Ended Livelihood Officer

The Job

Mercy Corps is a leading international non-governmental humanitarian agency with a global mission to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

Mercy Corps Yemen would like to announce that the following position is currently open for recruitment:

Position Title: Livelihood Officer

Number of Vacancy:  1

Duty Station:  Al Mahwit

Position Category:  Full-time AND Regular     

Duration of Assignment: One Year

Deadline :  20 May 2019


Political instability, civil insecurity, an intensified war, and localized conflicts have plunged the country into a serious humanitarian crisis, and put into further jeopardy an already precarious humanitarian situation of Yemen. Through the Emergency Response for IDPs, Returnees and Conflict Affected Communities in Yemen program, Mercy Corps has been providing effective and timely life-saving and livelihood-restoring assistance to the most vulnerable populations in Yemen since 2015.  The program is now on its Year 3 continuously providing a comprehensive response, which includes WASH, Cash for Work, Nutrition/Malnutrition screening and livelihoods development/restoration.


The Livelihood Program Officer will be responsible for the supervision and implementation of the livelihood component of the Emergency Response for IDPs, Returnees and Conflict-Affected Communities in Yemen program.  Specifically, this position will facilitate the implementation of the Livelihood Restoration and New Livelihood Development activities in Al Mahwit and Sanaa.  He/She will supervise the livelihood community facilitators in each of the target governorates, monitor their performance against targets, meet program deliverable on time and track the actual expenditure vs budget.  This position is based in Al Mahwit but will entail 70% travel to the field.  The position will require livelihood background specifically on small-medium enterprises, vocational skills training and grants transfer


Program Management:

  • Oversee program startup and ongoing program management and administration of livelihood teams across various field locations.
  • Facilitate planning meetings and support field teams to develop work plans, budget forecasts, and monitoring tools to document inputs, activities, outputs, achievements and lessons learned.
  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners; consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic objectives; and complies with donor regulations and policies.
  • Draft and/or review scope of work to hire business trainers, mentors and members of vetting committee.
  • Manage the sector budget to ensure that spending is donor-compliant and program-effective.
  • Submit weekly Fund Status and monthly Cash Projection to the Program Manager.
  • Support and provide technical support to the community facilitators in strengthening and promoting community engagement processes in the project areas, particularly identifying project beneficiaries, assessing their needs and addressing and resolving community issues.
  • Facilitate procurement and payment process following Mercy Corps’ FP3 guidelines.
  • Support adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place to review impact of the sector and progress against implementation plans.
  • Facilitate the set-up of the Complaint, Accountability and Reporting Mechanism (CARM) in all the target areas in coordination with the MEL department.

Team Management:

  • Supervise and build the capacity of livelihood assistant and community facilitators, deepening understanding of their roles and assisting with career development.
  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.

Coordination and Reporting:

  • Deliver sound coordination and information sharing and accurate and timely reports are submitted to the relevant cluster.
  • Serve as focal person in the field for Mercy Corps’ stakeholders, maintain respectful and constructive relations, and ensure regular meetings and ongoing coordination with local authorities/partners and community leaders.
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the sector’s response plans and operations for the 3rd Party Monitoring.
  • Ensure timely submission of weekly, monthly and semi-annual donor reports regular and adequate and regular reporting against sector indicators to the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team.
  • Document lessons learned and success stories on the project.


  • 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.
  • Keep his/her supervisor, Security Focal Point and Area Director updated with regard to the security situation in the project implementation area and provide advice as to how to manage our presence in this environment.
  • Maintain the highest standards of behavior when working with the project beneficiaries.

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.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward 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.


REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Program Coordinator/Program Manager

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Other Program Teams, MEL, Operations, Finance, Program Performance and Quality (PaQ), including the Livelihood Technical Specialist


  • 2+ years of work experience and strong technical knowledge in livelihoods/employment programming (vocational training; business and life skills concepts; apprenticeships; enterprise development, community infrastructure projects; cash-based interventions).
  • Has worked for 1+ years in emergency/early recovery contexts with vulnerable populations (including displaced/refugees) in areas affected by conflict and insecurity and post-conflict transition.
  • Strong experience of working directly with local communities, local authorities and the private sector with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, adherence to procedures, ability to meet deadlines as well as to work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Effective multi-tasking, organizational capacity and prioritization skills are necessary.
  • University professional certification, license or technical coursework.(university degree or specialized training in a specific field)
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written English.
  • Good data management skills ( collection & analysis)
  • Reporting Skills.
  • Intermediate computer literacy.
  • Strong organizational & interpersonal skills.
  • Good judgment and strong adherence to MC policies


Ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required. Demonstrate ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities. Demonstrate a high professional standard of work ethics as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies. Have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments with an appropriate sense of humor and make effective written and verbal communications. He/She must be willing to travel to Mercy Corps project sites in rural locations on a regular basis.

How to Apply

Please if you are interesting; send your CV to ye-sah-lo@mercycorps.org and follow the below instructor;

  • CV Attached must be in English “PDF or Word”.
  • The email subject line should clearly indicate the title of the position and location.

Applications missing any of the above elements, and not duly done, will unfortunately not be considered.

  • Employer: MercyCorps
  • Category: Programs
  • Location: Al Mahwit
  • Posted on: 12 May 2019
  • Deadline: 20 May 2019