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Livelihood Coordinator (National Contract)

Sanliurfa (Turkey)

DRC’s livelihoods programming aims to build the capacities and assets of vulnerable Syrian and host community individuals to enhance their social and economic self-reliance. Programme activities include; counselling, provision of transferrable skills, vocational skills training, job referrals and/or provision of home-based small business grants.

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:

The Livelihoods Coordinator is based in one of DRC’s offices in South-eastern Turkey and has day-to-day responsibility for the successful implementation of the livelihoods activities, the overall team management and oversight of livelihoods programme staff; the analysis of data (quantitative and qualitative); and coordination with other DRC departments. The position is line managed by the Head of Office, with technical reporting line to the Livelihoods Programme Manager.

Programme development

  • Support and provide inputs on livelihoods programme development initiatives in coordination with Livelihoods Area Manager and Livelihoods Programme Manager: propose ideas to programme team for feedback and proactively identify opportunities based on needs assessment and gap analysis.
  • Analyse the consequences of new regulations related to the access to education and job market for Syrians and follow up the implementation of those regulations in the assigned location to design adequate programming.
  • Ensure that a risk analysis in the area of intervention is in place and regularly updated.

Project Management and Implementation

  • Oversee DRC and implementing partners’ daily activities and budget expenditure of livelihoods activities in accordance with agreed work plans.
  • Regularly travel to field sites and centres to ensure activities are on-track and provide technical support to field staff in line with existing protocols and guidelines.
  • Maintain positive relations with the implementing partners and ensure all issues, implementation delays, etc. are addressed in a timely manner, including through providing operational coaching and support to the partners
  • Track the progress of activities, ensure the collecting of program indicators and provide on-time internal status reports and external donor reports according to DRC, donor and other applicable timeframes and formats.
  • Ensure confidentiality and data security controls processes are in place and complied with by Livelihoods staff (including the staff of the implementing partners)
  • Identify and advocate for opportunities to mainstream and expand livelihoods activities.

Finance, Procurement and Administration

  • Follow up and monitor livelihoods budgets;
  • Follow up and monitor contracts with service providers in close coordination with Senior Livelihoods Officer
  • Review and authorise programme financial documents, including reviewing vouchers and supporting documentation in line with IDRA;
  • Ensure familiarity with DRC’s Operational Handbook

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

  • Monitor protection risks and needs in projects sites on a regular basis in alignment with project requirements.
  • Collaborate with M&E team to ensure monitoring activities are in place and relevant to measure the impact of livelihoods programmes and the quality of activities.
  • Develop monitoring systems for internal learning and appropriate programme adjustments in response to new opportunities/challenges

Team Management & Capacity Building

  • Provide supervision, guidance and monitoring of programme staff, ensuring clarity over programme plans and priorities and encouraging effective team work.
  • Facilitate regular staff meetings to ensure awareness of programme objectives, and provide opportunities for feedback
  • Build staff and partners capacity on good livelihoods practices based on identified needs and capacity building plans.

Coordination & Representation

  • Support Livelihoods area manager in identifying partnership opportunities and liaising with Turkish institutions and local authorities, local NGO partners and CBOs concerning livelihoods activities and project implementation;
  • Promote relations and coordinate activities with other humanitarian actors, donors, UN, and civil authorities in area of intervention;
  • Coordinate with other DRC offices regarding livelihoods to harmonize approaches and reports.

About you

To be successful in this role, you must have the following qualifications:

  • University degree or higher education relevant to business management, economic, law, political sciences, social sciences, or development field
  • Project Management (including budget / contract management)
  • Project monitoring (including reporting and data management)
  • At least 3 years of proven experience in field-based humanitarian settings or in the private sector, including at least 1 year in the Livelihoods sector;
  • Proven experience in team management
  • Experience with managing partnerships with local organisations
  • Experience working with employability promotion programmes, labour market studies and business development is an asset
  • Understanding of the rights and protection issues of refugees, children and women - experience working with Syrian refugees is an advantage
  • Fluency in the English language, both written and verbal and knowledge of Turkish or Arabic.
  • Above average computer literacy.
  • Experience working with employability promotion programs, labour market studies and business development is an asset

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies: 

Striving for excellenceYou 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 Turkey offers an employment contract of 5 months with thepossibility of extension (depending on funding). The position will be based in Şanlıurfa with regular travel to other DRC Turkey offices in the country as directed. 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. Furthermore, DRC Turkey provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.

Start date:  01.08.2017

Need further information?

You are welcome to contact the HR team, at  recruitment@drc-turkey.orgfor more information about the position.


Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button or Apply HEREPlease note that application are not to be sent to HR team; we only accept applications sent online

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

All applicants should send a cover letter and an updated CV no longer than four pages, both in the same language as the job vacancy. Your CV should also include contact details of three professional referees as well as your salary expectations.

Applications close 15.07.2017

The interviews are expected to take place within 1 week to 10 days after the application closing. 

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: Sanliurfa (Turkey)
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  • Closing Date: 2017-07-15

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