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12 Mar 2019

Market System Officer 

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 I:  Market System Officer

Primary Location:  Dollo Ado, Somali Region

Open Position: 1

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps is a consortium member for a program, Innovative Approaches to Building Resilience for Vulnerable Populations in Ethiopia, funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and led by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Somali Region.  The program comprises four components; within this consortium, Mercy Corps’ role is in the third and fourth components which involve strengthening market systems in Somali Region:  for pastoralists in Shabelle Zone and for refugees and host communities in Dollo Ado.

General Position Summary

The Market Systems Officer will facilitate and implement  market system related activities of the project through its second phase, from assessment and activities selection and planning to implementation of activities to providing recommendations to represent Mercy Corps and WFP in scaling up and rolling out activities even further.

The Market Systems Officer will also be a member of the MC Economic and Markets Development (EMD) Team, which uses market systems development to stimulate economic growth to create wealth and jobs for the poorest while maximizing investment from the private and public sectors. As a member of the EMD team, the Market Systems Officer will contribute analytical thinking and innovative approaches and will support integration and harmony of approaches across all Mercy Corps Ethiopia market-driven programming.  The EMD team is also expected to contribute up to 20% of its collective time towards new program development.

Essential Job Responsibilities

The Market Systems Officer is responsible to facilitate implementation of MC’s thematic areas of financial systems development.  Key job functions include the following:

Participate market assessment validation and activities planning workshop, which will involve all key stakeholders.
Be part of the  project team to develop detailed plan for implementation of selected activities, including roles, timeframe, desired outcomes
Participating to develop, implement, monitor progress of work plans that can be adaptively managed
Represent MC lead component of the project by guiding implementation of activities as implemented by WFP
Facilitate key relationships within the four market systems.
Ensure that market systems work captures and responds to up-to-date information about market developments within respective market systems and global best practices for Economic & Markets Development.
Prepare all required documentation and reporting required and submit to Market System Specialist
Regularly visit field activities to assess progress and provide formal and informal feedback.
Ensures CNs and resultant Activity Reports are developed to the appropriate standard
Adhere to Mercy Corps, donor and government policies and procedures

·         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

Deep understanding and mastery of Markets4Poor approach and Economic & Markets Development facilitation including coaching, relationship building, communicating, entrepreneurialism/business understanding and innovating.
Familiar with all aspects of the relevant market systems including key actors, 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;
Bachelor’s degree in economics, business administration, agribusiness, or other related field, or commensurate private sector or field experience is required
Minimum of 3 years’ experience in private sector or working with other agencies in market systems facilitation, agribusiness or financial services

Fluent in English and Somali
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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