Deputy Team Leader - Climate Smart Jobs Programme (CSJP) - Gulu job at Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps

Deputy Team Leader - Climate Smart Jobs Programme (CSJP) - Gulu job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021 - 2022

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 09 March 2022

Hiring Organization: Mercy Corps

Job Details:

Job Category: Programming
Requisition Number: 9UGSR002241

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 a 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
Reporting to the REVIVE Team Leader, the Deputy Team Leader will support successful delivery of the REVIVE programme, supervise program staff, and coordinate the implementation of all program activities.The Deputy Team Lead will help to ensure interventions are on time, on scope and on budget. The Deputy Team Leader will promote a culture of constant program improvement, mentor the program officers and assistants, integrate the learning and research agenda into program activities and ensure the delivery of a high-quality program that delivers impact. S/he will also identify opportunities to operationalize recommendations from ongoing context analysis, monitoring and evaluation and research.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Management & Technical Oversight
• Provide technical leadership and support to program staff on budget management, monitoring and reporting activities in line with Mercy Corps program management minimum standards and donor guidelines and regulations.
• Provide technical feedback on monthly, quarterly narrative reports ensuring that established project objectives and targets are met.
• Responsible for planning and oversight of program activities and outcomes
• Oversee the implementation of technical approaches in climate smart agriculture, sustainable land management and services, economic development, climate financing, gender and social inclusion and new innovations.
• Directly supervise the program team to ensure satisfactory completion of tasks and responsibilities at all times and identify training needs, in coordination with the Team Leader.
• Ensure mainstreaming of age, gender & diversity during activity implementation to promote safe, dignified, and equitable access to resources and services for all.
• Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with implementing partners, local governments, donors and other stakeholders to promote a positive profile of the program and good understanding among key stakeholders.
• Represent Mercy Corps at relevant meetings and forums.
Documentation, Research and Learning, and Reporting
• Oversee production of high-quality assessments and reports to be shared internally and externally, working closely with the programs team and MEL team.
• Support the Research Manager and Communications Officer to develop and implement a research and learning agenda, integrating findings into program design and implementation and disseminating findings to contribute to sector-wide learning.
• Develop and implement an advocacy and influencing agenda.
• Prepare and submit timely reports and work plans that will be indicative of program progress during implementation.
• Coordinate data gathering and management with program staff, working closely with the MEL team to measure output and impact of climate smart agriculture and land management activities.
• Maintain a proper filing system of all activities implemented in the program following Mercy Corps standards and requirements.
Financial and compliance Management
• Alongside the Team Leader, prepare monthly and quarterly expenditure forecasts and work plans for program activities to ensure that project remains on track against the forecasts and budget commitment tracker.
• Work with the Team Leader to regularly monitor expenditure and support budget reviews and revision processes at team, partner and program level
• Ensure the value for money propositions outlined in the proposal are met through effective mainstreaming of the relevant approach.
• Ensure compliance by the program team with systems developed by the Team Leader to ensure effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.

Program Support Operations:
Coordinate and with support of finance, operations and administration staff to ensure operational systems are in place to facilitate field activities including logistics (transport, warehousing and asset management), procurement, security, administration and human resources.

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: Research Lead, Communications Officer, Program Officers (3), Program Assistants (2)
Reports Directly To: Team Leader
Works Directly With: All team members of the REVIVE programme, including partners, Technical leads and advisor, MEL team, Operations, HR and Finance teams, Mercy Corps Desk team

Knowledge and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Entrepreneurship, Economics or any other relevant fields.
• Minimum 4 years mid-level work experience with NGOs with focus on market facilitation or private sector led approaches or interventions.
• Experience working in large scale complex programs and challenging environments
• Strong financial and risk management, ensuring value for money while also meeting Mercy Corps and donor requirements
• History of working effectively and respectfully with government, private sector, INGO and NGO partners in complex environments. Experience working for FCDO funded programmes is preferable
• Strong interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English is a requirement; knowledge of local languages (Acholi, Alur, Karamojong, Lango, Lugbara, Luo, Pokot) is an added advantage.
• Strong leadership and proven team building experience is a must.
• Willingness to spend much time in the field and work closely with program target groups.

Success Factors
The successful Deputy Team Leader candidate will demonstrate the capacity to lead a multi-dimensional effort in a complex and fluid security environment. S/he will employ excellent programme risk management, finance, value for money, monitoring, engagement, and learning capacity and skills.

• Creative and Adaptive
• Impact and Influence
• Financial Management (to ensure Value for Money)
• Risk Management and Mitigation
• Collaboration/Teamwork
• Adaptability/Change Management

Living Conditions/Environmental Conditions
The Deputy Team 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 application date: March 09th 2022

Application procedure

Use the link below to apply.

Date Posted: 2022-03-08