Livelihood Team Leader

at Danish Refugee Council
Location Dolo Ado, Somali, Ethiopia
Date Posted August 6, 2021
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB


Title: Livelihood Team Leader, Dollo Ado

Location:  Dollo Ado, Ethiopia

Employment Category:  G

Reporting To: Livelihoods Manager

Start of Contract & Duration:  One Year

Posting date: August 3, 2021



The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009.  With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, Gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.


The Dollo Ado-based Livelihood Team Leader is responsible for the implementation of the Area’s Business Development and Skills Centre and Vocational Training activities in Liben and Afder zones of the Somali region, ensuring all activities are delivered to a high standard and in line with DRC policies, procedures and guidance. The Team Leader is the direct supervisor of program staff in the Dollo Ado Area Office.



  • Lead and manage the team (including people planning, performance, well-being and development)
  • Ensure effective planning and quality implementation of the sector/support activities
  • Ensure daily monitoring of area activities implemented by field staff
  • Provide technical support and inputs to proposal planning and budgeting
  • Provide weekly reports, maintain activity trackers, and provide inputs as required to monthly/quarterly/annual reports.

Programming & Operations

  • Maintain and track weekly and monthly workplans and expenditure forecasts
  • Ensure efficient and effective program implementation while following the budget and work plan
  • Participate in preparing monthly/quarterly/annual highlights/reports and proposals and budgets for donors
  • Lead the team in carrying out monitoring and evaluation exercises
  • Ensure correct tools and processes are used for all field activities

Coordination and representation

  • Collaborate with relevant internal and external technical experts on sector relevant issues
  • Represent DRC at meetings and other relevant technical coordination meetings
  • Ensure integration with other DRC sectors

Project development

  • Develop project plans and budgets for funding
  • Develop projects tools
  • Project implementation and reporting
  • Monitor and evaluate projects


  • Support the monitoring of financial commitments and expenditures against budgets and provide timely feedback on budget follow-up
  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics and movements of staff from and to different operational areas
  • Initiate procurements and ensure their execution
  • Ensure distribution plans are prepared and shared with logistics in a timely manner

Other Responsibilities:

  • Support Livelihoods and Resilience Manager and Area Manager in ensuring strategic programming coherent with DRC’s operational platforms, coordinating DRC’s programme development, strengthening DRC’s programme quality, standards and learning, and enforcing DRC’s accountability and M&E frameworks.
  • Represent DRC on behalf of the Country/Regional Director upon agreement with authorities, UN agencies, humanitarian agencies and other partner

As Team Leader the post-holder is responsible for the following:

  • Accountable for people management of employees, usually working in the same area of work
  • Accountable for developing weekly and monthly workplans, and ensuring that agreed work plans and tasks are implemented on time
  • Hiring and performance management of employees and conducting performance appraisals (closely overseen by the next-level manager)

Supervisor responsibilities:

  • Coordinates the daily activities of small teams, often comprised of subordinates and/or employees carrying out similar tasks

Contribute to recruitment and/or performance appraisal of members of the team

Job Requirements

Experience and Technical Competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum 4 years of management experience, preferably with experience in the field of humanitarian response and particularly livelihood and refugee protection working for an international NGO, UN agency, relevant ministry, or local authority and practical experience in sector area working for an INGO/UN/government
  • Proven management skills and a competence in people management
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
  • Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Commitment to Gender and Diversity mainstreaming, awareness of PSEA
  • Full professional proficiency in English
  • Willingness to travel to / work in remote field locations

Education (include certificates, licenses etc.):

  • Master's degree in social work, political science, international development, economics or other relevant field

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Somali (fluent)
  • English (fluent)
  • Other local languages (desirable)

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Acting in line with DRC's vision and values


Applying Instructions

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than August 13, 2021.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics

We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.

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