Job Details


Program / Department Summary

Girls Improving Resilience through Livelihoods (GIRL) 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) by increasing their access to skills and knowledge, health resources, formal education and economic opportunities. GIRL 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 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, Adolescents, Economic Empowerment, Financial Inclusion, and Partnerships teams, the GIRL PPP Officer will support the Program Manager in establishing and nurturing private and public engagements with various sectors for buy-in and sustainability of adolescents programming in Karamoja and beyond.  The PPP Officer will lead the development, structuring and delivery of PPP projects that draw on commercial and noncommercial financing across all sectors, as well as regional and national cooperation initiatives with PPP components. S/he will work directly with the government, private sector investors and financial institutions within a framework of general policies, principles and goals.

General Position Summary

Under the Program Manager’s direct supervision, the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Officer will respond to the needs of communities and adolescent girls through public-private sector engagement.  The PPP Officer will work with APOLOU’s Adolescent, Gender & Youth, Livelihoods, and Governance teams to create opportunities for adolescents programming through public-private sector engagement.  In coordination with GoU and GIRL program implementation team, s/he will identify private sector actors both regionally and nationally to support adolescents’ programs in Karamoja.  S/he will build and maintain essential relationships with relevant community stakeholders, and public/private actors.  S/he will facilitate the development of partnership MOUs and protocols for both, public and private sectors.  S/he will ensure that these processes are transparent and in the best interest of the adolescents – skills building, apprenticeships, employment and funding opportunities.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Program Implementation

  • Lead in formulating strategies and operational guidelines for private sector engagement in development and PPP promotion within APOLOU Activity & GIRL Program
  • Working closely with the Senior Governance Advisor and Governance Team, participate in the preparation of District and National level Partnership Strategies and annual business plans to highlight funding gaps and opportunities for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW)
  • Promote joint planning and decision making between GoU and adolescent girls regarding government economic opportunities for adolescent girls and women e.g. UWEP
  • Conduct scoping analysis for government and private sector institutions/companies to determine PPP opportunities for adolescent girls
  • Contribute to the development of fundraising strategies and products for diverse fundraising activities that serve to promote PPP for adolescent girls’ programs
  • Identify and develop a database of regional and national private institutions/companies for skills building and other economic opportunities for transitioning adolescent girls
  • Identify and strengthen corporate social responsibility (CSR) among selected private sector actors to complement GoU’s budgetary gaps in AGYW programming.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ensure timely and consistent submission of reports, success stories and other relevant data to MEL Officer and the Program Manager (monthly, quarterly, and annual reports)
  • With the support of MEL, maintain an updated database of private actors with CSR budgets/commitments, signed MOU’s for PPP, prospective PPP opportunities and commitments
  • Create a monitoring system for adolescents who transition into empowerment interventions under PPP, follow up and document success stories.

Influence and Representation

  • Support and coordinate field learning visits from sub-county, district and national government, partners and external visitors, and private actors particularly on issues around PPP
  • Build capacity of APOLOU Activity /GIRL program teams to understand PPP model and its relevance to GIRL program, APOLOU and MC Uganda
  • Establish and maintain a productive working relationship with the local Government and Sub Counties, the private sector partners.

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.


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.

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Reports Directly To: GIRL Program Manager

Works Directly With: Apolou Field Team (Program, MEL, Finance, HR, Operations), District Implementation Team Leads and the global GIRL technical team.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness, Agriculture Economics, Community Development, Project Planning and Management, Public Policy and Administration, Business Administration or any other business-related fields. Post graduate certificate, diploma or degree on earlier mentioned disciplines is a plus.
  • At least 5 years of related professional experience in public-private sector engagement (PPP)
  • Demonstrated skills in catalyzing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the private sector
  • Knowledge and understanding of youth/gender empowerment challenges
  • Experience with private sector financial institutions or income generating activities is a plus
  • Demonstrated skills in data collection, verification and documentation
  • Proven skills in networking, team building, community consultations and organizational development
  • Excellent reporting, communication and presentation skills
  • Willingness to consider new perspectives, promote gender equality and engage in advanced gender training

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 PPP Officer drives results (identifies and nurtures opportunities for public-private sector engagement to sustained funding of GIRL activities), producing scheduled outputs at 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 Kotido or Moroto, Karamoja and requires at least 60% travel within the region.

Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed. 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.  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 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 e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis

Closes; 22nd Jan 2021