Livelihood and Gender Coordinator Non-profit Jobs - Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Organisation: Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Funding Source: European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa
Reports to: Area Program Manager

About US:
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.

About EU Project:
DRC is presently leading a Consortium of four NGOs (DRC, ZOA, Save the Children, and CEFORD) which has been selected to implement a program in Northern Uganda to support the self-reliance, resilience and social stability of displacement-affected communities, South Sudanese refugees and their host communities. The Consortium  is implementing a 3-year project implemented by a consortium of NGOs and funded under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to respond to refugee settlements in West Nile of Uganda.

Job Summary: The Livelihood and Gender Coordinator will primarily ensure  that  all activities related to livelihood are implemented in a timely and efficiently manner according to the agreed Donor Guidelines and DRC/DDG standards and budget, and provide leadership and coordination for all aspects related to Livelihood activities in Adjumani.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Implementation and Planning:
  • Work in close collaboration with Area Program Manager and Kampala Program Unit to update and develop technical  guidelines  for  the  implementation  of  the  livelihood activities
  • Work closely with  field  staff,  ensure  that  vulnerable  groups  (especially  women and youths)  are  actively  involved  during  group  discussion  and  the  making  decision process;
  • Mentor and 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, 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  and  Procurement  Officers   to  ensure  proper  management  of livelihood sub-project fund;
  • Assist 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 Area Program Manager.
  • Oversee the development of long-term partnerships 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 Adjumani 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/DDG quality procedures
  • Ensure that implementation of activities Do-No-Harm to persons of concern/ beneficiaries at the point of delivery;
  • 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
  • Work in close coordination with the Logistics department both in Adjumani and Kampala support the timely procurement of project materials
  • Represent the project coordination meetings with stakeholders such as local communities, local government officials, UN 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
2. Communication/Reporting:
  • Lead weekly, monthly and quarterly reporting processes of livelihood activities
  • Actively contribute to project planning, development of proposals and lessons learned processes
  • Manage 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 staffs for the enhancement of DRC/DDG overall program objectives
3. Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Actively participate in monthly Budget Follow up review meetings and ensure all livelihood activities status are updated and submitted to Area 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 in liaison 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
4. Supervision/training:
  • 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/DDG with 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 career placement should hold a Higher Degree in Agriculture from a recognized institution. Enterprise Management, business development or other related field with in depth understanding of rural poverty and vulnerability issues. Possession of a Post Graduate diploma in Gender and Management studies.
  • A minimum of four years’ experience in similar position
  • The ideal candidate must have technical skills in Project Planning and Management and Agri-business
  • Good management and presentation skills
  • Show commitment to accountable practices.
  • Working knowledge of working in challenging environments.
  • Proven ability to manage large varied workloads and deal constructively with stress
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work with limited supervision
  • Proactive, stable and robust character and a good team player.
  • Excellent communication skills, calm and a good sense of humour.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations.
  • Possess a valid riding permit.
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 and please indicate your salary expectations
  • Updated and detailed (maximum 3 pages). The CV should include information about your qualifications, relevant training courses, work experience, and name and contact details of three relevant references.

The complete application package should be uploaded online, Click Here

Deadline: 23rd June 2016

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