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12 Mar 2019

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning 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 V:  Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

Primary Location:  Dollo Ado, Somali Region

Open Position: 1

General Position Summary

The Mercy Corps Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions, including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance.  The Mercy Corps Finance Department ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corp’s internal policies and procedures.  As a support to the Program Technical Department, the Finance Department provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.

Working in the Dollo Office, under the direction of the program Manager and Area Finance Officer, the Finance Assistant will be responsible for the day to day routine tasks of the finance role where the details are specified under the Essentials of Job Functions below. She/he is expected to produce reliable, accurate and timely financial report/information for all stake holders involved in. The post holder should be forward looking, self-driven operating under minimum supervision, and critical thinker in the team.  Furthermore, considering the various expected systemic changes in future, the post holder should be able to develop/train herself/himself easily, change oriented and able to quickly settle in the new system.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Support targeting of beneficiaries for SIDA WFP project interventions – Working together with the field technical team and government counterparts, the incumbents will participate in the targeting of beneficiaries (including collecting data from said beneficiaries) for WFP project interventions like Financial Services and Labor markets, livestock and crop beneficiaries and other project activities.
The position holder is responsible to upload project indicators to agency measurement system ( TOLA) ,  ensure that all the monitoring data and evidences are collected, stored on the system.
Ensure all necessary documents for program management are properly filed and kept both in Hard and soft copy as per the requirement by MC PMM.
Manage monitoring of activities – The incumbents will be responsible for establishing and monitoring beneficiaries (individual and institutional) data base in the aforementioned intervention areas, gather pieces of evidence for innovative ways to manage risk, program development gains & impact, achievement of output & outcome level quantitative and qualitative indicators, and performances of challenges the overall project activities.
Involved in the development and implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation systems, including indicators, data collection, analysis and reports as required by Mercy Corps, donor and government;
Compile presentations and updates on progress, successes and challenges as required by the managers, donor and government;
Ensure appropriate regular monitoring and timely submission of all necessary reports in line with donor, Mercy Corps and government reporting schedules and deadlines;
Provide timely updates to program manager on progress of program areas
Document and disseminate best practices and lessons learnt;
Develop and maintain effective information database for the project in Somali region operational area

Identify and recommend areas for specific training and capacity-building, both for staff and target communities to program manager
Outcome monitoring and evaluation – MEL specialist will be in charge of collecting baseline data from a sample of beneficiaries and follow up with them post-intervention.
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Be a team player – WFP project as a complex project requires more efforts to work closely together, communicate regularly and professionally for smooth implementation of activities.
Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

·         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 social sciences, statistics, monitoring and evaluation, or related field is required or demonstrated equivalent work experience in the field.

·         At least three years’ experience in monitoring

·         Demonstrated experience in reviewing data for quality and accuracy.

·         Experience writing short technical reports

·         Previous experience working other international NGOs are strongly preferred

·         Proficient in tablet-based data collection

·         Effective English oral and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational, and prioritization skills are necessary

·         Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members is required

·         Ability to meet deadlines; work independently and cooperatively with team members.

·         Ability to travel long distances across BRACED target woredas for monitoring purposes


·         Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with personnel.

·         Conscientious, with excellent judgment

·         Display an entrepreneurial spirit that is both creative and flexible. S/he will combine strong communication skills, creativity, initiative, participatory leadership and tactful decisiveness to assist in the development and implementation of Mercy Corps’ M&E strategy

·         Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.

·         S/he must have the confidence, and humility, to work effectively with a large variety of people who will be diverse culturally, economically and in social status

·         S/he must be sensitive to political and cultural nuance and able to consistently apply excellent judgment to a variety of demanding and fast-changing situations

·         Ability to foster solid working relationships with host Government, beneficiary communities, and partner organizations

·         Strong organizational skills.

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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