Livestock Production and Marketing Technical Lead – NGO Job Vacancy Ethiopia

Posted on: Monday Mar 4 , 4:34 PM , 2019
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Job/Task Description

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 has been present in Ethiopia since 2004, and acts on behalf of people who have become disenfranchised and poor. We stand with Ethiopia to find and access opportunities, and to be part of lasting and meaningful transformation in the country. Mercy Corps seeks to be influential with government and development actors towards a more resilient country where poverty is tackled through the eyes of those who understand it best. This translates into ensuring that the population is financially stable, healthy & nourished, educated & unformed, and that natural resources are accessible, shared and utilized sustainably.

Mercy Corps anticipates a multi-year, multi-million dollar USAID funded initiative focused on: stimulating increased production, productivity and marketing through more competitive livestock and livestock products markets; increasing communities’ resilience; improving alternative livelihood options through essential skills transfer; and contributing to the wider knowledge on pastoral development.  The program will operate in multiple regions across Ethiopia.

General Position Summary

The Livestock Production and Marketing Technical Lead will lead components of the program focusing on stimulating increased production, productivity and marketing through more competitive livestock and livestock products markets. The individual will work closely with other members of the senior management team and private and public sector stakeholders in designing and implementing innovative livestock production and marketing approaches.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and strategic vision while overseeing all livestock marketing and production activities ensuring that staff are following work plans, activities are on schedule to the highest standard, and that project deliverables are completed as planned.
  • Advise on technical aspects of livestock markets in the program to promote the livelihoods of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists. Work closely with partners on coordinating activities and harmonizing technical strategies and tactics.
  • Provide technical support to program teams to help improve production, marketing, health, and sales of livestock and related products.
  • Manage implementation of livestock activities providing technical direction, developing work plans in collaboration with national staff, monitoring implementation and impact, training staff in commercialization, marketing and business skills enabling them to train beneficiary farmers.
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.


  • Oversee program and technical start-up and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations.
  • Lead the development of detailed implementation plans, flowing from annual strategic work- plans, and ensure the delivery of the same.
  • Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria.
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
  • Provide managerial and programmatic technical oversight to partners and sub-grantee(s).
  • Document processes and achievements to ensure best practices are captured and disseminated. This will include the continual re-evaluation of program activities and information, with resulting activity adjustments in keeping with new insights.
  • Produce written reports on program activities, capturing the impacts of activities.
  • Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites – spend up to 50% of time in the field.


  • Coordinate with program, finance and administration/logistics staff to ensure operational systems are in place to support field activities including logistics (transport, warehousing and asset management), procurement, security, administration and human resources.
  • Propose design of new local policies as needed and in accordance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations.
  • 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.


  • Active contributor and collaborator with regional and global counterparts to promote the use of best practices.
  • Strengthen linkages with other internal resources, including the Digital Library, Hub, and workplace, to enhance organizational learning.
  • Maintain close working relationships with counterparts in other relevant international NGOs, and local NGOs and associations in Ethiopia and East Africa.
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

  • MA/S  in Business, finance, livestock, agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural economics, or related field
  • 5+ years’ work experience with for profit organization, non-governmental organization (NGO) or profit agribusiness working with vulnerable, marginalized and pastoralists/agro-pastoralist groups.
  • 5+ years’ proven experience in innovative value chain development or business models using best practices
  • Demonstrated technical experience in dry lands and/or value chain development is desirable
  • Experience in Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) programming approaches and methodologies, and private-sector program partnerships.
  • Experience with the development, implementation & compliance of donor funded programs including USAID agreements and strong understanding of USAID rules and regulations and compliance issues
  • Established ability to manage and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving with proven ability to be accountable for all components of the program.
  • Proven ability to learn quickly, lead a program to achieve stated results and objectives.
  • Ability to effectively represent Mercy Corps and its interests to a wide range of key stakeholders.
  • Experience working with host governments, national and international NGOs.
  • Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills required.
  • Preference given to candidates with prior experience in Ethiopia.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse team in a sensitive environment.
  • Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work.

Success Factors

A successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to lead and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles and cultures, follow procedures, and meet deadlines with flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving. 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 Livestock Production and Marketing Technical Lead is based in the capital city – Addis Ababa. The location is accompanied and secure. Housing is family accommodation with good freedom of movement beyond the house/office. There are several international schools in Addis Ababa, British systems exist for children up to 11 years old. The US school takes students to pre-university levels. Staff have access to basic services (electricity, water, sporadic internet etc). Medical facilities are basic with international clinics able to provide emergency services. This position requires 35% travel by road and air to field offices in often insecure environments. Addis Ababa is host to many international organizations including the OAU, the Economic Commission for Africa and other multi-national bodies, many of which have their headquarters based in the capital city.

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 MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

How to Apply

Deadline: March 14, 2019

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.” DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS: March 14, 2019/ 4:00 PM Please send non-returnable applications and credentials to one of the following address: Mercy Corps Recruiter Addis Ababa: P.O. Box 14319Arbaminch: 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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