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Concern is looking for a Livelihoods Advisor – DRC

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About the role: This is a 1-year role with unaccompanied terms based in Goma, DRC with a salary of Grade 4 (€41,603 – 46,226). You will be expected to travel to the programme areas for 50% of your time as needed.

You will report to the Programme Director and will work directly with Concern’s DRC Food Security and Livelihoods Programme Managers and Officers. The livelihoods advisor does not directly manage any role but will be building the capacity of Livelihoods Programme Managers. In addition, you will liaise closely with other advisors (Gender and WASH) and with Area Coordinators, programme coordinators, Grants Officer, M&E teams, and others. You will be overall technical coordinator on all food security and livelihoods activities for Concern DRC and you will liaise with the Dublin-based technical advisors (Agriculture, Climate Change Adaptation, Social Protection and Safety Nets, Cash and Markets, etc.).

We would like you to start as soon as possible.

Your purpose:

The purpose of this position is to provide technical support to all Concern’s Livelihoods and Resilience projects in DRC. This includes the provision of strategic oversight for the sector, while building systems and capacities that can continue the quality work after the contract ends The Livelihoods Advisor will also play an active role in coordinating the BRIDGE and Graduation Programmes, both focusing on livelihoods support and implemented in 2 different provinces of DRC (Nord Kivu and Tanganyika). Both programmes include a set of activities designed to graduate people out of poverty: cash transfers, skills training, literacy and gender trainings, WASH activities and market gardening activities. A strong experience and knowledge of cash-based interventions will be desirable.

The postholder will work across the organisation and in programming to build the knowledge and capacity of staff for increasing the quality of our livelihood programmes, multipurpose cash interventions and increase learning and capitalization across programmes and with HQ. S/he will contribute actively to Concern’s fundraising strategy in country, representing the organisation externally as needed and developing strategies and communication material to increase visibility of our programmes in country. S/he will coach the programme teams and provide supervision and guidance for programme development and implementation, training the teams on technical subjects as necessary.

You will be responsible for:

Technical support and coordination

  • In collaboration with programme staff and the senior management team, lead on the ongoing development and roll out of Concern DRC’s livelihoods strategy, with a particular focus on the Graduation approach, ensuring that programme activities are in line with government strategy, organizational goals and resources, and advise on implementation.
  • Contribute to enhance programme quality through the development of the livelihoods technical approaches and methods in order to assist in reaching targets. You will propose innovative Food security and Livelihoods approaches relevant to the context of DRC, including strategy and implementation for transition from humanitarian action to resilience and longer-term development interventions, DRR, Climate-Smart Agriculture etc.
  • Provide technical support to the Graduation & BRIDGE programme staff on an ongoing basis with regular visits to the projects sites to address progress, programme quality and assist field staff as required. Capitalization and programs harmonization will be one of your main objective.
  • Provide technical support to better implement Multipurpose Cash interventions (market evaluation implementation, provider’s selection and management, participation in cash working group).
  • Support staff to prepare regular project progress reports as required for donors and other internal and external bodies, ensuring accuracy and technical quality.
  • Participate and contribute to contextual analysis and proposal development. You will be assisting in the development of technical briefing papers, concept notes and high quality proposals that are in line with Concern and sector strategies and meet donor requirements.
  • Participate in any multi sectoral emergency assessments and responses carried out by Concern country programme as directed by the line manager.
  • Ensure that cross-cutting and mainstreaming issues (gender & equality, protection, accountability, environment, as well as HIV and AIDs and conflicts where relevant) are factored into programme design and delivery, reviews and evaluations.
  • Enhance collaboration with other technical departments to support integrated resilience programming and improve impact

Advocacy, Communications and Visibility

  • Participate proactively in for a and working groups, and and engage with International NGOs, UN agencies, Ministries and other key actors within the sector building on existing and developing networks.
  • Actively liaise and seek opportunities for collaboration, coordination and learning with other technical and financial partners in DRC.
  • Promote consultations and interactions with Concern’s head office Advisors as well as with Livelihoods related Managers and Advisors from other institutions and organizations in DRC on emerging sectoral trends and best practices.
  • Coordinate advocacy, communication and visibility activities of Concern’s livelihoods projects in DRC, in line with relevant donors’ communication and visibility guidelines.
  • Collaborate with the Grants Manager to produce briefing papers and other publications, coordinate approval with the appropriate stakeholders, and ensure wider dissemination to influence practice and policy and promote the work of Concern Worldwide

Project development, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

  • Work closely with the M&E Manager and Programme Quality & Development Coordinator to create technically sound monitoring and evaluation guidelines, frameworks and indicators for the projects, in line with donor-approved documents.
  • In collaboration with the Programme teams, support the PM to develop and implement robust systems for monitoring programme implementation and results.
  • Support the M&E staff and Programs Managers in conducting baselines and assessments, including market surveys, post-distribution monitoring surveys, value chain studies and stakeholders’ analysis. Conduct monitoring support visits to programme areas where security permits to assess performance against agreed program objectives and indicators.
  • Work with the PQDC and the Grants Manager to identify and document programme learning, success cases, good practices and disseminate learning for both internal and external audiences as required.
  • Participate and contribute actively to programme workshops, kick off and close out meetings, annual review meetings and other strategic events in country.
  • Review donor reports and ensure they capture required level disaggregated

Capacity Building, human resources and supervision

  • Provide technical support and coaching to livelihoods staff through calls, visits and close follow up and provide technical guidance to others partners
  • Design a comprehensive capacity building strategy for programme staff by identifying training needs and implementing the development of a training plan and undertaking of identified trainings.
  • Participate in the recruitment, indication and technical evaluation of in-country programme staff, as required. This includes supporting the preparation of job requisitions, job descriptions, terms of references, etc.

Other

  • Participate in country-level strategic planning initiatives and other duties as determined by line management.
  • Adhere fully to the commitments and rules of Concern’s Programme Participant Protection Policy and Code of Conduct (P4 and CofC), including the respect of
  • Undertake any other relevant and reasonable work as requested by line manager.
  • Support the development and implementation of the country strategic plan and in the context of the Food Security and Livelihoods sector priorities and needs.

Your skills and experience will include:

Essential:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field or advanced degree in Development Studies, Agriculture, Disaster Risk Reduction, or other related discipline.
  • Proven experience (at least 5 years) in senior programme management and leadership positions within the Food Security and Livelihoods sector, working with national governments, INGOs, NGOs, CBOs, other civil society groups.
  • Knowledge and experience of The Graduation Approach, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Strategies, Climate Smart Agriculture and climate change adaptation and resilience approaches.
  • Knowledge of participatory methods and data collection methodologies, including experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis of food security and livelihoods data.
  • Thorough understanding of gender, equality and protection issues.
  • Clear commitment to and experience with developing and coaching staff, combined with the ability to give direct actionable feedback.
  • Strong coordination skills, both internal across programming sectors and support teams, and externally with implementing partners.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with senior representatives of donor, INGO and Government structures and to represent the organisation at national or international level for a.
  • Knowledge the key tools used by donor agencies, such as logical frame works, results chains, theories of change, results-based management and financial administration systems.
  • Fluent in French and English, excellent written and spoken French language skills.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, communication and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and manage a high volume work flow.

Desirable:

  • An understanding of accountability as applied within humanitarian and development programming; familiarity with the Core Humanitarian Standard and its application.
  • Knowledge and experience of cash-based interventions in complex crisis.
  • An understanding of programme participant protection policies and international humanitarian standards.
  • Experience of working in the region.
  • Experience of financial management and donor compliance processes.

How to apply

Les candidatures en français sont les bienvenues

All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

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