at Mercy Corps Ethiopia
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted November 8, 2022
Category NGO
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps is implementing a five year, Feed the Future USAID funded Resilience in Pastoral Areas  (RiPA North) aimed to improve the resilience capacities of households, markets and governance institutions across the Somali, Afar and Oromia regions, collectively contributing to enhanced food security and inclusive economic growth for targeted community.

RIPA includes a Crisis Modifier component that allows us to pivot our approach and respond to humanitarian needs in ways that support, not undermine, long-term development and resilience objectives. In relation to this, Mercy Corps is planning to implement a $10 million Crisis Modifier in response to the drought and Global Food Crisis impacting Ethiopia. This includes the following three objectives: 1) Improve short-term food security, nutrition, and WASH outcomes for vulnerable households; 2) Sustain and increase food production by farmers and livestock producers while fostering a shift to more resilient production practices; 3) Female and male youth TOPs have improved capacity to make a successful transition to alternative livelihoods.

General Position Summary

The Market Systems Development (MSD) officer is responsible to facilitate interventions and activities under RiPA and the $10 million Crisis Modifier response objectives that pertains to Diversified economic Opportunities Component. She/he will be directly engaged with a wide range of actors and stakeholders including government, private sector actors and program participants with a focus on women and youth.  He/she will be a key member of Market Systems Development unit.

The MSD Team uses a market-systems, community-led approach to stimulate economic growth to create wealth and jobs for the poorest while maximizing investment from the private and public sectors. The MSD Team is comprised of technical expertise in the areas of production, marketing, employment, input/output markets, post-harvest technologies and financial services. The main sectors include Micro, small enterprises development medium and large firms’ support, Skills Market, Business Development Services and improving access to inclusive financial services.


Essential Job Responsibilities

·       Provided technical facilitation support in the area of responsibilities for MSD activities to ensure the planned activists are implemented timely and with required deliverable quality;

·       Facilitate and coordinates markets systems assessment, organizing validation workshops and stakeholder platforms/events in in collaboration with MSD specialists and Coordinators across the cluster.

·       Facilitate capacity building efforts for market actors (i.e. private, public) on the MSD approaches, identification of the market system opportunities/constraints through conducting continues system analysis, develop approaches/modalities to support the establishment and/or expansion of the high potential Micro, small and medium scale private business enterprises in markets areas focused on last mile service delivery, solar energy products, financial services, non-agricultural/off farm activities and other related under RiPA component areas;

·       Facilities the development of short-term strategies and its implementation linkages creation between market actors (i.e. training providers, technology providers, inputs suppliers, producers, traders, processors, cooperatives, financial service providers like Banks, MFIs, and Village level Saving and Loan association) to improve outreaches in the target community;

·       Facilitates the implementation of the impactful activities by market actors to create job opportunities for youth and women in the RiPA target areas.

·       Engage in regular field visits to assess the activities implementation progress, give technical advises/mentor and provide feedback(s) for further improvement;

·       Closely work with supervisor and M&E team during the development of monitoring tools/measuring indicators, milestones development, and monitoring/ reporting of output and outcome in his/her area assigned.

·       Ensures the program properly captures, documented and updated relevant information in Diversified Economic Opportunity components of RiPA;

·       In collaboration with cluster MSD team, work to build and maintain close relationships with key government partners and local implementers;

·       Represent Mercy Corps professionally in cluster areas as to bring credit and to maintain its humanitarian and development mission;

·       Compile and submit regular updates/reports (weekly, monthly and quarterly); and

·       Other duties as assigned

Strategy & Vision

·       Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.

·       Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.

 Program Management

·       Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.

·       Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria.

·       Develop partners’ MoUs and contracts & oversee a training program for program partners.

·       Develop program implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, beneficiary targeting and distribution process as well as WASH, psychosocial and capacity building of partners.

·       Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.

·       Ensure program implementation is on time, target and 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.

·       Fulfill Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.

·       Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.

Finance & Compliance Management

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

·       Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.Influence & Representation

·       Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.

·       Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.


·       Understand and aware GDI related priorities of the country office and contribute for the realization of priorities (continually work to understand and be aware of the gender diversity and inclusion priorities of the country office and contribute in the execution)

·       Promote gender equal and inclusive workplace culture in a day-to-day interaction with a team member, partners and program participants.


·       Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.

·       Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Organizational 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.

·       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.

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.

Job Requirements

Knowledge and Experience

·       Minimum of bachelor’s degree in the areas (MSc preferred): Economics, Agricultural Economics, Rural Development, Agribusiness, Marketing and other related subjects;

·       Minimum of 3 years’ experience in private sector and/or NGOs working focused on MSD (program coordination, facilitation, providing technical supports), agribusiness and/or financial services.

·       Good understanding on the Markets4Poor approach and Markets development facilitation including coaching, relationship building, communicating, entrepreneurialism/business understanding and innovating.

·       Experiences in supporting Women and youth owned enterprises in pastoral/ agro-pastoral settings, providing business development services financial service providers, industries (public and private), institutions and stakeholders.

·       Knowledge of participatory analyses, action and results processing.

·       Experience/exposures to the location/region he/she applied for.

·       Knowledge of Sphere standards and other training in humanitarian response preferred.

Success Factors

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