Danish Refugee Council Job Vacancy for a Livelihoods Manager

Danish Refugee Council is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Livelihoods Manager

Job Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria with frequent field visit to Mubi, Yola and Damaturu

Educational Qualification: University education in Agriculture/Livelihoods and or equivalent to related field

Years of Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of international experience with humanitarian organizations
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience of working in conflict context
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in humanitarian cash/voucher and food security projects

Other Requirements:

  • Experience with managing diverse team in terms of sex, race, faith, age, etc.
  • Gender sensitive
  • Experience in working and living in shared accommodation
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Willing to travel within and between States in Nigeria
  • Working experience with IDPs/Returnees/Refugees/Host communities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

We Offer

  • DRC will offer the successful applicant a 12 months  contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 25 October 2016 and be willing and able to work in Maiduguri, Nigeria .
  • Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to: www.drc.dk under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A14

Job Specification(s):

  • The Livelihoods Manager will be responsible for designing, coordination, implementation, monitoring and follow up of DRC Nigeria’s livelihoods activities (focusing initially on emergency food security, cash transfer and voucher activities/projects).
  • The Livelihood Manager will manage a team of local livelihood staff. 
  • The overall strategic objective of the livelihoods programme is to develop durable solutions for conflict-affected populations in the North East of Nigeria (IDPs and host communities).
  • He/she will furthermore play a significant role in sectoral coordination with other stakeholders including local and state authorities, food security cluster, other INGOs and other partners involved in the project.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take a leading role in the implementation of DRCs emergency food security projects in close co-ordination with the Global Emergency Coordinator
  • Prepare and develop distribution and movement plans for teams and work with Finance and Admin Manager to forecast cash requirements
  • Contextualize cash transfer guidelines prepared by the organization on distribution processes and make necessary recommendation where appropriate;
  • Assist in developing new food security and cash transfer programme initiatives and fundraising relating emergency response;
  • Conduct further assessments and assist in preparation of proposals, develop national and local strategies in co-operation with the Country Director
  • Draft concept papers and assist in the preparation of creative, realistic and effective project proposals
  • Based on initial assessments including a market assessment conducted by DRC Nigeria end of 2015 the Livelihoods Manager will design interventions, strategies and plans for the implementation of Livelihoods and cash transfer programmes;
  • Conduct assessment and analysis of needs; existing and potential financial institutions or traditional mechanisms for cash transfer programme and identify innovative/alternative payment modalities in consideration with the security situation in target locations;


  • Direct management of the livelihood projects and line manager for team members. This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between staff, in a number of locations , recruiting, and staff capacity building;
  • Ensure donor and agency compliance is met at all levels of project/program management cycle
  • Develop project progress reports according to agreed work plan. This includes contribution of livelihood sector in preparing donor report on time
  • Ensure lessons learned are documented, shared and reflected in program planning and decision making
  • Undertake regular field/onsite visits to ensure technical support to livelihood and cash staff and proper monitoring of the activities’ implementation in area of operation;
  • Provide regular updates on progress to supervisors and other team members and senior management

 Representation and Relations:

  • Cultivate good relations with key humanitarian actors – local and international, including government authorities and non-state actors, through regular attendance at technical meetings and bilateral meetings;
  • Undertake any other duties that may be assigned by the Country Director
  • Ensure that the DRC foods security and cash transfer projects are implemented in accordance with DRC standard regulations and procedures (e.g. Code of Conduct, CHS and DRC Operational Handbook);
  • Ensure that at all times contact with beneficiaries is conducted in a sensitive and respectful manner;
  • Where relevant, liaise with donors and work closely with partners on project updates, site visits and other communication.

Security Management:

  • Make sure that each member of the livelihood team is aware of security issues, policies, SOPs and they follow them accordingly
  • In consultation and collaboration with Security Advisor, ensure that all security incidents are reported within given time line and standard
  • Ensure coordination with Head of Finance & Admin, Security Advisor and Logistic & Procurement Manager to ensure security risks are minimized at lowest level.
  • Ensure that all team members of livelihoods sector are aware of RDC code of conduct, humanitarian principles and code of conduct of Red Cross/Crescent and NGOs working in humanitarian field

Reporting Line:

  • The Livelihoods Manager will report to the Head of Programmes, Nigeria.

Apply Before: 30th November, 2016.

How to Apply:  Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


  • All applicants must send a Cover letter and an updated CV’s (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.
  • If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact: job@drc.dk
  • Due to the need for rapid deployment interviews are expected to take place throughout the recruitment period.  DRC reserves the right to offer the position to a suitable candidate even before the closing date.


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