CLA Intern, Sitti Zone, Somali Regional State of Ethiopia

Mercy Corps Ethiopia

CLA Intern, Sitti Zone, Somali Regional State of Ethiopia

Deadline: Nov 27, 2023

Organization: Mercy Corps Ethiopia

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, Mercy Corps Ethiopia empowers people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.

Position Title: CLA Intern

Duty Station: Dire Dawa Sitti Zone

Open Position: 1

Duration of Internship: 6 months


The Mercy Corps Ethiopia is offering internship opportunity to local youths graduated from the University with the thinking that internship program provides opportunities for interns to practice on meaningful projects and gain practical experience in various fields, such as program management and humanitarian projects, monitoring and evaluation, research and analysis, communications, fundraising, and operations. In addition, the program intends to provide interns with professional growth, networking opportunities, and exposure to Mercy Corps’ work.


Mercy Corps internship program will have the following benefits for the interns.

  • S/he will have the opportunity to gain practical exercise in CLA/MEL related activities.
  • Interns will also have the opportunity to interact with local communities and partners to understand better the issues and opportunities that Mercy Corps serves.
  • S/he will work with people in different RIPA components and will have the opportunity to learn about RIPA activity wide, implementation approach and its impact at ground.
  • S/he can open up a range of career opportunities in the future (Create an exposure and skills for the future career and adapt NGO’s working culture).


CLA interns will have the following duties and responsibilities.

  • The CLA Intern will provide support and work in close collaboration with CLA team and program staff in the field in MEL related activities (tracking, reporting, planning, PDM data collection supervision, reviewing, joint technical assistance and supportive supervision.
  • The intern will work with the CLA team to provide assistance to CLA and CARM officer on MEL plan, monthly CARM feedback collection and data entry, CARM activity sensitization, reporting, and feedback management.
  • Work with MEL/CLA team and program staff at Field office level on IPTS data collection and submission on Commcare (RIPA C2 and C3 institutions); compiling, analyzing and disseminating to improve performance, learning activities and informed decision.
  • Handle REACH monthly Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI) data collection and submission through Kobo Toolbox in Harar and Dire Dawa Cities.
  • Provide supportive supervision of field work and produce field reports.
  • Participate or engage in MEL/CLA knowledge management and learning activities.
  • Conduct herself/himself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Efficiently fill other duties or ad-hoc requests from MEL/CLA team up on delegation or assignment, if any.
  • Support success story documentation


  1. One letter of recommendation from a university / higher institution on the candidate’s personal integrity and sense of responsibility.
  2. The intern must be a university graduated (not more than 1 year after graduation
  3. BA/BSC degree in Statistics, Development studies, Economics, and related fields
  4. Committed to participate in Mercy Corps Internship program for 6 months as an intern with small stipend.
  5. Fluent in local Language, Afaan Oromo, and Excellent in English (MC working language), and the candidate must also from local area (Hararghe/ Dire Dawa)
  6. Who can bring/submit one recommendation letter from the University on the intern’s personal integrity and sense of responsibilities.

LIVING CONDITIONS: The internship should be based in the intern’s home location.

Mercy Corps interns and volunteers represent the agency both during and outside work hours and are expected to conduct themselves professionally and respect local laws, customs, and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.


  • 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.

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.

How to apply

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.

NOTE: All interns must be active at a university or recently graduated (within about 1 year).

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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