Project Officer (Livelihood)
Concern Worldwide is an international non-governmental humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified Somali nationals for the following position:
Job Title: Project Officer (Livelihood)
Reports to: Field Coordinator, Durable Solutions (DS)
Direct reports: N/A
Job Location: Based in Baidoa with travel to other programme locations as necessary
Contract Details: Two years
Job Purpose: Responsible for the leadership, management, learning and successful implementation of Concern Durable Solutions livelihood activities in Somalia’s South West State. The incumbent is to ensure that the specified programme goals and objectives are accomplished in accordance with established priorities, strategies, timelines and budgets, and that all reports and information required are produced on time, to a high standard. Further, the incumbent will be responsible to lead on/ spearhead key livelihoods and related activities, especially the training, mentoring, and monitoring of Self Help Groups (SHGs), Learn to Earn (L2E) initiatives and courses, TVET initiatives, Income Generating Activities (IGAs) and others, under the South West State’s (SWS) Durable Solutions initiatives.
Main duties &
Programme implementation and coordination
- Ensure that livelihood programme activities are commenced in a timely manner and implemented to a high standard, in compliance with Concern standards, policies and donor guidelines. Work in close collaboration with programme staff to implement durable solutions project activities as outlined in the proposal.
- Develop or further SHG cluster and federation access to funding opportunities both internally and from external sources, including linkages with financial institutions, VSLAs and mobile money technologies.
- Improve the quality/growth of individual SHGs to further progress into cluster level associations (CLAs) and federations for better establishment of community-driven programmes
- Develop annual, quarterly and monthly work plans for the assigned components and keep the field coordinator updated of any changes updates, progress and challenges.
- Collaborate with the M&E officer to ensure appropriate monitoring and evaluation of SHG L2E, TVET and IGA activities in SWS
- Ensure the preparation and timely submission of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports (narrative and financial) for durable solutions (DS) key livelihood and related deliverables in SWS.
- Contribute to the development of programme including proposals, implementation plans, assessments, documentation of lessons, monitoring and evaluations together with the M&E officer in Baidoa and entire M&E unit.
- Seek out opportunities for integration with other sectors within Concern for better complementarity thus desirable impacts
- Organize meetings with the community committees/elders and local authorities of the target areas in selecting/identifying the program target beneficiaries and also lead the gatherings by using facilitation and participatory process and then prepare minutes from the meetings.
- Liaise with local authority/line ministry representatives as necessary for better relation and collaboration for timely implementation, monitoring and lesson learning.
- Act as technical focal point for all activities and outputs on livelihood, attend monthly and ad hoc meetings, and contribute and represent Concern at all related events and meetings.
- In conjunction with partner organizations develop a project implementation plan and report back on implementation on a monthly basis. Develop a related procurement plan as necessary.
- Document lessons learned, case studies, suggest and support initiatives to improve quality of the project
- Carry out or participate in rigorous monitoring of field activities against the project activity plan. Provide written briefs on all field visits carried out.
- Ensure that all cross-cutting issues are well understood by the partners and mainstreamed into programme activities; equality (especially gender), DRR, environment, etc
- Ensure active community participation in project activities and continuous flow (two-way) of information between the Concern field staff, Partner organizations and target communities/beneficiaries
|•Give feedback on programme quality issues and any complaints from beneficiaries to the field|
|coordinator after field visits.|
|•Participate in emergency interventions if/as required by management.|
|•Carry out any other duties reasonably assigned by your line manager|
|• Bachelor degree in microfinance, rural development, development studies or related areas.|
|specification:||•Minimum experience of 4 years in similar position or working with savings groups, income|
|generation activities and/or behaviour change programmes.|
|•Experience coordinating similar programmes and/or working within consortiums.|
|•Good knowledge of and skills in using participatory methodology and approaches.|
|•Excellent written and spoken English, fluent Somali. Excellent analytical skills.|
|•Strong interpersonal skills, and enthusiasm about improving and increasing livelihood|
|opportunities in SWS|
|•Strong computer skills at least on Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint|
|This job description is not exhaustive and may be revised by the line manager as necessary|
|How to Apply|
|Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should submit their applications|
|(cover letter and updated CV as one document) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|with the subject line “Application for “Project Officer (Livelihood)” by Thursday 24th|
|ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the written test and interview.|
|Women are strongly encouraged to apply.|
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