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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Afghanistan
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2018-04-10

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Livelihoods & Empowerment Officer (National Contract)

Afghanistan (Afghanistan)

Who are we?


Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading global displacement agency working in 40 countries, in conjunction with our specialist mine action unit, Danish Demining Group (DDG), which has been working in Afghanistan since 1999. DRC commenced operations in Afghanistan in 2011 and is today a leading actor in humanitarian response with membership of the Humanitarian Country Team and recent high-level representation at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. DRC-DDG Afghanistan is part of DRC’s Central & South-West Asia (CASWA) region covering Afghanistan, Iran and Paki-stan. Within an overall strategic framework of responding to emergencies, seeking solutions to pro-tracted displacement; and tackling root causes, DRC-DDG Afghanistan’s current programming encompasses: mine action, emergency response, protection, armed violence reduction, and livelihoods. With more than 500 fulltime national and international staff members, offices in Kabul, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif and a portfolio in 2016 of USD 13 million, DRC-DDG Afghanistan is one of the largest INGOs operating in Afghanistan.


About the job:

The Livelihoods Program Officer-CIMS reports to the Senior Livelihood Program Officer-South and is responsible for supporting the management of staff in the professional and efficient implementation of field activities, with main focus on livelihoods & empowerment. The Livelihoods & Empowerment Program Officer works in close cooperation with other field staff for planning of activities. The Livelihoods & Empowerment Program Officer is expected to maintain close cooperation with the targeted local communities and to be able to mobilize these to take active part in planning of activities. The Livelihoods & Empowerment Program Officer will have management responsibilities over field staff.




The main responsibility of this position is to be function in spokes site in the targeted communities for delivering the livelihoods and empowerment services. The LH&E officer will assist the beneficiary and do identify the type of assistance he/she my required.


  • Coordinating, leading and conducting rapid sectorial needs and market assessments in the field.
  • Regularly monitoring field activities and provide timely inputs and feedback to the Senior Livelihoods & empowerment program officer.
  • Assess the potential of the community to establish a community-based support system for the vulnerable cases.
  • Data collection by using needs assessment, identification of beneficiaries and data collection to be done either via paper forms or through digital equipment;
  • Ensures liaison with communities, maintaining links with Shura and elders, engaging consistently with beneficiaries and other relevant stakeholders in the field specially DoRR & MoLSA MD.
  • Responsible for logistical implementation of livelihoods goods, including distribution of goods to the distribution point.
  • Conduct training, awareness sessions and any other activities in the field as part of the implementation plan.
  • Produce basic report on distributions, success stories and case studies with beneficiaries.
  • Closely liaise with Hub officers to seek synergies and ensure holistic program implementation and act as back-up of other officer in his/her absence. 
  • Be able to explain the different types of assistance delivered at the hub and refer beneficiaries and other actors to the relevant DRC staff.


About you

To be successful in this role you must have:


Education & Qualification

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree required in business administration or  Agriculture.
  • Computer using skills specially office packages and outlook. 



  • Minimum of 4 years of experience required in implementation of Livelihoods intervention in humanitarian and development organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience to provide technical training on business development and business plan.




  • Pashto
  • Dari
  • English (very good command)


Key competencies:


Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process

Collaboration: 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 DRC-DDG vision and values.




  • Availability: As soon as possible     
  • Duty station: Jalalabad, Afghanistan

We offer:


  • DRC-DDG will offer the successful applicant a one year contract extendable depending on funding and performance.
  • Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for national staff. This position will be placed at salary Grade D, level 1, basic 745 USD.

Application process:


Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on 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.

Applications close 29 December 2017. However, please note due to the urgency of this position, shortlisting process will be ongoing. Should we find qualified candidates prior to expiry of this advert, interviews will be held immediately.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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