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Program Officer (GIRL-H Project) – Karenga

Mercy Corps

This is a Full-time position in Kaabong posted March 14, 2022.

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# Job Description

Job Category: Programming
Requisition Number: PROGR002266
Kaabong, UGA

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.

Program / Department Summary
Girls Improving Resilience through Livelihoods and Health GIRL-H is a three-
year, 10-million-dollar program to be implemented in Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti
that seeks to improve the well-being of adolescent girls and young women
AGYW and boys/men by increasing their access to skills and knowledge, health
resources, formal education, and economic opportunities. GIRL-H also fosters
an enabling environment by working with communities to transform unhealthy
social norms and create opportunities for girls to access education and
economic opportunities. Key to GIRL-H is a robust learning and research agenda
that reaches across three countries to contribute to the evidence base on what
works to secure access to opportunities for adolescent girls within the most
marginalized communities and to better understand their contribution to
household resilience. This evidence and learning will be shared to elevate
Mercy Corps’ influence in the adolescent girl space and to bolster fundraising
efforts to scale the model. In coordination with APOLOU Gender & Youth and
Adolescents team, the GIRL-H Program Officer will support the Program Manager
in the routine implementation of the GIRL program activities.

General Position Summary
Under the Program Manager’s direct supervision, the Program Officer will
respond to the needs of communities through GIRL-H services. The PO will work
with Partners, APOLOU’s Adolescents Coordinator, safe space mentors, and
community structures to ensure that eligible adolescent girls and young women
AGYW, and boys are attending weekly life skills and business mentorship
sessions. In coordination with the Partner Organization Public-Private
Partnerships Officer, and MEL Officer, s/he will ensure that quality and
timely safe space services and interventions are delivered to the enrolled
AGYW and boys, within scope and targets/he will build and maintain essential
relationships with relevant community stakeholders, DLG, partners, and CBOs.
S/he will work directly with girl mentors and build their capacity to ensure
quality and timely implementation of GIRL activities. The Program Officer will
be responsible for ensuring that GIRL-H Partner s implement activities within
the agreed project timeframe and approved budget.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Implementation
• Provide leadership and daily oversight for planning and implementation of
GIRL-H Activities including mentorship and support supervision to Partners in
the Karenga District.
• Support the Program Manager in the development of activity plans and
reporting format for activity implementation
Support the Program Manager in advocacy and maintenance of partnership with
the relevant departments of the Local Government at Sub County and District
level to elevate GIRL-H objectives.
• Support the Program Manager in the design, implementation, monitoring, and
evaluation of the program activities, by Mercy Corps GIRL-H objectives.
• Contribute to the development of training curriculum, project tools, and IEC
materials; facilitate GIRL-H related training for girl mentors
• Supervise the activities and performance of Partners; conduct routine team
meetings, adhere to performance reviews timelines, troubleshoot challenges,
and standardize implementation approaches.
Identify and document best practices and failures in the GIRL-H program and
provide timely feedback to the Program Manager.
• Work with Finance team to ensure that activity budgets are prepared, and
payments processed promptly
• Ensure timely and consistent submission of project reports, success stories,
and other relevant data to MEL Officer and the Program Manager weekly,
monthly, and quarterly reports
Monitoring and Evaluation
• Provide ongoing mentorship to the partner implementation team on data
collection processes for completeness, accuracy, and timely submission.
• Oversee the governance structures filling system in the GIRL-H program
implementation districts and ensure that information is organized according to
the reporting and auditing needs of the program.
• Responsible for data collection including gender and age disaggregated data,
data validation, assuring quality control measures, timely data submission in
coordination with MEL Officer/team
• Through the field staff, support and mentor community partners and
structures on data collection and use.
Supervise partners in data collection and entry to regularly update the
Activity Tracker
Influence and Representation
• Support and coordinate field learning visits from district and sub-county
government, partners, and external visitors, such as donors and media, in
collaboration with GIRL-H Program Manager and APOLOU Team
• Support the Program Manager in coordination and communication of field
activities with other NGOs and local government partners to avoid duplication
of services and support an enabling environment for GIRL-H program
• Establish and maintain a productive working relationship with the local
Government and Sub Counties, working in unison to develop complementary joint
monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management structures where possible.
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 for 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.
Ensure data protection policies are adhered to, establishing security controls
for software, hardware, and archive beneficiary databases.

Organization 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

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.
Supervisory Responsibility: GIRL-H Partner
Reports Directly: To GIRL-H Program Manager
Works Directly with Apolou Field Team Program, MEL, Finance, HR, Operations,
District Implementation Team Leads, and global GIRL-H technical team.

Knowledge and Experience
• A Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Public Health, Agribusiness,
or in a related field
• At least 3 years of related professional experience in adolescent girls
programming, youth, women empowerment, or livelihoods.
Demonstrated skills in data collection, verification, and documentation
• Proven skills in networking, team building, community consultations, and
organizational development.
• Excellent reporting, communication, and representation skills
• Willingness to consider new perspectives, promote gender equality and engage
in gender training
• Ability to ride a motorcycle and he/she should be in a possession of a valid
riding license
• Proven knowledge and capacity in using computer basic applications MS Word,
Excel, and internet
• In-depth knowledge of the social, cultural, and economic context of Karamoja
is a plus
• Fluency in local languages prevalent within the operational district was
assigned highly desired

Success Factors
The ability to communicate effectively, respectfully, and enthusiastically
with community structures will be one of the position’s three success factors.
The second will be the degree to which the Program Officer drives results,
producing scheduled outputs at the deadline and to expected quality. The third
success factor will be the degree to which the officer effectively gathers
activity monitoring and evaluation data and utilizes data to inform activity
implementation and program learning.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This position is based in Karenga, Karamoja Sub Region
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work
hours when deployed. Team members are expected to conduct themselves
professionally and respect local laws, customs, and MC’s policies, procedures,
and values always and in all in-country venues. Fostering a diverse and open
workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision.

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 a
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 based on
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 the 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 professionally,
respect local laws and customs, and adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct
Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete
mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis
Closing date for applications: Friday, March 25th, 2021

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