Danish Refugee Council Job in Nigeria for a Livelihoods Manager

The Danish Refugee Council / Danish Demining Group (DRC/DDG) has been
operational in West Africa since 1998. Our aim is to contribute to the
peace and stabilization, protection and promotion of durable solutions
to crisis affected populations in the region. The overall strategic
objective of the
programme is to support peace and stabilization,
protect and promote durable solutions to conflict affected populations
in Nigeria, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée, and Mali on
the basis of humanitarian principles and fundamental human rights.

DRC/DDG has a representational office in Abuja and a larger coordination
and field based implementation office in Yola, Adamawa State. During
beginning of 2016, DRC/DDG expects to expand by building a strong
emergency response capacity and by developing resilience projects for
durable solution for the people affected by the crisis.

Danish Refugee Council is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Livelihoods Manager
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
  • Prepare and develop distribution and movement plans for teams
    and work with Finance and Admin Manager to forecast cash requirements
  • 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
  • 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;
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

 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
  • 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);
  • 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.

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
  • Ensure coordination with Head of Finance & Admin, Security
    Advisor and Logistic & Procurement Manager to ensure security risks
    are minimized at lowest level.
  • 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
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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
  • 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
  • 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

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: www.drc.dk under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A14

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


  • 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: job@drc.dk
  • 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

Application Deadline  30th November, 2016.

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