By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy

Livelihoods & Food Security Project Officer (Somali Nationals) - Somalia

Somalia (Somalia)

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 shelter, education, emergency 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

P.S: Please ensure that you fill in all details before submitting your application on WebCruiter. Empty and incomplete applications will not be considered.


Rights Respected, People Protected

Founded in 1946, today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) works in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. Our 6,000 employees provide life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. NRC specialises in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend their rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena.

NRC’s expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. NORCAP experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. 

NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.


NRC in Somalia

NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

NRC Somalia is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across seven countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania).  NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.  


  1. Role and responsibilities:

The purpose of the Livelihoods & Food Security (LFS) Project Officer is to support the implementation of the LFS activities in Gedo region and build capacity of the project implementation teams working with him/her to ensure activities are carried out on time and according to the budgets and prepare daily, weekly and monthly reports in close coordination with the LFS project Coordinator-Jubbaland. The Livelihood and Food Officer will represent NRC in all program matters within coordination fora relevant to the area program. All this is to be carried out in close collaboration with Dollow team leader, LFS PC, PM, AM and LFS Technical Specialists as deemed necessary.

Generic responsibilities 

  1. Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  2. Implement delegated CC project  portfolio according to plan of action
  3. Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  4. Ensure proper filing of documents
  5. Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  6. Promote and share ideas for technical improvement
  7. Line management of Gedo Project Assistants.
  8. Provide regular progress reports to PC, Dollow team Leader and PM where needed.
  9. Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholdersPrepare and develop project activities implementation status reports as required by PC/PM.

Specific responsibilities

  1. Administrative support
  • Support project Assistants in raising procurement requests (PRs) in Agresso where applicable and liaise with logistics to support stock requisition of materials from stores to support project activities using the correct procedures
  • Liaise with LFS PC to support in preparation of contract documents, verification certificates for incentive workers, partners and other service providers timely to facilitate proper and prompt payment to the partners
  • Ensure that incentive workers work efficiently and correct data capture procedures are adhered to during PDM and other monitoring activities
  • Administer working advances, field based resource person’s payments and participants’ activity payments in compliance with NRC policy.
    1. Program support
  • Participate in project design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation including rapid assessments, and other data collection in order to inform and improve programming
  • Work with project assistants to enable assistants understand the M&E and implementation plan that you are directly responsible for to enable them understand the reason behind each activity that they implement.
  • In coordination with the area LFS PC, prepare, share and implement monthly activity work plans for LFS projects in Gedo with Project assistants based on Gantt chart developed by the LFS PC/PM.
  • Liaise and work with project assistants including field assistants to implement and document FSL activities in Gedo with special focus at the on the projects assigned.
  • Support and work with incentive workers, implementing partners, suppliers & beneficiaries to; build capacity, ensure that correct documentation procedures are adhered to during field activities including M&E activities
  • In consultation with LFS Project Coordinator/ Manager, represent NRC in community meetings, coordination meetings and other information sharing fora that is available
  • Communicate timely and adequately of any concerns that threats the smooth operation of program and advise of possible course of actions to take
  • Timely reporting and support in preparation of project reports/updates e.g.
    • Compilation of weekly reports from LFS Assistants and submission to PC/PM
    • Submission of weekly, bi-weekly and monthly PDM reports to LFS PC/PM
  • Any other duties assigned by your supervisors


Professional competencies for this position:

  • Experience working in relief operations in complex and challenging environments;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to liaise with figures from the humanitarian community, local government and army, and other relevant actors, when required;
  • Willingness to work in demanding, stressful situations under difficult living conditions with respect for basic security rules;
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English is required.

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • University degree preferably in Agriculture, Environment, community or rural development, development or other relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ relevant working experience with at least 2 years with a humanitarian program and half of which directly implementing food security and livelihoods related activities.
  • Experience in working in Somalia is a pre-requisite
  • Proficient in computer applications, Mobile data collection applications
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Good understanding of complex emergencies and crisis contexts
  • Strong organisational, analytical and logistical skills
  • Goal oriented with ability to work under pressure, with limited supervision.
  • Ability and willingness to work and live in challenging conditions
  • A natural sense of humour is desirable
  • Good command of English
  • Flexible and creative
  • Excellent computer skills

Behavioral competencies

  • Managing resources and achieving results
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Working with people
  • Coping with change
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Planning and delivering results

Additional Information:

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline

Email and paper applications will not be considered.

Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contract period: December 2018 with possibility of extension.

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

Duty station: Dollow

Travel: travelling is expected.

NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

NB: 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


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.

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Somalia (Somalia)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Security and Safety
    • Nutrition
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-11

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.