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Livelihoods Manager

Baghdad (Iraq)


The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.

All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

This position is based in Baghdad


About the job

The Livelihoods Manager will be responsible for planning, implementation and follow up of livelihood activities/projects in the assigned area. In close coordination with the Livelihoods & Cash Coordinator the Livelihoods Manager contributes to the harmonization of livelihoods tools and guidelines across the country and to the development of DRC’s Livelihoods Strategy for Iraq. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:


  • Oversee the delivery of all MPCA and livelihoods programmes across designated area of responsibility through effective work planning and adherence to technical standards. Ensure high professional standards and effective management practices are in place. Maintain integrity and transparency within and across teams at all times.
  • In coordination with the sector Coordinator and partners from the Cash Consortium of Iraq and the Iraq Cash Working Group, manage the delivery of cash transfers to impoverished households across southern and central Iraq. Ensure adherence to CCI interagency technical standards and best practices.
  • Manage the delivery of livelihoods programming across multiple areas of intervention using a variety of approaches and programme models, including: productive safety net programming, enterprise development and employment services, financial and business management training and the like.
  • Ensure that standardised tools and processes are in place and complied with; raise and manage non-compliance issues as appropriate and needed.
  • Ensure that M&E frameworks and standards are integrated within the programme and regularly implemented. In partnership with the M&E team, ensure that the range of M&E processes are implemented on time, including: PDM and verification surveys for MPCA, follow up surveys for livelihoods beneficiaries, midline and endline evaluations, where appropriate.
  • As part of effective programme management, ensure that spending and procurement plans are developed and adhered to in partnership with colleagues from Finance and Logistics teams. Serve as the budget manager and programme focal point for spending and procurement within designated area of responsibility.
  • In partnership with the Livelihoods and Cash Coordinator and the programme team, ensure that technical standards are continuously updated based on evidence and learning processes.
  • As part of efforts to uphold professional standards of integrity and transparency, provide constructive feedback to staff under direct management. Hold staff accountable for programming and roles and responsibilities at all times.
  • Ensure capacity building plan is in place for national staff, according to position and level of responsibility.


About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to  have a Minimum of 3 years’ experience managing diverse programming in complex humanitarian environments is required.. Moreover, we also expect the following:



  • Proven experience of at least 3 years in humanitarian programming, preferably livelihoods, cash and/or early recovery interventions.
  • Strong grasp of robust M&E tools and processes, especially in relation to evaluation of programming.
  • Experience in international humanitarian work and refugee and/or complex IDP emergencies
  • Experience of working in fragile and insecure environments
  • Experience with managing teams and providing technical guidance, training and on the job capacity building
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity, adaptability – flexibility
  • Willingness to work hard, go the extra mile and contribute to a positive team atmosphere.



  • University degree, preferably a MSc in Social Sciences, Economics, Development Studies or similar field is required.
  • Fluent in English
  • Arabic can be an Asset


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 DRC’s vision and values. 


We offer

Contract length: 12 Months

Level: A15 if on Expat contract. The applicable salary will apply if a national staff is selected according to DRC Iraq’s national staff salary scale.

Designation of Duty Station: Non family Duty Station

Start date: 15 September 2018


Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates/ Nationals; please refer to under Vacancies.


Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.


Closing date for applications: 27 July 2018

Before applying, please ensure you have a valid passport.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

Due to the Urgency to fill this position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and DRC reserves the right to conduct the interviews before the deadline.


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: Baghdad (Iraq)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-27

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