Business Administration Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Oromia

Business Administration Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

Job Description

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, and 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 on 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: Logistics Assistant

Duty Station: Negelle

Open Position:  1

Program / Department Summary

The Logistics Assistant will work within the Operations department. The Operations Department is committed to providing reliable, timely, and compliant support to program activities to enable those programs to work efficiently. He/She will ensure that all Mercy Corps offices have adequate admin, and logistics support to deliver efficient services in compliance with established Mercy Corps and donors’ policies and with host country laws

General Position Summary

To have a smooth implementation of the program operational plan, the Logtics Assistant plays a key role in the Area Team in ensuring compliance towards Procurement, Logistics, and Administration Areas.

Working in the Operations Function, under the direction of the field operations officer, the logistics assistant is responsible for the day-to-day routine tasks of the operations department as well as monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting. She/he is expected to produce reliable, accurate, and timely PALM reports for all stakeholders involved. The post holder should be forward-looking, self-driven, operating under minimum supervision, and a critical thinker in an Area Office senior management role.  Furthermore, considering the various expected systemic changes in the future, the post holder should be forward-looking, change-oriented, and able to develop/train the team in the changing environment.

This job requires travel to the project sites directly managed by Mercy Corps as well as by sub-grantees. The main objectives of the travel are compliance and monitoring (internal audit nature) of donor rules as well as MC’s internal policies and procedures. Where necessary the objective of the visit could also be capacity assessment or capacity building.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  1. Logistics and Fleet Management (55% of Time)
  2. Administration (20% of Time)

III. Warehouse and Asset Management (25%)

  1. Logistics and Procurement Management and Warehouse and Asset Management [80% of Time]
  • Ensure that all procurement processes are handled effectively per Mercy Corps’s internal procedures as well as in line with the donor’s rules and regulations. Beyond the fairness of the price, ensure the quality of items to be procured is meeting the expected standard and the specifications are as requested by the program technical staff, or budget holder.
  • Ensure that all vehicle log management is handled effectively and all the necessary processes and procedures are completed per Mercy Corps’s internal policies and procedures as well as according to the donor rules and regulations
  • Provide timely and accurate vehicle log reports and ensure the mechanisms by which drivers are accountable for the vehicle which they are given the responsibility to drive carefully and maintain the vehicle condition in good standard.
  • Produce monthly vehicle utilization/performance report and submit this to the Supervisor.
  • Produce all vehicle accident reports with the required details and submit them in a timely. Follow up on all insurance-related matters as soon as accidents happen.
  • Coordinate/Consolidate the monthly/quarterly procurement plan and submit this to the Operations Officer.
  • Follow up all the logistics monthly and quarterly diary and provide the necessary report/information on time;
  • Ensure that the commitment tracking sheet for the Area Office is filled appropriately and coordinate the information with the Area Finance Officer before it is submitted to the Regional Finance Coordinator
  • Ensure that all store or warehouse management works are done to the required standard. Ensure that the Bin Card/Stock Card is regularly up to date and that the physical count of the items matches with the records on the card.
  • Provide monthly logistics performance report per the guidance from the Operations officer.
  • Ensure that for all distributed materials, we have copies of delivery notes and that the materials have reached the beneficiaries. Keep a good standard filing system for the distribution list and provide the information as and when requested by internal management or  auditors;
  • Ensure the fixed asset registration is kept to a standard required and provide quarterly updates to the Asset controller in the central office using the Operations manager. Ensure that the records kept indicate by which donor source each asset has been purchased;
  • Provide support to the program technical team in coordinating fleet management. Discuss the needs and the plan in the weekly mini-operational meeting led by the Area Manager;
  •  Ensure all leased or rented vehicle information is kept to an adequate standard, the selection processes of service providers are fair and the documentation produced is good enough to be attached to the financial invoices. Follow MC’s internal policies and procedures applicable to the procurement of goods and services.
  • Provide support on all logistical arrangements for visitors;
  • Ensure that all supplies required running the project operation as well as the office are adequately handled.
  1. Administration (25% of Time)
  • Together with the Operation Officer, ensure the safety standard of staff, and the premises we are working in.
  • Together with the Operation Officer, ensure the safety of staff during travel to the project sites ;
  • Ensure that we are keeping copies of all regional state agreements in the office file;
  • Ensure we are keeping all copies of lease agreements for the office, and warehouse in a proper file and follow the end date and renewal;
  • Perform various administrative duties per MC’s internal policies and procedures

 Perform any other similar tasks that may be reasonably assigned by the line manager in any one of the three components above. Perform any other similar tasks that may be reasonably assigned by the line manager in any one of the above components.


  • Identify, build, and manage collaborative partnerships with local governments and other Mercy Corps stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders.

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, and 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.

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 a 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 based on 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 the 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 professionally, respect local laws and customs, and adhere to the 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.

Supervisory Responsibility

Driver, Security Guards, and Cleaner


Reports Directly To: S. Operations Officer

Works Directly With The Negelle field office team members

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, and 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.

Job Requirements

Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Logistics or Business administration.
  • Excellent analytical skills, Good interpersonal and communication skills, Good organizational skills, and Willingness and ability to adapt to changing work requirements and priorities that may require overtime or extended hours.
  • Relevant qualification in the field of admin and logistics
  • 1 minimum of relevant experience
  • Excellent oral and written English skills.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Excel, and MS Word programs.
  • A demonstrated ability to multi-task and process information into action to not delay program activities.

Success Factors

  • Must be confident, self-starter, an independent thinker, and have strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; team-oriented
  • Good computer skills (especially Microsoft Excel, Word Processing, and Outlook)
  • Ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required; demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse group of people
  • A high professional standard of administration ethics as well as willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral are required.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and appropriate flexibility.
  • Emotional maturity and physical stamina.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing Matrix Reporting is needed
  • Willing to travel to Mercy Corps field offices and project sites. 

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.

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 empowering women and youth.”


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