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5 Jun 2019

Project Manager – Livelihood & Food Security

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Project Manager – Livelihood & Food Security – Hargeisa (National Position) – Somalia

Norwegian Refugee Council

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Rights Respected, People Protected

Founded in 1946, today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) works in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. Our 6,000 employees provide life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. NRC specialises in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend their rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena.

NRC’s expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. NORCAP experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.

NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

NRC in Somalia & Somaliland

NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

NRC Somalia & Somaliland is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across seven countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania). NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.

Role Specific Information

The purpose of the Project Manager – Livelihood and Food Security position is to oversee the implementation of the Food Security programs in Somaliland area programme, manage and build capacity of the project implementation teams to ensure activities are carried out on time and according to the budget; contribute inputs for concept papers, proposals for new projects / activities, and donor reports in coordination with the Area manager and Livelihood and Food Security specialist and represent NRC in all program matters within the Area and in coordination fora relevant to the Area program. All this is to be carried out in close collaboration with the Area Manager, Grants team and country level technical specialists/advisers.

Generic responsibilities:

  1. Line management of Livelihood and Food Security(LFS) Core Competency Project Staff within Somaliland
  2. Oversee NRC’s Somaliland Livelihood and Food Security program implementation
  3. Ensure compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  4. Work closely with the LFS Specialist and AM to develop the LFS CC and area Programme strategy.
  5. Assess needs, develop emergency response plans with the Livelihoods and Food Security Specialist and implement response plans for the area.
  6. Ensure optimal use of livelihood and Food Security resources within the allocated projects budget and CC strategies
  7. Ensure capacity building of Livelihood and Food Security Program staff
  8. Represent NRC and networking at area level – as delegated by the AM
  9. Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy

Specific responsibilities:

Deadline for application: 18/06/2019

Key info:

Advertiser: Norwegian Refugee Council

Ref. nr.: 4093547702 Full time

Number of positions: 1

Contact info: Abdirizak Osman

Search criteria:




Emergency Relief

Special field

Food Security


Middle / line manager

Job location:

Behind Ambassador Hotel – Hargeisa, +252 Hargeisa

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Oversee timely, efficient and quality implementation of Food Security projects and activities in Somaliland by ensuring that all document guiding implementation such as budgets, DIPs, cash forecasts are developed and/ or periodically updated and used correctly.

Ensure that technical standards and quality of implemented Livelihoods and food Security (Including Resilience) activities are in line with the area strategy, and that they meet the

requirements of beneficiaries and authorities.

In consultation with the Livelihood and Food Security Technical Specialist, Lead the process of proposal development for all projects in the Area program, ensuring quality writing, budgeting and incorporation of technical advice from the Livelihood and Food Security Specialists. Promote wherever possible an integrated approach for assessments and program design.

Ensure that LFS projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, and explore and assess new and better ways to assist.

Ensure that planned assessments are carried out as per the implementation plans.

. Ensure timely Submission of quality narratives, monthly, quarterly and annual project reports to the Livelihood and Food Security Specialist.

Together with M&E, ensure that the required monitoring and evaluation activities including baseline, end line, Post Distribution Monitoring, annual surveys are scheduled and implemented in a timely manner, and that clear analysis is done, documented and followed up on.

Responsible for Project Cycle Management in the Area, including organizing and following up on Grants start-up, Review and Closure meetings;

Coordinate and share information regularly with the BRCiS Consortium Management Unit, Country level resilience focal point and other Consortium structures as applicable.

Provide agronomical/ Natural Resource Management technical backstopping and follow ups to all resilience and food security and livelihood activities in the project area.

Ensure that staff capacities are developed and constantly improved to meet the challenges of their job.

Cooperating with the NRC Shelter, ICLA and WASH Project teams and the Project Coordinators of other organizations in order to guarantee an integrated implementation of the RESTORE and other resilience projects.

Participate in internal and inter-agency working group and other coordination meetings in Somalia and in Nairobi as required. Develop and maintain a network of contacts amongst the other agencies operating in the Area.

Our Ideal Candidate:

We are looking for a university graduate in Agriculture, natural resource management, Environmental Science/Forestry or any other related field , with a minimum of three years previous experience in management of emergency, and resilience humanitarian programs

Experience working in complex and volatile contexts, in particular in Somaliland. Technical LFS expertise relevant to the role. Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities. Fluency in English, both written and verbal.

We are particularly looking for a positive individual with strong communication skills, who can build trust and confidently navigate both internally and externally at different levels.

In this position you will join highly motivated and expert staff who are making a difference to the most vulnerable people.

Additional Information:

Email and paper applications will not be considered.


Contract period: 07 months

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

Duty station: Hargeisa


NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

NB: All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Code of Conduct and the

four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable.


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