Livelihoods Project Officer (National Position)

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Job Description

Job Title:                        Livelihoods Project Officer (National Position)

Reporting to:                 Livelihoods Project Coordinator

Job Based at:                    Addis Ababa

Contract Duration:         6 months



The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is present in five regions in Ethiopia, providing refugees and internally displaced people with emergency relief and help them to rebuild their lives. NRC works within the sectors of Education, Shelter, WASH, Livelihood and Food Security, ICLA (Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance), and Child Protection.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The purpose of Livelihood Project officer position is to implement the livelihoods intervention of the different projects in NRC Addis Ababa Area Office and assist the livelihoods project coordinator in planning and executing programme activities. The project officer will provide capacity building training in market information, chain and trend analysis, provision of business mentorship, promotion of Micro Enterprise Development (MED) and the like to beneficiaries and stakeholders in accordance with the project proposals and work plans.

Generic responsibilities:

·         Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines

·         Implement delegated support function portfolio according to plan of action

·         Prepare and develop status reports as required by management

·         Ensure proper filing of documents

·         Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function

Specific Responsibilities

·         Plan, facilitate and conduct trainings on conceptual understanding of business and market development and capacity building for beneficiaries and stakeholders

·         Provide technical support and applicable tools to project participants in identifying demand based potential and demand based production / products and developing business market development plans

·         Support beneficiaries in promoting business and market development on the identified potential products and services

·         Support and follow up livelihood teams in conducting value chain analysis for potential products in their respective refugee and host locations

·         Facilitate smooth networking of the livelihood targets with micro financing institutions for financial services that enhances business activities;

·         Follow up & monitor implementation of livelihood activities as per the plans

·         Participate in assessment, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes of the Addis Ababa programme for various intervention activities of the program

·         Prepare and develop status reports as required by management

·         Ensure proper filing of documents

·         Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist

·         Promote and share ideas for technical improvement

Job Requirements

Qualifications and Competences:

Professional competencies

•        A University Degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Economics, Business Administration, Sociology, Psychology & related field with minimum of three years’ relevant experience in planning, managing, coordinating, and supervising livelihood projects such as business development and marketing, value chain analysis, entrepreneurship small interpose development

•        Experience from working as a Project Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context

•        Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities

•        Good knowledge of English both written and spoken

•        Demonstrated understanding of the cooperatives and small enterprise development policy and practices in Ethiopia,

•        Demonstrated high level of conceptual and analytical thinking skills and excellent strategic programme development skills in areas of economic development,

•        Skilled trainer with experience developing and delivering training to a varied audience, such project staffs, stakeholders, national staff and authorities.

•        A firm grounding in program activity Monitoring and Evaluation,

•        Strong proposal and project report-writing and team building experience and skills

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

•        Knowledge of the livelihood context (gaps and needs) in Addis Ababa

•        Experience in organizing association, Interest groups, self-help groups, and working with a community based approach, Skills & Personal Attributes

•        Stress resilient, team oriented, oral communication, structured and result oriented;

•        Flexible and with ability to take initiative and inspire others;

•        Ability to work both independently and as a team

•        Manage performance to optimize results

Behavioral competencies

·         Planning and delivering results

·         Empowering and building trust

·         Communicating with impact and respect

·         Strategic thinking


How to Apply

All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Codes of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable.

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to send in their application letters including updated curriculum vitae with day-time telephone number and contact details of three work-related referees only through (If it is possible, attach photocopies of the most relevant educational certificates/testimonials). Applications should reach NRC latest by June 11, 2019.


NB: only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

“Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as NRC offers attractive salary and benefit with on-the-job training opportunities!”

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