Livelihoods Manager

Danish Refugee Council, Mrauk Oo, Myanmar

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th December, 2019

Job Description

Mrauk Oo, Rakhine State, Myanmar

DRC is seeking a dynamic and motivated Livelihoods Manager to strengthen and develop the Livelihoods team and programmes in Mrauk Oo, Rakhine state.

Who are we?

DRC has provided humanitarian assistance to people in need in Myanmar since 2009. DRC is currently engaged in humanitarian response in Rakhine, Kachin, Northern Shan and Kayah.

In 2012, waves of inter-communal violence swept through Rakhine, forcing approximately 140,000 persons to flee their homes and take refuge in IDP camps spread across the state. DRC activities target these IDPs, as well as other local vulnerable populations such as host villages and isolated villages. DRC implements a multi-sector response, including camp management, GBV, Child Protection, Livelihoods, Protection, and WASH in Sittwe, Pauktaw, and Mrauk-U Townships in Rakhine.

The Livelihoods Manager will report to the Base Manager in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Overall purpose of the role:

  • Overall responsibility for the management of DRC’s Livelihood Team and portfolio of projects in the geographic area, including actions to support livelihood and income generation assessments, business training and SME development, business grants, life-skills training, literacy and numeracy training, vocational training, micro-credit loans, savings groups, group enterprise development and facilitation.
  • Geographic scope: Area (Rakhine) – specifically Mrauk U and Kyauktaw
  • This role has an area focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the area. The role contributes to the development of area strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to base operations.


People management

  • Lead and manage the Livelihood team (including people planning, performance, well-being and development)
  • Support, mentor and build staff capacity (and incentive worker) as appropriate.
  • Provide technical guidance and monitor the staff in their implementation of the work plan and quality of technical activities.

Program Management:

  • Identify priorities and technically assist the LLH projects and interventions (not limited to) in income generation assessments, TVET, Cash for Work programming, small business grants for livelihood development, community led development actions linked to social cohesion.
  • Ensure technical guidance and lead on developing technical program management tools ensuring activities implemented are in line with DRC technical standards.
  • Ensure high quality implementation of livelihood activities to be on time, scope and within budget.Ensure strong links between LLH and protection teams to support mainstreaming and integration
  • Develop and lead on the implementation of remote management framework for livelihoods inline with program quality standards.
  • Identify strategic programming opportunities and liaise closely with the grants team to develop quality proposals, concept notes and program's budget

Partnership Management

  • Identify, contract and manage local partnerships for livelihood activities
  • Provide technical guidance, support and monitoring of the identified local partners, supporting in projects design, development of work plans and implementations.
  • Identify technical capacity development needs and provide training to partners and support as needed.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:

  • With the MEAL Manager and IM Manager, ensure a MEAL plan is in place and implemented for livelihood activities and that the relevant IM systems are in place, special focus on remote monitoring.
  • Produce timely high-quality internal reports and contribute to regular donor reporting

Budget Management:

  • Ensure that allocated budget lines/activities and expenses are regularly monitored and, as needed, action plans with follow-up are developed to correct any over or underspending in a timely manner.
  • Overall management of programs' budget including providing realistic and accurate budgets' forecasts on monthly basis.
  • Coordinate and follow-up to ensure the required resources are allocated to livelihood activities from relevant departments, such as Logistics, Finance-Administration and Human Resources.

External coordination and representation

  • Share relevant project information with stakeholders including donors, consortium partners
  • Participate in relevant coordination meetings as appropriate e.g. cluster and sector groups, Cash for work groups, emergency response coordination groups
  • Coordinate with local and international agencies in the sector to ensure harmonized programme implementation

As Manager the post-holder is responsible for the following:

  • Accountable for achieving DRC’s strategic goals and objectives within the area of responsibility
  • Accountable for making significant decisions on what the team does: its purpose, functions and role, and for making commitments and decisions that require the expenditure of significant resources.
  • Accountable for people management of direct reports (15-20 people). This includes hiring & firing, objective setting, probation, performance appraisal, development of staff, managing performance, including poor performance, etc.
  • Accountable for making sound decisions based on DRC policies, MOPs, standards, and the advice of technical experts in DRC
  • Any other duties relating to the nature of the job as requested by the Manager

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum 5 years of practical experience in Livelihood sector in emergency and/or early recovery and at least 3 years' experience with people management
  • Experience on remote management.
  • Experience in managing programs with both direct implementation and partnership with local organization is preferable
  • Familiarity with working in complex and conflict contexts.
  • Documented skills in project planning and design, drafting, calculation and technical writing
  • Experience of managing grants e.g. EU/ECHO, USAID/OFDA, DFAT, DFID, Danida
  • Strong project management, budget management and report writing skills
  • Clear communication, presentation style, good interpersonal and diplomatic skills essential
  • Ability to work independently in a remote location
  • Experience working with national partners, local/government authorities, and UN organizations


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