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Livelihoods Manager - West

Hatay (Turkey)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Hatay (Turkey)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-26

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Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Livelihoods Manager.

 About the Job

At the heart of DRC’s livelihood programming in Turkey is the quest to achieve greater economic self- reliance and resilience of displacement-affected populations based on human rights as well as a more long-term focus on social cohesion with host communities to prevent and reduce protection threats and build resilience.

To strengthen activities, DRC seeks to use of data-driven, market-based and sectoral interventions that create more sustainable impact for- formal wage employment, to support owners of existing businesses and aspirant entrepreneurs from refugees and host communities in Turkey. Current program activities include: 1) livelihood counselling 2) soft & transferrable-skills trainings 3) vocational skills training to improve and/or diversify vulnerable peoples’ skillsets so they can pursue livelihood opportunities that increase their ability to adapt and cope with shocks. 4) productive asset support 5) entrepreneurship support through skills training and business grants. DRC also implement activities to link job seekers to available job opportunities and to promote sale of small producers (job and product fairs).

DRC Turkey is therefore seeking to hire a qualified and energetic Livelihood Manager to help execute and support its livelihood initiatives in southeast Turkey. The successful candidate will:

•     Have the overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of DRC’s livelihood sector projects within geographical area of responsibility including relevant sector implementing partner engagement.

•     S/he will contribute in program design, monitoring and evaluation as well country and program strategy development process,

•     S/he will be responsible for building the capacity coaching and managing field staff within geographical area of responsibility.

•     S/he will work under the line management of Area Manager, and the technical supervision of the Livelihood Program Coordinator.

Sector responsibilities: Organize and support livelihood related field activities: capacity building, productive assets support and potential other activities as designed in livelihood country strategy.

This role has an area focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the geographic area of operations. The role contributes to the development of sector country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and technical guidance to area operations while overseeing area level activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

People Management

  • Under the overall management of Area Manager and the technical supervision of the Livelihood Programme Coordinator, identify capacity building needs among the DRC and partner staff
  • Line management of field livelihood team: staff coaching and professional development- people planning, performance management and well-being
  • Contributing to the development of the content and module of the capacity building trainings for field staff


Technical management of livelihood sector projects

  • Identify key technical priorities to address and or improve project related activities
  • Ensure timely implementation of all livelihood projects under geographical responsibility
  • Oversee the implementation of activities in the field and ensure the engagement with partners on a regular basis
  • Work closely with Area Manager, country technical Livelihoods Programme Coordinators and the Grants unit to develop quality proposals, concept notes and budget.


Monitoring, reporting and project development

  • Develop  program  monitoring  tools  with  the  support  and  in  collaboration  with  the  Livelihood Programme Coordinators and MEAL department.
  • Periodic reporting to the Area Manager and to the Livelihoods Programme Coordinator.
  • Submitting Internal Monthly reports to the Grants Team and Area Manager
  • Provide quality control and site monitoring to ensure that services provided are according to standards
  • Programmatic monitoring of outputs and outcomes of the livelihoods projects
  • Planning and monitor financial spending and budgets by tracking the supply chain plan and the Budget Follow-up (BfU)
  • Contributing to donor reporting by providing inputs from the field implementation
  • Continuously follow up and monitor the database to ensure that the information is up-to-date and the database is clear
  • Support and coordinate required assessments in collaboration with other stakeholders to inform program design and strategic direction.


External coordination and representation

  • Share relevant project information with stakeholders including Chamber of Commerce & Industry, İŞKUR, Development Agencies and Business Associations.
  • Participate in relevant coordination meetings in the provincial level
  • Explore new business opportunities and partnerships.
  • Participate in provincial livelihood cluster working group meeting.


As Manager the post-holder is responsible for the following:

  • Accountable for achieving DRC’s strategic goals and objectives within the area of responsibility
  • Accountable for making significant decisions on what the unit does: its purpose, functions and role, and for making commitments and decisions that require the expenditure of significant unit resources.
  • Accountable for people management of direct reports, generally at least 3 employees. This includes initiating/recommending hiring & firing, objective setting, probation, performance appraisal, development of staff, managing performance, including poor performance, etc.
  • Accountable for making sound decisions based on DRC policies, MOPs, standards, advice of country Livelihoods Programme Coordinator and in consultation with the Area Manager.


About you

To be successful in this role, you must have a master’s degree in social sciences, international development, business administration, economics, political science or another related field.

Moreover, we also expect the following:

Experience Requirement

  • At least 5 years of experience in livelihood or economic development related projects, including 2 years of experience in project design and management or capacity building for economic strengthening project(s).
  • At least 3 years' experience with people management.
  • Experience and demonstrated interest in sustainable livelihoods, economic strengthening, and economic development for vulnerable populations.

Knowledge and skills

  • Strong, developed leadership ability.
  • Effective as a team player.
  • Full professional proficiency in written and spoken English and Turkish, Arabic is an asset
  • Exceptional ability in written and oral communications and presentation skills.
  • Excellent training skills.
  • Highly organized and analytical thinker.
  • Self-starter with strong initiative.
  • Proactive, creative problem-solver.
  • Flexible and productive under pressure.
  • Experience working with national partners, local/government authorities; UN organizations
  • Documented skills in project planning and design, drafting, calculation and technical writing
  • Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated experience in project implementation, budget monitoring and report writing


All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 

Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.

Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 

Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly. 

Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


We offer

Contract length: 12 Months

Employment Band: F

Designation of Duty Station: Antakya Office

Start date: 15.10.2021

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals.

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: 26.09.2021

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

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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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