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Livelihood Coordinator

Antakya (Turkey)

We are looking for a highly qualified Livelihood Coordinator for our program in Antakya- Hatay, 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’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.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Livelihood Coordinator will have the following duties and responsibilities:

Programme development (10%)

  • 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.

    Programme management and implementation (50%)

  • 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 (10%)

  • 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 and Learning (10%)

  • 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 and Capacity Building (10%)

  • 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 and Representation (10%)

  • 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.


  • Any other duties related to the nature of the job as directed by the Livelihoods Area Manager, Area Manager, Livelihoods Manager, Head of Programmes or Country Director.

    About you

    To be successful in this role you must have University degree or higher education relevant to business management, economic, law, political sciences, social sciences, or development field

    Moreover, we also expect the following:

    Essential Qualifications:

  • Project Management (including budget / contract management)
  • Project monitoring (including reporting and data management)

    Essential Experiences:

  • 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 organizations

    Preferred Qualification:

  • Above average computer literacy.

    Preferred Experience:

  • 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

    Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to quickly develop good insight and understanding of the conflict, the human rights situation and the political environment
  • Excellent analytical and strategic thinking skill, with proven ability to create and utilize qualitative and quantitative analyses in organizational planning;
  • Strong report writing skills;
  • Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational, and prioritization skills;
  • Ability to live and work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid work and security environment;
  • Capacity to spark innovative approaches to programming and to inspire groups to collaborate closely to implement high-quality programs;
  • Ability to navigate complex situations with diplomacy;
  • Ability to manage ambiguity, frustration and stress in self and others;
  • Confident and decisive leadership;
  • Desire and ability to learn and grow, both personally and professionally;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members;
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to professionally and appropriately represent the organization and negotiate and defend DRC’s interests with a diverse range of government officials, local organizations and other groups.

    Language Skills:

  • Fluency in the English language, both written and verbal and knowledge of Turkish or Arabic.


  • Project Management role
  • Overall responsibility for achievement of livelihoods project targets in area of intervention
  • Close coordination with implementing partners and service providers

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 5 months’ contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 1st of August and be willing and able to work in Antakya-Hatay.

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 17 July 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.

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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Antakya (Turkey)
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  • Closing Date: 2017-07-17

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