DRIVER-HIGHLANDS RESILIENCE ACTIVITY is needed in Mekele, Ethiopia(2 vacancies)

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Organization: Mercy Corps Country: Ethiopia

Field location: Mekele, Tigray

Office: Mercy Corps in Mekele

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.

Mercy Corps has been present in Ethiopia since 2004 working to drive bold and transformative ideas, working closely with government, the private sector and civil society actors to build a more resilient country, ensuring that programs are responsive to and influenced by participants and stakeholders. With the launch of Mercy Corps Global Strategy, Pathway to Possibility, the country office is poised to operationalize its three-year strategy with a vision to enhance the resilience of climate- and conflict-affected communities through market systems development for improved livelihoods, access to food, and safe and clean water to thrive in the face of crises. In Ethiopia, our strategy focuses in the four outcome areas: 1) Economically marginalized populations have improved and diversified livelihoods, income, and assets; 2) Pastoralists, farmers, and households have access to sustainably produced, safe, nutritious food; 3) Social cohesion and inclusive governance processes are built in crisis-affected communities; and 4) People have equitable, sustained access to clean water and sanitation for domestic and productive use. Currently, we operate in six regional states – Afar, Gambella, Oromia, Somali, Amhara and South Ethiopia. Working with a diverse base of donors that includes United States Agency for International Development (USAID), European Union, GAC, Hilton Foundation, United Nations (UN), JOA, Sweden, EKN, and other foundations. The USAID-funded Highland Resilience Activity (HRA) will contribute to the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) 5’s “Big Push” initiative and has the overarching goal of strengthening resilience among vulnerable households in Ethiopia’s Highlands, resulting in 120,000 PSNP households reaching the graduation threshold. HRA will support these households in moving above the graduation threshold and to where they no longer require social safety net programming for household food security and have the capabilities and assets to withstand regular and predictable shocks. The Activity will achieve this goal by directly supporting households in increasing their on-farm, off-farm, and employment incomes while facilitating improvements in the market systems required to increase demand for goods and services in PSNP communities. HRA is a five-year program that started during October 2023. Program / Department Summary The Driver will work within the logistics department of Operational Support structure, committed to provide reliable and compliant support to program activities in order to achieve efficient service to program beneficiaries.

General Position Summary

The driver will provide safe, transport services for MC program and support staff in the described AOR (Area of Responsibility).

The driver will adhere to all traffic and MC safety rules and follow the transport guidelines required by the MC transport department.

Number of positions: 2

Essential Job Responsibilities

Operate MC vehicles as assigned by supervisor. Maintain vehicle log-sheets in accordance with MC policies/regulations. Check the vehicle conditions after each trip/routinely – report needs and problems to transport management. Adhere to all safety and communication protocols as advised by Mercy Corps and supervisor. Responsible for the safekeeping of all vehicle equipment, tools, first aid kits, spares etc. Keep the vehicle ready, clean and on standby – ready for use always. Assist, as required, with logistics in the office and guesthouse daily workloads. Cooperate and be of assistance to staff and visitors – assist in troubleshooting potential problems during daily business. Report all maintenance needs of the vehicle to transport management on a regular basis. Undertake field assignments as assigned. Adherence to all MC policies and procedures as outlined in MC policies and procedure manuals. Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in country of operation. Other duties as assigned.

Strategy & Vision 

Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed. Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development. Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.

Supervisory Responsibility: None Accountability Reports Directly To: Transport Officer

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.


Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills

3rd Grade or above Valid Driving License. Minimum of 4 years’ experience as a Driver preferably in an International NGO. Experience in repairing Vehicles (Auto background) is an advantage. Ability to communicate in both Amharic & English languages and knowledge of other local language is preferred. Knowledge of routes, duty stations, project areas, the NGO and diplomatic community is required. Success Factors Willing to work in remote area and able to work in team. Motivated and committed. Flexible and willing to work under pressure, outside normal office hours and during weekends. Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and appropriate flexibility. Emotional maturity and physical stamina. Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people. Good Time Management Skill, Attendance. Skills like Safety Management, Problem Solving, Dealing with Complexity, Analyzing Information


Living /Environmental Conditions: The position is based in Mekelle, Tigray which may include travel to insecure locations where freedom of movement is limited and areas where amenities are limited. Ongoing Learning In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development.

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 and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. 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. All qualified individuals are invited to apply for the advertised position. All applications, including a CV, three references, and all applicable official papers, must be sent electronically. 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.”


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