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Livelihood Field Assistant

Diyala - National contract

We are looking for a highly motivated and compassionate candidate who is interested in humanitarian work and being part of the DRC family.
Who are we? 
Danish Refugee Council is a leading protection agency pursuing our mandate to protect and promote durable solutions to displacement-affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), DRC apply a regional approach with operational presence in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Iraq.   
Present in Iraq since 2003, DRC is today operational in the Kurdish governorates, in and around Baghdad and in several South-Central governorates. Focused both on the influx of Syrian refugees and the current IDP crisis, DRC is providing assistance in a range of sectors including Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Protection, Livelihoods, Emergency Response (including food security, cash, and NFIs), WASH, Shelter and Mine Action. The Iraq programme presently employs some 450-national staff and 45 international staff, and is growing to meet new, emerging needs associated with ongoing and recent conflict in multiple locations.   
About the job: 
The Livelihoods Field Assistant is responsible for conducting a range of livelihoods activities, including information provision and regular participatory livelihood assessments of potential/selected beneficiaries. The post holder works in close cooperation and coordination with other team members and reports directly to the Project Officer. 
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor and assess all the livelihoods activities, like life skills training, cash for work, vocational training and business grants using as much as possible an age, gender and diversity approach, in order to fully understand community needs and priorities. 
  • Help in the identification of public community projects that enhance the social cohesion between different people. 
  • Enhance and facilitate discussion on main community concerns and problems within the displaced and the host communities. 
  • Identify and assess the needs of various communities and suggest possible solutions in coordination with Project Officer. 
  • Develop monthly visit plans on assessing, re-assessing and following up community activities in coordination with Project Officer. 
  • Ensure dissemination of clear and reliable information on livelihoods service provision and other pre-selected key topics. 
  • Conduct information sessions, record feedback (comments, suggestions) and report results back to Project Officer. 
  • Submit weekly and monthly activity plans, reports and recommendations for assessed persons and identified beneficiaries to the Project Officer.  
  • Maintain constructive relationships with municipalities, other local government institutions, local NGO partners and other international organizations in coordination with the other team members 
  • Contribute to capacity building of local organizations, community groups, and stakeholders  
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager; 
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Iraq programme Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); 
  • Conduct duties in strict accordance with DRC Code of Conduct and the principle of confidentiality. 
  • Ensure transparency and DRC’s positive regard and reputation within communities. 
  • This position requires travel to community projects between different locations in Diyala.  
About you:
To be successful in this role you must have: 
  • Relevant professional experience of not less than 2 (two) years; 
  • Familiarity/prior experience with DRC and its persons of concern (including internally displaced persons and refugees-returnees) would be a distinct advantage; 
  • Familiarity with digital data collection 
  • Familiarity/prior experience with NGO sector would be an advantage 
  • Good spoken and written English/Arabic and relevant computer skills. 
  • Full respect for client/organization confidentiality. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and respect for people with special needs and other vulnerability. 
  • Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player. 
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.  
Moreover, we also expect the following: 
Required qualifications: 
  • University degree in social sciences, psychology or other relevant field, or undergraduate degree with demonstrated strong experience; 
  • Report writing skills. 
  • Experience of work in the UN or NGO or voluntary sector is preferred but not essential.
Desirable qualifications: 
Ideally, you will also have… 
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills including sensitivity 
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills 
  • High regard toward preserving confidentiality of work-related information and data 
  • Strong reporting skills 
  • Flexibility, creativeness, tolerance and maturity 
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of local communities and customary rules 
  • Punctuality and respect for applicable rules and procedures 
  • Ethical and transparent decision-making 
  • Independent work, i.e. with minimal supervision and under pressure 
  • Self-motivation, goal/result-orientation and team work 
  • Computer/IT literacy (OS Windows/Vista/Linux, MS Office – Word, Internet etc.) 
We offer:
DRC will offer the successful applicant a 3 months’ contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 1 May 2017 and be willing and able to work in Diyala.  
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level B2. 
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 2 May 2017. The interviews are expected to take place 3 May 2017. 
Need further information? 
For more details on this position please contact 
Please note that applications sent directly to 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: Diyala - National contract
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-02

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