Livelihoods Manager (Based Manager)

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. DRC is present in more than 30 conflict territories around the world assisting displaced people with shelter, food, income generating activities, and wide range of other assistance. It is of utmost importance for DRC to work in compliance with the DRC Accountability and Quality Management system and national legislations. Smooth, reliable and effective operational systems are preconditions for DRC to maintain its position as a trustworthy and reliable partner for our donors and an accountable organisation towards our beneficiaries.  DRC has been operating in the West Africa region for over 15 years, running a combination of emergency, livelihood, protection and advocacy programmes through Country Offices (COs) Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and a Regional Office (RO) in Abidjan. DRC has 17 offices and more than 500 staff members across the WA region.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Livelihoods Manager (Based Manager) Location: Maiduguri, BornoContract type: Expatriate contract The JobTo ensure the effective implementation of DRC’s Integrated EC/EU project in Yobe State and ensure smooth running of the Yobe based office.This include involvement in coordination with other EC project consortium members, the local and state government and local civil groups involve in the project.The Livelihoods Manager –Based Manager will be expected to ensure timely, accountable and protection-sensitive delivery of the EC project, mentor and manage field staff, ensure open lines of communication with Consortium members and with DRC Safety Unit and foster cross-sectorial linkages with shelter/NFI, WASH and protection where relevant.The LM is responsible for reporting on program delivery to internal and external stakeholders, in collaboration with the Head of Programmes, Area Manager, Quality Assurance Manager and MEAL Specialist.Program development will also be a key aspect, looking at future funding opportunities within Yobe State.Working with the Head of Programmes, QAM and AM for mutually reinforcing Livelihoods and Recovery activities project opportunities.ResponsibilitiesGeneral Management:Overall responsibility for the management of the DRC component of the EC Consortium project in Yobe State. This includes consideration of timeliness and accountability of cash distributions planned, as well as practical aspects (daily office management, HR/personnel, logistics, procurement, safety, reporting, distribution process monitoring, PDM and other evaluations of impact, mainstreaming of protection, consideration of Age, Gender and Diversity in distributions etc)Overall responsibility for meeting donor targets and compliance requirements through activities, means of undertaking activities, and in all documentation (financial, logistics etc). Line manage national staff as defined by the AM and HoP, conducting performance reviews, setting objectives and ensuring expected performance criteria are metAdapt the EC project team structure according to needs, resources and capacitiesEnsure high quality project implementation in accordance with donor and DRC regulations as well as in line with agreed log frames/indicators, budgets, procurement plans, and work plans.Work closely with Safety Unit and logistics to ensure Duty of Care and staff/beneficiary safety considerations for all field travel, including sometimes to less secure locationsWith finance ensure that 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.Ensure effective information management from for programming, working with MEAL Specialist, ensuring data protection where relevantEnsure that the EC project is well documented and that the institutional memory of DRC Nigeria is preserved.Work closely with Logistics and Procurement Specialists and Supply Chain unit in order to ensure that proper documentation and accountability of supplies is in line with donor requirements and best warehousing practices.Coordination:Pro-actively communicate and coordinate with other DRC teams (programmatic and support functions) to ensure safe, timely, effective and accountable achievement of objectives and targets.Regular coordination and liaison with Mercy Corps (Consortium Lead), Coopi (Consortium member), consortium member, relevant sector working groups, local authorities and other relevant partners in the field.Maintain strong links to AM, support functions and MEAL teams in Maiduguri to facilitate joint planning Represent DRC in meetings relevant to the EC project and area coordination foras, as well with partners, donors, government officials and cluster/coordination meetings.Ensure DRC’s programming approach is known and correctly understood by all stakeholders.Pro-actively liaise and build good rapport with INGO, UN, local authority officials, community representatives, and any other relevant stakeholders.Facilitate reporting and information sharing through protection sector and other coordination mechanisms back to DRC management – provide and collect information to inform the whole responseStrategy:Continuous liaison with other actors (INGO, NNGO, UN, local authorities, civil society) and other DRC sector teams for context analysis to inform strategic approachContribute to the development of DRC Nigeria programme strategy ensuring relevance to the country SPD, context and cluster strategyRoll out the strategy through effective programming and ensure its integration into the DRC Nigeria response as a whole.Donor Relations / Funding:Reports in a consistent and timely manner to DRC managers and donors with regard to project progress and future plans. Represent the organization where appropriate with implementing partners, government, and donor entities at field level – mainly Mercy Corps/EC. Help build strong relationships with donors and UN agencies at field level to ensure predictable funding for DRC’s programming in Nigeria.Monitor developments and determine strategic opportunities related to the FS sectorContribute to development of high quality proposals according to DRC Nigeria priorities as identified in its country strategic planning.Administration: Finances, Human Resources, and LogisticsProvide appropriate and timely feedback to program staff regarding their performance, including annual staff performance appraisals. Identify with relevant staff their needs and opportunities for professional development.Develop job descriptions and recruit qualified Yobe staff (national).Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Reporting:Participate as required in project kick-off, close-out and review meetings. Ensure documentation and follow up of action points in a timely manner.Include the participation of beneficiaries and communities, particularly those most vulnerable or at-risk, in all stages of the project cycle where appropriate.Ensure that all activities are included in project M&E plans and work closely with MEAL Manager to ensure learning is institutionalised in programming. Ensure key lessons learned are incorporated in new project proposals.Strengthen accountability activities for relevant staff, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design.Lead on monthly reporting to Mercy Corps and contribute significantly to development of end of project narrative reportsThe responsibilities listed in the JD are not exhaustive and may be readjusted according to operational needs but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role. 

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