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Livelihoods Assistant

Diyala (Iraq)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Diyala (Iraq)
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-15

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Livelihoods Assistant   



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. 
DRC has been operating in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for over a decade, running a combination of emergency, livelihood, protection and advocacy programmes through Country Offices (COs) in Algeria, Libya/Tunisia, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with a Regional Office (RO) in Amman. DRC has 17 offices and approximately one thousand staff members across the MENA region. Following an internal HQ restructuring, from 1st January 2018 the region is focusing on the Middle East, hence Algeria, Tunisia and Libya will transition to a new region during the course of 2018, while Yemen will join the Middle East region.



About the job 

• Provides administrative or technical support within sector area 
• Assist the sector officer in ensuring quality of the planning, implementation and follow up of sector activities 
 Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

• Conduct field visits to assess, implement and monitor all the livelihoods activities, like business and financial management training and business grants using as much as possible an age, gender and diversity approach, in order to fully understand community needs and priorities. 

• Identify and assess the needs of various communities and suggest possible solutions in coordination with Project Officer. 
• Support the business advisor (officer) in the business and financial management training and organize the training in cooperation with the CRC team. 
• Help in the identification of potential areas of work, needs and beneficiary’s selection.  
• Support, in coordination with Finance and Logistic, the implementation of the business grants project and ensure DRC SOPs are followed. 
• Develop monthly visit plans on assessing and following up business’ development in coordination with Project Officer. 
• Ensure dissemination of clear and reliable information on livelihoods service provision and other pre-selected key topics. 
• Conduct monitoring of activities, record feedback (comments, suggestions) and report results back to Project Officer. 
• Maintain constructive relationships with municipalities, other local government institutions, local NGO partners and other international organizations in coordination with the other team members. 
• Contribute to capacity building of local organizations, community groups, and stakeholders upon Project officer’s directives.  
• Identify vulnerable beneficiaries during the field work who might need protection assistance and refer them according to the referrals procedures to the protection team. 
• Ensure Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) approach to livelihoods is consistently applied through community and rights based participatory methods. 
• Ensure the respect of DRC Code of Conduct, the confidentiality and humanitarian principles and contribute to the integration of protection and AGD mainstreaming into DRC livelihoods programming. 
• Ensure transparency and DRC’s positive regard and reputation within communities. 
• Any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager



About you 
To be successful in this role we expect the following:


• Minimum 1 year of relevant work experience. 
• Experience in administrative tasks 
• Excellent IT skills 
• Experience with following standard procedures and guidelines 
• Advanced English proficiency  
• Fluency in local language


  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: 6 Months 
Start date: 1 November 2019

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

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button

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: 15 October 2019 

Please note: that given the urgency of vacancy the position may be filled before the due date. 
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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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