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DRC seeks to recruit Livelihoods Specialist – Jijiga (Ethiopia)

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DRC seeks to recruit Livelihoods Specialist – Jijiga (Ethiopia)



Introduction :

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009. With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.



Overall purpose of the role :

  • Working under the direct management of the Project Manager, the Livelihoods Specialist will be responsible for the provision of technical support to pilot programs aimed at promoting the employment of refugees in and out of camps, in collaboration with private sector actors as well as in the affected host communities.



Responsibilities and tasks :

  • Support the Livelihoods Team Leader and Project Manager to identify and build partnerships with private sector actors to link refugee produced outputs to broader markets and facilitate employment opportunities for refugee youth out of camp ;
  • In collaboration with the Team Leader and Project Manager and technical experts, lead in the creation of relevant assessment tools that contribute to the design of relevant pilot activities ;
  • Research trends in livelihood programming and methodologies and provide technical inputs towards implementation of pilot activities under DFID to ensure relevance with contemporary best practice on livelihoods with acute awareness of issues related to gender, age and diversity ;
  • Work with manager and project staff to develop relevant guidelines, modules, IEC materials that support the implementation of pilot activities and enhance outreach to the target population ;
  • Create technical tools that improve monitoring and evaluation of pilot activities at the field level, working with relevant MEAL staff to support monitoring, documentation and reporting of activities against relevant indicators ;
  • Support regular reporting for both internal and donor purposes is completed to a high standard and in a timely manner. This will include providing internal reports supported by key evidence ;
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with key stakeholders, including community members and representatives, local government authorities, ARRA, UN agencies, and other stakeholders.

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.



Experience and technical competencies :

  • 5 years of experience working on market based livelihoods with experience working for an international organization or relevant authority ,
  • Experience in implementing innovative and youth focused livelihoods/job creation activities, or pilot initiatives. Strong analytical and practical skills in conducting needs assessments, baseline surveys, progress monitoring and project evaluation ,
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.

Education :

  • Advanced degree in Business Administration, Economics, Development Studies, or relevant field from a recognized institution.


  • Advanced English proficiency required ;
  • Fluency in Amharic required ;
  • Somali Language a strong asset.



To apply :

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than June 26, 2019.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics

We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization’s page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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.

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