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Mercy Corps
Closing date: 12 Jun 2010
Location: Ethiopia - Jijiga, Somali Region, ET


Mercy Corps is working in Ethiopia in close collaboration with government, other INGO’s and UN agencies to provide emergency and recovery assistance to vulnerable populations in the Degehabur, Jijiga and Shinile zones of the Somali Region. The health and Nutrition Program is a strategic intervention in the Somali Region that is addressing the immediate needs of children under 5 years, pregnant and lactating women through CTC Program composed of OTP’s, SFP’s and stabilization center (SC).The health and Nutrition interventions address in parallel the basic health care needs of the community through mobile clinics, including immunizations, onsultations, Reproductive Health, and disease surveillance. Mercy Corps has been operating in Ethiopia since 2004 and began its Nutrition Program in Somali Region in October 2008.


The Program Manager will provide overall leadership, management and strategic vision to the implementation of the Nutrition and Health Program, managing staff and resources to ensure that the program meets its targets and deliverables on-time and within budget. The Program Manager will supervise key program staff and ensure accountability to Mercy Corps policies and donor rules and regulation. S/he will be the primary program representative to donors, relevant government entities, partners, other implementers and external stakeholders in Degehabur, Jijiga and Shinile. Responsibilities also extend to the management of security, implementation of all Mercy Corps policies/procedures, compliance/controls with regard to operational activities, and submission of monthly updates and quarterly program reports. Position requires field trips to project sites in remote areas.


- Manage the emergency nutrition and health programs running in Degehabur, Jijiga and Shinile zones according to budget and deadline as set.
- Oversee all aspects of quality program implementation; ensuring that effective program reporting, assessment, and monitoring/evaluation systems for internal and external use are being maintained.
- Provide on-site supervision and monitoring of program activities as well as team’s performance.
- Coordinate with program, finance and administration staff to ensure operational systems are in place to support field activities.
- Manage and motivate an informed, skilled and efficient team, incorporate staff development strategies and performance management systems in to team building process.
- Create a work atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development of excellent personnel at all levels. Foster a collaborative team atmosphere which engages the stakeholders.
- Develop positive working relationships and coordinate/collaborate with the ministry of health, relevant international and national agencies active in the target area.
- Conduct community assessments and make recommendation on needs and vulnerabilities of the populations in conjunction with program objectives.
- Work collaboratively to design and implement Nutrition program activities using participatory methodologies involving project stakeholders, ensuring strategic sustainable development of communities and programs.
- Provided regular updates and reports to head office along with timely submission of reports as per donor requirements.
- Represent Mercy Corps in forums related to the sector and share information with colleagues and partners.
- Bring to note any emerging humanitarian requirement in the areas of operation to the IHR Director and support in gathering information and proposal writing.


As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.


Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in design, monitoring and evaluation.



REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Will report to the IHR Programs Director.


RAIN Programme Manager, Dire Dawa Head of Office, Jijiga Head of Office, Degehabur Head of Office, Somali Region Programme Coordinator, Field Staff, Finance and other Support staff


- A BS or Master’s Degree in Nutrition or Health related field.
- 2-4 years of experience successfully managing nutrition and health projects in difficult and often insecure environments in relief and/or post-conflict settings (preferably augmented with experience in community mobilization and WASH programming).
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English, including report development, writing and editing.
- Demonstrated knowledge of USAID/OFDA programming and experience managing programs compliant with USAID regulations.
- Proven program leadership, management, project planning, organizational, interpersonal, communication, and security management skills.
- Fluency in English written and oral communication required.


- Ability to communicate, take direction, assume leadership, and make rational decisions.
- Diplomacy skills in managing a team with different backgrounds, abilities, and technical knowledge.
- Ability to train and facilitate dialogue amongst a diverse group of individuals with various skill sets and differing work styles.
- Contextual knowledge of Ethiopia and the often complex clan structures of Somali society.
- Effective communication and team-building techniques.
- Excellent organizational and strong interpersonal skills.
- High motivation, initiative, and adaptability.
- Ability to live and work successfully in remote, insecure, and challenging setting with limited resources.
- Even temperament and good sense of humor.


Jijiga is the Somali regional capital. There is an airport and roads to Harar and Dire Dawa. Several UN and INGOs are present in Jijiga and it’s the center for coordination. Harar, a World Heritage Site, is larger still and, at a higher elevation, has a more temperate climate similar to that of Addis Ababa. There are periodic water shortages and power cuts at all sites. Hotels, restaurants, and banks are available in Jijiga and Dire Dawa. Telephone landlines, internet and mobile network capacity exist but are frequently at a less than optimal level.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Staff 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.

Mercy Corps is an AA/EOE.
How to apply
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