Livelihoods Team Leader Non-profit Careers – Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title:    Livelihoods Team Leader
Organisation: Danish
Refugee Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Base
About US:
The Danish Refugee
Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on
all aspects of the refugee cause in more than 36 countries throughout the
world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons
(IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of
forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC
works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct
for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
Job Summary:   The Livelihoods Team Leader will provide
efficient and effective program implementation and smooth running of the
Livelihoods sector operations according to DRC’s internal policies and
operations handbook and in accordance with donor procedures and program design.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Team Leadership
  • Prepare work plans for the sector staff in accordance with annual
    planning cycle
  • Train staff and provide regular updates of work planning and
    reporting against SMART objectives.
  • Oversee the performance of the Livelihoods team.
  • Based on Grant Opening meetings and requirements for the Supply
    Chain departments, make recommendations on staffing to the Base Manager
    and support with recruitment process as required.
  • Ensure that the sector activities involve the vulnerable groups
    (especially women and youths), in the project implementation including in
    group discussions and decision-making processes.
Implementation and
  • Coordinate with the Finance, Procurement Officers and other sectors
    of DRC to ensure proper management of livelihood planning and
  • Serve as the main contact for Livelihood activities in DRC Rhino
    camp operations, and work closely with District and Sub-county production
    and Community Service departments in ensuring high quality standards in
    DRC livelihood sector operations.
  • Ensure that Livelihood Officers implement project activities within
    the budget limits and in line with good budget management and
    accountability procedures
  • Support Livelihood Officers in ensuring activities implementation is
    done in compliance with DRC/Donor quality procedures
  • Closely monitor the implementation of livelihood activities to
    timely identify any problems that may affect the achievement of intended
    outputs and results; by pragmatically and constructively dealing with them
    early enough
  • Work in close coordination with field staff, ensure that vulnerable
    groups (especially women and youths) are actively involved during group
    discussion and the decision making process;
  • Represent the livelihoods sector during coordination meetings with
    stakeholders such as local communities, local government officials, and
  • Organize and manage workshops, trainings and meetings that are
    hosted by the sector with relevant partners—beneficiary households, line
    ministries and CBOs
Sector Reporting
& Documentation:
  • Provide regular internal reports and other relevant information on
    general policy matters and programme activities to the sector staff and
    other relevant persons.
  • Ensure that a sound documentation procedure is adhered to, including
    relevant beneficiary database is developed, maintained and updated
  • Initiate the roll-out of relevant sector assessments on project
    status in project operational areas.
  • Ensure update-to-date records (disaggregated by
    gender/age/diversity) are maintained for all beneficiaries of the
    livelihoods interventions.
  • Actively participate in the preparation of relevant manuals/tool
    kits and training curriculums that can be used in training beneficiaries
  • Ensure that a sound feedback system is in place in the project area
    so that beneficiaries have easy access to DRC and that the Do-No-Harm
    principle to persons of concern/beneficiaries at the point of delivery is
  • Train staff on compliance with internal reporting requirements and
    required contributions to donor and other reporting.
  • Lead weekly, monthly and quarterly reporting processes of livelihood
  • Actively contribute to project planning, development of proposals
    and documentation of lessons learned, best practices and success stories.
  • Lead the identification of beneficiaries needs using both technical
    skills and local knowledge
  • Engage and build strong and better relations with all community and
    settlement leaders (including Refugee Welfare Committee), local government
    structures and line ministries including OPM staff for the enhancement of
    DRC/ Donor overall program objectives
Monitoring and
  • Actively participate in monthly Budget Follow up review meetings and
    ensure all livelihood activities status are updated and submitted to Base
  • Manage all livelihood data collection exercises including the
    conduction of assessment and surveys (e.g. baseline surveys, yield
    assessment, do-no-harm surveys etc.) in close coordination with the
    Country M&E unit to monitor and evaluate food security and livelihoods
    projects activities;
  • Work closely with M&E unit to identify, document and disseminate
    relevant project success, challenges and follow up on implementation of
    project’s action points
  • Support the undertaking of detailed situational analysis in
    collaboration with relevant stakeholders (especially the PoC) and propose
    appropriate project implementation approaches
  • Supervise the implementation of all participatory needs/vulnerability
    and capacity assessments of affected communities and PoCs
  • Actively participate in project evaluations and assist in the
    analysis of results
& logistics
  • Ensure compliance with donor requirements regarding programming
    implementation and asset management.
  • Support sector team with logistics arrangements to facilitate
    effective programming.
  • Provide management of all sectoral implementation budget, including
    timely expenditure planning & budget follow ups in consultation with
    the Base Manager.
  • Ensure DRC financial procedures, guidelines and corruption control
    is maintained among the team.
  • Initiate procurements and ensuring adherence to correct procurement
    and logistical procedures and in coordination with the Logistics
    department both in Rhino camp and Arua, support the timely procurement of
    project materials, particularly in relation to managing cash based
  • Initiating the engagement of consultant services for required for
    enhancing effectiveness of sectoral activities.
  • Directly responsible for supervising livelihoods Officers,
    Assistants and any casual workers hired to facilitate implementation of
    sectoral activities.
  • Responsible for recruitment planning and leading recruitment of
    required field staff in consultation with the livelihoods Coordinator,
    Base Manager and HR Officer.
  • Conduct staff development including target setting, performance
    appraisal, and early identification of excellence and other performance
    issues and timely addressing such issues with support of HR department.
  • Provide capacity building to team members on relevant topics
    including social mobilization, participatory planning and prioritization,
    activity budget monitoring vis-à-vis implementation, vulnerability
    assessment and targeting, relevant approaches to project monitoring and
  • Mentor and supervise sector staff for effective and timely
    implementation of project activities.
  • Coordination: Maintain close and good relations with all relevant
    stakeholders including UNCHR, and other relevant UN organizations, OPM,
    local authorities, line ministries, donors, other NGOs, CBOs and other DRC
  • Transparency: Ensure required reports and information is shared with
    the direct project stakeholders in a timely and adequate manner;
  • Reporting: Timely compile required reports for all relevant
    stakeholders as guided by the Base manager and project manager.
  • Follow up all DRC / DDG Procedures for Security, Finance, Logistics,
    HR and Administration.
  • Uphold DRC’s international code of conduct.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee Council Livelihoods Team
    Leader job placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Rural or
    Agricultural Development, Development Studies, Environment, or related
  • Three to five years of work experience in relevant field INGO or
    other agencies.
  • Experience in Agriculture, Agribusiness, and Business development.
  • Proven ability in the implementation of large-scale projects.
  • High integrity, pro-active, stable, robust character and a good
  • Highly motivated, results-oriented, and with well-developed
    problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent analytical, negotiation, representation and presentation
  • Knowledge of computers: word processing, database management
  • Commitment to accountable practices.
  • Working knowledge and demonstrated experience working in challenging
  • Proven ability to manage varied workloads and deal constructively
    with stress
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work with
    limited supervision
  • Excellent communication skills, calm and a good sense of humour.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish
    effective working relations.
  • Possession of a valid riding permit.
How to Apply:
Applications should
be in English and include the following:
  • A cover letter (1 page) in which you explain why you are interested
    in the position and how you meet the qualities and qualifications criteria
    and salary expectations.
  • Concise and accurate CV (maximum 3 pages). The CV should include
    information about your qualification, relevant training courses, Work
    experience, name and contact details of 3 relevant references.
Please send your
Cover letter, CV and Academic certificates by email to
Please clearly indicating position name in the subject line.
Deadline: 18th July 2018 by 5:00 pm
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