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Livelihoods and Food Security Officer (Maiduguri; Biu; Damasak; Dikwa & Monguno) Nigerian National Only

Kachin State




The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the camp management, shelter, education, food security, legal assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours’ notice when a crisis occurs.

NRC is looking for a Livelihood and Security Officer for our field offices in Maiduguri; Biu, Damasak; Dikwa and Monguno, Borno State in Northern Nigeria. The purpose of the Livelihood and Food Security Officer is to ensure the Implementation of Livelihood and Food Security programme activities in Maiduguri; Biu; Damasak; Dikwa and Monguno in Borno State

NRC initiated country operations in Nigeria in June 2015, in order to respond to the critical and increasing needs in the country. NRC currently has a full team based in Maiduguri and a coordination office in Abuja. NRC is currently providing services across various sectors namely; Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI); Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH); Food Security; and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) in order to address identified humanitarian needs.

The Livelihood and Food Security Officer reports to the Livelihood and Food Security Coordinator - Irrigation.
Kindly indicate position and location applied for as title of your Cover Letter. eg: "Livelihood and Food Security Officer - Irrigation (Maiduguri)"

Job description

  • Coordinate irrigation activities according to strategy, proposals, budgets and plans
  • Ensure adherence to NRC policies and donor requirements
  • Involve and inform communities and community leaders about the activities
  • Break down the annual operational plans into weekly, monthly and quarterly implementation plans
  • Coordinate with relevant partners working in the same implementation areas
  • Ensure that procurement, development and distribution of materials and equipment are timely and according to procedures
  • Supervise, train and develop team of irrigation assistants
  • Prepare periodic progress reports and other documents as required
  • Investigate and facilitate introduction of new technology, methods and approaches in order to improve the quality of the activities


  • Bachelors' degree in Civil, Agricultural, Irrigation Engineering with major in Water and Irrigation or equivalent
  • Work experience from the Northeast of Nigeria
  • Solid experience and minimum 2 years work experience working as Irrigation Engineer developing or rehabilitation of small holder irrigation schemes
  • Proven experience in irrigation development (preferable small holder irrigation schemes)
  • Experience in beneficiary selection and beneficiary trainings on irrigation equipment maintenance.
  • Experience from working in livelihoods and food security humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts

Education field

  • Engineering sciences & technology
  • Education title: Bachelors' degree in Civil, Agricultural, Irrigation Engineering with major in Water and Irrigation or equivalent

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Managing performance and development
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision
  • Communicating with impact and respect: All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Code of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable.

We offer

  • Commencement: April 2018
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions ( Grade Level 5 Step 1)
  • Duty stations: Maiduguri; Biu; Damasak; Dikwa and Monguno with 50% frequent travels. Travel outside duty stations is dependent on changing security conditions, especially for certain roads in the area.
  • Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start.
  • Application procedures and CV registration: Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the "Company name" field for both company and location.

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
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: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Kachin State
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-23

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