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Economic Development Lead – Gulu

Mercy Corps

This is a Full-time position in Gulu posted March 4, 2022.

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# Job Description

Requisition Number: ECONO002246

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.

Programme Summary
Present in Uganda since 2006, Mercy Corps Uganda’s aim is to catalyse change
through the Ugandan private sector, civil society, and government to create
resilient, economically inclusive, healthy, and secure communities.
We have 15 programmes across Uganda with a total portfolio value of $80m,
including support from FCDO, USAID, US State Department, French Development
Agency, Conrad Hilton Foundation and other private sector foundations. With
strong presence across the country, we have offices in Kampala, Rhino Camp,
Yumbe, Moroto, Kotido, Amudat, Kaabong, Karita, and Karenga.
The Climate Smart Jobs Programme CSJP is a £39 million four year FCDO funded
programme that seeks to grow climate smart agribusinesses to create jobs,
support climate smart land management and services, as well as innovation on
climate adaptation and mitigation, and remove barriers that stop businesses
from getting deals done. Under Component 4 of the CSJP: Climate Smart Land
Management Services, worth approx. £8.5m Mercy Corps will lead a consortium
of partners to implement three overall outputs under the ‘REVIVE’ programme,
focusing on stimulation of supply, demand, and a supportive enabling
environment for improved ecosystem services across Northern Uganda.

General Position Summary
The Economic Development Lead will have responsibility for successful delivery
of the REVIVE programme in close collaboration with the Team Leader. They will
have responsibility for ensuring all approaches and activities will be
technically robust and are in line with the overall objective of
REVIVE/Component 4 of CSJP. They will provide overall technical leadership in
collaboration with all other technical leads Monitoring, Results and Learning
Lead, EClimate Smart Land Management and Services Lead and the Gender and
Social Inclusion Advisor. They will serve as technical focal point for the
programme and will provide FCDO and other stakeholder representation on all
economic growth and private sector engagement related aspects.
The Economic Development Lead will be responsible for implementing a market-
led approach, together with private sector and government actors, across
Northern Uganda to cultivate a business enabling environment that encourages
uptake of climate smart agriculture and sustainable land management and
services. The technical lead is expected to have expertise in market systems,
private sector engagement, crop agriculture agronomy value chains, financial
inclusion and economic empowerment of youth and women, and some knowledge of
climate smart agriculture and sustainable land management.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Programme Management & Technical Oversight
• Provide technical leadership and strategic support activities in cooperation
with key project stakeholders, including national and international partner
organisations, local civil society organisations, local and national
government officials, other international agencies on the ground, and key
donors.
• Provide oversight of all Inception Phase technical assessments; specifically
on coordination of the market system assessment
Provide technical leadership and guidance to program and partner staff,
ensuring best practice approaches are used for evaluating business models and
supporting Uganda’s economy and business environment;
• Lead the process of developing partnerships with and growing a vibrant
network of key ‘Lead Firm’ actors, such as large businesses and government
partners who will contribute to proposed initatives;
• In collaboration with lead firms – private and public sector partners,
identify training needs and facilitate training and technical assistance
through program and partner staff for targetted farmers and micro and small
enterprises MSMEs; and
• Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration,
infrastructure and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support
field activities.
Research and Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning:
• Support relevant team members and/or consultants during inception phase
technical assessments
• Provide on-going support to teams on data collection processes for
completeness, accuracy, and timely submission.
Work closely with the Team Leader and the MEL team to ensure monitoring and
evaluation is practical and reflects best practices for measuring climate
smart agriculture and sustainable land management and services
• Nurture partnerships with universities, research institutions, and other
organizations to produce case studies, assessments, and other learning
documentation, and influence them to drive innovation and positive change.

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.

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 Programme Participants
• Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward
accountability, specifically
• to our participants and to international standards guiding international
relief and development work, while actively engaging participant communities
as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field
projects.
Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and
respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all
times and in all in-country

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: None
Reports Directly To: Team Leader
Works Directly With: All team members of the REVIVE programme, including
partners, Deputy team leader and program officers/assistants, Technical leads
and advisor, Research team, Operations, HR and Finance teams

Knowledge and Experience:
• A minimum of 5 years of experience in increasingly proficient management
and/or technical support in climate, market systems development, agri-
enterprise development and economic development programming;
• Advanced degree in Business Management, Agribusiness, Agricultural
Economics, or Economics with major focus on rural livelihoods, agribusiness,
or resilience;
• Demonstrable experience in developmenting business financial models and
evaluating common business analysis tools required;
• Working knowledge of Uganda’s economy and business environment, particularly
in the context of rural development and Northern Uganda;
• Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a range of partners
including private sector, banks, government, research insititutes and civil
society;
• Fluency in English is required. Ability to communicate in the local
languages Acholi, Alur, Karamojong, Lango, Lugbara, Luo, Pokot is highly
desirable;
• Experience working in large scale complex programs and challenging
environments; and
Experience working for FCDO funded programmes is preferable

Success Factors
The successful Economic Development Lead will have a demonstrated ability to
lead and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles and
cultures, follow procedures and meet deadlines with flexibility and creativity
in planning and problem solving. S/he will have a proven ability to learn
quickly, multi-task, prioritize, take initiative, and be accountable for
results, understand the larger picture while remaining focused on the details,
problem solving, work within a complex and sensitive setting and to follow
laws and security protocols. The most successful Mercy Corps team 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.

Competencies:
• Strategic Thinking
• Results-oriented
• Impact and Influence
• Collaboration/Teamwork
• Adaptability/Change Management
• Communication skills

Living Conditions/Environmental Conditions
The Economic Development Lead position will be based in Gulu, Uganda with at
least 40% travel to domestic sites. Travel to other locations for regional
representation may be required. At times evening and weekend work may be
required to meet deadlines and at times of shocks and stresses.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside of work
hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/STA to a field posting.
Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and
respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all
times and in all in-country venues.

Ongoing Learning
In support of our belief that learning organisations are more effective,
efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team
members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their
personal and/or professional growth and development.

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward
accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners,
other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international
relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities
as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field
projects.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together.
Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different
origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to
leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex
challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone
contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential
as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed
to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and
inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate
discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds,
perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have
sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological
safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not
engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender
identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or
ethnic origin, disability including HIV/AIDS status, marital status,
military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we
work.

Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact
with through our work, whether team members, community members, program
participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed
to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse
laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child
abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As
part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members
are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local
laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and
values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of
Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
Closing date for applications: March 09th 2022

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