Livelihood and Food Security Officer

at NRC (Norwegian Refugee Council)
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 16, 2021
Category Agriculture
Social Sciences
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Position: Livelihood and Food Security Program Officer

Reports to:  Livelihood and Food Security Coordinator

Duration and type of contract:   05 months

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.

Role and responsibilities

The purpose of LFS Program officer position is to implement the livelihoods interventions of the different projects in NRC Addis Ababa Area Office and assist the livelihoods projects coordinator in planning and executing programme activities. The program officer will provide capacity building training in market information, chain and trend analysis, provision of business mentorship, promotion of Micro Enterprise Development (MED) and the like to beneficiaries and stakeholders in accordance with the project proposals and work plans.

Generic Responsibilities

  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Implement delegated support function portfolio according to plan of action
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  • Ensure proper filing of documents
  • Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function

Specific Responsibilities

  • Plan, facilitate and conduct trainings on conceptual understanding of business and market development and capacity building for beneficiaries and stakeholders
  • Provide technical support and applicable tools to project participants in identifying demand based potential and demand based production / products and developing business market development plans
  • Support beneficiaries in promoting business and market development on the identified potential products and services
  • Support and follow up livelihood teams in conducting value chain analysis for potential products in their respective refugee and host locations
  • Facilitate smooth networking of the livelihood targets with micro financing institutions for financial services that enhances business activities;
  • Follow up & monitor implementation of livelihood activities as per the plans
  • Participate in assessment, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes of the Addis Ababa programme for various intervention activities of the program
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  • Ensure proper filing of documents
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement

Job Requirements

Professional competencies

  • A University Degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Economics, Business Administration, Sociology, Psychology & related field with minimum of three years’ relevant experience in planning, managing, coordinating, and supervising livelihood projects such as business development and marketing, value chain analysis, entrepreneurship small enterprises development.
  • Experience from working as a Project Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Good knowledge of English both written and spoken
  • Demonstrated understanding of the cooperatives and small enterprise development policy and practices in Ethiopia,
  • Demonstrated high level of conceptual and analytical thinking skills and excellent strategic programme development skills in areas of economic development,
  • Skilled trainer with experience developing and delivering training to a varied audience, such project staffs, stakeholders, national staff and authorities.
  • A firm grounding in program activity Monitoring and Evaluation,
  • Strong proposal and project report-writing and team building experience and skills

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of the livelihood context (gaps and needs) in Addis Ababa
  • Experience in organizing association, interest groups, self-help groups, and working with a community based approach.

Skills & Personal Attributes

  • Stress resilient, team oriented, oral communication, structured and
  • result oriented;
  • Flexible and with ability to take initiative and inspire others;
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team
  • Manage performance to optimize results

Behavioral competencies

  • Planning and delivering results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Strategic thinking


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