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12 Mar 2019

Governance and Partnership Advisor

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 III:  Governance and Partnership Advisor

Primary Location:  Dollo Ado, Somali Region

Open Position: 1

General Position Summary

The Governance and Partnerships Advisor position focuses on providing technical support to Mercy Corps field teams in the area of governance, local partnerships and community mobilization guided by the agency’s.

The support includes program design and development, network and partnership development, representation at key sector forums and events, helping to monitor and improve program quality and relevance, staying current on industry innovation and best practices, delivering training, and disseminating information to internal and external partners.

The advisor will also participate in matrix teams, share and build the capacity of others, and help integrate their technical area

Essential Job Responsibilities

·         Gather and analyze data and complete assessments to determine community needs and priorities

·         Work with programs teams, and technical support for development of better work relation with local government.

·         Keep up to date on relevant governmental line offices, Atvets, and private sectors to Work with Mercy Corps and determine how the agency can best work with and/or influence such firms.

·         Cultivate and nurture government relationships and strategic partnerships that positively impact Mercy Corps ability to influence program strategies and as well as strategic partnerships that result in stronger and impactful program implementation efforts.

·         Work closely with field program team to influence their engagement and support of program activities implementation process.

·         Participate as an active, integrated member of the team providing technical support to a portfolio of field programs including those in complex crisis environments.

·         Support effective interventions in the areas of the assigned team’s focus, using integrated approaches and applying systems thinking.

·         Help maintain standards of program delivery that apply agency priorities and comply with relevant regulations and requirements.

·         Build capacity with program staff and partners to better approach and implement programs.

·         Take leadership in identifying and addressing program quality needs, Collaborate with field team to problem solve.


Learning and Impact

·         Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team and the field to ensure that monitoring and evaluation is practical and reflects best practices.

·         Contribute to agency-wide initiatives such as the research agenda around Thought Leadership priority topics working closely with the Senior Governance Research Advisor.

·         Provide training and support for Mercy Corps program staff, partners, and others.

·         Develop a deep understanding of the shared incentives and values that will entice partners to connect and work across sectors, both internally and within field projects.

·         Support new and ongoing programs with best practice advice and assistance on assessment, implementation, research, and evaluation needs.

·         Conduct assessments; write case studies, learning documents, short articles, and blogs; and develop internal and external disseminate plan for all products.

·         Nurture partnerships with universities, research institutions, and other organizations to produce case studies, assessments, and other learning documentation, as well as enhance program quality.

Influence and Representation

·         Represent Mercy Corps at events, conferences, media forums, and other events; focused on Governance and partnership.

·         Identify and nurture partnerships with other organizations and institutions.

·         Contribute to a strong and regularly updated network of technical experts and consultants that can serve as an additional resource to be deployed for Dollo program support.


·         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 required. B.A, M.S., M.Sc., or equivalent in a field related
3 to 5 years of experience providing increasingly proficient technical support in the relevant field
Practical field experience relating governance and partnership
Willingness and ability to travel frequently to project sites and field locations,
Familiarity with major donors such as USAID, DFID, the EC and relevant foundations and corporations.
Fluency in English and Somali are required
Success Factors

The advisor will demonstrate a winning track record in program development, and bring flexibility, creativity, and enthusiasm to Dollo project. The individual must have exceptional writing skills and the ability to multi-task, set priorities, pay attention to detail, and work under tight deadlines within complex team environments. The advisor must take an active role in building and maintaining external relationships as well as demonstrating the drive and initiative to contribute to internal team efforts. The individual must learn quickly how to provide technical data and support in the most efficient and effective form possible for each unique field team and environment.

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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