Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia


  • Business and Administration


  • Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa

    Career Level:

  • Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)

    Employment Type:

  • Full time

    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, pier-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:

  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist

    Primary Location:

  • Addis Ababa

    Open Position:

  • 1

    program/department Summary:

    Mercy Corps is an implementing partner under Catholic Relief Services for a USAID Food For Peace-funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) for Ethiopia, which intends to improve food access and incomes through agriculture and other livelihoods initiatives; enhance natural resource and environment management; combat under nutrition, especially for children under two and pregnant and lactating women; and mitigate disaster impact through early warning and community preparedness activities.

    The DFSA is intended to build resilience in populations vulnerable to chronic hunger and repeated hunger crises, and to reduce their future need for ongoing or emergency food assistance.

    The DFSA is a 5-year program commenced in October 2016.

    General Position Summary

    Mercy Corps seeks to hire a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL Specialist for DFSA Program.

    This position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    The Specialist will report directly to the DFSA Team Leader and works closely with technical advisors, project site officers and DFSA consortium member MEL team.

    The position holder will be responsible to lead MEL system implementation and support the project team in planning, reporting and managing MEL aspects DFSA project.

    The DFSA MEL specialist is also expected to work closely with country level MEL manager to implement Mercy Corps MEL strategy.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    Program Management & MEL System

  • Use existing DFSA MEL tools and MC MEL strategy to support the project team in areas of monitoring and evaluation and report writing.
  • Build the capacity of all relevant team members to develop and maintain an excellent M&E system and the periodic reflection and analysis of program monitoring data to disseminate learning.
  • Contribute for DFSA MEL strategy development and support MC country level MEL system
  • Ensure that DFSA project comply with overall DFSA project MEL strategy and MC country level MEL Policy.
  • Regularly conduct project site visits to provide hands-on support to field staff on how to capture and organize information for accurate documentation and reporting.
  • Assist the program implementation team in timely and accurate reporting
    to donors.
  • Work closely with DFSA Team Lead and technical advisors to ensure that reports are timely, high-quality, and responsive to donors.
  • Set up and supervise the MC level DFSA M&E system including orienting and supervising project team as appropriate.
  • Play a central role in all evaluation, design and implementation and developing the capacity of project team to conduct internal evaluations.
  • Assist in designing programs that incorporate Mercy Corps’ standards on design, monitoring, and evaluation.


  • 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

    Knowledge and Experience

  • BA/S or equivalent, preferable in statistics business administration, public administration or international development. MA/S in relevant field strongly preferred.
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in the areas of program planning, monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (PM/MERL) preferably within the development sector.
  • High degree of computer literacy; Excel and Word skills are essential.
  • Experience in leading the design and adoption of (Customized) technologies for MEL data collection, analysis and visualization.
  • Knowledge and experience in planning and undertaking Data Quality Assessments (DQAs)
  • Ability to manage and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently on multi-task load.
  • Excellent Communication and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of Sphere standards and other training in humanitarian response preferred.

    Success Factors

  • The ideal candidate will have a strong curiosity for understanding and working effectively within the complex cultural, political, security and social environment of Ethiopia. He/She will be an excellent communicator, multi-tasker, and able to work in ambiguous situations. He/She will be a tolerant and flexible individual able to work in difficult and stressful environments and follow procedures.

    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.”
  • Deadline for All Applications: January 7th, 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 14319
    Arbaminch: P.O. Box 33 , Jijiga: P.O. Box 225
    Negelle Borena: P.O. Box 116
    Dire Dewa: P.O. Box 974
    Yabello: P.O Box 185

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