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Project Officer- GIRL

Mercy Corps
Kotido, Uganda

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

Under the Program Manager’s direct supervision, the Program Officer will respond to the needs of communities through GIRL services. The PO will work with APOLOU’s Adolescents Coordinator, safe space mentors and community structures to ensure that eligible adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) are transitioned and enrolled into GIRL program. In coordination with the mentors, Senior Economic Empowerment Officer, 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, within scope and target. S/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 the supervision of partner CSO activities. S/he will work closely with the Apolou Gender & Youth, Adolescents, Livelihoods, and Health Teams, District Implementation Team Leads, MEL, and Chief of Party to ensure that GIRL program is implemented to the highest standards possible with strong community engagement, within the agreed project timeframe and to the approved budget

Responsibilities

Program Implementation
• Provide leadership and daily oversight for planning and implementation of GIRL Activities including; mentorship and support supervision to mentors in the respective 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 objectives.
• Support the Program Manager in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the program activities, in accordance with Mercy Corps Apolou-GIRL objectives.
• Contribute in the development of training curriculum, project tools, and IEC materials; facilitate GIRL related training for girl mentors
• Supervise the activities and performance of the partners, mentors and TOTs; conduct routine team meetings, adhere to performance reviews timelines, troubleshoot challenges and standardize implementation approaches.
• Identify and document best practices and failures in GIRL program and provide timely feedback to the Program Manager.
• Work with APOLOU Finance team to ensure that CSOs budgets are prepared and payments/sub-grants processed in a timely manner
• 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 implementation team on data collection processes for completeness, accuracy and timely submission.
• Oversee the governance structures filling system in the GIRL 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 the GIRL Program partner CSOs and Mentors 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 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 program interventions.
• 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 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.
Security
• 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 themselves.
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.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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