Livelihood Specialist - Employability and Microbusiness Specialist

Closing date

The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.

All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation

DRC is looking for an experienced Livelihood Specialist - Employability and Microbusiness Specialist who will provide technical oversight of DRC’s job placement and microbusiness support programming in Jordan in close coordination with Area and Base Managers. She/he will assist with the design of project activities related to job placements and work-based learning, MSME (particularly home-based business) establishment and expansion, and career counselling and business mentoring. The Specialist will conduct a mapping of private sector entities to promote recruitment and promotion of business outcomes for vulnerable households. The Economic Recovery Specialist will also be responsible for acting as external technical representative for Amman-level coordination as needed.

About the job

The individual will report directly to Economic Recovery Manager . Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Technical Oversight and Field Support (50%):

· Lead the development of DRC’s employment promotion and microbusiness support programming, including support for home-based business and self-employment grants, as well as soft skill and technical trainings

· Drafting and updating SOPs for the various aspects of the graduation approach including mentoring, consumption support, financial inclusion, networks and linkages, technical and soft skills training and job placement/ business support

· Oversee field implementation of DRC’s portfolio of graduation approach projects

· Provide technical expertise and leadership on program activities that focus on improved household resilience and economic outcomes using the graduation approach, through coordinating programmatic, technical, logistical, financial, and administrative management components with the consortium partners , in order to ensure appropriate systems and support mechanisms are in place to track, analyse and report on results;

· Represent DRC at the RYSE Objective 2 working group – assisting with the continual learning and adaptation of program activities based on beneficiary performance and feedback, interests, changing context and field staff input.

· Meet regularly with livelihood field teams to develop work plans, as well as identify technical challenges and develop contextually grounded solutions.

· Lead the design and implementation of programmatic assessments, in coordination with relevant DRC technical units (MEL, programs, partnerships etc.)

· Train livelihoods field staff on SOPs and project interventions

· Oversee the design and implementation of savings groups both by DRC and in partnership with CBOs

· Support for business mentorship and job placements for vulnerable refugee and Jordanians

· Market-based interventions to promote job creation and integration of beneficiaries to the labour market

· Supporting field teams in aligning livelihood interventions with labour market requirements per governorate

· Participate in all project kick-off meetings as well as systematic project review discussion.

· Identify relevant staff capacity building activities in coordination with field management;

· Review and/ or contribute to donor reports as required.

· Visit program activities and provide support and feedback to implementing partners and DRC staff on technical approaches and methodological issues;

External Representation and Partnerships (20%):

· Identify strategic national level partnerships – particularly with the private sector - and hold regular meetings to develop/ strengthen relationships;

· Represent DRC in meetings with other humanitarian and development partners as needed;

· Strategic Partnerships with financial inclusion actors including MFIs and FinTech

· Liaise with DRC technical staff in other regions to promote sharing and methodological coherence around livelihoods, cash, and economic empowerment programming.

Strategy Design and Development (30%):

  • Provide field evidence to support the design of new programming.
  • Develop new project concept notes
  • Integrate innovative concepts (mobile wallets, virtual training, tech for development, etc.) and partnerships (private sector, social enterprises, etc.) into existing new programming
  • Assist in the development and revision of DRC’s country livelihood strategy;

Provide technical support in the development of livelihood learning documents and the improvement of DRC’s livelihoods programming across all units.

About you

Required / Desirable

Bachelor’s degree in one of the following: International development, social sciences, international relations, human rights. Master’s degree strongly preferred.

· At least three years proven and successful track record as technical advisor or project manager in the field of livelihoods;

· Proven experience in livelihood programming in a post emergency context, private sector engagement or economic development;

· Experience working in Jordan with a range of a local partners in the field of economic empowerment and/ or livelihoods

· Experience with team management and technical support;

· Experience with project cycle management and project management tools such as logical frameworks, work plans, budgets and monitoring plans.

· Excellent English writing skills and ability to communicate technical information in an easy to understand, informative and collaborative manner

· High integrity and willingness to conduct her/himself transparently and open to scrutiny

· Availability to travel within Jordan, including overnight trips to Karak and Ma’an

Ideally, you also have

· Good knowledge of the Core Humanitarian Standards or other accountability measures/standards

· Knowledge of integrated development programming including the graduation approach

· Understanding of key challenges and mitigation measures in livelihoods programming in Jordan**

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five 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 DRC’s vision and values.

Designation of Duty Station: Amman

Start date: ASAP

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.**

Closing date for applications: 17 May 2021

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