Danish Refugee Council Team Leader- Livelihoods Jobs in Ethiopia

Danish Refugee Council Team Leader- Livelihoods Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 222555

Category: Development and Project Management

Location: Dolo Ado, Somali

Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: xxxx

Job Description

Position Description

Title: Team Leader- Livelihoods

Location: Dolo Ado

Contract duration: 12 months

Posting date: September 10, 2019


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997.

DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009.

With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.

Position’s Overall Objectives

Based in Dolo Ado of the Somali Region of Ethiopia, the Team leader will have overall responsibility for the management and provision of technical support for all resilience and livelihoods activities implemented by DRC Ethiopia as part of a EU-funded, cross-border consortium project entitled Building Opportunities for Resilience in the Horn of Africa (BORESHA).

The Team leader will be responsible for day-to-day management of the project, including the management of up to two project officers, two project assistants and up to two project-dedicated support staff.

Responsibilities and Tasks

Management and Coordination

  • Overall responsibility for the recruitment and daily management of all Dolo Ado-based program and support staff employed as part of the BORESHA project, including ensuring positive and collaborative working relationships in line with DRC's Code of Conduct and assessing staff capacity to provide or recommend relevant training or coaching as needed.
  • Daily management of the BORESHA project’s Dolo Ado components, including ensuring compliant financial operations and budgeting, administration, human resources, logistics, procurement and security in line with DRC and donor regulations.
  • Represent DRC publicly on issues related to the BORESHA project at the site level, including in coordination fora with other agencies, and for providing the direct link in communications between DRC's Dolo Ado field office and the Addis Ababa office.


  • Provide oversight of all BORESHA initiatives in Dolo Ado in compliance with best practices and DRC and donor regulations, while upholding rigorous project cycle management standards.
  • Design and support in conducting needs assessments to inform program design as well as identify risks and vulnerabilities, including those related to gender, age and diversity.
  • Lead the design and refinement of DRC’s BORESHA livelihoods and resilience activities, and develop detailed work plans and budgets for all DRC-implemented activities. Activities will include, but are not limited to initiatives related to community-managed disaster risk reduction, value chain analysis, value chain growth plans, livestock common interest groups, livestock management, community-based animal health initiatives, village savings and loan associations, and cash for work.
  • Act as DRC Ethiopia’s technical focal point in Dolo Ado for all livelihoods and resilience imitative related to the BORESHA project and contribute to the overall technical direction of the BORESHA project in close collaboration with the relevant technical leads of consortium agencies and the consortium’s Technical Working Group members.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of BORESHA’s DRC Dolo Ado’s livelihoods and resilience programming through active and ongoing participation in and contribution to strategic planning meetings and development of strategic documents.
  • Ensure the timely and quality delivery of all BORESHA reports and monitoring and evaluation requirements to ensure project quality, relevance and accountability to DRC's beneficiary populations.
  • Support staff to integrate protection and migration concerns and awareness into BORESHA’s livelihoods and resilience initiatives.

    Finance and Administration

  • Manage and regularly review DRC Ethiopia’s budget components for the BORESHA
  • Assume responsibility as primary budget holder for the BORESHA project and lead in the development of revisions and spending plans.
  • Collaborate regularly with the Dolo Ado and Addis Ababa-based finance teams to monitor spending and ensure the timely utilization of BORESHA funds.
  • Ensure full compliance with DRC and donor financial guidelines and policies.

    Human Resources:

  • Manage the Dolo Ado-based BORESHA team and support respectful and positive working relationships which allow for the effective implementation of all activities. This is to be achieved through leadership, team building, day-to-day support, capacity-building and extensive knowledge of livelihoods and resilience programming.
  • Lead BORESHA- specific recruitment processes and ensure that relevant staffing structures are in place and are reflective of appropriate gender balance.
  • Promote professional development by identifying training and capacity building opportunities and ensure staff are well versed in essential livelihoods and resilience concepts, DRC's code of conduct, accountability, respectful dialogue with the refugee population, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Collaborate with the Dolo Ado and Addis Ababa human resources department to ensure staff evaluations are conducted on a regular basis.

    Logistics and Procurement:

  • Collaborate with the Dolo Ado and Addis Ababa- based logistics and procurement teams to develop and maintain BORESHA-specific procurement plans.
  • Collaborate with the Dolo Ado and Addis Ababa-based logistics and procurement teams to ensure field-based records of BORESHA procurements are well managed, fulfill DRC and donor requirements, and are always up-to-date for use in donor reports.
  • Monitor BORESHA budget lines to ensure spending is in-line with project timelines and implementation schedules.
  • Regularly review procurement plans with procurement and logistics, and finance teams to adjust spending as required in advance of project closure.

    Job Requirements

  • Relevant university degree in economics, agriculture, social sciences, international development or another relevant field.

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience designing and implementing livelihoods and resilience programming, preferably in the Somali Region.

  • Advanced skills in designing and implementing community-managed disaster risk reduction initiative, value chain analysis, value chain growth plans, livestock common interest groups, livestock management, community-based animal health initiatives, village savings and loan associations, and cash for work activities.

  • Experience with implementation in rural areas of the Somali Region.

  • Experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple project partners.

  • Proven experience in project design and management, including budget expenditure, donor relations, reporting, staff management, and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Excellent writing and communications skills in English, knowledge of the Somali language a plus.

  • Ability to work as part of a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and inter-agency team.

  • Ability to travel and to work independently and in harsh environments.

  • Ability to manage a large workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.

  • Highly organized, pro-active decision-making ability wit proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.

    How to Apply

    To Apply

    Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

    We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.dk under Vacancies.

    Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than September 23, 2019.

    For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk.

    Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

    Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees.

    We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics

    We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.

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