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.
Mercy Corps has been present in Uganda since 2006, focusing its interventions on economic and agricultural development, maternal child health and nutrition, governance, conflict management and humanitarian response. With funding from USAID, DFID, BPRM, MasterCard Foundation and other donors Mercy Corps has been able to work together with communities in Uganda to respond to the needs of our target population, which is focused on women, youth and more specifically adolescent girls. In 2018, Mercy Corps had an impact on almost 1 million participants in Uganda through our work on building resilience and enabling economic growth, improving opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improving governance and conflict management. Common themes include social behavior change, inclusive development, gender, and working in partnership with local government, the private sector and civil society actors.
Program / Department Summary
The Livelihoods Manager will play a key leadership role in the implementation of a five-year $46 million USAID Food for Peace Activity called ‘Apolou’ to support crop farmers, agro-pastoralists, and pastoralist households living across the districts of Amudat, Kotido, Kaabong, Karenga and Moroto in Karamoja. The Activity is multi-sectoral with programming grounded in a resilience framework working on livelihoods, nutrition, WASH, and governance with cross-cutting attention to gender and youth. The overall objectives of Apolou Activity are to reduce stunting and increase household income.
General Position Summary
The Livelihoods Manager will work closely with the Technical Director and Implementation Director to ensure the quality, efficiency, integrity and learning associated with Apolou Activity livelihood interventions. The Livelihoods Manager will be responsible for implementing a market systems approach, together with private sector and government actors, to hasten economic development in the Karamoja sub-region, with key focus areas including livestock and crop agriculture value chains, financial inclusion, economic empowerment of youth and women, and growth of the business enabling environment. The livelihoods interventions will be fully integrated with other technical areas of Apolou Activity to build resilient households.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
● Support the Technical Director in developing a vision and strategy for livelihood activities to build household resilience and ensure sequencing, layering and integration.
● Play an active role in identifying and developing new initiatives that foster or improve strategic objectives of the economic development activities.
● Review and adapt relevant curricula, strategy documents and training materials for technical integrity across the different Apolou livelihood sectors.
● Ensure program management and administration of livelihood team members across various field locations, including budget and workplan management
● Use a market systems development approach to strengthen links between local, regional and national private sector actors to hasten the growth of the private sector in Karamoja as it relates to key food security domains.
● Ensure program adherence to USAID and internal compliance regulations, building the capacity of livelihood team members to ensure consistency in policy application, human resource, administrative and operations procedures
● Adopt and promote resilience learning, ensuring that livelihood activities result in improved capacity of participants to overcome shocks and stresses
● Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
● Ensure that participants are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria.
● Develop strategic MoUs and contracts for key private sector, other development partners and government actors
● Integrate gender and youth sensitive programming to all implementation, ensuring that livelihood activities are meeting the unique needs and priorities of women, girls, boys and men.
● Together with the Implementation Director, create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
● Ensure livelihood team adherence to Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.
● Develop and review regular reports for internal and external audiences.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
● Ensure indicator targets are set and adhered to for all livelihoods interventions
● Support the livelihoods team in routine monitoring activities with support of the MEL Advisor
● Ensure Livelihoods team members understand the link between activity implementation and the Theory of Change
● Support the MEL team with CLA (Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation) activities
● Ensure livelihood implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
● Contribute to Apolou Activity’s learning themes.
● Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
● Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews of livelihood team members
● Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
● Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
● Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
● Together with the Senior Management Team, support broader Apolou Activity team by leading coordination meetings and identifying integration opportunities as relevant.
Influence & Representation
● Together with the Apolou Senior Management Team, identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with local government, other development partners and private sector partners
● Communicate effectively to ensure overall Activity targets and donor obligations are met.
● Manage relationships with regional and national stakeholders, including private sector companies that participate in livelihood activities
● 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.
Livelihoods Team members
Reports Directly To: Technical Director
Works Directly With: Other Technical Team Leads, Apolou Senior Management Team, Chief of Party, consortium partners, where relevant, HQ Technical Support Unit.
Knowledge and Experience
● Masters Degree in business, economic development, international development or other relevant field is preferred.
● At least 7+ years of relevant experience with positions of progressively greater responsibilities.
● Experience working in Karamoja sub-region strongly preferred, experience in agro-pastoralist communities advantageous.
● Regional / international experience is an added advantage.
● Demonstrated experience in technical livelihoods strategies, preferably in multi-sector food security and/or nutrition programming
● Management and demonstrated success building, managing and leading a team of professionals.
● Strong organization, prioritization and negotiating skills, including excellent (English) verbal and written communication skills.
● Excellent quantitative skills required, including financial management.
● Experience in building and maintaining strong/productive relations with implementing and strategic partner agencies is preferred. This includes coordinating with government authorities and private sector counterparts.
● Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
● Knowledge of local languages is an advantage
The successful Livelihoods Manager will combine strong management skills and experience in maintaining staff and partner relationships for economic growth. S/he will have an ability to develop, implement and manage innovative market systems development activities and ability to prioritize nutrition-sensitive interventions. S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural teams and capacity building, individual staff development, and strong mentoring skills. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail 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.
Ethics and Integrity
All Mercy Corps staff are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate the 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.