Livelihood and Gender Coordinator NGO Careers – Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

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Organisation: Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than 36 countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
Job Summary: The Livelihood and Gender Coordinator will lead on the livelihood sector in the implementation of operations and strategies for Kyaka II. The main objective of the position is to ensure that all activities related to livelihood are implemented in a timely and efficiently manner according to the agreed Donor Guidelines, especially DRC/donor standards and budget, and provide leadership and coordination for all aspects related to Livelihood activities in Kyaka II.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Implementation and Planning:
  • Work in liaison with Program Manager, Livelihood Officer and Kampala Program Unit to update and develop technical guidelines for the implementation of the livelihood activities including cash based interventions.
  • In coordination with field staff, ensure that vulnerable groups (especially women and youths) are actively involved during group discussion and the decision making process;
  • Supervise the Livelihood officers and Field assistants, including preparation of Monthly, Quarterly and yearly work plan and related budget, and ensure timely implementation of activities
  • Provide capacity building to the Livelihood Officers and Assistants on relevant topics including social mobilization, participatory planning and prioritization, cash based interventions, activities budget monitoring vis-à-vis implementation, vulnerability assessment and targeting, relevant approaches to IGA implementation, and sub-project monitoring and reporting.
  • Coordinate with the Finance, Procurement Officers and other sectors of DRC to ensure proper management of livelihood sub-project fund
  • Support the Livelihood Officers and field assistants in the timely preparation of all Livelihood related reports (monthly and quarterly); and summarize and compile these reports for submission to the Program Manager.
  • Take lead in developing long-term partnership with the private sectors or potential marketing company at both district, regional, and national levels to ensure the markets of livelihood products from successful farmers, bulk and block groups.
  • Serves as the main contact for Livelihood activities in DRC Kyaka II operations, and work closely with District and Sub-county production and livelihood departments in ensuring high quality standards in DRC livelihood sector.
  • Ensure update-to-date records (disaggregated by gender/age/diversity) are maintained for all beneficiaries of Livelihood assistance.
  • Ensure that Livelihood Officers implement project activities within the budget limits and in line with good Budget management and accountability procedures
  • Support Livelihood Officers in ensuring activities implementation is done in compliance with DRC/donor quality procedures
  • Closely monitor the implementation of livelihood activities to timely identify any problems that may affect the achievement of intended outputs and results; by pragmatically and constructively dealing with them early enough
  • Ensure that implementation of activities Do-No-Harm to persons of concern/ beneficiaries at the point of delivery;
  • In coordination with the Logistics department both in Kyaka II and Kampala support the timely procurement of project materials, particulary in relation to managing cash based interventions
  • Represent the project during coordination meetings with stakeholders such as local communities, local government officials, and donors
  • Organize and manage workshops, trainings and meetings that are hosted as part of the project with relevant partners—beneficiary households, line ministries and CBOs
  • Lead community mobilization efforts
  • Organize meetings for project information sharing.
  • Take lead in the preparation of relevant manuals/tool kits and training curriculums that can be used in training beneficiaries
  • Lead weekly, monthly and quarterly reporting processes of livelihood activities
  • Actively contribute to project planning, development of proposals and lessons learned processes
  • Lead the identification of beneficiaries needs using both technical skills and local knowledge
  • Engage and build strong and better relations with all community and settlement leaders (including Refugee Welfare Committee), local government structures and line ministries including OPM staff for the enhancement of overall program objectives
Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Actively participate in monthly Budget Follow up review meetings and ensure all livelihood activities status are updated and submitted to Program Manager/designate
  • Manage all livelihood data collection exercises including the conduction of assessment and surveys (e.g. baseline surveys, yield assessment, do-no-harm surveys etc.) in close coordination with the Country M&E unit to monitor and evaluate food security and livelihoods projects activities;
  • Work closely with M&E unit to identify, document and disseminate relevant project success, challenges and follow up on implementation of project’s action points
  • Support the undertaking of detailed situational analysis in collaboration with relevant stakeholders (especially the PoC) and propose appropriate project implementation approaches
  • Supervise the implementation of all participatory needs/vulnerability and capacity assessments of affected communities and PoCs
  • Participate in project evaluations and assist in the analysis of results
  • Support/supervise subordinate staff in the development and implementation of activity plans which will support the achievement of sector/office plans;
  • Provide appropriate coaching and mentoring for staff less performing
  • Provide supervision, guidance and monitoring for project staff, ensuring clarity over project plans and priorities and encouraging effective team work
  • Represent DRC in good faith and by demonstrating humanitarian code of conduct
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Livelihood and Gender Coordinator job placement must hold an advanced degree in Rural or Agricultural Development, Development Studies, Environment, or related.
  • Previous experience in managing teams
  • Proven experience in managing livelihoods and community based projects
  • Excellent reporting and drafting skills
  • Proven experience in developing partnerships and working with various stakeholders
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications including;
  • A cover letter (1 page) in which you explain why you are interested in the position and how you meet the qualities and qualifications criteria
  • Concise and accurate CV (maximum 3 pages). The CV should include information about your qualification, relevant training courses, Work experience, name and contact details of 3 relevant references.
All applications should be sent to clearly indicating position name in the subject line.
Deadline: 23rd January 2018 by 5:00pm

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