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12 Mar 2019

Crop and Livestock (Agri) Market System Specialist 

Job Description

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, Amahara – 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 participating public. Mercy Corps Ethiopia invites motivated and qualified candidates to apply for the following vacant position.


Position Title II:  Crop and Livestock (Agri) Market System Specialist

Primary Location:  Dollo Ado, Somali Region

Open Position: 1

General Position Summary

Mercy Corps seeks a Crop and Livestock Market System Specialist for the SIDA-WFP Program.  This position will be based in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia.  The Specialist will report directly to the Market System Advisor and work to support livelihood promotion and resilience building in Dollo Ado refugees and host community, including livelihood development, market system development, livestock and crop production marketing.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy and Vision

Support to:

·         Develop and strengthen understanding of current livestock management, animal health, animal feeding, and livestock marketing

·         Develop understanding of relevant market systems and sectors including livestock (Goat and sheep) production and trade, animal health inputs and services to all relevant actors (public and private) participating in those market systems.

·         Facilitate inclusive market systems, with emphasis on the inclusion of women and youth, using participatory approaches, coaching, relationship-building, communications, entrepreneurism, and innovative business development;

·         Analyze production and trade of live animal feed and fodder and current rangeland management practices, as these relate to the livestock industry, agricultural production opportunities and challenges, social and legal environment and practices as it relates to livestock market development as well as all relevant actors (public and private) participating directly or indirectly in livestock marketing.

·         Work with Agri-processing companies expand operations and build trade linkages with smallholders and Producer Cooperatives

·         Work with ‘Union of Agriculture Production Cooperatives’’ expands and improves its services for member cooperatives

·         Work with farmers to Improved access to inputs and strengthened supply of improved seeds

·         Facilitate multi-stakeholder sector forum, to identify challenges and solutions, and cultivate interest


Program Implementation

·         Implementation of Livelihood Promotion and Resilience Building for Refugees and Host Communities of Dollo Ado and Bokolmayo Woredas with respect Livestock and crop production market system

·         Develop partnerships with lead-firm partners (e.g. ‘Association of Livestock Traders’ and Livestock Bureau, ‘Union of Agriculture Production Cooperatives).

·         Collect lessons learned from existing livestock sector market improvement initiatives, livestock  and crop production marker sectors competitiveness ,and crop production marketing ; and use these to innovate in ways that strengthen and leverage current practice;

·         Actively engage in the identification, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting of program activities with a view to livestock and crop production market system development;

·         Liaise with all programs, stakeholders and actors in the livestock and crop production market systems

·         Contribute to the monitoring of key monitoring and measuring indicators, milestones and plans in close collaboration with supervisor and M&E team, and lead the effort in reporting all output, outcome and impact indicators for the livestock and crop production market system developments

·         Support in ensuring the program captures and responds to up-to-date information on livestock and crop production marketing within respective market systems district, regional and global best practices.


·         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.

Job Requirements

·         Bachelor’s degree in one of the following subjects: , Crop Science, Animal Science, Rural Development and agricultural extension and, Agricultural Economics;

·         Five years of experience in livestock and crop production marketing in pastoral and agro-pastoral systems of Ethiopia;

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

·         Experience in working with livestock and crop production industry (public and private) actors and institutional stakeholders;

·         Demonstrated program implementation and training capabilities;

·         Knowledge of participatory analyses, action and results processes;

·         Experience in the region is required; previous experience in arid and semi-arid parts of Ethiopia is preferred;




·         Fluent in English and Somali languages

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

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

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

How to Apply


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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