Livelihood and Food Security Officer (Kosti) – NRC

OrganizationThe Norwegian Refugee Council 
Job Identification13553
Job CategoryLivelihood and Food Security
LocationKosti Country Office
Posting Date01/04/2024, 01:24 PM
Apply Before01/18/2024, 01:24 PM
Job ScheduleFull time

The purpose of the LFS officer position is the day-to-day implementation of the LFS Program in White Nile State. Sporadic travel may happen to support during different phases of projects in other states. 

Generic responsibilities 

  1. Ensure adherence to NRC policies, tools, handbooks, and guidelines as well as Government rules and regulations. 
  2. Implement delegated LFS project portfolio activities according to the plan of action.
  3. Prepare and develop status reports as required by the Manager.
  4. Ensure proper filing of documents in both hard and soft copies.
  5. Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need (refugees/ IDPs/ host communities), and explore and assess new and better ways to assist. 
  6. Promote and share ideas for technical improvement about both the “hard” and “soft” components of LFS programming.
  7. Provide on-the-job training as required to increase the capacity of LFS Assistants; actively participate in capacity-building training, workshops, and seminars organized by NRC.
  8. Actively participate in developing work plans, and strategic development planning of the LFS activities.
  9. Ensure that gender and protection mainstreaming are carried out at the field level by all shelter staff.
  10. Collaborate with teams from other CCs to ensure that project beneficiaries are provided with the full packages of services available through NRC’s programming according to the beneficiary’s specific and self-identified needs.

Specific responsibilities 

  • Organize and lead needs assessments, focus group discussions, community meetings, and other community mobilization activities. 
  • Supervise the beneficiary selection by the project selection criteria.
  • Assist the LFS Coordinator in developing messaging around project implementation, methodology, scope of work, selection criteria, and any other related beneficiary project documents and supervise LFS Assistants in the delivery of such messaging to beneficiaries and stakeholders.
  • Organize regular monitoring visits during and post-project implementation and regularly visit implementation sites to monitor and document day-to-day works and 
  • In collaboration with the rest of the team prepare Procurement Requests. 
  • Track and record information related to follow-up carried out by LFS Assistants relating to any project beneficiary information requests and complaints as directed by Programme Specialist/Project Coordinator and M&E Unit. 
  • Carry field level coordination with community stakeholders in areas of project implementation in collaboration with the Education Team. 
  • Supervise activities at distribution sites ensuring that NRC Standard Operating Procedures are adhered to during distributions, awareness campaigns, and community mobilization activities, and that proper documentation is verified and collected.
  • Organize and lead field-level M&E activities and develop success stories from project implementation.
  • Contribute to planning and delivering data collection exercises, youth business training, and mentoring/coaching sessions as assigned by the manager.
  • Any other task relevant to the position as requested by the Line Manager.

Critical interfaces

By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are: 

  • Project Planning and Implementation: LFS Coordinator & other managers in the management line.
  • Logistics and Procurement: Fleet Assistant, Logistics Officers, Warehouse Assistant.
  • Staff Capacity Building:  HR/Admin Officer, Project Manager, Project Coordinator.
  • Recruitment and Performance Management: Project Manager, Project Coordinator, HR/Admin Officer
  • M&E: M&E team at Area office and Country office
  • Data Management: M&E Officer, IMO Database Officer.
  •  Program team: other program team members at Area
  • Quality Framework/Value for Money: LFS Coordinator.
  • Budget: LFS Coordinator, Finance Coordinator, and Officer.
  • Local Stakeholders: Community leaders, Displaced Community representatives, Local government representatives – (District/Sub-District Level), Target Communities, Community level coordination bodies

Professional competencies 

Generic professional competencies: 

  • Experience working as a Project Officer (or Equivalent);
  • Experience in implementing livelihoods interventions; experience in Marked-base interventions is an added value.
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile. 
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, and Arabic, and knowledge of the Tigrinya Language are a plus.

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge, and experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, Natural Resources, Business Administration, Economics or a related field. 
  • At least two years’ experience in INGOs in an emergency setting or development work. 
  • Basic experience in financial asset, budgeting and administration.
  • Basic experience in planning, design, coordination and implementation of emergency projects in both the camp and non-camp settings in Sudan.
  • Proven skills and experience in monitoring and documenting humanitarian project implementation. 
  • Experience in organizing and managing activities at distribution sites and awareness campaigns.
  • Experience in conducting, organizing, and managing conducting needs/vulnerability assessments and beneficiary selection processes.
  • Experience organizing and leading teams working with vulnerable households in host communities and Camp settings.
  • Ability to prioritize needs and carry out multiple tasks simultaneously. 
  • Experience in field-level coordination with community stakeholders, local and international NGOs, and local government officials.
  • Knowledge of the context in Sudan specifically in regard to refugees, IDPs populations
  • Strong communication skills English Language both written and oral, as well as interpersonal, analytical, and negotiation skills 
  • Basic understanding of proposal and report writing.
  • Advanced computer skills, especially in Word and Excel.

Behavioural competencies 

  • Handling complex and insecure environments.
  • Managing resources to optimize results.
  • Empowering and building trust.
  • Managing performance and development.
  • Planning and delivering results.
  • Flexible and creative.
  • Pro-active, goal-oriented and results-driven.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps 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.

Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.

NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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