Livelihoods Specialist (Market System Development)

Norwegian Refugee Council, Jordan

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th July, 2020

Job Description

NRC in Jordan

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) established its presence in Jordan in November 2012 in response to the conflict in Syria and the resulting refugee influx. NRC Jordan currently employs over 500 staff in Jordan and is one of the largest INGOs in the country. Since 2012, NRC has worked to build the resilience of Syrian refugees in Jordan, and invest in the Jordanian communities that host them. NRC supports Syrian refugees in Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps, as well as vulnerable refugees and Jordanians in north and central Jordan (Irbid, Jerash, Ajloun, Mafraq and Amman governorates). In Jordan, NRC provides services in five of NRC’s global core competencies: Shelter, Education, Youth, Livelihoods and Information Counselling and Legal Assistance. NRC strives to combine its programmatic activities with evidenced-based advocacy work focused on policy change and strong external communications and media engagement. The Country Office also works to ensure safe and integrated programming through ensuring protection is effectively mainstreamed across all core competencies.

The role

We are looking for a Livelihoods Specialist to lead NRC Jordan livelihoods programme. NRC currently supports the livelihoods of vulnerable Syrian refugees and Jordanians through a diverse range of interventions that address both short and long term needs. Current interventions include demand driven labour intermediation and preparation for the formal labour market; cash for work programming; improved agricultural input provision and production trainings (based on a contract farming model); and applying the market system development approach to positively integrate vulnerable households in the agricultural sector. This diverse program requires NRC to work with a range of stakeholders including private, public, and development actors.

Duties and responsibilities

The Livelihoods Specialist is focused on supporting the NRC Jordan livelihoods programme and ensuring the elements of the program adhere to the standards and mandate of NRC Jordan. The key function of this position will be to set the strategic direction of NRC in Jordan; create and maintain quality control systems for relevant programming; and expand the livelihoods portfolio.

The following is a brief description of the role.

  • Lead the review of the Livelihoods programme strategy, providing integrated livelihoods solutions to the protracted needs of refugees and host communities in the urban areas of Jordan.
  • Link, and where possible align, Jordan’s work on refugee livelihoods in host communities with ongoing regional and global initiatives and best practices around responses to displacement and durable solutions.
  • Provide strategic guidance and oversee the development of the programs in host community, including through fundraising, building partnerships and advocacy, with a particular focus on longer – term / resilience financial partners.
  • Contribute to the strengthening of the position of NRC in Jordan through active role in coordination bodies relevant to the refugee livelihoods, including the Livelihoods WG and Basic Needs WG. Support in the development of the relevant chapters of the national response plan (JRP).
  • Maintain and develop innovative, strategic partnerships with international, regional and local public and private sector actors, including industry leaders, entrepreneurs, civil society and relevant authorities.
  • Market Systems Development Approach: In collaboration with development actors, the specialist should utilize the MSD approach in NRC’s rural assistance and recovery program, and look into ways of integrating this approach in labour intermediation and training activities.
  • Demand Driven Labour Intermediation: Expand and improve NRC’s labour intermediation support by building new private sector partnerships; building sector specific models; and integrating program activities into vocational training programmes.
  • Graduation Approach: Improving NRC Jordan’s capacity to apply a graduation model and explore opportunities to fundraise for its implementation.
  • Support global and regional initiatives (where relevant to the Country Office), contributing to publications, policy and position papers using Jordan’s program learnings.
  • Develop communication materials and presentations to donors and where needed represent NRC during field visits. Ensure that donors are informed/briefed on the most recent developments within and beyond NRC program.
  • Compile, review and ensure timely submission of donor reporting with the support of the project managers.
  • Ensure Livelihoods programme quality through PCM (including beneficiary participation, mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues (gender, protection, disability, environment etc), value for money etc.
  • Develop the strategy action plan and monitor its implementation with the support of the project managers for NRC’s livelihoods program in host communities.
  • Knowledge, Experience & Skills that will help you succeed in this role
  • Knowledge of the context in Jordan and/or neighbouring countries;
  • Significant experience leading the development and/or support of Market System Development (MSD) programming (agricultural sector); Labour Intermediation programming; and large scale Graduation programming;
  • Strong analytical skills and proficiency with Excel, Power BI, and additional data collection and analysis software;
  • Minimum 4 years of experience within technical expertise area in a humanitarian/ recovery context;
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts;
  • Livelihoods and Food Security Core competency expertise;
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities;
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile;
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.

Personal qualities

  • Handling insecure environments;
  • Strategic thinking;
  • Empowering and building trust;
  • Influencing;
  • Initiate action and change;
  • Analysing.


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