Project Manager - Livelihoods
Lashio - NSS
Duty Station: Lashio Office, Northern Shan State
Reporting to: Livelihoods Programme Manager /Area Manager
Direct Report: LLH Team leaders, LLH Officers and LLH Assistants
Overall purpose of the role:
- Responsible for the day-to-day management and coordination of DRC’s Economic recovery/Livelihoods projects in North Shan State (NSS)
- Direct management of Livelihoods staff members. Provide technical guidance and management in economic recovery and livelihoods programming in thematic issues that include skills development (technical and vocational education training i.e., TVET), employability strengthening (wage and self-employment), financial inclusion (cash grants and saving groups), entrepreneurship and market linkages, and business support (SME development). Also guides the overall implementation of cash programing (Cash and voucher) and activities targeted improving food security (agricultural input support and training)
Geographic scope: Area (Northern Shan State)
This role has an area focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the area. The role contributes to the development of area strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to base operations
- Provide leadership, management, and technical direction of the livelihoods program, in coordination with and as agreed technically with Livelihoods Programme Manager (Expat) and Area Manager
- Supervise and ensure the implementation of all early recovery/livelihood activities in the field, ensuring quality and timeliness; including, but not limited to skills trainings (TVET, business management trainings, life skill training, ect) design of business plans and provision of cash grants for small businesses or self-employment, cash and voucher assistance and activities targeted to food security (agricultural training and input supports)
- Close cooperation with donors, particularly DANIDA, BHA, and BHA – FFP, Government counterparts and coordination mechanisms (i.e. Food Security and Cash Working Group and others) on site and in synergy with other DRC interventions in the area,
- Provide line management to national livelihoods staff working particularly on the Economic Recovery projects in Norther Shan state. This includes coaching, ensuring coordination among national staff, recruiting, and capacity development of staff,
- Contribute to the development and enhancement of quality economic recovery, livelihoods and CVA programs implemented by DRC.
- Working closely with DRC protection programming and the Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) departments, ensure livelihoods enhance protection outcomes and vice versa,
- Lead and participate on livelihoods and market assessments (LMA), including cash feasibility assessments (i.e. Modality Due Diligence) and rapid market assessments (RMA), which propose concrete and feasible solutions for IDPs and return and resettlement (RnR) sites, guided by minimum standards and benchmarks for principled engagement and DRC SoP
- Support and develop Standard Operating Procedures for implementing CVA (both conditional and unconditional), business support, wage employment and financial inclusion, with support from LLH Manager,
- Work closely with the DRC technical economic recovery team to implement economic recovery and livelihoods (ERL) and CVA interventions based on agreed DRC technical approaches.
- Lead and manage the sector team (including people planning, performance, well-being and development),
- Staff capacity building in economic recovery, livelihoods and Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) and other relevant livelihoods related approaches and general professional development of staff under LLH team.
- Train, coach and mentor livelihoods program staff in various technical areas through internal or external facilitation, including formal and informal interactions.
Monitoring, Reporting and Development
- Develop program monitoring tools and support in monitoring of outcomes and outputs
- Quality control and site monitoring to ensure that DRC and Partner activities are provided are according to standards
- Lead and contribute to production quality donor reports
- Make sure all project documentation and files are continuously updated and to the standard
- Closely work with Area Managers, Grants and SMT unit to develop quality proposals, concept notes and budget
- Develop and undertake livelihoods and needs assessments to inform program design and strategic direction. Conduct frequent rapid needs assessment of the situation in the event of emergency in collaboration with other stakeholders to address related problems
- Closely collaborate and work with M&E team and support on baseline assessment, post distribution monitoring and project evalautions
- Ensure effective and efficient utilization of livelihoods program budgets through monitoring and tracking of expenditures against budgets.
- Monitor potential over/under spending and arrange budget revision in consultation with Area Manager
- Provide expenditure forecast to Area Manager on monthly basis;
External Coordination and Representation
- Represent DRC/DDG and participate in relevant coordination meetings (i.e. Food Security and Cash Working Groups, donor meetings etc.)
- Active leadership/engagement in cluster coordination at NSS and national level (Food Security/Livelihoods/Nutrition Sector and Cash Working Group and other relevant clusters/sectors)
- Share relevant project information with stakeholders including local entities, government entities in NSS
- Explore new business and partnerships and support in enhancing relationships with relevant actors
- Develop and strengthen relationships with local partners, stakeholders and communities in order to maintain trust in DRC’s professional standard and quality of work;
Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)
- Minimum of 5 years’ project management experience with humanitarian responses in displacement-related and early recovery contexts, preferably in camps and camp-like situations,
- A minimum of 3 years implementing economic recovery, livelihoods, food security and cash and voucher assistance (CVA) programming in displacement and early recovery contexts,
- Strong experience in cash and voucher assistance, skill development, agriculture-oriented programming, agriculture value chain development and agri-business,
- Experience of being responsible for managing economic recovery, livelihoods, CVA and food security project portfolio across different complex locations,
- Documented skills in project planning and design, drafting, calculation and technical writing
- Experience working with national partners, local/government authorities, and UN organizations.
- Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Experience in project and strategy development
- Experience in working in NSS state is an advantage
Contract: DRC will offer the successful applicant a 12-month contract with the possibility of extension. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC Myanmar salary scale. The position is placed in Employment Band F-2.
This position is open for Myanmar Nationals only. DRC strongly advocates for equal opportunity and promotes a diversified and inspiring working environment. Therefore, qualified candidates of ethnic minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Application and CV
Interest? Click APPLY FOR POSITION button. Please send your application, in English, no later than
Wednesday, Oct 20th, 2021. CV only applications will not be considered. We only accept applications sent online.
(Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and shortlisted candidates may be contacted for
interview/an offer made before the advertised closing date)