Fresher VSLA Field Officer INGO Jobs – Finnish Refugee Council (FRC)

Organization: Finnish
Refugee Council (FRC)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Livelihood
and Business Training Team Leader
About US:
Finnish Refugee
Council (FRC) is an INGO promoting adult education and community development
among refugees since 1997 as an operational partner to UNHCR and OPM.
           
Job Summary:  The VSLA Field Officer will mainly develop and
implement all VSLA activities including guidance and training to successful
formation of VSLAs, Rapid Appraisal of Income Generating activities,
beneficiary training on small business / income generating skills. The
incumbent will ensure regular visits to monitor activities and conduct timely
reporting.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Technical advice
and skill development (40%)
  • Identify technical capacity and challenges for beneficiaries, skills
    and knowledge they have in VSLA, business development and income
    generating activities.
  • Facilitate establishment of village saving and loan groups among
    beneficiaries.
  • Train beneficiaries on VSLA methodology, including group governance
    and leadership, rapid appraisal of income generating activities.
  • Oversee and monitor the VSLA groups on share purchases, social
    contributions, borrowing and repayment of loans to ensure proper
    documentation and recording of VSLA cash box.
  • Ensure timely procurement of and delivery of right quality and
    quantity of VSLA kits.
  • Assist in solving any conflicts within VSLA group members.
Monitoring,
Evaluation, Learning and Reporting (30%)
  • Conduct regular follow up visits to VSLA groups, and their IGAs, and
    to members to see if they are applying the practises, and provide
    technical advice and mentoring.
  • Track progress of the VSLA groups and keep records.
  • Carry out quarterly meetings with beneficiary groups to assess
    performance at the community and project level.
  • Facilitate data collection from saving and loan groups, and manage
    the information flow to the Team Leader and Program Manager.
  • Support the preparation of VSLA groups own monitoring plans.
  • Consolidate and compile monthly, quarterly and annual reports,
    inclusive of success stories and lessons learnt.
Facilitate
planning, organising and management of VSLA related activities (20%)
  • Conduct awareness on VSLA and IGA activities among communities and
    local leaders.
  • Develop work plans to ensure effective implementation of VSLA
    activities.
  • Facilitate the identification and formation of local VSLA groups
    among beneficiaries.
  • Keep up-to-date with development issues and trends with regard to
    VSLA, community development in Uganda and refugee work.
Other (10 %)
  • Facilitate and link VSLA members to trainings on life skills such as
    basic literacy and numeracy, household financial affairs, risk management
    and planning.
  • Facilitate and link VSLA members to economic development and income
    generating activities.
  • Make sure there is balanced gender representation amongst
    beneficiaries.
  • Liaise with the Livelihood and Business Training Team Leader for all
    decisions related to VSLAs and livelihoods, and carry out other duties as
    may be assigned.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Finnish Refugee Council (FRC) VSLA Field
    Officer job must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development,
    Sociology, Business Administration, Micro Finance, Economics or similar.
  • Experience in VSLA methodology, livelihoods, microfinance and IGA
    methodology.
  • Experienced facilitator and trainer, with training material
    development skills.
  • Three years of professional work experience in VSLA methodology and
    IGA promotion.
  • Working experience in resilience initiatives is highly preferred.
  • Willingness to travel and live in several rural project locations.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and achieve results.
  • Experience working with non-governmental organisations and local
    communities, authorities.
  • Ability to use standard computing packages.
  • Knowledge of some of the languages spoken by major refugee groups is
    a must; Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Madi, Nuer, Dinka.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send their Email applications to
frcugandaadmin@refugeecouncil.fi  
Please include in
your application letter:
  • Gross salary request,
  • Maximum 4-page long CV
  • Contact details (email and telephone) of
    3 professional reference persons.
Deadline: 22nd February 2019
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