Livelihood Officer

Danish Refugee Council, Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th December, 2019

Job Description


The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home. The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.


Under the direct supervision of the Livelihoods TL, the Livelihood Officer is responsible for the implementation of the livelihood activities of DRC as per the DRC’s integrated approach of durable solutions. On the ground, the LH Officer will be supporting female beneficiaries in business orientation, micro‑enterprises establishment, and coaching; as well as, at the project level, she will be contributing to market assessment and analysis and establishment of productive places dedicated to female‑run micro‑enterprises. The LH Officer will be guided by DRC approved methodologies and tools, which are in line with donor policies and guidelines. The Livelihood Officer will be working in cooperation with DRC’s protection and emergency teams and in collaboration with local authorities and communities. In addition, she will be engaged, when necessary, in monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.


Under the supervision of the Livelihoods TL, the Livelihoods Officer will:

  • Contribute, with the rest of the Livelihood team, to prepare Standard Operation Procedures and guidelines for establishing and running micro enterprises
  • Prepare detailed implementation plans for the activities
  • Participate in surveys and data collection to form an adequate base of data (baseline, end line, interim)
  • Train micro-enterprise beneficiaries in the preparation and application of profitable business requirements and strategies
  • Follow‑up micro-enterprise beneficiaries assigned other, in particular by:
  • Conducting regular coaching of the micro-enterprise beneficiaries
  • Identifying problems and provide support in the revision of business plans
  • Monitoring market linkages, access to inputs and products’ sale
  • Establishment of female-friendly sites
  • Establishing women production groups
  • Creating an enabling environment for women's economic empowerment
  • Report on a regular basis to the Livelihoods TL progress and challenges faced by microenterprise beneficiaries.
  • Any other required tasks assigned by line manager


To be successful in this role you must have:

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience required in implementing Livelihoods interventions oriented to micro/small business
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience required on projects entailing market assessment/analysis (including risk/opportunity analysis)
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience required on projects targeting urban and peri‑urban vulnerable population
  • Demonstrated experience to provide training and mobilize communities
  • Demonstrated experience in projects including cash grants for business is an asset
  • Computer skills, particularly MS Office; Excel and Word

Ideal candidate has:

  • Good mobilization, sensitization and facilitation skills
  • Familiarity with local markets, products promotion and establishing relations with market actors
  • Ability to identify market drivers and viable business
  • Familiarity with micro‑enterprise curricula
  • Ability to use market analysis to guide and advise micro‑enterprise business
  • Ability to organize and conduct training, with specific capacities on business‑oriented trainings
  • Ability to foster and guide the creation of business plans, including risk


  • English (Written and Spoken) – Fluent
  • Dari / Pasto (Written and Spoken) – Fluent


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