Mercy Corps Financial Inclusion and Energy Access Advisor Jobs in Ethiopia

Mercy Corps Financial Inclusion and Energy Access Advisor Jobs in Ethiopia


General Position Summary

  • Mercy Corps is seeking to recruit an advisor for financial inclusion and energy access, to support integration of these approaches into Mercy Corps’ MSD programs across our Ethiopia country portfolio.

  • The advisor will support implementation of high-quality financial inclusion and energy interventions (Program Quality), through capacity-building for teams, support in conducting market assessments and designing interventions and building relationships with key market actors from the private sector and government.

  • The advisor will also participate in designing and writing new proposals for MSD programs that have financial inclusion or energy components (Proposal Development), and helping to ensure robust M&E and Learning for our programs, working with our Country MEL Manager (Learning and impact).

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    Program Quality

  • Support program teams to conduct high quality market system assessments in financial services and energy sectors, providing the foundation for program design

  • Support program teams to design interventions for MSD programs, using tools such as Results Chains and ‘Who Does, Who Pays?’ matrices

  • Support program teams to develop and implement work plans for MSD programs, maintaining a clear focus on facilitation principles

  • Work with program teams as they develop partnerships with private sector and government actors, and lead the process of developing partnerships with key ‘Lead Firm’ actors, such as large businesses and government

  • Provide capacity-building for Mercy Corps program teams, through formal training on MSD methodologies and informal mentoring and guidance

  • Support mainstreaming of gender and women’s economic empowerment into our financial inclusion and energy programming, and support implementation of this strategy

  • Support teams to manage MSD programs adaptively, through periodic reflection exercises and supporting use of M&E data

  • Support submission of high quality reports for financial inclusion and energy programming, to donors

    Innovation and Proposal Development

  • Build relationships with key stakeholders in the financial inclusion and energy sectors, including regulatory bodies, banks, MFIs, digital platform providers, Mobile Network Operators and government bodies. Leverage these relationships to place Mercy Corps at the forefront of innovative approaches for financial inclusion and energy solutions.

  • Cultivate and nurture donor relationships and strategic partnerships that positively impact Mercy Corps ability to influence program strategies and proposal design, as well as strategic partnerships that result in stronger and impactful program development efforts.

  • Gather/analyze data and complete assessments to inform the design of new proposals

  • Participate in design workshops for large programs, and lead design workshops for smaller programs

  • Support writing/review of concept notes and proposals for MSD programs

  • Support development of realistic budgets for MSD programs

    learning and impact

  • Work with the Director of Programs and the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager 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 topic

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

  • Engage in implementation of projects that have significant financial services and energy component in building relationships with actors, documenting lessons learnt and best practices

    policy, advocacy, Representation

  • Represent Mercy Corps at academic events, conferences, media forums, and other events; contribute to thought leadership in financial inclusion and energy in Ethiopia, in particular in relation to resilience and MSD in crisis contexts

  • Identify and nurture strategic partnerships with other organizations and institutions.

  • Present concepts and ideas to donors, partners, and peer organizations that influence them to drive innovation and positive change.

    Team Management

  • Build effective relationships with program teams implementing financial inclusion programming, based on mutual trust, collaboration, urgency and curiosity

  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.

  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.

  • Support hiring and orientation of team members with a focus on MSD

  • Play a program leadership role for financial inclusion or energy-specific programming.

    Job Requirements

    Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required. M.A, M.S., M.Sc., or equivalent in a field related to economics, international development, business management or subject with relevance for market systems development are preferred.

  • Participation in MSD training is strongly preferred, for example the two-week Springfield training in Glasgow/Bankok

  • 5 to 7 years of practical experience working on market systems development programming in financial inclusion, that includes:

  • Undertaking market assessments and writing market assessment reports

  • Participating in the design of MSD programs and supporting proposal development

  • Providing training for team members on MSD theory and practice

  • Supporting development of robust results measurement systems, measuring impact on beneficiaries and system change

  • Demonstrating strong theoretical and applied knowledge of the field of expertise

    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 applicant’s 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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