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Contingent on new funding

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 has been operating in Ethiopia since 2004. In partnership with civil society organizations, the private sector, and the government, Mercy Corps Ethiopia has reached more than five million Ethiopians with interventions to save lives and build secure livelihoods. Our programs emphasize market-driven solutions, reinforce social bonds, and help communities build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Currently in six regional states – Afar, Gambella, Oromia, Somali, Amhara and South Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) – Mercy Corps Ethiopia is driven by the mission to contribute the emergence of a peaceful, resilient, and prosperous Ethiopia which is inclusive of youth and women. Our strategic directions focus on promoting inclusive and dynamic markets; promoting peace and social cohesion through strengthening formal/informal governance structures and citizen engagement; improved natural resource governance; and integrated humanitarian response.

Mercy Corps is seeking a dynamic and passionate Gender Equality Diversity and Social Inclusion  (GEDSI) advisor responsible to oversee and provide the necessary technical leadership across the components of an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Integrated Youth Activity (IYA). The purpose of the proposed activity is to empower youth to advance their own economic, civic and social development through: 1) Increased youth capacity for advocacy and agency; 2) Creating new youth economic opportunities; and 3) Increased access for youth to essential services that are more youth friendly. The activity has two key foundational result areas that envision to see: 1) Establishment and/or strengthening of democratic and representative local, regional, and national youth groups and networks to promote resilience and economic, civic, and social development; and 2) Creating and utilizing an innovative youth-led funding mechanism. The GEDSI advisor will be responsible for leading strategy discussions, providing technical assistance and developing successful mechanisms for the implementation of GEDSI principles and framework.

General Position Summary

The GEDSI advisor is responsible for leading the design and implementation of a strategy to ensure IYA appropriately addresses the varied needs of women, men, girls, and boys, different ethinic groups, people with disabilities and others that may be marginalized, and that team members are sensitive to gender, youth and social dynamics. The GEDSI advisor will ensure that the social dimensions of positive youth development and self-reliance are effectively addressed across all activities and components. S/he will manage teams and coordinate closely with other consortium members and partners to integrate and empower youth, gender and social inclusion as critical strategies for realizing program outcomes.


Essential Job Responsibilities


•         Develop a strategy, guidelines, and frameworks to ensure IYA program vision, strategic planning, and execution processes foster gender equality, diversity, and social inclusion

•         Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives and contribute to program level strategy development in line with GEDSI related  priorities

•         Ensure gender and inclusion integration and mainstreaming are incorporated into IYA strategic, annual, quarterly and monthly planning efforts.

•         Support research initiatives that advance the program level learning on innovative approaches to GEDSI priorities  and contribute to quality programming and transformation

•         Support internal and external communication efforts (articles, case studies, conferences and forums) to highlight IYAs’ GEDSI works.

•         Closely work with IYA CLA team to integrate gender and social inclusion in the program  M&E system

•         Provide on-going assistance  and guidance for program implementation for programs to be able to consider GEDSI priorities



•         Lead quality GEDSI assessment for IYA as per the Mercy Corps Program Management Minimum standards

•         Support IYA teams to roll-out GEDSI priorities across the program.

•         Support program team to inform program design, implementation, and monitoring, and evaluation process based on gender analysis findings

•         Participate as an active, integrated member of the country Program Performance and Quality (PAQ) team, providing technical support across the mission and programs.

•         Conduct program quality field or support visits as required.

•         Work with the IYA program team to ensure components and activity budgets are gender-sensitive and reflective of gender commitments took at agency and country-level.

•         Ensure that Community Accountability and Reporting Mechanisms (CARM), Safeguarding Protocol and Processes and Child protection policies are adhered to and reported on to IYA management team.



•         Provide IYA team and partners with technical support, coaching, and capacity building to ensure high-quality GEDSI integration in the program;

•         Lead and support the gender analysis process to determine the needs of men, women, boys and girls in a community to inform program design and to develop gender-transformative strategies;

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

•         Contribute to IYA program and country team-building efforts, training program, and department staff on GEDSI related issues in the program and organizational transformation

•         Work closely with team members and partners, to support capacity-building and gender integration into all the components of the program.

•         Support integration of gender into the program’s M&E to ensure that gender is reflected in output, outcome and impact level indicators and that sex and age disaggregated data is regularly collected and reflected upon to inform adaptations.



•         Work closely with all IYA team to establish assessment, monitoring and evaluation frameworks to measure and improve upon program quality and impact, specific to GEDSI priorities

•         Contribute to the set-up and implementation of lessons learned system capture learnings on gender integration across the program.

•         Ensure GEDSI concerns are integrated across tools, theory of change, indicators and log frames of IYA.

•         Contribute to program and country-level initiatives such as research agendas and internal learning exercises.

•         Collect and share IYA impact and learnings in line with GEDSI strategy through success stories, learning briefs, case studies etc.



•         Represent Mercy Corps at relevant coordination mechanisms and meetings.

•         Identify and nurture strategic partnerships with other organizations, donors, institutions and local actors.

•         Present concepts and ideas to donors, partners, and peer organizations that influence their decisions.

•         Support internal and external communication efforts (articles, case studies, conferences and forums) to highlight IYA and Mercy Corps’ gender work in Ethiopia.



•         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.



•         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.



•         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

•         BA or above in international development, women’s studies, gender or a comparable area of study

•         At least five years of experience in international development work. Minimum of three years of experience in gender technical work.

•         Substantial background in gender and development work including experience conducting gender training, gender mainstreaming and engaging in gender advocacy

•         Excellent computer skills (especially Microsoft office applications) and ability to use information technology as a tool and resource

•         Demonstrated experience in training and capacity building across diverse teams and partners

•         Excellent project management, time management, and organizational skills. Multi-tasking skills and ability to work under pressure

•         Knowledge of positive youth development programs is plus

•         Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Amharic.


Success Factors

A successful candidate should have experience and expertise leading gender equality, diversity and social inclusion efforts and translating GEDSI learning into adaptive programming. S/he should also 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 should 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 /Environmental Conditions:

The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with regular travels to the field. This position requires up to 50% of travel by air and road to field offices in relatively secure environments.

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.

Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.

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 and young candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to empower women and youth.”

Please apply through this link: GEDSI Lead

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