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Kampala, Uganda



April 13, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

Mercy Corps is a global non-governmental, humanitarian aid organization operating in transitional contexts that have undergone, or have been undergoing, various forms of economic, environmental, social and political instabilities.


Job Title

Country Director – Uganda job at Mercy Corps

Job Description

The Mercy Corps Uganda Country Director is an innovative and visionary leader responsible for resourcefully managing all programming in Uganda. Looking to build on interventions that have already achieved lasting improvement in the lives of more than 930,000 Ugandans, s/he will continue to build a high-performing portfolio of transformative, multi-sectoral programming that is accountable to both program participants and donors.

Placing a high value on innovative solutions to complex development challenges and creative partnerships, s/he pursues funding opportunities and builds partnerships that strategically connect programs into a cohesive country portfolio, guided by a long-term strategy. With an overall portfolio of approximately $19 million, the Country Director has full supervisory responsibility for the country team. This is an exciting opportunity to influence key outcomes and make a lasting difference in the lives of Ugandans.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision

  • Communicate a clear and compelling vision of present and future program goals and strategies to team members and external stakeholders that translates into concrete programs and work plans.

  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and maximize impact.

  • Lead the annual country planning process and provide strategic updates on notable achievements.

  • Work collaboratively with headquarters and regional technical support teams to access technical and operational support for program design and implementation.

  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where entrepreneurial thinking and alternative viewpoints are welcome. Remain current with key Mercy Corps’ key approaches, including resilience in fragile contexts, market systems development, cash-based programming, youth employment, systems thinking, etc.

Team Management

  • Recruit and lead an efficient, capable and high-performing team, with a particular emphasis on developing and promoting national talent.

  • Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.

  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance and reach objectives.

  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one-on-ones and performance reviews.

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.

  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Program Operations Management

  • Apply Mercy Corps’ M&E principles and framework to programs and ensure the country’s overall strategy includes effective, timely reporting systems for all donors.

  • Ensure effective, transparent use of resources in compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies/procedures.

  • Oversee budget management of sub-grantees/sub-contractors, if applicable.

  • Build and maintain operational systems that ensure proper administrative support for programs, as well as segregation of duties between finance and operations.

  • Fulfill Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards (PM@MC) based on the organization-wide guide.

  • Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards, including efficient CARM and safeguarding mechanisms across all programs.

  • Support country teams to improve data collection, management, and use to build a culture of adaptive management, high-quality program performance, and learning.

Finance & Compliance Management

  • Coordinate overall country budget; manage budget within approved spending levels and establish an annual cash flow plan to ensure a steady and adequate supply of funds for program activities.

  • Build and maintain operational structures that ensure proper segregation of duties between finance, administration and logistics and fully support field programs.

  • Build and maintain an environment of collaboration among program, finance, operations and human resource team members resulting in optimal support for program activities.

  • Ensure program implementation is on time, on target and on budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.

  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to programming.

  • Work with auditors to facilitate their work and then work with the country team to make changes based on their findings and recommendations.

Influence & Representation

  • Maintain productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, such as peer organizations, private partners, national and local governments, local NGOs, etc.

  • Participate in coordination groups in country and contribute to shaping the donor’s views on development priorities.

  • Develop innovative funding proposals that further Mercy Corps’ strategic objectives within the country.

  • Represent Mercy Corps programs with national and international media and participate in community activities as appropriate.

  • Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure.

  • Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.


  • Liaise with the Director of Global Security, Deputy Regional Director, and Africa Security Advisor on crucial events, high-risk periods, and incident reporting and security policy changes.

  • Manage security and safety of the entire country team and Mercy Corps assets according to best practices, MC operating standards and field realities.

  • Ensure the safety and security of staff members through regular review and adaptation of security protocols and procedures including the country security plan.

Become a CPA

Qualifications and Competencies

  • BA/S or equivalent in relevant field required; MA/S preferred.

  • 7-10 years of field experience in international relief and development programs, including demonstrable success in managing (large, complex, transitional) development programs.

  • 5 years of senior-level leadership, capacity building and field management experience.

  • Demonstrated success managing and bringing together a multi-cultural team with team members in multiple offices.

  • Successful and proven negotiation, communication and organization skills.

  • Demonstrated experience developing a compelling strategic vision and success in securing funding for country programs.

  • Demonstrated success working effectively and respectfully with host country government, private sector, INGO, NGO partners and other stakeholders in complex environments.

  • Proven skills in financial and grants management; prior experience with USAID, DFID, EC and other donors.

  • Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work.

  • Excellent oral and written English skills required.

  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.

  • Previous work experience in countries where travel to insecure areas is required and management of programs in insecure locations.

  • Experience working on emergency and disaster response as appropriate.

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