DRC Team Leader - Livelihoods Jobs in Kenya

DRC Team Leader - Livelihoods Jobs in Kenya

  • DRC began operating in Kenya in 2005 with assistance to refugees and displacement-affected communities via implementation of protection and livelihoods activities.

  • This role supports the Kenya country programme in managing livelihoods and protection interventions through the operationalization of DRC’s Resilience, Livelihoods and Integration strategies.

  • This is achieved by ensuring the development and implementation of the livelihoods programming in Dadaab refugee camps and North East Garissa Sub-region host communities that meets DRC’s internal and global standards.

  • This includes taking the lead and full participation in program assessments, project design, implementation, MEAL and advocacy including representation in various fora.

  • The position reports to the Area Manager and oversees all livelihoods interventions.

  • The position also manages staff and plays a key role in program/project design, quality assurance and reporting.


    Program Management, Development, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Oversee the Programme/Project Management Cycle that includes design, planning, implementation, MEAL and transition stages for various interventions.

  • Provide management and technical leadership to micro & small enterprise development, vocational skills, drylands agriculture, education scholarships & youth livelihoods/development components with a focus on relevance, cost-effectiveness, building a solid evidence-base and moving them to scale.

  • Oversee the implementation of technical approaches in micro-enterprise development, value-chain development, financial inclusion (savings groups/financial literacy), integration of protection and social/life skills capacity development in livelihood interventions.

  • Oversee participatory needs assessments and identify appropriate livelihood interventions to increase incomes for the host and refugee communities and reduce poverty/increase incomes in target locations.

  • Participate in internal periodic program reviews, planning meetings and external meetings as often as requested by the line manager.

  • Integrate multi-sectoral considerations into livelihoods programming, with a particular focus on linkages with health, education, WASH and legal protection concerns.

  • Oversee timely preparation and submission of weekly, monthly, quarterly & annual internal and donor reports to the Area Manager.

  • Play a crucial role in the development of concept notes and proposals for the Dadaab Area Programme.

  • Ensure mainstreaming of Age, Gender & Diversity within DRC projects to promote safe, dignified, and equitable access to resources and services for all.

  • With support from field staff and the MEAL Officer, ensure effective MEAL processes for all livelihood projects.

  • Take lead & coordinate project special events including donor field visits and ensure proper visibility.

  • Ensure mainstreaming of Core Humanitarian Standards/Accountability commitments in DRC Projects and particularly the Community Feedback & Response Mechanism.

    Training & Capacity development

  • Provide continuous technical support and mentorship for Assistants/Officers to develop professional and technical competencies.

  • Support field teams to participate in and provide leadership within Camp-level Livelihoods and Education Working Group meetings.

  • Provide technical feedback on monthly, quarterly narrative reports received from the Livelihoods Team, ensuring that established project objectives and targets are met.

    Coordination & Partnership

  • Promote collaboration and synergy between the DRC host community projects (HCS) and similar projects/groups in the Dadaab refugee camps.

  • Promote a positive profile of the program and good understanding among other sectors, partners and communities about the program.

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with all stakeholders – Community support groups, community leaders, RAS, UNHCR, I/NGOs, to enhance multi-agency, multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination.

  • Serve as liaison with stakeholders
    and relevant Government of Kenya departments – from the local administration to sub-county levels for livelihoods-related matters.

  • Represent DRC at Dadaab-level Interagency Livelihoods and other related GISEDP Pillar coordination meetings and other key stakeholder forums.

    Budget Management

  • Manage livelihoods project budgets in order to maintain program expenditure within budget parameters, ensuring adherence to DRC financial procedures and donor requirements.

  • Support team members to utilize financial planning tools, such as spending plans, procurement plans, and work-plans based on activities and budgets.

  • Working closely with the Supply-chain Team to ensure all livelihood department procurements are sourced in a timely manner.

  • Work closely with the Area Manager and the Finance Team in budget drafting and revision processes as per identified/prioritized needs for each grant.

    Staff Management

  • Ensure timely recruitment of highly competent Livelihoods sector staff.

  • Hold regular meetings with staff to plan & address any concerns and share feedback.

  • Monitor and provide objective feedback related to staff performance, including objective-setting, probation & performance evaluations to promote growth and development.

    Experience and Technical Competencies

  • Minimum 3 years’ proven middle management experience in managing complex, integrated livelihood projects/programmes within humanitarian and development organizations

  • Minimum 5 years’ demonstrable working experience at field implementation level

  • Experience in designing projects and programmes

  • Experience working with diverse donors such as UNHCR, DANIDA, ECHO, EU, DFID, SDC and private grants

  • Fluent in report-writing and with good MEAL skills; Excellent in the use of MS Office Suite, email and internet

  • Demonstrable experience in training colleagues in livelihood technical themes

  • People management skills (worked with teams ranging from 10 to 30 individuals)

  • Cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local partners and other stakeholders

  • Knowledge and understanding of Somali society; Experience in refugee settings and knowledge of refugee issues very essential

  • Some private sector experience will be advantageous

    About you

  • In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for Excellence You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

  • Collaborating You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

  • Taking the Lead You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

  • Communicating You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

  • Demonstrating Integrity You act in line with our vision and values.


  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Business Administration, Economics, Sociology, Agri-business, Agriculture

  • Certificates in Entrepreneurship, Value-chains, Savings Groups, MIS/Savix for Savings Groups, Agriculture, Management/Leadership Fluency in written and spoken English essential

  • Language English – Native; Swahili – Native

    Key Stakeholders: (internal and external)

  • Internal - Project and Programme Staff

  • External - Partner organizations, Government departments

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; DRC Team Leader - Livelihoods Jobs in Kenya

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