Livelihood Program Assistant – Hargeisa

  • Hargeisa
  • Full time
  • 7 months ago
  • / Monthly

Job Information

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    Posted On Dec 21 ,2020
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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Job Description

Mercy Corps aims to strengthen systems and mechanisms that enable sustainable development, emergency response and peaceful processes through high quality and high impact programming in Somaliland. Mercy Corps assists communities in Somaliland to transition from crisis to transformative recovery and sustainable development. Currently, Mercy Corps is implementing Desert Locust Emergency Response Program (DLER) that seeks to improve food security for 350 households in locust-affected communities in Somaliland. Because locust movement is unpredictable and guided by the prevailing wind direction, we aim to target a large area initially and then narrow our target area based on the severity of the infestation.


The Livelihood Program Assistant shall be responsible for the overall day to day implementation of the planned activity components under the Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) Sector, particularly the livelihood related activities in the Desert Locust Emergency Response Program. The Livelihood Program Assistant will work closely both with management and support staff (including finance, administration and program) in Hargeisa and other Mercy Corps field offices to ensure the day-to-day activities are implemented according to schedule, budget and required quality. The Livelihood Program Assistant will have to coordinate closely with the different clusters, i.e. Food Security, Protection and Health/Nutrition Clusters. Similarly, the Livelihood Program Assistant has to closely coordinate with the Local Administration, the pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities of the target areas and host community leaders, and other key program stakeholders to achieve the program goals and ensure that all activities implemented are demand-driven; and that communities are mobilized in a participatory manner. He/she will have to show full adherence to Mercy Corps procedures, policy and security protocols.


  1. Conduct periodic need assessment and prepare activity papers and documentations
  2. Maintain close working relationship with local authorities, INGOs and Local NGOs
  3. Foster a collaborative team atmosphere, which engages the stakeholder.
  4. Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission
  5. Adhere to MC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  6. lead with the implementation of the Desert Locust Emergency Response Program – AFS Sector and other program portfolios according to plan of action
  7. Prepare and develop status reports as required by management and supervisor in the area of duty station
  8. Ensure proper filing of documents
  9. Representations at cluster meetings at the field level.
  10. Promote and share ideas for improvement of the program unit
  11. Prepare field data information and data collection to inform program design and planning
  12. Support the implementation of the activities under the AFS Sector, particularly the livestock related activities in Desert Locust Emergency Response Program.
  13. Document good practices and lessons, testimonies and stories for program learning from field visits, surveys and assessments that have been done
  14. Gather and document information to generate learning and documentation
  15. Analyze project implementation strategies to identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations;
  16. Submit timely reports as requested by the program leadership.
  17. Work with all MC staff to compile all program related documentations Desert Locust Emergency Response Program coverage areas in Somaliland as may be required from time to time.
  18. 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.
  19. Perform any other assigned duty by Mercy Corps Somaliland.



Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards 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

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Program officer


Other program staff, finance officers, logistics officers, human resource and administration staff.


  1. BA/S or equivalent in Agriculture, dry land Agriculture, Agronomy, Agricultural economics, livestock and related qualifications
  1. Ability to multitask and make decisions, experience in working effectively with minimum supervision.
  2. At least one year of work experience with an NGO in a similar capacity, operating in Somaliland is extremely desirable.
  1. Experience in livelihoods and resilience programming especially through application of market-based approaches.
  1. Knowledge of the extent and impact of Desert locust infestation in the HoA is desired.
  2. Prior experience in developing partnerships with both private and public actors as part of program implementation in achieving project goals.
  3. Excellent teamwork abilities and interpersonal skills.
  4. Excellent written and spoken English skills are required. Fluency in Somali required for this role.


  1. Commitment to local capacity building and the ability to engage local stakeholders in program design and implementation.
  2. Ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks and keeps to deadlines.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of the Somali people’s culture and political set up.
  4. Strong team player and effective communicator.
  5. Willing to interact effectively with international and national personnel and other partners.

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through only shortlisted candidates will be contacted