Mercy CorpsClosing Date : 2019-06-24
Duty Station : Kampala, Uganda
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Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 24 Jun 2019
About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

In October 2017, Mercy Corps was awarded a 5 year USAID/ Food for Peace- funded program working in 4 districts in Karamoja, the Apolou Activity. The Activity 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 and 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, NARWOA and Riam Riam) and Tufts University s Feinstein International Centre (FIC).

General Position Summary

The primary focus of the MCHN officer for Mother Care Groups will be to support the MCG Manger in adapting and scaling the MCG strategy in Amudat in collaboration with local government. The MCG Officer will be responsible for oversight of quality activities in Amudat. The MCG Officer will assure the day to day implementation of the MCG component of Apolou behaviour change strategy by Care Behavior Change Assistants (CBCAs). He/she will provide technical and operational support to the CBCAs ensuring that Care Group activities are implemented according to scope and timeline.

Essential Job ResponsibilitiesProgram Implementation

Provide leadership and daily oversight for planning and implementation of MCG activities including; mentorship, support supervision and managerial support to CBCAs of Amudat.

Support the MCG Manager in the development of activity plans and reporting format for the Care Groups' sector.

Support MCG Manager in advocacy and maintenance of partnership with the relevant departments of the Local Government in Amudat.

Support the MCG Manager in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Mother Care Groups BCC strategy, in accordance with Mercy Corps Apolou objectives.

Contribute in the development of training curriculum, project tools, and IEC materials; facilitate nutrition related trainings for CBCAs e.g. IMAM, IYCF and other ENA/EHA components as well as support with staff capacity building of staff.

Supervise the activities and performance of CBCAs; conduct routine team meetings, adhere to performance reviews timelines, troubleshoot challenges and standardize implementation approaches.

Identify and document best practices and failures in Care Group programming and provide timely feedback to the Care Group Manager.

Ensure timely and consistent submission of project reports, success stories and other relevant data to the MCG Manager (i.e. weekly, monthly and quarterly reports)

Provide oversight to the CBCAs in regards to adhering to procurement, finance and security policy and procedures, ensuring proper documentation of processes.

Work closely with the MCHN overall team to coordinate day to day operations and logistics to maximize use of resources and ensure complementary programming.

Provide oversight of trainings to VHTs/promoters, lead mothers and ultimately, neighbour women to mitigate losses in the cascade of information and ensure quality control through clear documentation processes.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Provide ongoing mentorship to CBCAs on data collection processes for completeness, accuracy and timely submission.

Oversee the Care Groups filling system in Amudat and ensure that information is organized according to the reporting and auditing needs of the program.

Responsible for Kotido and Kaabong data collection including gender and age disaggregated data, data validation, assuring quality control measures, timely data submission and communicating to MEL sector focal person.

Support and mentor community partners on data collection and use.

Influence and Representation

Support and coordinate visits from district and sub-county government, regional and HQ based staff and external visitors, such as donors and media, in collaboration with MCG Manager, MCHN Manager and DCoP.

Support MCG Manager in coordination and communication of field activities with other NGO and local government partners to avoid duplication of services and support an enabling environment for health promotion.

Establish and maintain a productive working relationship with the local Government and Sub Counties, working in unison to develop complementary joint monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management structures where possible.

Ethics and Integrity

All Mercy Corps staff 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.


Ensure data protection policies are adhered to, establishing security controls for software, hardware and archive beneficiary databases.

Organizational Learning

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.

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 beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility

Direct supervision of CBCAs in Amudat


Reports Directly to:MCG Manager

Works Directly With:MCHN Manager, CBC Manager, MGC Manager, HSS officers, Save the Children team, Purpose 1, 3 and 4 sector leads, MEL Manager, Advisor and officers, CBCAs, Gender Manager and Officers, DCoP, Economic Development and Governance Officers, Whave community development staff other Mercy Corps program, finance and operations staff

Knowledge and Experience

A Degree in Public Health or related field

At least 2 years of related professional experience.

Community Behaviour Change implementation experience is 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

Willingness to consider new perspectives, promote gender equality and engage in advanced gender training

Ability to ride a motorcycle and he/she should be in possession of a valid driving/riding license

Proven knowledge and capacity in using computer basic applications MS word, Excel and internet

In-depth knowledge of the social, cultural and economic context of Karamoja a plus

Fluency in Pokot highly desired with Nga Karamojong fluency a plus

Success Factors

The ability to communicate effectively, respectfully and enthusiastically with community structures will be one of the position s three success factors. The second will be the degree to which the MCGofficer drives results, producing scheduled outputs at deadline and to expected quality. The third success factor will be the degree to which the officer effectively gathers activity monitoring and evaluation data and utilizes data to inform activity implementation and program learning.

How to apply:

How to apply: Submit your application through email to ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.orgaddressed to the Human Resource Director, 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 Monday, 24thJune, 2019. 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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