Livelihoods Program Manager

at International Rescue Committee - IRC
Location Gambela, Ethiopia
Date Posted January 20, 2020
Category Agriculture
Social Sciences
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Context and scope of the work:

IRC has been working in Ethiopia since 2000, devoted to empowering people against poverty. The IRC program currently operates through five field bases in Gambella, Tigray, SNNPR, Oromia, Benishangule Gumuz Regional states. IRC is almost working 24 refugees’ camps out of 26 camps all over the country.

IRC has developed the refugee livelihood program for Gambella Region to build resilience for South Sudanese refugee and their hosting community. The project   will be implemented in kule and Terkid camps of the Gambella Region.  The project will implement a range of livelihood  activities( farm (crop, livestock,  off farm, skill training, income generation, market system (focus on women and youth empowerment) over 2 years to help build sustainable, adaptive and flexible development that is risk sensitive and supports the resilience building.

The livelihood program manager will be responsible for the overall management of the livelihood program for the Gambella program with support and guidance from IRC economic recovery program unit from Addis.

Dimension of Responsibilities:

Reports to Gambella Filed Coordinator

Representation: representing IRC towards relevant stakeholders

Implementation and reporting: effectively manage implementation of livelihoods projects with staff, ARRA, and the donor and the community and project reporting

Budget management: follow up and track the project plan verses accomplishment

The program requires technical knowledge and experience of resilience and livelihoods program

Thinking strategically: high level strategic thinking and analysis


ü  Reports to: Gambella  and ERD Coordinator on the administrative CVA tasks

ü  Staff reporting to this post: Livelihood program officer(s)

ü  Budget Responsibilities: Yes

Key Areas of Accountability

With support from the IRC Economic recovery development unit, the livelihood program manager shall:

ü  Represent IRC  towards relevant stakeholders’, Government officials(ARRA), UN agencies, Donors and other NGO staff at field level as appropriate

ü  Provide leadership in livelihoods resilience programming for IRC for the  Gambella program

ü  Ensure that communities(refugees and host community) government agencies(ARRA) and civil society organizations are adequately involved in project activities

ü  Ensure that IRC is adequately represented in formal coordination activities including clusters, livelihood working group and refugee coordination meetings informally recognized by stakeholders including local NGOs, INGOs and UN

ü  Ensure the adequate inclusion and development of implementing partners towards the independent execution of program activities.

ü  Host and mange donor visits effectively to contribute to strategic planning implementation and reporting: Effectively manage and support partners to implement program.

ü  Ensure partners are familiar with the requirements of a program focused on building community resilience.

ü  Provide regular support and technical advice to partners, communities and staffs

ü  Coordinate the establishment of effective work and supply plans or partners.

ü  Manage budget and ensure partners are regularly monitored for good financial management.

ü  Ensure that an effective monitoring and evaluation system is in place to measure resilience.

ü  Take required action to ensure timely implementation of activities where necessary.

ü  Ensure that all activities are sensitive to community needs and gender issues, promote the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the work and ensure that livelihood’s Program is an opportunity for peace making, not community division

ü  Lead coordination with support departments in Gambella on logistics, HR etc.

ü  Provide strong narrative reporting and financial accounting in donor and internal reports

ü  Conduct ongoing monitoring and assessments and provide clear analysis of the context


ü  Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

Equal Opportunities:

ü  The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the IRC Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.


ü  Ensure that you work to the best of your ability and demonstrate high levels of commitment to IRC and our vision, mission and values in order to ensure the objectives of your role and the country programs are met;

ü  Ensure the effective and efficient use of all IRC resources in order to keep costs low and ensure safety in the workplace;

Job Requirements

Qualification required:

ü  First Degree or Post Graduate Degree in Social Science fields, International Development, Agriculture, Economics or related relevant disciplines

Minimum Experience Required:

ü  5 years of relevant experience with the first degree.

ü  4 years of relevant experience plus post graduate degree.

ü  At least 1 year of managerial experience.

ü  Substantive knowledge and experience of sustainable livelihoods and resilience programs management.

ü  Proven track record of effective management: planning, monitoring, budget oversight, logistics, leadership, particularly in unstable environment.

ü  Demonstrated experience of integrating gender, protection and diversity into emergency response programs.

ü  Proven donor reporting skills distinct

ü  NGO experience is a plus.

Skills Required

ü  Proven management skills

ü  Project management experience

ü  proposal and report writing skills

ü  Excellent representational skills

ü  Fluent spoken and written English.

ü  Effective communication internally and externally towards government and NGOs, donors, etc...


ü  Leadership capacity in management of field teams: Team building, ability to develop a common vision, maintain morale and discipline at base level. Capacity to support and develop staff. Previous experience in managing field teams distinct advantage.

ü  Experience of working in Conflict settings

ü  Builds and maintains effective relationships, with  colleagues, IRC Members and external partners

ü  Experience and interest in measuring resilience and relevant theory.

ü  Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

ü  Approachable, good listener, easy to talk


Applying Instructions

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