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Financial Inclusion Officer

Mercy Corps

This is a Full-time position in Amudat posted January 17, 2022.

Mercy Corps Jobs in Amudat Financial Inclusion Officer Carreer opportunities in Amudat vacancies in Mercy Corps at Amudat

# Job Description

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.

We help people overcome poverty and conflict. Working with communities, we
leverage local logic to help people transform their lives. To grow more food,
earn higher incomes and ultimately advocate for their needs. We see global
challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions.
During our 34-year history, our work has improved more than 170 million lives
in more than 115 countries around the world.

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps is currently implementing a five-year $41 million USAID Food for
Peace Activity – called “Apolou” – to support agriculturalists, agro-
pastoralists, and pastoralist households living across the four districts of
Amudat, Kotido, Kaabong and Moroto in Karamoja. Apolou is an integrated food
security program. The goal of the Activity is to achieve a food secure future
in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda through community level governance,
preventing chronic malnutrition, sanitation and hygiene and sustainable
livelihoods.

Program Summary

The $41 million USAID Food for Peace Activity Apolou and the $5 million
USAID Resilience Challenge Fund RCF Activity support agriculturalists, agro-
pastoralists, and pastoralist households living across the districts of
Amudat, Kotido, Kaabong, Karenga, and Moroto in Karamoja. 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. Apolou’s goal is
to “improve the overall food and nutrition security of vulnerable households
in Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto and Amudat districts within the Karamoja region,”
and has major 4 objectives as follows:

1. Inclusive and effective governance contributes to food and nutrition security
2. Adolescent girls, Pregnant and Lactating Women, and Children under 5 are nutritionally secure
3. Reduced incidences of WASH related diseases
4. Improved livelihoods and income support household food security

The RCF program works in the districts of Kaabong and Amudat, with the goal to
“Improve the veterinary governance and increase public and private investment
in disease prevention, surveillance, control and response systems to
strengthen productive assets for improved resilience in Karamoja.” RCF has the
following objectives:

1. Increased domestic resource allocation into animal health services in Karamoja
2. Central and local government develop animal health services capacity-strengthening plan for the Karamoja region
3. Disease control plan for economically prioritized diseases PPR and FMD developed and implemented
4. Private sector animal health development strategy developed and rolled out

General Position Summary

The Financial Inclusion Officer will be responsible for the implementation of
a Market Systems based pro-poor economic initiatives program that is primarily
focusing on strengthening service and product delivery across all the Purpose
4 sectors of financial inclusion, business enabling environment, livestock
inputs and marketing, and agro-input and commodity marketing. The Financial
Inclusion Officer will implement and support access to improved financial
services SILC layering while ensuring that the program deliverables are
achieved. The Financial Inclusion Officer will work directly with the Economic
and Financial Services Team Leader to develop agent input/output and
aggregator networks, increasing local partners’ access to market information
and financial services. The Officer will ensure that private sector led,
project-support development is tailored to the unique needs, opportunities and
constraints of women and youth and that activities are integrated with all
other consortium supported sectors.

Essential Job Responsibilities :

Strategy & Vision

–>Support the Financial Inclusion Team Leader to develop and implement team strategy
–>Identify new opportunities for innovation and growth among private sector led interventions

Program Management

–>Build the capacity of, and continuously mentor the Field Agents FAs and Private Service Providers PSPs to continue offering quality financial services to the SILC/community groups
–>Support linkages of SILC groups to formal financial institutions FIs to access more tailor-made financial products and services.
–>Link the PSPs to formal financial institutions so that they PSPs can become the agents or outreach points for the FIs
–>Support SILC group attain legal status by registering at the district level.
–>Support SILC groups in developing their business plans for investment purpose.
–>Foster ongoing positive cooperation with relevant stakeholders including FIs and the local government to identify, assess and develop networks for potential linkages between financial market actors and consumers.
–>Work closely with the livestock, Agronomy and Economic Empowerment subsectors to advance the goals and objectives of the Livelihoods purpose four- P4 sectors.
–>Support the creation and registration of the private service provider network at the district and field agent certification/ graduation to scale up SILC in the program area as guided by the supervisor
–>Respond to queries, when necessary, by ensuring that the community accountability response mechanism CARM is functional and individual complaints are addressed.
–>Organize and support follow up meetings with key stakeholders in the program intervention areas.
–>Ensure Financial Inclusion activities are gender and youth sensitive with a focus on building resilience in vulnerable populations
–>Support PSPs and FAs in layering SILC across other Apolou platforms.
–>Represent the FI/P4 sector when and as requested in any community events.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

–>Provide data in support of the team’s submission of timely monthly and quarterly reports, strategic reviews, annual reports and midterm evaluations that will be indicative of program progress during implementation.
–>Collect data about all groups working with the financial inclusion intervention and work with MEL team to update CommCare with up-to-date group data.

Influence & Representation

–>Ensure close coordination and sharing of information with relevant stakeholders such as local government authorities, financial service providers and NGOs as and when advised by the line manager.
–>Liaise with local government officials, local NGOs and civil society organizations, and other key stakeholders to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps’ market-based interventions.
–>Coordination with District Implementation Team
–>Build the capacity of the members of the implementation team on Financial Inclusion FI sector through orientations, one on one discussions and demonstrating in the field.
–>Support the district implementation team to plan the intervention that is related to the Financial Inclusion.
–>The district implementation team member will mobilize the extension service agents which will go on to mobilize the community groups to provide the services to conduct the activity in the field. The member of the technical team will coordinate with the district implementation team to conduct the activities in the field.
–>The team member will monitor the activities conducted in the field and provide feedback to the technical extension service agents to improve the quality of implementation of activities.
–>The team member will meet quarterly with the district implementation team to review the activities conducted in the field and reflect with the team to understand how the quality of implementation of activities would be improved.
–>Collaborate with the MEL team on the design and implementation of the Apolou CLA/Learning Agenda Finance, Compliance AND Operations Management
–>Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to financial inclusion
–>Generate activity scopes of work for review by team leader

Security

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

Organizational Learning

As part of Mercy Corps Uganda’s 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 the
program as well as themselves.

Supervisory Responsibility: None.

Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are
expected to support all efforts towards 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 programs.

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**Closing Date** : 28th Jan. 2022

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