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Posted: 5 August 2022
Location: Baidoa, somalia
Posted: 5 August 2022
Location: Baidoa, somalia
Posted: 5 August 2022
Location: Baidoa, somalia
Posted: 5 August 2022
Location: Baidoa, somalia
Posted: 5 August 2022
Location: Baidoa, somalia


Posted: 5 August 2022
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4 September 2022 Project Management Baidoa, somalia Full Time Mercy Corps
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 Title: Resilience CLA& CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT Specialist

Location Baidoa (With Travels to Mogadishu/ other program locations)

Position Status Full-time,

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 present in Somalia since 2005, responding to emergency needs stemming from conflict and displacement, while continuing to work to build more resilient, peaceful, and productive communities in Puntland, Somaliland, Banadir, Southwest State, Hirshabelle, Galmudug, and Jubaland. Mercy Corps Somalia also collaborates with Mercy Corps teams and partners in neighboring countries to implement multi-country and cross-border programs. Working with a diverse base of donors that includes the USAID/OFDA, GIZ, UNHCR, ECHO, WFP, SSF, EAC, LDS and other foundations and institutional donors, Mercy Corps empowers people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. We work closely with the private sector, civil society and governance structures at local and national levels to facilitate change and ensure that opportunities are inclusive of all Somalis.

The international community has awoken to the reality that the traditional aid architecture is largely incapable of delivering solutions to today’s humanitarian crises and that new ways of working are required. Yet the “how” of action that will drive lasting results for peace and wellbeing in protracted crisis contexts like Somalia has remained largely elusive. The Baidoa Resilience Partnership, launched in 2018 by USAID, positioned USAID as thought leaders in this space, promoting resilience as a collective imperative that transcends traditional funding, program, and sector siloes to advance pragmatic solutions to the world’s most pernicious challenges.

Mercy Corps is seeking a Resilience CLA & Capacity Development Specialist for the Somalia Resilience Learning Activity (RLA), a five-year opportunity funded by USAID. As a largely autonomous component of a larger regional learning award lead by ACDI/VOCA, the Somalia RLA is designed to leverage USAID’s previous investments in the Baidoa Resilience Partnership to advance collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) across actors and funding streams for sustained reductions in humanitarian need. Through the Somalia RLA, Mercy Corps will work closely with USAID, implementing partners, and other stakeholders to collectively analyze what they do and how they do it, surfacing findings to enable the replication and amplification of promising practices within southwest, Banadir and some parts of Hirshabelle and Jubaland enhancing USAID and other donor’s return on investment in Somalia

mercycorps.orgGeneral Position Summary

The Resilience CLA & capacity development specialist will lead the implementation of the RLA program capacity development strategy, ensuring all partners and their staff understand the strategy and its work plan. S/he will be supporting capacity development of partners on CLA. S/he will be responsible in designing & coordinating partners forum in Baidoa, facilitating and coordinating the resilience learning agenda, co-designing, and leading a participatory analysis of the complex crisis system in all RLA locations. S/he will also be responsible for conducting regular field visits to partner sites to facilitate the identification and capture of promising practices and follow-up on CLA/SLI commitment, designing & conducting of targeted studies that will catalyze learning. Likewise, s/he will be documenting “light-touch” interventions that link to member partner actions and help demonstrate theory-to-practice for adaptive management, SLI, or other core principles of a resilience approach.

Essential Job Responsibilities


  • Design/coordinate forums that can empower practitioners and other stakeholders to design, implement, and adapt strategies and programs based on shared learning and promising practices
  • Facilitate the co-creation of a shared vision and resilience-informed learning agenda among member partners
  • Co-design and lead a participatory analysis of the complex crisis system in Bay/Bakool, applying crisis analytics and risk/resilience assessment methods to advance a common understanding of factors and interactions underlying persistent humanitarian needs and the role of aid in this system, while building partner capacity in systems thinking and providing a foundation for resilience informed CLA/SLI.
  • Lead the participatory development and management of the collective learning agenda with member partners
  • Conduct regular field visits to partner sites to facilitate the identification and capture of promising practices and follow-up on CLA/SLI commitments / provide support to adhere to
  • Identify opportunities and coordinate the design and execution of targeted studies that will catalyze learning but are outside the scope/budget of member
  • Lead the identification, design, and execution of “light-touch” interventions that link to member partner actions and help demonstrate theory-to-practice for adaptive management, SLI, or other core principles of a resilience
  • Lead capacity building of technical staff and partners in CLA strategies and implementation
  • Facilitate capacity-building assessments of USAID implementing partners and stakeholders, and develop capacity development plans
  • Facilitate use of collaboration, adaptation, and learning tools by implementing partners


  • Ensure close communication with operational support structures to ensure efficient support for the implementation of RLA CLA
  • Coordinate with program, finance, and administration staff for troubleshooting and problem-solving.


  • 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


  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our partners and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging participant communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of our field

Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To: Directly to the RLA Team leader/Manager and Indirectly to the Programs Director

Works Directly With RLA team leader, ACDI/VOCCA, Somalia Resilience partners

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant academic area such as a social science
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in program design/implementation, including significant experience in capacity building and facilitation, preferably in Somalia or a similar
  • Thorough understanding of resilience approaches, CLA, and SLI; demonstrated “systems thinker” and hands-on experience in the application of the above to relief and development
  • Solid background in data analytics and research methods; demonstrated leadership, strategic thinking, management, communication, data and program results presentation
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and capture learning for adapting and improving; proven ability to synthesize and communicate complex topics effectively and inspire diverse groups towards
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge through training, mentoring, and experience in communications and
  • Excellent training facilitation skills with good ability to prepare different contexts deliver to the staff of high caliber.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and
  • Strong roots and networks in regional state dynamics (Southwest, Hirshabelle, and Banadir) and intimate understanding of the political

Success Factors

A successful Resilience CLA & Capacity Development Specialist will have the capacity to coordinate participatory analysis of the complex crisis system, undertake multi-sectoral research, build and manage relationships with different stakeholders, and lead collaborative design processes. S/he takes initiative for coordinating and planning tasks and work plans and is equally comfortable and capable of working independently and as part of a team. The Resilience CLA & Capacity Development Specialist will have the ability to easily forge and maintain professional relationships with team members, communities, and partners. S/he is deeply curious, with an appetite for learning and takes responsibility for keeping him/herself up to date on research and promising practices, and for engaging with key networks in the resilience field.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The position is based in (Baidoa ) and it requires up to 10% travel to Mogadishu and Hirshabelle. Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/STA 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 always 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.

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 e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.


How to apply

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

“Female candidates are strongly preferred to apply, and the candidate must have a good understanding and experience for the vacant position”

Note: Please be aware that your education certificate and employment background of the last 3 years will be verified by Mercy corps during the recruitment process.

Deadline for Applications: August 10,2022