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30 Oct 2018

Re-advertisement: Livelihoods and Food Security Project Assistant

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Re-advertisement: Livelihoods and Food Security Project Assistant – Luq (Somali National) – Somalia
Norwegian Refugee Council
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Deadline for application: 11/11/2018

Key info:
Advertiser: Norwegian Refugee Council

Ref. nr.: 3969213427
Full time
Number of positions: 1
Search criteria:
Location: Somalia
Industry: Emergency Relief
Special field: Food Security

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

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 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 and responsibilities
The Livelihoods and Food Security Project Assistant will help implement and monitor NRC’s livelihoods and food security programmers in Gedo region. Initially, the Project assist will focus on the activities in Luuq but roles might be expanded to other areas within the Jubbaland regions. The Livelihoods & Food Security Project Assistant will be working directly with the communities, beneficiaries and local authorities in target locations in Gedo. Under technical the leadership of the project officer and Dollow team leader at the moment, the project assistant will undertake beneficiary mobilization, project setup and delivery of project activities according to NRC project cycle management. The Livelihoods & Food Security Project Assistant (LFS PA) will be involved in both administrative and program support activities of the LFS Core Competence and broader NRC program as summarized below.


Generic responsibilities

Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
Assist with the implementation of the support function portfolio according to plan of action
Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
Ensure proper filing of documents
Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function
Use initiative in day to day problem solving in line with agreed procedures, priorities and standards for the area of work
Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
Ensure proper filing of documents
Promote and share ideas for improvement in the area of Livelihoods and Food Security
Specific responsibilities


Prepare procurement requests (PRs) in Aggresso where applicable and liaise with logistics to support stock requisition of materials from stores to support project activities using the correct procedures
Liaise with your supervisors to support in preparation of contract documents, verification certificates for incentive workers, partners and other service providers timely to facilitate proper and prompt payment to the partners
Work with incentive workers to ensure that correct data capture procedures are adhered to during PDM and other monitoring activities
Administer working advances, field based resource person’s payments and participants’ activity payments in compliance with NRC policy
Program support

Help select beneficiaries eligible for livelihoods and food security programmes, based on guidelines and procedures given by the LFS Officer (Dollow) and Livelihoods and Food Security Coordinator.
Transfer of standard technologies/innovations to farmers including but not limited to bee keeping, irrigated farming, tree nursery technologies, fodder conservation
Help pastoralist communities identify other alternative livelihood ventures that are context specifically viable and build their capacities on the same.
Identification of farmer needs, interests, knowledge gaps, skills, problems they are facing with their crops (e.g. pests and diseases; access to inputs, pasture quality preservation) in the different villages before implementation of new initiatives.
Carry out demonstration of best farming practices to the farmer beneficiaries.
Immediately report any challenges or implementation delays to the LFS Officer and Livelihoods and Food Security Coordinator.
Maintain clear and up to date records of livelihood programme beneficiaries and activities (beneficiary numbers, locations, contact details, activity progress) – including by regularly visiting beneficiaries’ homes or businesses.
Help collect baseline and monitoring data by conducting interviews with beneficiaries and key informants.
Organize nutrition, food security and WASH awareness sessions for beneficiaries and host communities.
Participate in project design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation including rapid assessments, and other data collection in order to inform and improve programming
Liaise and work with fellow project assistants including field assistants to implement and document LFS activities in Gedo region with special focus on the projects assigned.
Support and work with incentive workers, implementing partners, suppliers & beneficiaries to; build capacity, ensure that correct documentation procedures are adhered to during field activities including M&E activities
In consultation with the project officer(s) and project coordinator, represent NRC in community meetings, coordination meetings and other information sharing fora that is available
Communicate timely and adequately of any concerns that threats the smooth operation of program and advise of possible course of actions to take
Timely reporting and support in preparation of project reports/updates for the ongoing project activities
Any other duties assigned by your supervisors
Professional competencies for this position:

Experience working in relief operations in complex and challenging environments;
Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to liaise with figures from the humanitarian community, local government and army, and other relevant actors, when required;
Willingness to work in demanding, stressful situations under difficult living conditions with respect for basic security rules;
Fluency in both spoken and written English is required
Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

Diploma in Agriculture/ sustainable Agriculture/Agriculture Extension/Rangeland Management/ or any other related discipline.  Degree is desired.
Minimum 3 years’ relevant experience within the humanitarian field
Prior experience (Minimum 2 years) in community work preferably in humanitarian field, training and coaching farmers and good understanding on principles of extension.
Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
Knowledge of basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel and Power point)
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Knowledge of Geddo region contexts
Local knowledge of Somali dialect
Experience in participatory community analyses (participatory rural appraisal, PRA techniques).
Adherence to set security standards
Mainstreaming Gender perspective in the scope of work
Behavioral competencies

Managing resources and achieving results
Handling insecure environments
Working with people
Coping with change
Empowering and building trust
Planning and delivering results
Additional Information:

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline

Email and paper applications will not be considered.

Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contract period: December 2018 with possibility of extension.

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

Duty station: Luq

Travel: some travel is expected.

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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