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Thursday, April 26, 2018

NU-TEC Project Officer Job at Mercy Corps - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
NU-TEC Project Officer

Jobs at:
Mercy Corps

Deadline of this Job:
2nd May 2018

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Mercy Corps is an International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. 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.
Job Summary: The NU-TEC Project Officer will take day-to-day responsibility for a range of critical functions. Key amongst these will be working collaboratively with a leading commercial bank, which is Mercy Corps’ central partner in the programme. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic area at the crossroads of traditional NGO development interventions and traditional commercially-focused financial service provision. The Project Officer will be responsible for supporting the Team Leader in ensuring key deliverables under the Contact are defined, tracked and completed. Vital delivery tasks include: engagement and relationship-building with the commercial bank and with the (agri-)businesses it will lend to; support to the design and delivery of market assessments; generation of loan portfolio reports and narrative reports; collation of invoices; and the identification of, engagement with and support to external consultants. The Project Officer will also be responsible for adherence to Mercy Corps policies, in particular PM@MC, and will contribute to learning initiatives. The Project Officer is expected to have a high-level understanding of shared value partnerships (seeing where access to financing can unlock the potential of cash-constrained businesses) as well as experience managing and developing such partnerships. S/he should understand the barriers commonly present in the agribusiness value chain.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Programme Implementation
  • Supporting the Team Leader in day-to-day implementation of the programme
  • Help in the identification, engagement and support to external Consultants brought in for specific tasks
  • Support Executing Market Assessments
  • Tasked with the maintenance of the programme Risk Register
  • Ensure adherence to PM@MC Minimum Standards
  • Make regular on-site field visits to provide technical backstopping and/or design suggestions to actual or potential borrowers.
  • Support other team members to better understand private sector partnerships and financial services and how they can be integrated into the programme.
  • Lead on tracking workplan and progress towards achieving deliverables
    Consortium Management: Working closely with commercial bank, in support of the programme objectives, building a strong and collaborative working relationship
    Communication and Reporting:
  • Input to the preparation of reports demonstrating progress, successes and challenges – both internal and donor-demanded
  • Lead on the preparation of case studies to reflect progress, successes and challenges.
    Programme Administration:
  • Lead on the collation of monthly invoices (fees and expenses) and payment by results invoices (for deliverables)
  • Lead on the logistics for regular and ad hoc meetings – both internal and external
  • Ensure proper logistics, administration, human resources and transport needs of the program are conducted within Mercy Corps policy and with the maximum benefit to the programme.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps NU-TEC Project Officer job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in finance, agribusiness, development, economic development, business management or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of five years of experience designing, implementing and managing similar initiatives (private sector partnership, financial services strengthening, market systems development).
  • Experience in leveraging private sector partnerships is a must.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English are also required.
  • Experience in building and maintaining strong/productive relations with implementing and strategic partner agencies is required.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Strong problem-solving and demonstration of initiative.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  • A dynamic, “outside-the-box” attitude is required, with proven ability to think and act creatively in challenging environments.
  • Multi-tasking, organizational, prioritization skills are necessary.
  •  A strong team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • 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. **
Job application procedure
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their online applications to the Senior HR and Legal Manager by clicking the link below. Please clearly state your salary requirements on the cover letter, attach your CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates.
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