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Posted: 20 September 2021
Location: Balcad, Somalia
Posted: 20 September 2021
Location: Balcad, Somalia
Posted: 20 September 2021
Location: Balcad, Somalia
Posted: 20 September 2021
Location: Balcad, Somalia
Posted: 20 September 2021
Location: Balcad, Somalia

RE-Advert: Assistant Program Officer – Agriculture and Livestock

Posted: 20 September 2021
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20 October 2021 Project Management Balcad, Somalia Full Time Mercy Corps
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RE-Advert: Assistant Program Officer – Agriculture and Livestock

Position Title: Assistant Program Officer – Agriculture and Livestock

Location: Balcad

Position Status: Full-time


Mercy Corps Somalia aims to strengthen systems and mechanisms that enable sustainable development, emergency response and peaceful processes through high quality and high impact programming in Somaliland, Puntland and the South-Central of Somalia, i.e. all over Somalia. Mercy Corps assists communities in Somalia to transition from crisis to transformative recovery and sustainable development. We currently implement programs that address IDP and returnees needs in terms of education, health, conflict mitigation management, livelihoods and emergency response with an orientation towards early recovery. We aim to expand our programs that strengthen and diversify livelihoods and ensure food security and resilience throughout the country. In our continued response to emergency and disaster, Mercy Corps seeks to hire an Assistant Program Officer with background and/or experience in Agriculture and Livestock for its Somalia Emergency Assistance and Early Market Recovery Program (SEAM II), funded by the USAID/BHA.

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The Assistant Program Officer (APO) – Agriculture and Livestock is responsible for the day to day implementation of the planned activity components under the Agriculture and Livestock activities in the SEAM II Program. Working and the direction of the Program Team Lead and technically under the Livestock Specialist, the APO will work closely both with program and support staff (including finance, administration and program) in Mogadishu and other Mercy Corps field offices to ensure the day to day activities are implemented according to schedule, budget and required quality. The APO will have to coordinate closely with the different clusters, i.e. WASH, Protection and Health/Nutrition Clusters. Similarly, the APO has to closely coordinate with the Local Administration, the IDP and host community leaders, and other key program stakeholders to achieve the program goals and ensure that all activities to be implemented on demand-driven; and communities mobilized in a participatory way. 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. Prepare and develop status reports as required by management and supervisor in the area of duty station
  6. Ensure proper filing of documents
  7. Representations at cluster meetings at the field level.
  8. Promote and share ideas for improvement of the program unit
  9. Field data information and data collection to inform program design and planning
  10. Support the implementation of the activities under the Agriculture and Livestock in SEAM II Program.
  11. Document good practices and lessons, testimonies and stories for program learning from field visits, surveys and assessments that have been done
  12. Work with all MC staff to compile all program related documentations for SEAM II Program coverage areas in the South-Central of Somalia as may be required from time to time.
  13. Perform any other assigned duty by Mercy Corps Somalia.



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.




  1. At least a Diploma or relevant qualification in the field of livestock of the development for national and international relief and development organization in a similar role, 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, one operating in the South-Central of Somalia is extremely desirable.
  1. Fluent in Somali & English languages (written and verbal).
  1. Good cultural awareness and sensitivity.


  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.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

Application Procedure:

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply for this position and submit their applications (cover letter, updated CV and contacts of 3 professional referees) through only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Deadline for Applications: September 23, 2021