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  • Posted: Sep 22, 2016
    Deadline: Nov 30, 2016
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    The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries throughout the world. DRC fulfils its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations - refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in the conflict areas of the wor...
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    Livelihoods Manager

    Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria with frequent field visit to Mubi, Yola and Damaturu

    About the Job

    • The Livelihoods Manager will be responsible for designing, coordination, implementation, monitoring and follow up of DRC Nigeria’s livelihoods activities (focusing initially on emergency food security, cash transfer and voucher activities/projects).
    • The Livelihood Manager will manage a team of local livelihood staff. 
    • The overall strategic objective of the livelihoods programme is to develop durable solutions for conflict-affected populations in the North East of Nigeria (IDPs and host communities).
    • He/she will furthermore play a significant role in sectoral coordination with other stakeholders including local and state authorities, food security cluster, other INGOs and other partners involved in the project.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Take a leading role in the implementation of DRCs emergency food security projects in close co-ordination with the Global Emergency Coordinator
    • Prepare and develop distribution and movement plans for teams and work with Finance and Admin Manager to forecast cash requirements
    • Based on initial assessments including a market assessment conducted by DRC Nigeria end of 2015 the Livelihoods Manager will design interventions, strategies and plans for the implementation of Livelihoods and cash transfer programmes;
    • Conduct assessment and analysis of needs; existing and potential financial institutions or traditional mechanisms for cash transfer programme and identify innovative/alternative payment modalities in consideration with the security situation in target locations;
    • Contextualize cash transfer guidelines prepared by the organization on distribution processes and make necessary recommendation where appropriate;
    • Assist in developing new food security and cash transfer programme initiatives and fundraising relating emergency response;
    • Conduct further assessments and assist in preparation of proposals, develop national and local strategies in co-operation with the Country Director
    • Draft concept papers and assist in the preparation of creative, realistic and effective project proposals


    • Direct management of the livelihood projects and line manager for team members. This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between staff, in a number of locations , recruiting, and staff capacity building;
    • Undertake regular field/onsite visits to ensure technical support to livelihood and cash staff and proper monitoring of the activities’ implementation in area of operation;
    • Provide regular updates on progress to supervisors and other team members and senior management
    • Ensure donor and agency compliance is met at all levels of project/program management cycle
    • Develop project progress reports according to agreed work plan. This includes contribution of livelihood sector in preparing donor report on time
    • Ensure lessons learned are documented, shared and reflected in program planning and decision making

     Representation and Relations:

    • Cultivate good relations with key humanitarian actors - local and international, including government authorities and non-state actors, through regular attendance at technical meetings and bilateral meetings;
    • Ensure that at all times contact with beneficiaries is conducted in a sensitive and respectful manner;
    • Where relevant, liaise with donors and work closely with partners on project updates, site visits and other communication.
    • Undertake any other duties that may be assigned by the Country Director
    • Ensure that the DRC foods security and cash transfer projects are implemented in accordance with DRC standard regulations and procedures (e.g. Code of Conduct, CHS and DRC Operational Handbook);

    Security Management:

    • Make sure that each member of the livelihood team is aware of security issues, policies, SOPs and they follow them accordingly
    • In consultation and collaboration with Security Advisor, ensure that all security incidents are reported within given time line and standard
    • Ensure that all team members of livelihoods sector are aware of RDC code of conduct, humanitarian principles and code of conduct of Red Cross/Crescent and NGOs working in humanitarian field
    • Ensure coordination with Head of Finance & Admin, Security Advisor and Logistic & Procurement Manager to ensure security risks are minimized at lowest level.

    Reporting Line:

    • The Livelihoods Manager will report to the Head of Programmes, Nigeria.

    About you
    To be successful in this role you must have:

    • Minimum 5 years of international experience with humanitarian organizations
    • Minimum 2 years’ experience of working in conflict context
    • University education in Agriculture/Livelihoods and or equivalent to related field
    • Minimum 2 years’ experience in humanitarian cash/voucher and food security projects
    • Working experience with IDPs/Returnees/Refugees/Host communities
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
    • Experience with managing diverse team in terms of sex, race, faith, age, etc.
    • Gender sensitive
    • Experience in working and living in shared accommodation
    • Flexible and adaptable
    • Willing to travel within and between States in Nigeria

    We Offer

    • DRC will offer the successful applicant a 12 months  contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 25 October 2016 and be willing and able to work in Maiduguri, Nigeria .
    • Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to: under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A14

    Method of Application


    • All applicants must send a Cover letter and an updated CV's (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.
    • If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact:
    • Due to the need for rapid deployment interviews are expected to take place throughout the recruitment period.  DRC reserves the right to offer the position to a suitable candidate even before the closing date.
    Interested and qualified? Go to Danish Refugee Council (DRC) on to apply
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