Danish Refugee Council (DRC) – Livelihoods Assistant – Agriculture (Kakuma).

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About DRC   
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Kenya since 2005, where we assist refugees and displacement-affected communities in Dadaab, Kakuma, Kalobeyei and Nairobi through protection and livelihoods activities to enhance their self-reliance and expand opportunities for a dignified life. DRC provides both humanitarian assistance and longer-term development support to respond to the needs of communities affected by acute crisis as well as those in protracted displacement situations.

Overall purpose of the role: 
The Project Assistant is responsible for supporting in the development, implementation and monitoring of agricultural intervention in the settlement and refugee camp for the target groups. The Project Assistant will be instrumental in training and advising farmers on matters related to Crop Production, Land Development, planning and management of demonstration plots and perm garden.

Responsibilities:

  • Project Development and Implementation 
  • Support in conducting needs assessments, analysis of current Agricultural activities
  • Beneficiary identification, registration and selection for the agricultural activities. 
  • Training and advising farmers on matters related to vegetable production
  • Planning and management of agricultural demonstration plots.
  • Implement a farm records management system and provision of timely updates on progress status. 
  • Support farmers on product marketing and selling of the produce to customers. 
  • Report progress against work plans on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. 
  • Embrace innovative ways to farming through the implementation and advising on best practices.
  • Capacity build farmers on Post-harvest processing including storage and packaging of the farm produce. 
  • Conduct in-service trainings to refugee incentive staff. 
  • Facilitate in the distribution of farm tools and inputs to the beneficiaries. 
  • Take part in budget monitoring and tracking of expenditure on agricultural activities. 
  • Prepare and apply appropriate tools to be used for monitoring and reporting on beneficiaries’ progress.
  • Document success stories and project milestones as well as best practices. 
  • Any other assignment by the supervisor, including preparation of logistic, procurement and finance requirements.
  • Supervise the Refugee community workers. 

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience setting up and implementing livelihoods or agriculture projects preferably with an NGO in a refugee/IDP setting. 
  • Good facilitation skills especially in vegetable production. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; well organized, and able to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and other relevant computer applications. 
  • A keen understanding of business and development issues including Groups Savings and Loan approaches 
  • Able to adapt to changing program priorities and emergency priorities that may arise
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiatives. 
  • Good planning and organizational skills coupled with problem solving capabilities
  • Hands-on community mobilization skills

Education:

  • Preferably Degree in Agriculture or Agri-economics or any other related field.
  • Knowledge in perma-garden will be an added advantage.

Languages:

  • English
  • Kiswahili
  • Knowledge of local language will be an added advantage.

DRC Core Competencies:
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:  

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.  
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.  
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.  
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.  

Conditions:  

  • Contract: 9 months contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council terms of employment for National staff.
  • Availability: April 2021
  • Duty station: Kakuma (Local contract does not qualify for RnR and accommodation)
  • Key stakeholders: (internal and external): Beneficiaries, Staff

This position is for Kenyan Nationals only.

General
Commitments: 

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html)

Application Process:
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications, which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation, and qualifications and a CV. Applications should include contact details of three professional referees who have supervised the candidate in the last five years. One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered.  
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on http://www.drc.ngo under Vacancies.

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Applications should be sent no later than: 28th March 2021.

Gender Equality: 
DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels.  In light of this, Female candidates and those from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Equal Opportunities: 
DRC is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.  
DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport 
Danish Refugee Council does not charge any kind of fee at any stage of the recruitment process nor does it use recruitment agents. 

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