inform roll out of the strategies on a wider scale.

· The Livelihoods Officer will ensure that the approved detailed implementation plan is properly implemented as well as planning and preparation of weekly and monthly work plans as agreed by the Projects Manager.

· Plan, implement, evaluate and ensure that reports on field activities are properly drafted and timely submitted to the Projects Manager.

· He/she will take part in periodic BRACED monthly and quarterly review meetings to share successes, challenges and lessons learnt to inform overall program objectives.

· Actively promote Mercy Corps Uganda visibility; and provide technical support to Field Agents, program beneficiaries and stakeholders in line with the Organizational Mission and Values.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

· University Degree in Economics, Entrepreneurship, Agribusiness, Business Management, Social Sciences, Development Studies, or related

· Possession of a post graduate qualification in Entrepreneurship or Project Planning & Management, rural development and Agri-enterprise is an added advantage.

· A minimum of 3 years’ experience and hands on skills in implementation of livelihoods or income generating projects, managing Economic Empowerment projects with ability to deliver sustainable community-based business entrepreneurships preferably with an INGO in Karamoja setting;

· Ability to network, build relationships and establish collaboration with different partners most especially local government staff, agencies local and international networks.

· Experience and proven track record in rural development and participatory methods (including participatory integrated development plans)

· Fluency in N’Karamojong preferred

· Ability to ride a motorcycle is required.

SUCCESS FACTORS:

The successful candidate will have the following characteristics:

· A strong team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.

· Proven ability to work independently as part of a national team and with international professionals.

· Excellent analytical and information management skills.

· Good organizational skills and ability to work under stress and in austere contexts of remote locations.

· Flexible and creative in planning and problem solving.

· Attention to detail, ability to follow procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.

· Proven excellence maintaining professional internal and external relationships.

· A focus on building other staff capacity

How to apply:

Applications: Submit your application through email to ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.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 Wednesday, 24th 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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