Uganda: Learning and Information Officer-1 Vacancy (Location To Be Determined; Moroto/Nakapiripirit) Open to Ugandan Nationals Only

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 15 Dec 2016

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

Mercy Corps implements high-quality, analytical development work in very difficult places. We have been operating in Uganda since 2006 and currently implement development programs in the Acholi and Karamoja sub-regions of Uganda with funding from USAID, EC, SDC, and USDA. We were recently awarded a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for Peace-funded program working in the northern half of Karamoja. The project, called the Northern Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) program, aims to support the immediate needs of program beneficiaries while promoting long-term development by spurring systemic improvements in key economic sectors of northern Karamoja. We are in search of an inquisitive individual to support project staff in Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts in using a market facilitation approach, conducting research and gathering and analyzing data to deliver top notch results. It is an opportunity for sharp thinkers looking for a serious challenge.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The primary focuses of the Learning and Information Officer (LIO) will be to support staff in using a facilitative approach, build data gathering and analytical tools, maintain a set of data on results and behavior change, and conduct research into specific areas of data need. The LIO will ask staff tough questions on their approach, forcing them to consider whether or not their approaches maximize leverage and lead to behavior changes that catalyze systemic changes that grow and last beyond the project’s direct intervention. S/he will hold staff accountable for gathering data and keep a system where it is easily accessible when needed. The LIO will also develop and support processes for integrating that information into program design (and re-design). S/he will work with teams to identify critical knowledge gaps and carry out targeted research on those areas, engaging external assistance, when necessary.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Market Facilitation Support:

§ Coach program staff in use of market facilitation techniques;

§ Find, organize and share market facilitation resources with program staff;

§ Challenge program staff to think critically about strategy decisions and reflect on what they are observing.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

§ Create a dynamic program environment that promotes inquiry;

§ Develop tools to simplify data gathering and reporting and ensure teams gather and report necessary data, including maintaining Podio entries for mapping progress with partners;

§ Support program staff in monitoring and evaluating the progress and impact of work including setting and measuring benchmarks along results chains;

§ Development and maintain a central database to track all IPTT-required project information, and provide to Chief of Party, on request

§ Prepare data analyses to be used in quarterly strategic reviews, annual reports, and a midterm evaluation.

Research:

§ Conduct research projects on specific subjects critical to team success and recommend hiring of external support, where necessary;

§ Where needed, support external evaluations by research partner Feinstein International Center and other organizations;

Communication and Publication:

§ Contribute data, analysis and write-ups to regular organizational publications and reports;

§ Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Communication Manager to develop publishable communication material about GHG;

§ Author occasional papers for wider distribution;

Other:

§ Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;

§ Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

· A degree in Statistics, Economics, Quantitative economics. Post graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation is an added advantage

· At least 3 years of related professional experience

· Demonstrable quantitative skills, including familiarity with database management and analysis

· Superior writing and analytical skills

· Proven skills in networking, assessing information needs and developing appropriate tools

· Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills

· Knowledge of Uganda’s economy and business environment, particularly in the context of rural development and Karamoja.

· A sense of humor on par with one’s level of curiosity.

· Knowledge of Ngakarimojong language is an asset

How to apply:

Applications: Submit your application through email to ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda. Include a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates. Deadline for Submission: Close of business on Thursday, 15th December, 2016. Subject of email should include the position you are applying for**.** Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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