Mercy Corps Ethiopia Job Vacancy

November 17, 2023

Job Overview

Position: Finance Intern

Location: Afar

Deadline: November 27, 2023

Job Description

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

Position Title: Finance Intern

Duty Station: Semera

Open Position:  1

Duration of Internship: 6 Months

Project Description

Mercy Corps Ethiopia seeks enthusiastic, intelligent, and ambitious female graduate and post-graduates who are passionate about international development.  This position will provide the intern an opportunity to develop their professional skills and expand their knowledge of market-based and community-driven development while supporting Mercy Corps Semera  Field Office Finance Department.  This internship will also support the country office’s efforts towards improving female recruitment and retention.

The intern will be provided with technical guidance in Finance and coaching in women’s empowerment and professional skills from a Mentor. At the beginning of the internship period, the intern will receive orientation on Mercy Corps’ mission, vision, strategy, and programming.  She will work with her mentor on professional skills development goals, and activities and responsibilities related to achieving these goals; she will also work with the Finance Officer on technical skills development goals, and activities and responsibilities related to achieving these goals. 

At the end of the internship period, the combined professional and technical skills development plan will be the milestones against which the internship will be evaluated and will be the basis of a strong recommendation letter for future employment. The intern will also be interviewed to assess the degree to which the internship period helped her to achieve her professional goals.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the internship, the intern will have developed the following knowledge and experience:

  • Understanding of daily finance routine works in the finance department,
  • Understanding of the importance of Finance management for an organization,
  • Understanding of professional filing of finance documents,
  • Understand statutory finance requirements and payments.
  •  Knowledge of soft skills required to professional success in an increasingly competitive market.
  • Increased self-awareness, confidence, and assertiveness

Deliverables: (describe any tangible and measurable result or outcome to complete the project or part of a project):

  •  Support the finance department on day-to-day finance routines (non-cash management),
  • Scan and copy finance documents as required and for use in the finance department,
  • Properly file finance documents in chronological order in professional filing system,
  • Prepare summary of statutory obligations/taxes and pension and submit for review by finance officer.
  • Assist in facilitation and payments of training/workshop for participants.
  • Organize requests coming from various departments and submit for review of Finance Officer,
  • Perform any other similar tasks that may be assigned by the supervisor in finance office department. 

Job Requirements


Describe the need for Educational Background/BA in Accounting/Finance

One letter of recommendation from a university/Higher Institution on the candidate’s personal integrity and sense of responsibility.

Living Conditions: The internship should be based out of the intern’s home location.

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.

GEDSI (Gender, Equality, Diversity and Social Inclusion)
  • 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.”

Deadline: 27 November 2023/ 4:00 PM

Applicants Must fill out their Information through the link:

Source: Mercy Corps

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