Mar 09, 2019

Livelihoods Officer

  • Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
  • Dolo, Ethiopia
Full time Business Development NGO / Non Profit

Job Description

Title:  Livelihoods Officer

Location:  Dolo Ado

Reports to: Team Leader-Resilience and Livelihoods


Start of Contract & Duration: 12 Months

Posting date: March 8, 2019 


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. 


Based in Dolo Ado of the Somali Region of Ethiopia, the Project Officer will support with the management and provision of technical support for all resilience, cash for work and job creation activities implemented by DRC Ethiopia as part of EU-funded, cross-border consortium project entitled Building Opportunities for Resilience in the Horn of Africa (BORESHA). The Officer will support the BORESHA Project Manager with the day-to-day management of the project’ Day-to-day responsibilities will include ensuring quality and timely implementation of activities, while ensuring full compliance with DRC and donor policies and regulations and delivery of quality activities to ensure that project objective is met..


The livelihood Officer will work in close collaboration with DRC’s Resilience and livelihoods team leader and Addis Ababa-based Livelihood Coordinator as well as project staff from each of the implementing agencies in based in or visiting Dolo Ado. He/she will provide support for the development of community driven and integrated programming through participation in assessments, design, implementing and monitoring of all resilience activities.

 The livelihood officer is responsible for implementation of project work plan, ensures regular reporting to the livelihood team lead and the Technical Coordinators,

Specific responsibilities include: 


  • Provide support BORESHA initiatives in Dolo Ado in compliance with best practices and DRC and donor regulations, while upholding rigorous project cycle management standards.
  • Support in designing and conducting needs assessments to inform program design.  
  • Support the design and refinement of DRC’s BORESHA activities and develop detailed work plans and budgets for all related activities. Activities will include, but are not limited to initiatives related to resilience and community-managed disaster risk reduction, Cash for work: Vocational, technical and Life Skills training targeting youth and Women Cross- to create Employment Opportunities.
  • Support the timely and quality delivery of all BORESHA reports and monitoring and evaluation requirements to ensure project quality, relevance and accountability to DRC's beneficiary populations.
  • In collaboration with Livelihoods and resilience team leader, accountability officer, and M& E team promote accountability in adherence with DRC standard operating procedures.
  • Capacity building on partners  including local government line offices
  • Conduct periodic monitoring and evaluation of project activities with collaboration of project team and  consortium MEAL coordinator and country M& E team; 

Finance and Administration:

  • Assist the Livelihoods team leader in regularly reviewing DRC Ethiopia’s budget components for the BORESHA project and in the development of revisions and spending plans.

Human Resources:

  • Manage Project Assistants and support respectful and positive working relationships which allow for the effective implementation of all activities. 

Logistics and Procurement: 

  • Collaborate with the Dolo Ado-based logistics and procurement team to develop and maintain BORESHA-specific procurement plans.


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

Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.

Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.

Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.


Demonstrating integrity: Acting in line with DRC's vision and values



Job Requirements

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum of 2 years of professional experience designing and implementing livelihoods and resilience programming, preferably in the Somali Region.
  • Strong skills in designing and implementing Resilience activities specifically community-managed disaster risk reduction initiative, cash for work activities, employment and job creation interventions. Experience of Community Vulnerability & Capacity Assessments (CoVACA) approach.
  • Experience with implementation in rural areas of the Somali Region.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills in English, knowledge of the Somali language a preferable.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and inter-agency team.
  • Ability to travel and to work independently and in harsh environments.
  • Ability to manage a large workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines. 
  • Highly organized, pro-active decision-making ability wit proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Knowledge of computers: word processing, database management packages.



  • Relevant university degree in disaster risk management, agriculture, social sciences, international development or another relevant field. 


  • Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing English.
  • Somali (overall fluency required)

How 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 March 21, 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.