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Team Leader for Resilience Project


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a protection of human rights framework, DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict and natural disaster. Programs include Protection, Food security & Livelihoods, Shelter/NFI and Water and Sanitation. In Somalia, DRC has successfully implemented a 3 year resilience project in Gedo region’s Dollow district as a member of the Somalia Resilience Program (SomReP) Consortium and has been awarded second phase of the project on Village Level Resilience. The project aims to improve the community’s resilience by targeting agro-pastoral, pastoral and peri-urban livelihoods. 
The Team Leader will, on the basis of the Project Development Engagement Document and under the overall guidance of donor, be responsible for programming of resilience and livelihood interventions in the four selected project districts of Dollow, Baidoa, Luuq and Belethawa.  
She/he will be in charge of day-to-day management of the Village Level Resilience Progam (VLRP), including administrating of cooperation arrangements with local organizations and other actors in the identified districts, providing guidance to organizations in charge of implementing activities, establishing coordination and cooperation arrangements with SomReP Consortium and other actors engaged in similar activities , overseeing project monitoring activities, preparing work plans and project reporting, supervising staff and maintaining liaison with the donor in Nairobi.  
In view of securing a constant focus on shifting humanitarian assistance into longer-term resilience and development and simultaneously maintaining a high degree of flexibility, the Team Leader will also propose to the donor changes to implementation where external factors so demand. The Team Leader will be the focal point for the implementation and representation related to this project.  
  • In charge of day-to-day management of the VLRP, including administration of cooperation arrangements with partners and local organizations and other actors in the four districts, providing guidance to local organizations in charge of implementing activities. 
  • Ensure timely coordination of activities as per the project annual work plan and report writing. 
  • Review of existing project guidelines and development of new guidelines where necessary. 
  • Supervision of staff and maintaining liaison with DRC Regional Office and the donor in Nairobi.  
  • Undertake frequent field visits to project sites to ensure that activities are carried out in accordance with work plan and technical requirements. 
  • Identify staff training needs, and provide on the job training and capacity building for relevant staff. 
  • Ensure all the livelihood related programming adheres to CHS guidelines & M&E framework.  
  • Strategy development and development of future interventions related to livelihood programming. 
  • Represent DRC Somalia in Technical SomReP meetings and other forums like the Food Security Cluster in Dollow.  
  • Any other duties as requested by supervisor. 
  • Extensive experience within resilience and livelihood programming from the Horn of Africa, including experience with enhancing and improving the situation of women and gender equality in such processes. 
  • Experience from shifting humanitarian assistance into a resilience and development context will be an added advantage. 
  • Solid experience from working in pastoral, agro-pastoral and peri-urban livelihood zones in Somalia or elsewhere. 
  • Experience with several of the following areas: Food security, livelihoods and agricultural recovery, shelter, nutrition, health, WASH, peace building, education, child protection, energy and advocacy. 
  • Experience in working with local communities, community mobilization and coordination with local authorities. 
  • A proven record demonstrating a solid understanding of the Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia as well as the New Deal Somali Compact and its organization and structures. 
  • Experience in managing and administrating grant schemes and programs supported by international development partners (dialogue, financial management, accounting, contracting and procurement). 
  • Familiarity with Danida Aid Management Guidelines or similar guidelines. 
  • Working experience from both a development context and from OECD countries. A minimum of 15 years of relevant programme management experience in a humanitarian or developing context. 
  • Solid experience as a team leader on humanitarian assistance, resilience programming and livelihoods support. 
  • Experience from working in sensitive political settings and situations affected by conflict and fragility. 
  • University degree in social science or similar. 
  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
DRC adheres to the Core Humanitarian Standards. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of these standards.  
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework .For general information about Danish Refugee Council, please visit 
Availability:             1st July 2016 
Duty station:     Dollow in Gedo region with frequent travel to the other project locations. Dollow is a non-family duty Station with RnR after every 6 weeks. 
Reporting Arrangements:    The Team Leader reports to the Deputy Country Director with technical support from the Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Manager.  
Contract:     1 year contract dependent on both funding and performance. Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates (available at under Vacancies). This position is graded as A14.  
For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff. 
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.  
Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under vacancies no later than 9th May 2016. Only online applications will be accepted. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact  
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Dollow,Somalia
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Public Administration - Restructuring
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-09

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