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Water Resources Management Specialist – Mercy Corps

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Mercy Corps is looking for qualified applicants for the following open position.

Job Title:  

Water Resources Management Specialist

Job Overview:                             

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: Company’s Scale

Place of Work: Somali, Ethiopia.

Job Position:                                

Water Resources Management Specialist


  • Support and oversee all watershed stakeholder engagement including the establishment and strengthening of rangeland and watershed councils (RWCs) which will serve as a key institution for enhanced community resource management and coordination.
  • Organize and facilitate FGDs, validation workshops, consultations, and other stakeholder engagement to:
  • Understand partner communities’ water-related risks, needs, and priorities; and
  • support data gathering for a landscape diagnostic using the Ecosystem Intelligence (EI) platform, which will be used to establish the target catchment’s baseline ecological performance;
  • Through an iterative process, and in partnership with program partners and partner communities, support the development of a menu of locally relevant nature-based solutions for quantitative and community prioritization. This will include sourcing detailed information on intervention designs and local costing information and facilitating community consultations and workshops to promote participatory decision-making in water management interventions.
  • Lead and facilitate the process for co-designing a comprehensive catchment /landscape management plan based on empirical findings from cost-benefit heat mapping and modeled performance scores.
  • Collaborate with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure coordinated and effective implementation of water projects.
  • Develop and conduct training sessions and workshops to enhance the knowledge and skills of stakeholders in water management practices.
  • Where relevant, work with CM3 engineers to oversee the design and implementation of water management infrastructure, ensuring compliance with USAID and GOE requirements and best practices;
  • Ensure planned activities are implemented timely and with a high level of technical quality.
  • Support the identification of innovative or sustainable financing sources and/or mechanisms to support the long-term implementation of catchment /landscape management.
  • Identify opportunities and actively support the integration of programming and activities across CM3 objectives including water supply services improvement and market systems development.
  • Design and support capacity-building efforts of RWC stakeholders and local government officials.
  • Participate in regular field visits to assess the activities’ implementation progress, give technical advice/mentor, and provide feedback(s) for further improvement.
  • Closely work with the Water Security Manager and M&E team to develop and use appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools to track impact and progress against targets.
  • Support complementary research and learning initiatives as requested;
  • In collaboration with the CM3 team and partners, build and maintain close relationships with key government partners and local implementers.
  • Represent Mercy Corps professionally in cluster areas to bring credit and maintain its humanitarian and development mission.
  • Prepare regular (weekly, monthly, and quarterly) and ad-hoc reports on project activities, progress, challenges, and outcomes for program management and donor reporting; and
  • Other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor.

Job Requirement:                       



  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Water Resource Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Hydrology, Conservation, Economics, Ecology, or other related subject.


  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in the private or public sector working to strengthen ecological management and community-level capacity to manage natural resources sustainably;
  • Proven experience in designing and executing community-based resource management projects, including infrastructure development and capacity building;
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder engagement, watershed management, and community-driven solutions;
  • Experience working in crisis-affected or challenging environments is a plus.


  • Strong understanding of water management principles, sustainable development, and community engagement approaches. Strong preference for candidates with working knowledge of nature-based solutions;
  • Excellent facilitation, interpersonal, and communication skills for working and engaging with diverse stakeholders;
  • Proficiency in relevant software and tools for data analysis and project management is highly desirable;
  • Fluency in English and Somali (spoken and written); knowledge of other local languages is a plus;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team in challenging field conditions;

  How to Apply

Interested applicants, who fulfill the above requirement, can submit your CV, copies of relevant documents and Application to: ClickHere

Deadline: 24, November , 2023.


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