Nutrition Field Worker – Mercy Corps Ethiopia Vacancy Announcement

Nutrition Field Worker – Mercy Corps Ethiopia Vacancy Announcement, June 3 2023



Organization: Mercy Corps Ethiopia

Position: Nutrition Field Worker

Employment: Full time

Location: Gode, Somali

Deadline: Jun 11, 2023




Job Description



Duty Station: Abakorow Woreda in Shabelle zone

Open Position:  1

Duration of the project: 7 Months

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 operating in Ethiopia since 2004. In partnership with civil society organizations, private sector, and the government, Mercy Corps Ethiopia has reached more than five million Ethiopians with interventions to save lives and build secure livelihoods. Our programs emphasize market-driven solutions, reinforce social bonds, and help communities build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Currently in six regional states – Afar, Gambella, Oromia, Somali, Amhara and South Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) – Mercy Corps Ethiopia is driven by the mission to contribute the emergence of a peaceful, resilient, and prosperous Ethiopia which is inclusive of youth and women. Our strategic directions focus in promoting inclusive and dynamic markets; promoting peace and social cohesion through strengthening formal/informal governance structures and citizen engagement; improved natural resource governance; and integrated humanitarian response.

Program / Department Summary

The project is intended to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with under nutrition and increased illnesses of conflict induced communities who do not have access to primary health care services and basic nutrition services.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision

  • Collaborate with other team member for effective integration between other services like targeting program participants for MPCA, fresh food voucher and feed/fodder support.
  • Collaborate with Local authorities and other partners to identify program participants who are in need of life saving support.
  • Able to learn and update his/ her information or knowledge to adapt the changing situation and context.

Program Management

  • Respect the dignity of beneficiaries, carers and members of the community at all times.
  • To participate in the OTP, Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) distributions and to work in the allocated position for each distribution and participate on hygiene promotion campaigns.
  • To ensure accurate anthropometric measurement of each beneficiary
  • Ensure that the recording of the measurements and comments in record books and on beneficiary cards is accurate.
  • Ensure both SFP and OTP foods and medicines are given out according to the protocols.
  • Ensure that each carer receives proper health education at each distribution.
  • Ensure that any severely malnourished are referred to the OTP distribution
  • Ensure the amount of food given to the beneficiaries is in line with the national protocol.
  • Assist the team in health and nutrition education and cooking demonstration sessions.
  • Track and monitor POUWTC are being applied and treated water are used by targeted beneficiaries.
  • Generate ideas to strengthen the development of the nutrition unit.
  • Uphold the image and values of MC at all times.

Team Management

  • Supports CMAM and IYCF/TSFP officers in managing malnourished cases.
  • Assist the community volunteer (CV), CMAM and IYCF/TSFP officers where required.
  • Assist in hygiene promotion and sensitization campaigns and any other tasks when required by the IYCF/TSFP nurse.

Influence & Representation

  • Creates and maintain relationship with community volunteers and help them to contribute for program
  • Upholds the image and values of Mercy Corps at all times,
  • Educate the community to improve their health and nutrition services seeking behavior and motivate them to come to health facilities


  • Understand and aware GDI related priorities of the country office and contribute for the realization of priorities (continually work to understand and be aware of the gender diversity and inclusion priorities of the country office and contribute in the execution)
  • Promote gender equal and inclusive workplace culture in a day-to-day interaction with a team member, partners and program participants.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Organizational Learning

  • 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.

Job Requirements

Knowledge and Experience

  • Diploma or certificate in health-related fields
  • More then 3 years of working experience with NGOs
  • Willingness and ability to perform field works and travel to the remote areas within the sites.
  • Ability to interact effectively with the diverse ethnic groups throughout the sites.
  • Previous experience in anthropometric measurement and data collection
  • Previous work experience with a non-governmental organization especially Mercy corps in the area of community work.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Organized, reliable and good communication skills.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English and knowledge of local language is mandatory.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work well with a team.

Success Factors

  • Ability and willingness to frequently travel to villages and willingness to reside in rural areas.
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions like long distance walking to distribution sites.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in closely working with community volunteers and local authorities.
  • Communication skill, good human relations
  • Firm belief in teamwork, gender equality

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.


How to Apply

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply for the position advertised.  All applications submitted electronically include a CV, three references, and all relevant official documents.

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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