Livelihoods Officer


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a protection of human rights framework, DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict. Programmes include protection, livelihoods, food and NFI distribution, water and sanitation, and advocacy amongst others. There are 4 main programme offices in Somali region, one in Yemen, one in Kenya and one regional office in Nairobi. There are also non operational region wide initiatives, focusing on advocacy and capacity building, which are supported from the Nairobi regional office. Currently there are over 150 DRC staff in the region. The last 2 years have seen some growth in programme size, but primarily there has been a growth in the number of support and management functions demanded and required by the programme offices, in order to maintain quality and accountability.   
The incumbent will implement and supervise all  DRC’s livelihood activities including micro-enterprise, income generation, group savings and loans, revolving funds, business/saving skills training and strengthening of small scale businesses as well as the vocational within the refugee camps and the Host community living Dadaab Refugee camps. 
Key Responsibilities 
Livelihoods Project Management  
  • Implement micro enterprise development activities in local communities with emphasis on promoting group development through support, coaching, mentoring, regular feedback and identification of investment needs and opportunities.  
  • Supervise the micro enterprise development (MED) component activities under the livelihoods project including facilitation of baseline surveys, needs assessment and conduct consultative meetings with the project stakeholders  
  • Train project beneficiaries on business management, entrepreneurship, market linkages as well as financial literacy and value chain development skills training.  
  • Promotion of market and financial linkages for the project beneficiaries  
  • Prepare weekly, monthly narrative, Quarterly, Mid-year and annual progress reports  
  • Take lead in conducting Training Needs Assessments for different groups in order to identify areas of training in Business Development  Enhance the linkages between the livelihoods groups and other related players in the respective value-chains  
  • Assist in the documentation of Human Interest Stories, Case studies  
Programme Management, Development, Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Carry out participatory needs assessments and identify appropriate livelihoods interventions to increase incomes for the local community and reduce poverty in the target areas 
  • Participate in periodic program review and planning meetings; and external meetings as often as requested by the Livelihoods Team Leader. 
  • Ensure project staff adhere to HAP Principles in day to day project implementation; participate in HAP audits; support M&E plan. 
  • Assist in developing livelihoods concept notes and proposals. 
  • Coordinate field reporting: prepare technical internal and external reporting. 
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Activity reporting and documentation 
  • Coordination & Partnership 
  • Serve as the liaison with stakeholders and relevant Government of Kenya departments from the location to divisional levels 
  • Promote collaboration and synergy between the DRC host community project and the similar projects/groups in the Dadaab refugee camps. 
  • In the absence of the Team Leader – Livelihoods, represent DRC in coordination meetings. 
Budget Management  
  • Supervise the budget expenditures, ensuring adherence to DRC financial procedures and donor requirements  
  • Draft spending plans, procurement plans, and work plans based on activities and budgets.  
  • Help to the draft livelihoods interventions budgets.  
  • Liaise closely with finances officer.  
Staff Management  
  • Hold regular meetings with staff to plan and address any concerns and share feedback  
  • Monitor and provide objective feedback related to staff performance, including completing staff performance evaluations to promote growth and professional development  
  • Provide leadership and support to ensure staff well-being, i.e. monitor and manage stress management by providing regular opportunities for staff debriefing to address secondary trauma.  
  • Other duties assigned by the supervisor and/or management. 
Reporting Arrangements 
Reporting To:          Livelihoods Team Leader 
Staff Reporting:       Livelihoods Assistants  
Personal Specifications 
Essential Skills & Qualifications
  • Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship or Sociology  
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience setting up and implementing livelihoods or income generating projects preferably with an NGO in a refugee/IDP setting  
  • Skills or training in basic book keeping or administration is desirable  
  • Prior experience working with local governments and stakeholders in implementation of projects 
  • Knowledge of the key issues and trends in Food Security and Livelihoods intervention  
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; well organized, and able to prioritize multiple tasks.  
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and other relevant computer applications,  
  • A keen understanding of business/enterprise development and development issues including Groups Savings and Loan approaches
  • Understanding of Value Chains analysis  
  • Able to adapt to changing program priorities and emergency priorities that may arise 
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiatives.  
  • Good planning and organizational skills coupled with problem solving capabilities  
  • Hands-on community mobilization skills  
  • Experience in working in harsh climatic conditions and ability to communicate   fluently in the Somali language will be an added advantage. 
  • Experience in a refugee setting and knowledge of refugee issues. 
Posting details: This position is field based and a non-family duty station. Dadaab lies at security phase 5. Accommodation is provided in the DRC Compound and for every 6 weeks spent in the region, DRC allows a staff member 5 days of Rest and Relaxation (R&R). (This is exclusive of 2 travel days). 
Commencement: Immediately  
Duty Station:        Dadaab, Garissa County, Kenya.  
Contract:              Until 31st December, 2016, with possibility of renewal   
Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework . DRC ( 
Application Process  
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation and qualifications and a CV. Applications should include contact details of three professional referees who have supervised the candidate in the last five years. One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered  
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Applications should be sent no later than: 18th April, 2016. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact 
This position is open for Kenya Nationals only. 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Dadaab
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2016-04-18

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