Team Leader Market System Development-LIWAY

at Mercy Corps Ethiopia
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 21, 2021
Category Business Administration
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


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 operating in Ethiopia since 2004, working in rural, peri-urban and urban areas in five regional states - Somali, Oromia, Afar, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples, Amhara - and the capital city of Addis Ababa. We engage in both development and humanitarian work, and seek to integrate approaches, programs and geographies as much as possible.  Our partners include government, academic institutions, development and private sector actors, civil societies and communities. Mercy Corps Ethiopia invites motivated and qualified candidates to apply for the following vacant position.

Position Title: Team Leader Market System Development-LIWAY


Location: Addis Ababa


Number of Positions: one

 Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps is one of three partners in a five-year program, entitled Livelihoods Improvement for Women and Youth in Addis Ababa (LI-WAY), led by SNV Netherlands Development Organization and funded by the Swedish International Development Organization (Sida). LI-WAY utilizes a making Markets work for the Poor (M4P) approach to contribute to sustainable poverty reduction and social stability for 200,000 women and youth in Addis Ababa. The consortium additionally comprises Technoserve and Save the Children. The program aims to improve market functions, improve support-service effectiveness and improve the business environment. MC will lead the Labor Market Sector and all activities related to financial services and market information systems, and will manage the Innovation Fund. LI-WAY started implementation in June 2017 and will run through June 2024.


General Position Summary

The Labor Market Team Leader will lead the overall Mercy Corps’ component of the project, ensuring harmonization between this work and that of other partners within the overall approach and direction of the LI-WAY program, and the strategy of Mercy Corps Ethiopia.


Essential Job Responsibilities

The Team Lead for Labor Market sector is responsible for overall management and implementation of MC’s thematic areas of Labor Market sector and overall market systems development in the priority sectors, including any upcoming additional funds (and corresponding staffs) in line with the program approach and priorities.


Key job functions include the following:


v  Provide overall management, coordination and leadership to the MC-LIWAY team

v  Maintain constructive and collaborative relationships between the MC-LIWAY team and the overall LIWAY team, donors, partners, stakeholders and other MC Ethiopia and global program and support units

v  Develop, implement, monitor progress of work plans that can be adaptively managed

v  Support overall learning initiative of the program for policy change

v  Develop key monitoring and measuring indicators, milestones and plans; monitor and reporting all output, outcome and impact indicators for respective market system(s)

v  Ensure the program captures and responds to up-to-date information about market developments within respective market systems and global best practices for Economic & Markets Development;

v  Lead the regular (quarterly) labor sector strategy review & revision exercise informed by emerging context, priorities and research/assessment findings.


Specific job Functions Include

v  Build up the team: recruit, induct and set the tone for a strong and collaborative team; provide professional and technical mentorship

v  Lead analysis of market system functions in Addis Ababa in manufacturing and service sectors; assess key challenges to inclusiveness, productivity and efficiency

v  Coordinate and provide technical guidance to Lead assessment of Labor Market Sector including understanding constraints related to accessing job and labor market information, access to financial service, technology to enhance job matching efforts, different cross sectoral innovations across LIWAY priority sectors

v  Lead diagnostic assessments of formal, private sector employers and employment agencies in Addis Ababa to identify business and labor market needs (including both soft and hard skills gaps).  Identify constraints and opportunities relevant to broader market systems for youth and women labor market and training market systems for youth and women in Addis Ababa

v  Design strategies for improving labor market system performance, by employing digital technology (both on line and off-line);

v  Develop business strategies to increase inclusive employment opportunities for women and youth

v  Support overall development of learning platform to be utilized throughout life of program

v  Strengthen and create linkage between technology providers with MFIs to adopt new technologies and system that can expand outreach of their inclusive financial service to create access to financial service to target beneficiaries.

v  Facilitate Labor Market Information Systems for enhanced employability of the target groups. Establish digital platforms and systems to link demand information, business opportunities, market price information and beyond.





v  Oversee partnership formation and co-creation processes for each pipeline intervention including MOUs & contracts and ongoing program management and administration of teams.

v  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.

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

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

v  Ensure timely work-plan and budget preparation (in the beginning of each year) and bi-annual revision in the middle of the year (regularly in the month of June) and expedite the approval process with the lead partner.

v  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.

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

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


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

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

v  Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.

v  Lead the regular sector strategy review process in collaboration with Agora global (the technical Assistance provider) informed by emerging context and priorities;



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

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

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

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

v  Hire, orient and lead team members as necessary.


v  Closely work with country finance team on monthly BVAs, to ensure whether expenses are in line with budgeted items

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

v  Review and/or draft scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.


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

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

v  Participate and ensure proper representation of MC and the Labor team in the LIWAY program management team meeting, Program Steering Committee meeting, etc.

Job Requirements

Knowledge and Experience

v  Deep understanding and mastery of Markets4Poor approach and Economic & Markets Development facilitation including coaching, relationship building, communicating, entrepreneurialism/business understanding and innovating

v  Familiar with all aspects of the relevant market systems including key actors, Employers, Technology provider’s, micro-financial institutions (MFIs), banks, Insurances, information service providers, inputs suppliers, producers, traders, intermediary and terminal markets governance frameworks (formal and informal); and all support markets and functions;

v  Bachelor’s degree in economics, business administration, agribusiness, or other related field, or commensurate private sector or field experience is required

v  Minimum of 6 years’ experience in private sector or working with other agencies in market systems facilitation, agribusiness or financial services (preferably in private sector engagement);

v  Proven experience in partnership management & program management;

Success Factors

v  Fluent in English and Amharic

v  Business minded, entrepreneurial, adaptive, curious, great problem solving skills, unafraid to ask questions, and results motivated.

v  Strong analytical ability and problem solving ability;

v  Excellent communication, facilitation and networking skills with a wide range of private, partner and NGO-sector actors

v  Computer literate especially in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Applying Instructions

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply for the position advertised.  All applications submitted to the Mercy Corps office include a CV, three references, and all relevant official documents. Applications will not be returned and will not be retained for future recruitment efforts.  In order to ensure fairness to all applicants personal inquiries are not permitted.

Only candidates that are short listed will be acknowledged and called for interviews.

“Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity and    diversity. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to empower women.”


Please send non-returnable applications and credentials to one of the following address:                   

Mercy Corps Recruiter

Addis Ababa: P.O. Box 14319

Arbaminch: P.O. Box 33  , Jijiga: P.O. Box 225   

Negelle Borena: P.O. Box 116

Dire Dewa: P.O. Box 974

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