Mercy Corps Vacancy for Ethiopia Resilience Program Quality Internship


DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  May – August 2018 (flexible)




  • Mercy Corps responsibilities

For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:

  • Private housing in guesthouse
  • Round-trip airplane tickets to Addis Ababa
  • ISOS Emergency Med-Evac Coverage
  • Access to all of Mercy Corps’ online tools, materials and communications
  • One leave day per month
  • Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  • Local travel
  • Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Immunizations
  • All other costs associated with this internship


Mercy Corps has been operational in Ethiopia since 2004, delivering “smart resilience”:  strategic, long-term approaches to address the challenges of hunger, poverty and climate change. We have a well-established reputation in the areas of systems development, inter-community relationship sensitivity, and emergency response, Mercy Corps studies the Ethiopian market and promotes diverse livelihoods; evaluates urban issues, including climate resilience and economic opportunities; plans for natural resource uses and sustainability; and builds confidence in the future through resilience planning.  The Ethiopia country program comprises 320 staff, a head office in Addis Ababa and eight field offices across Somali Region, Oromia, Afar and SNNPR.  Institutional partners include United States, United Kingdom and Sweden; other donors include private family foundations.

At Mercy Corps, resilience is a process and a way of thinking and acting, and a state of affairs where systems are robust because they have the ability to adapt and self-renew towards the delivery of development results. Resilience is both process and an end state. We therefore work to build diverse connections and relationships between people, communities and the systems that support them to plan, prepare and manage for change in times of increasingly complex and dynamic crises.

In Ethiopia, we envision a single country program, with a single mission, vision and strategy, actualized by different programs funded by different donors.  All of our programs therefore should be planned and implemented in a way that reflects this vision.

The Program Quality Internship involves working closely with all programs to support their quality of implementation and reporting and strengthen the cohesiveness and coherence of the overall programs unit. Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the PQ Intern will work with all heads of programs and assist in new business development, supporting the country program’s efforts to grow a robust, innovative and impactful program portfolio.

Program Quality

  • Support strengthening of Technical Working Groups, which cut across all programs in key thematic areas including nutrition, WASH, access to financial services, labor, with the aim to strengthen cross-learning and coherence across programs
  • Contribute to and review reports against requirements
  • Provide training to interested staff in report composition and improved writing techniques

Program Development

  • Actively seek potential Requests for Proposals that will be launched in Ethiopia relevant to MC’s strategic vision and according to MC Ethiopia’s business development strategy, strengthening program coherence
  • Conduct landscape analysis to best understand competitors, potential partners, funding trends
  • Contribute to and review proposals against requirements


At the completion of this internship, the intern will:

  • Have a strong understanding of program management cycle and minimum standards.
  • Acquire experience in organizational strategic planning including stakeholder mapping exercises.
  • Understand the role of all departments in humanitarian programs and understand the operational systems in implementing such programs.
  • Be able to write quality reports, communication pieces, and learning products.
  • Acquire experience in developing program proposals.
  • Understand relationships with institutional and private donors (including their procedures and requirements) and partners in country.
  • Gain a general understanding of local social, political, environmental, and economic issues, a basic grasp of their underlying causes in the local context of Ethiopia, and Mercy Corps’ approach to addressing these issues.


The Intern will support Mercy Corps Ethiopia’s programs through the following activities:

  • Reviewing internal and external reports.
  • Representing Mercy Corps in external meetings and coordination fora.
  • Leading sessions during workshops organized for the program’s teams.


  • English fluency, spoken and written
  • Graduate study, complete or in progress, in international development, or other relevant course study.
  • Experience conducting research and analysis from primary and secondary data sources.
  • Knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) best practices.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to get things done
  • Strong strategic thinking skills.  Able to navigate complex environments and develop a clear, focused, and ambitious vision.
  • Prior demonstrated interest in creating positive social impact
  • Demonstrated interest in humanitarian and emergency response programming and strong motivation.
  • Experience in drafting or supporting report, communication and learning pieces.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to respect Mercy Corps procedures, to meet deadlines, to work independently and cooperatively with team members is required.
  • Patient, calm, and willing to come to work each day with a sense of humor.


The intern will report to the Deputy Country Director work closely with the Senior Leadership Team throughout the period.

The intern will also coordinate with Mercy Corps program and regional leadership and Desk Officers in East and Southern Africa Region.

Mercy Corps interns and volunteers represent the agency both during and outside of work hours and 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.

Diversity is powerful. To achieve transformational change, we seek out team members with different origins, beliefs, backgrounds and ways of thinking. Diversity helps us unlock complexity.