Job for Economic Strengthening Technical Lead at Mercy Corps

Job Title:          Economic Strengthening Technical Lead

Organization: Mercy Corps

Duty Station:  Uganda

Reports to: Economic Strengthening Director

About US:

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 Economic Strengthening Technical Lead will be responsible for the implementation of the economic empowerment component of the program in the respective region -eastern Uganda. Reporting to the Economic Strengthening Technical Director, S/he will be responsible for activity planning and implementation to improve the economic conditions of target groups through improved access and utilization of services and products and better access to markets. The Technical Lead will have supervisory responsibility of Economic strengthening officers and works with a consortium of agencies under the prime lead of World Education/Bantwana.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Program Management

  • Provide technical lead and guidance to the consortium for program implementation, development and management in the areas of economic strengthening.
  • Coordinate and work closely with the other component leaders in the consortium to ensure integrated approach to program implementation
  • Work closely with the technical director to identify, assess and develop partnership strategies for potential private sector, civil society and government partners.
  • Establish and maintain productive working relationships with Local Government officials and line departments, soliciting their participation in all activities where appropriate.
  • Make on-site field visits regularly to provide technical back stopping and/or design suggestions.
  • 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 program.
  • Support the development and continual revision of a dynamic, program-wide monitoring and evaluation system linked to program strategies, indicators, and information management tools, which supports program management, accountability and learning.
  • Continual gathering and sharing of information pertinent to the operating environment and hold frequent activity review sessions to continually re-examine the relevance and impact of the program.
  • Produce written reports on the program capturing impacts related to all activities.
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities, consortium partners, other CSOs and local government in target operation areas.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.

Team Management

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Economic Strengthening Technical Lead job opportunity should hold a degree, preferably graduate level, in economics development, development studies, social sciences or social work, or a closely related field is required.
  • A minimum of five years of works experience in economic strengthening initiatives that target vulnerable communities mainly orphan and vulnerable children and households.
  • Experience in working with private sector partners
  • Solid experience on market based solutions to addressing poverty
  • Strong interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English are also required.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  • Ability to focus on day-to-day tasks at hand while also working towards longer-term objectives with an understanding that these will change continuously;
  • Willingness to spend much time in the field and work closely with program target groups and partners.
  • The successful Economic Strengthening Technical Lead will have the ability and curiosity to work effectively with local government, civil society and community based organizations.
  • The successful candidate will have solid background in economic market development.
  • S/he will also have ability to juggle multiple priorities under tight deadlines, and to calmly and diplomatically deal with unexpected events impacting program operations. They must be computer literate with strong organizational skills.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to:

Deadline: 7th August 2018

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