UNHCR Project Vacancies – Livelihoods Officer at Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Title:     Livelihoods Officer
Organisation: Humanitarian
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international African humanitarian and
development organization that positively contributes towards improving the
living standards and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and
conflict in the Horn, East & Central Africa by implementing WASH, Health,
Education, Livelihoods, Community service & development and Protection
programs in the region for a period of more than 20 years.
UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with
funding from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in
Uganda to implement a multi-Sectoral Program for refugees in Oruchinga
settlement (Isingiro district) and Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro district).
 The Livelihoods Officer will
mainly be responsible for the planning, implementation and coordination of all
livelihood activities and promoting environment activities in the settlement
through supervision of staff involved in livelihood and environment activities
with the aim of making refugees self-reliant and living in a good environment.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Project planning, implementation and
Guide the livelihood sector in long-term planning.
Coordinate Livelihood projects being implemented
in the settlement.
Ensure cross cutting themes are mainstreamed in
Livelihood projects.
Prepare and submit weekly reports, weekly work
plans, monthly activity reports, quarterly and annual reports.
Conducting routine monitoring of livelihood field
activities, check on progress and write achievements.
In charge of distributing of procured inputs to
livelihood groups to enable them carry out their activities successfully
Mentoring and supervising the livelihood Field
Assistant and Livelihood Extension Workers
Identify potential groups to participate in
livelihood activities.
Actively promote environmental protection for
sustainable livelihood strategies
Promoting group cohesion by ensuring good
leadership of group leaders and solving conflicts among group members
Organize weekly meetings with Livelihood Field
Assistant and livelihood extension workers to coordinate activities, monitor
their implementation and progress.
Keenly track and manage budgets allocated for the
Livelihood sector
2. Capacity building and training:
In charge of the mobilization of farmer groups and
conducting training in agronomic practices through farmer field school approach
which include right crop spacing, manure application, integrated disease and
pest management, proper use of fungicides and pesticides.
Providing mentoring and coaching to community
groups to build refugee capacity for understanding and connecting with
different refugee community linkages.
Identify technical experts to train livelihood
community groups in the settlement.
Train livestock groups basic livestock husbandry
practices through farmer field school approach.
3. M&E and documentation:
Effectively document all information relating to
project successes, innovations and promising practices and disseminate through
appropriate mechanisms.
Ensure identification of research areas, conduct
research and document learning’s.
Oversee the Livelihood sector in outputs and
outcome monitoring processes.
Technically support processes of Livelihood sector
baselines and evaluation of livelihood projects and interventions
4. People Management: The position
holder will supervise staff, conduct performance evaluation/appraisals and
monitor progress, capacity development and motivate others.
Skills and Experience: 
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Post
graduate/Degree in Agriculture /Rural Agricultural innovation/Development
studies or equivalent from a recognized University
A minimum of three years’ experience in the
relevant field.
Ability to speak more than one indigenous and
foreign language would be desirable i.e. Kiswahili or Kinyarwanda.
Proven skills in working with rural communities
Demonstrated skills in participatory community
development methodologies
Working knowledge of IGAs
Excellent people management skills
Good networking skills
Community mobilization skills
Good skills in research, analysis, report and
proposal writing and development.
Ability and willingness to learn
Excellent organization skills and able to work
under pressure
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Reliable and accountable
Good team player
Computer literacy skills
to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified Ugandan nationals are requested to send a Motivation letter,
Curriculum Vitae and including telephone and emails contacts of three
references including current/most recent employer. The applications should be
sent via email to: vacancies@hijra.or.ke: The subject line should read
Livelihood Officer: Ref: HR005/UG
4th January 2016

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