Uganda: Deputy Program Director ( Based in Kampala ) – Open to Uganda Nationals only

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 04 Aug 2017


Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and works to catalyze change through the Ugandan private sector, civil society and government to create resilient, economically inclusive, healthy, and secure communities. Our work focuses on building resilience and enabling economic growth, improving opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, improving governance and conflict management, and bridging humanitarian response with longer term development outcomes. We implement programs in Acholi, Karamoja and West Nile Sub-regions, as well as eastern Uganda and the greater Kampala area with funding from USAID, Sida, US State Department, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.


The Deputy Program Director (DPD) is a national staff position. The DPD will work on the supervision of the Director of Programs (DOP) to manage a division of the Mercy Corps Uganda portfolio. The division will include the Acholi portfolio, up to four programs focused on agriculture, economic and market development, and access to financial services, with a focus on youth, funded by USAID, the US State Department, Sida and MasterCard Foundation. The DPD will be responsible for supervising all aspects of day-to-day project implementation, including coordination of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) with the Senior MEL Manager, meeting reporting deadlines, and ensuring teams have workplans and systems in place to meet targets and deadlines. In addition, the DPD will be responsible for developing and rolling out a countrywide communications strategy, in close coordination with the Senior MEL Manager. The DPD will work in coordination with the DOP, and desk officers on new program development, leading and/or overseeing the process of proposal development when appropriate. S/he provides leadership and mentorship to the program team, is responsible for staff development.


Program Management

  • Take leadership role and provide support to ensure that programs are managed and meet the minimum standards for program management at Mercy Corps (PM@MC).
  • Provide overall supervision to the day-to-day implementation of activities in the Acholi program portfolio.
  • Promote integration and coordination amongst programs, internally and externally with a number of consortia with a similar mandate in the same geographies in which we work.
  • Provide market systems, economic and micro-enterprise development technical support to all programs.

Program Implementation

  • Ensure programs are implemented in ways that are responsive to the communities, in line with Mercy Corps principles, values and strategic planning, and follow Mercy Corps compliance procedures.
  • Directly supervise relevant program managers.
  • Provide overall direction to daily implementation plans, ensure programs are coordinated and create opportunities for strategic discussion from the field teams to management and vice versa on implementation issues.
  • Oversight of the development and preparation of high quality donor reports for all programs under supervision prior to submission to the donor.

Program Development & Assessments

  • Assist/Lead in the development of proposals, including conducting needs assessments in new geographies or follow-in programming in existing geographies.

Design Planning Monitoring Evaluation Learning and Communication (DPMELC)

  • Lead development and rollout of countrywide communication strategy, in coordination with annual plan which details Mercy Corps Uganda’s influence plan.
  • Coordinate with the Senior MEL Manager on tracking programmatic objectives, developing high-quality MEL plans and integrating continuous learning into the portfolio of programs..
  • Ensure all new programs are developed and designed to the highest possible standards, with rigorous MEL plans integrated from the outset.

Commitment to Staff Development

  • Work with Senior Mercy Corps Uganda Staff to recruit, manage and motivate an informed, skilled and efficient national and expatriate team; incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management systems into team building processes.
  • Ensure all program staff under DoP management have Individual Operating Plans (IOPs) and are reviewed and provided with feedback on a formal basis.
  • Mentor and contribute to an atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development for program staff in accordance with Mercy Corps’ commitment to excellence and achievement; encourage a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation.

Management and Administration

  • Maintain effective operational systems, including finance, logistics, security, and administration across two field offices in Gulu and Kitgum.
  • Ensure transparent use of financial resources in compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures.
  • Act as DOP, during his/her absence.

Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.


  • MA/S or equivalent in management, international development or other relevant field; some economic development studies required.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience administering donor grants for a variety of sectoral areas; specific experience in market systems and economic development and micro enterprise development.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ demonstrated ability to build staff capacity in cross-cultural settings as well as excellent team-building and interpersonal skills.
  • Minimum of 5 years of field experience, in positions of increasing responsibility.
  • 5 years’ experience with donor requirements of USAID/USG, SIDA, DFID, corporations, private donors and/or foundations.
  • History of working effectively and respectfully with host country government, INGO and NGO partners.


The successful DPD will apply a strong combination of team leadership, program development and relationship building abilities along with a sense of curiosity, urgency, and joy for the work. Excellent negotiation and communications will provide for continued development of donor and partner relationships. The successful DPD will have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability and the principles of participatory community-led and market driven development. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members make effective communication a priority in all situations and maintain a sense of humor.

How to apply:

Submit your application including a cover letter CV (with 3 referees), and latest copy of academic qualifications/certificates to the Senior HR & Legal Manager, Kampala Head Office

E-mail applications to Deadline for Submission: Close of business by 5:00pm August 4, 2017 Only **short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. ‘Mercy Corps Uganda is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Any canversing will lead to disqualification. ***Qualified women are encouraged to apply***

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Uganda: Monitoring , Evaluation and Learning Officer – 1 Position – Yumbe ( Open to Uganda Nationals only)

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 31 Jul 2017


Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and works to catalyze change makers within the Ugandan private sector, civil society and government to create economically dynamic, healthy and secure communities. Our works focus on building resilience and enabling economic growth, improving opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improving governance and conflict management. We implement programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Gulu, Omoro, Moroto, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, US State Department, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.

Mercy Corps is looking for an experienced and entrepreneurial MEL Officer to support a portfolio of livelihoods, market systems development and cash transfer programming in West Nile, encompassing Bidibidi, Rhino Camp and Palorinya Settlements. This position will support three programs. The first is funded by ECHO in consortium with four other international NGOs (Oxfam, Save the Children, CARE, and DanChurchAid) in the sectors of WASH, livelihoods, protection, GBV and education for both refugees and host community members. The second is nearing its closing, also funded by ECHO, and is focused on unconditional cash transfers to Persons with Special Needs as well as a cash for work component, in partnership with lead agency, DCA and TPO Uganda. The third is funded by NetHope to open access to over 21,000 mobile devices to expand communications, information sharing and training.


Reporting to the Consortium Program Manager in the Yumbe Field Office, Mercy Corps is looking for a motivated, qualified and entrepreneurial Ugandan to fill the position of MEL Officer. He/She will be responsible for tracking, monitoring and evaluating the program’s activities. This position is a key role in Mercy Corps’ program quality assurance, accountability, documentation and learning unit. The position holder will be responsible for submitting donor reports and additional reports as needed. The position holder will support the program team in planning and execution of monitoring and evaluation activities, ensuring quality in line with accepted standards, providing essential feedback for learning, accountability and decision making. The position holder will report to the Consortium Program Manager and be under the technical guidance of the Senior Country MEL and Communication Manager.


  • Support the initial start-up period of any new program by leading the implementation of a more detailed assessment activities and initial workplan refinement phase, making sure to include key beneficiaries and stakeholders, in close partnership with the Program Manager.
  • Lead the development of the M&E framework and Indicator Plan to be submitted to supervisor for review.
  • Generate and implement M&E tools for all assessments and program implementation needs, in close coordination with full program team and continually engaged in field activities.
  • Coordinate baseline and endline assessments, case studies, post-distribution monitoring, after action reviews and other monitoring activities in area of operation.
  • Draft and lead the finalization of all donor reporting requirements, in coordination with Program Manager and Senior MEL Officer.
  • Maintain an up to date database that reflects progress (including disaggregated beneficiary counts) and donor indicators, in line with both organizational standards and the donor’s database.
  • Build the capacity of all team members to develop and maintain an excellent M&E system, and facilitate periodic reflection and analysis of program monitoring information that feeds into programming and learning.
  • Actively participate in all implementation, providing advice and feedback for quality results at any point, as needed.
  • Work with Director of Programs, Program Manager, Program Officers and other staffs to ensure that activities are implemented on plan and progress towards targets is not compromised.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to credit Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its mission.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or representatives.


  • Must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Agriculture, Demography, Statistics, Business administration or relevant field.
  • At least 3 years of program monitoring and evaluation experience.
  • Should understand concepts and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle, results chain and frameworks, participatory monitoring.
  • Should be able to lead the design and implementation of surveys, have knowledge of commonly used probability and purposive sampling techniques.
  • Must have perfect writing and analytical skills.
  • Should have knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection, reporting techniques. S/he should understand and be able to apply basic measures of central tendency and spread.
  • In addition to Microsoft Excel, the candidate should demonstrate fluency in use of at least one data management software including Microsoft Access, SPSS, STATA.
  • Must be fluent both spoken and written English. Local language skills is a plus.
  • Residents of West Nile are encouraged to apply. Residents and those with experience in West Nile are highly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Submit your application including a cover letter CV (with 3 referees), and latest copy of academic qualifications/certificates to the Senior HR & Legal Manager, Kampala Head Office ,E-mail applications to

Deadline for Submission: Close of business by 5:00pm July 31, 2017 Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. ‘Mercy Corps Uganda is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Any canversing will lead to disqualification. *Qualified women are encouraged to apply**

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Uganda: Humanitarian Sector /Evaluation Expert (Uganda/ Neighboring Country Only)

Organization: Dobey International Ltd
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 04 Aug 2017

Objectives of the Assignment

  • For evaluation of INGO humanitarian and capacity building project, a local consultant is need to work with international consultant/team leader. The team leader will develop the evaluation methodology and tools, supervise the local consultant and writing the report. An Uganda national (or Neighboring Country) to collection of relevant data (mostly qualitative) from the field/Uganda country office and cooperation with the global consultant/team leader. Following are details:

· To review assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of its activities, assessing whether the use of resources is proving to be effective and efficient, and analyzing whether the organizational systems and capacities of INGO staff and supporting partners are appropriate for achieving the intended project objectives.

· To identify, formulate and share good practices, lessons and strategic, actionable recommendations with the ELNHA teams and supporting partners, on both programmatic and project management aspects, in view of strengthening of implementation during the second half of ELNHA.

· To stimulate reflections and learning among ELNHA teams, supporting partners, country offices, and local and national humanitarian actors (LNHA).

Qualifications and Experiences:

  • Graduate with relevant experience in the field of disaster/emergency/humanitarian /livelihood activities.
  • Experience in evaluation are preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with evaluating processes, in particular of initiatives aiming at systemic change
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting multi-country evaluations
  • Demonstrated understanding of (humanitarian) capacity development, sector collaboration strengthening and influencing processes Experience with humanitarian programmes / projects, humanitarian cycle management and humanitarian architecture (the “humanitarian system”)
    Female candidates are highly encouraged.

Duration and Location: 10-20 days , Uganda

How to apply:

Only who have previous experience in this type of projects/consultancy are requested to send us your “Expression of Interest/ CV” to as early as possible or before 04 August , 2017. Any quarries can be ask in the above email.

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