Livelihood Assistant (National Contract)


We are looking for a highly qualifiedLivelihood Assistant for our program in Şanlıurfa, Turkey. 
Who are we? 
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Turkey since early 2013, working with by and large with non-camp Syrian refugees and affected host communities. DRC is committed to basic humanitarian principles; including impartiality and neutrality, and offers the highest standards of accountability to the people it serves. The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with more immediate objectives focusing both on the immediate subsistence needs, protection and self-reliance support as well as a more long term focus on capacity building. In Turkey, DRC works partially through partners, also providing intensive capacity building support, while also conducting direct implementation. 
About the job
DRC is currently implementing a project on livelihood possibilities for refugees within the Turkey context. This project is focused on enhancing social self-reliance through counseling and provision of transferrable skills, and economic-self-reliance through the provision of vocational skills training and job placements. The project is also supporting livelihood opportunities through the provision of home-based and small business grants.  
Duties and Responsibilities 
Counseling and Follow Up (70%) 
  • Provide in-depth, one-on-one livelihood counseling to beneficiaries, focusing in particular on vocational/technical training and job placement 
  • Correctly and consistently use intake and other tools provided, and provide feedback to supervisor on their effectiveness 
  • Maintain up to date contact information for beneficiaries and follow up with them after they receive training or other support, answering their questions and responding to their concerns; strive to link all components of DRC livelihood programming 
  • If necessary, refer beneficiaries to other relevant livelihood activities (transferrable skills trainings, home-based/small business grants, or protection support) 
  • Support the organization of trainings and other events related to the project 
  • Support the mapping of local Syrian and Turkish businesses  
  • Provide administrative support as required 
General Programming and Operations (20%) 
  • Engage in outreach activities related to the project (with community members, local NGOs, and private sector contacts) 
  • At all times be aware of, note, and report to supervisor the changing needs of target populations (Syrians and vulnerable host community members) 
  • Identify and discuss with supervisor/team new approaches related to skills trainings and entrepreneurship to ensure a flexible and relevant implementation based on the needs of beneficiaries 
  • Identify and discuss with supervisor/team the need for relevant assessments and focus group discussions to improve programming 
  • Promote a strong link between DRC livelihood beneficiaries, protection activities/community centers, and service providers 
Monitoring & Evaluation (10%) 
  • Work closely with the monitoring team and Senior Livelihood Officer/Livelihood Project Coordinator on the timely monitoring and evaluation of all components – information, beneficiary selection, beneficiary feedback about activities, etc 
  • Facilitate the qualitative and quantitative monitoring of the project through team meetings, visits to selected beneficiaries, regular reporting and any other monitoring tools 
  • Participate in the internal evaluation of the program 
About you 
To be successful in this role you must have university degree in a relevant field and teaching skills.
Moreover, we also expect the following: 
Required qualifications 
  • University degree or advanced training/coursework in sociology, social work, international affairs, humanitarianism, business, economics, or a related field 
  • At least 1 year of relevant professional experience with a humanitarian aid organization 
  • Experience working in the field (preferably experience from southern Turkey) 
  • Fluency in Arabic and English, both written and verbal. Turkish is a strong asset 
Desirable qualifications  
  • High-level of knowledge and practice with Word, Excel, Outlook, etc 
  • Experience in case management, counseling, or entrepreneurship/finance/business 
  • An understanding of humanitarian/civil society issues in Turkey and the region 
  • Experience working with Syrian refugees 
  • Strong initiative and self-motivation, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principles 
  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn from others 
  • Ability to multi-task and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines 
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment 
  • Fluency in Arabic and English, both written and verbal. Turkish is a strong asset 
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.  
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.  
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.  
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.  
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.  
We offer 
DRC will offer the successful applicant a 6 months’ contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 15 March 2017 and be willing and able to work in Şanlıurfa
We offer a fair compensation package depending on your qualification and experiences as well as additional allowances such as relocation allowance and living allowances, if applicable. DRC Turkey is income tax exempted.
Application process 
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (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
Applications close 23 February 2017. The interviews are expected to take place within 2 weeks after the application close date.  
Need further information? 
For more details on this position please contact HR Team at  
Please note that applications sent directly to HR Team will not be considered.
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website  
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.
  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Sanliurfa
  • Grade: Services and Support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2017-02-23

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