Environmental Compliance Officer, Moroto (National Position)
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.
Mercy Corps has been present in Uganda since 2006, focusing its interventions on economic and agricultural development, maternal child health and nutrition, governance, conflict management and humanitarian response. With funding from USAID, DFID, BPRM, Master Card Foundation and other donors Mercy Corps has been able to work together with communities in Uganda to respond to the needs of our target population, which is focused on women, youth and more specifically adolescent girls. In 2018, Mercy Corps had an impact on almost 1 million beneficiaries in Uganda through our work focusing on building resilience and enabling economic growth, improving opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improving governance and conflict management. Common themes include social behavior change, inclusive development, gender, and working in partnership with local government, the private sector and civil society actors.
Mercy Corps Uganda is implementing a five year USAID funded Activity named ‘Apolou’ in the Eastern Districts of the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda. The Activity operates in accordance with US Government environmental regulations and guidance, including Initial Environmental Examination (IEE), Pest Management Plan (PMP), Water Quality Assurance Plan (WQAP), Environmental Status Reports (ESR), Safe User Action Plan (SUAP), and Environment Management and Mitigation Plan (EMMP) among others. The Activity is implemented in five Districts of Karamoja: Karenga, Kotido, Kaabong, Moroto and Amudat. It covers programmatic areas including: crop production, agricultural input sales, livestock production, veterinary pharmaceuticals, construction of household latrines, construction of small market infrastructure, WASH infrastructure repair, storing of commodities among other areas.
The Activity has four strategic objectives:
Inclusive and effective governance contributes to food and nutrition security
Adolescent girls, Pregnant and Lactating Women, and Children under 5 are nutritionally secure
Reduced incidences of WASH related diseases
Improved livelihoods and income support household food security
The Activity is required to monitor environmental compliance to USAID requirements through data collection for indicator tracking and on-site monitoring visits. Additionally, the Activity must submit required reports and information to the USAID Mission and DC periodically throughout the Fiscal Year (1st Oct-30th Sept), this includes Environmental Status Reports, USAID field visits, Data Quality Assessments etc.
General Position Summary
This position will lead and be accountable to ensure full compliance to USAID environmental regulations and associated deliverables under the Apolou Activity, as well as GoU environmental regulations. This includes being comfortable with these regulations and deliverables and understanding their operationalization within the Karamoja context. The position will also be expected to generate and regularly update Apolou’s environmental deliverables as required. As environmental compliance is not the sole responsibility of one person, staff capacity building and orientation is essential across a large and diverse team. On site monitoring of activities and tracking of associated indicators in Apolou Districts must be implemented in close partnership with the broader monitoring, evaluation and learning team. When necessary, the team member will coordinate with external stakeholders.
Roles and Responsibilities
· Conduct regular monitoring of Apolou consortium activities to ensure full compliance with USAID environmental compliance regulations. Share the results of this monitoring in a timely manner and follow-up on recommendations given.
· Conduct climate risk screening on program activities.
· Lead on the development, updating and review of all environmental compliance deliverables for the Apolou Activity.
· Work closely with team members, partners and local government to build their capacity on environmental compliance, environmental safeguarding and climate adaptation.
· Work in close collaboration with the MEL team to track indicators as part of the Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan.
· Conduct assessments and advise teams on the environmental implications of planned activities.
· Coordinate with external stakeholders and contractors.
· Participate in relevant technical working groups or meetings, as required.
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.
Reports Directly To: MEL Advisor – Apolou Activity
Works Directly With: MEL Manager, MEL Officers, Team Leads, DCoP, CoP
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.
● 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.
Ethics and Integrity
All Mercy Corps staff are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate the 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.
Knowledge and Experience
● Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Management or any relevant equivalent degree.
● 3-5 years of experience working in Uganda on environmental compliance related issues
● Demonstrated experience and knowledge of GoU environmental regulations, USAID environmental compliance experience is a big advantage
● Demonstrated experience working in some or all of the following: environmental safeguarding, climate screening, conservation, biodiversity management, capacity building.
● Knowledge of and experience working with complex MEL systems, tool development and indicator tracking
● Experience working on technical sectors covered under the Apolou Activity
● Experience working with USAID as a donor preferred
● Experience working in Karamoja sub-region a plus
● Good self-management and interpersonal skills
● Excellent written and oral communications skills in the English language