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Deputy Chief of Party/Livelihood Lead

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Mercy Corps is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Deputy Chief of Party/Livelihood Lead in Addis Ababa

Job Overview (Deputy Chief of Party/Livelihood Lead)

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party/Livelihood Lead – Ethiopia

Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position Status Full-time, Exempt, Regular

Salary Level Position is contingent on new funding

Job Description (Livelihood Lead)

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.

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps anticipates applying as a part of a consortium for funding for a five-year USAID Food for Peace (FFP) Activity to support food security in Amhara Region. The program will contribute to the goal of improved food security of vulnerable households in targeted PSNP communities in Amhara Region contributing to a sustained reduction in rural poverty. Mercy Corps seeks a Deputy Chief of Party for Livelihoods (DCOP/Livelihoods) for this expected program.

General Position Summary

The DCOP/Livelihoods will be experienced in a broad spectrum of technical focus areas with responsibility for overseeing program implementation. Particularly the DCOP/Livelihood will be responsible to the overall livelihood component that build economic resilience of target community and foster gradation among PSNP participants.

The DCOP will work closely with different departments and support functions to ensure effective program coordination and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and accountability. The DCOP will also work directly with partner agencies both national and international to achieve objectives of the program. S/he will also make sure technical interventions are well coordinated across the implementation area.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Program Management and Implementation

  • Provide overall technical guidance and leadership, mentoring, quality control and coordination to strengthen program outcomes.
  • Lead the overall livelihood component of the program that build economic resilience and foster gradation among PSNP participants.
  • Support the Chief of Party in the establishment of a program structure that favors integration between all sectors.
  • Ensure that cross-cutting themes such as adaptive management, gender and youth, resilience, sustainability and social cohesion are fully included within the program strategy.
  • Monitor adherence to the award agreement, ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and Ethiopian policies/priorities, and is consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, value and quality standards.
  • In coordination with the country Monitoring and Evaluation department and the project MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact.
  • Introduce the program to Government of Ethiopian stakeholders, ensuring necessary approvals and collaboration as required.
  • Work with partnership team to provide managerial and programmatic oversight to partners and sub-grantees.
  • Document processes and achievements to ensure best practices are captured and disseminated.
  • Produce written reports on program activities, capturing the impacts of activities.
  • Create and follow effective stakeholder management plans, ensuring sound and proactive communications with Mercy Corps Mali, partner organizations, Mercy Corps headquarters, USAID, Government of Mali authorities, and colleague agencies.
  • Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites – spend up to 50% of time in the field.

Team Management

  • Oversee program implementation team, ensuring that all staff are following workplans, activities are on schedule, and project deliverables are completed as planned.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of capacity building strategy for team members that promotes a culture of learning through systematic analysis and reflection of program data and lessons learned.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • In close partnership with the Mercy Corps Director of Programs and COP, create a work atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development of excellent personnel at all levels.

Internal and External Coordination

  • Represent Mercy Corps in forums with the broader humanitarian and development community.
  • Active contributor and collaborator with regional and global counterparts to promote best practices.
  • Maintain close working relationships with counterparts in other organizations in Mali.


  • 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 Program participants

  • 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.

Supervisory Responsibility

Number of direct reports is to be determined


Reports Directly To: Director of Programs

Works Directly With: DFSA CoP, Sector leads/program managers, field teams, the MEL team, partner organizations and other implementers

Knowledge and Experience

MA/S or equivalent experience in development studies, economics, food security, nutrition, public health, social sciences, or other relevant field.At least eight years of relevant experience in positions of progressively greater responsibility in programming in a developing country context.Demonstrated experience developing and ensuring program performance for technically rigorous food security and resilience programs.Experience providing leadership, supervising staff, managing multiple complex program components, and convening people across technical teams to build consensus and achieve an outcome.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Proficiency in local languages is desirable.

Preference for experience with USAID-funded programs.

  • Experience in Ethiopia or other sub-Saharan African countries strongly preferred
  • Excellent computer skills (especially Microsoft office applications) and ability to use information technology as a tool and resource.

Success Factors

A successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to lead and communicate effectively with team members and other stakeholders of varied work styles and cultures, follow procedures and meet deadlines with flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving. This position requires an ability to think creatively about improving food and nutrition security. S/he will have a proven ability to learn quickly, multi-task, prioritize, take initiative, and be accountable for results, understand the larger picture while remaining focused on the details, problem solving, work within a complex and sensitive setting and to follow laws and security protocols. The most successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The position is based in Addis Ababa with frequent travel to implementation areas in Amhara Region (up to 40%). Addis Ababa is the political and commercial heart of Ethiopia. Founded by Emperor Menelik in 1877, it is now a sprawling, hospitable city of 4 million people located at an elevation of 2,200 meters in the foothills of Mount Entoto. Modern buildings and wide-open boulevards stand side by side with historic churches, palaces and monuments as well as simple country-style huts. Addis Ababa has basic health services. There are ample opportunities for in-country vacations. The weather is temperate year-round with a heavy rainy season in the summer months. Addis Ababa hosts many international organizations including the OAU, the Economic Commission for Africa and other multi-national bodies, many of which have their headquarters there.

Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps’ policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

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