Livelihood officer

at Plan International Ethiopia
Location Yabello, Ethiopia
Date Posted December 27, 2022
Category Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


The position holder will be responsible for project implementation and ensuring the quality and effectiveness of Plan’s emergency response within his/her designated geographical area mainly related to FAO and or UKNO funded project that will be implemented in targeted districts of Borena zone, Oromia Region- including project implementation, day-to-day monitoring and reporting.

Accountabilities and Main work activities

Organize and Lead Multidisciplinary Emergency teams (15%)

  • Lead a multi-disciplinary professional emergency teams consisting of  (up to 15 staff) working in the project site such as livelihoods officers and CDFs
  • Ensure emergency assessments are effectively undertaken and implement integrated emergency response, recovery and exit strategies in close collaboration with major partners and stakeholders
  • Ensure all team members clearly understand and carry out their duties in accordance with personal work-plans, humanitarian principles, core values, the Code of Conduct and SPHERE.
  • Work collaboratively in close relation with field, Borena field office coordinator/manager and concerned CO staffs
  • Promote productive work environment respectful of the Code of Conduct with zero tolerance for verbal and physical abuse or discrimination against other persons on the grounds of race, colour, sex or creed.
  • Ensure all team members (CDFs) are fully briefed on all aspects of security, social and cultural norms and local conditions and behaviour.
  • Create the conditions to ensure effective teamwork and morale is strictly observed.

Provide feedback on periodic performance of CDF’s to PC and provide timely feedback to CDFs along with PC.

  • Ensure logistical resources demands are fully assessed, identified, described and communicated to the PC and log officer,
  • Ensure compliance with all Ethiopian government legal, contractual, labour and statutory requirements.
  • Communicate effectively on usage, procedures and relevant communications protocols to all emergency response team under his supervision.

Managing project budget (5%)

  • Provide support for field emergency finance teams in providing financial documents that help for settlement purpose.

Project implementation coordination, monitoring, follow up and reporting (30%)

  • Provide leadership in designing, implementing and monitoring sound emergency and recovery livelihood project activities in Plan targeted districts as per the agreed project documents and work plan including income-generating activities, CTP and the provision of livestock and seed inputs;
  • Coordinate and lead livelihood & recovery projects during planning, budget preparation, implementation, M&E and timely reporting ensuring quality and standards through enhanced partnership with government and non-government partners zonal, woreda and local levels and also civic organizations including CBOs;
  • Coordinate the designing/development of FSL projects and ensure projects are effectively implemented, monitored/reviewed, evaluated and progress and final reports are timely compiled and shared with PC for Borena for review and then submission to the CO.
  • Facilitate joint supportive supervision with concerned government sectors from region and district (through drafting and submission of ToR to PC)
  • Facilitate beneficiary selection along with CDFs, community representatives and government structures
  • Summit beneficiary master data to PC for further submission to the CO before project input distribution.
  • Ensure adequate monitoring, reporting and acquittal of emergency response activities in accordance with donor regulations, country and national office requests, international humanitarian accountability frameworks and relevant SPHERE standards
  • Provide continuous technical and organizational support and capacity building to field team and woreda and community level extension agents
  • Make regular visits to input distribution sites and ensure delivery of project inputs/seeds on timely basis;
  • Ensure the PC and Borena Field Office Coordinator are kept informed about project progress (weekly plan and achievements);
  • Contributes to their individual accountability plan and understands how they contribute to the team and organisational plan.
  • Organize training for field staff of Plan and partners to build core skills in livelihood concept, recovery and resilience building;
  • Actively participate in rapid assessments and provide input in designing of concept notes and project proposal in areas of emergency response, livelihoods recovery and food security;
  • Facilitate the implementation of project activities are carried out in accordance with the agreed LoA with the donor, work-plans and proposals

Managing relationship and networking with government, partners and other stakeholders (10%)

  • Participate in coordination meeting held at Woreda and community levels and provide progresses regarding the project implementation.
  • Establish and maintain constructive working relationships with other NGO’s and UN agencies operating in the district, local government, bilateral and multilateral donors, and other principle stakeholders including the military where present and if necessary.
  • Ensure that sex disaggregated beneficiary data collected and submitted to the PC, and provide required information to PC that help to produce progress report in accordance to the reporting template and within their reporting schedule.

Conduct community need assessment before developing projects (10%)

  • Coordinate and support local level assessments, surveys and other studies and assist proposal development to finance projects
  • Facilitate visits that planned by regional government, CO as well as the donor.

Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) (10%)

  • Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
  • Ensures that all staff in the unit are properly inducted on and understands their role in upholding Plan International’s safeguarding and GEI policies;
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in day to day work.

Job Requirements


Qualifications/ experience essential:

  • BSc in Crop Production and Agronomy, Development studies, Sociology or other related fields is required with a minimum of 3-5 years of related working experience.
  • Good managerial experience, including managing budgets

Qualifications and experience desirable

  • Equipped with sufficient level of  awareness on : Early warning concepts; agriculture, Disaster risk management practice and knowhow; food security and livelihoods framework and Gender,
  • Knowledge of Plan policies and procedures, Sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO Code of Conduct
  • Knowledge of child rights programming
  • Good knowledge of field level realities of humanitarian NGOs work;
  • Experience of working in Oromia (Borena) and speak  Local language;
  • Knowledge of FSL, CTP, Agriculture, EWS, DRR and DCM;
  • Good understanding of the external operating environment including government policies, strategies, guidelines and operating procedures in managing emergencies and disasters in the country Perform multiple, non-technical tasks with a potential need to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions.
  • Ability to work independently

Languages required

  • English language
  • Knowledge of local language is desirable

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organization by being open, honest and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.

We strive for lasting impact

We strive to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.

We work well together

We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organization, including our sponsors and donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.

We are inclusive and empowering

We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programmes and our workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.

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