Danish Refugee Council – Livelihoods Assistant (Dadaab).

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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 Livelihoods Assistant will ensure effective project activity implementation, monitoring and accountability in the refugee camps and host communities surrounding the Dadaab refugee complex. This position works closely with the Livelihoods Officer and other team colleagues to ensure an integrated approach in beneficiary targeting, assessments and feedback. The role also assists in relationship management with stakeholders located in international and national NGOs, county/national governments and community leadership structures to ensure effective service-delivery, participation and added value. This position will be assigned to support different livelihoods and self-reliance sub-sectors including Micro-enterprise Development, Savings Groups, Drylands Agriculture, Vocational Skills Development and Education Scholarships.


  • Implement microenterprise development activities within the camp and host community with emphasis on promoting group development through training, coaching, mentorship, identification of investment needs, opportunities and regular feedback.
  • Recruit and train project beneficiaries on business management, entrepreneurship, market linkages and financial literacy.
  • Prepare weekly, monthly narratives, quarterly, mid-year and annual progress reports.
  • Conduct Training Needs Assessments for groups and individuals, to identify areas of training in business development and savings groups/VSLAs.
  • Document human interest stories/case studies on regular basis.
  • Recruit, train and mentor beneficiaries on Savings Group/VSL methodology and financial literacy with emphasis on promoting self-reliance through investments in IGAs using loans and savings from VSLAs  
  • Identification, recruitment, supervision and mentorship of community incentive workers
  • Participate in periodic camp and host community leaders review, planning meetings and any external meetings as delegated by the supervisor from time to time.
  • Ensure incentive workers adhere to HAP/CHS principles in day to day project implementation, participate in HAP/CHS audits and support MEAL plan implementation.
  • Assist in development of livelihood concept notes
  • Serve as liaison with stakeholders and relevant line ministries at camp and sub-county levels
  • Promote effective collaboration between refugees and host community participating in DRC project activities
  • In the absence of the Livelihoods Officer, represent DRC in inter-agency coordination meetings
  • Monitor and provide objective feedback related to camp-based incentive staff performance, including completing midyear and annual performance evaluations
  • Perform other duties assigned by the supervisor

Experience and technical competencies: 

  • 2 or more years’ experience working with I/NGOs within humanitarian/development contexts 
  • Experience in engaging communities and other relevant stakeholders in the implementation of humanitarian or development program activities is key
  • Some experience and training in enterprise development, financial inclusion (savings groups/financial literacy) and/or agriculture is highly desirable
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Good organizational and work-planning skills 
  • Good decision making through use of previous learnings, listening to others, weighing options, identification of outcomes and considering success chances.
  • Team-player, team-builder and motivator
  • Good understanding of DRC Core Values and Core Humanitarian Standards

Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Business Administration, Development Studies, Sociology, Community Development, Agriculture or Agribusiness Management


  • English – Very good
  • Kiswahili – Good
  • Somali (an added advantage but not required)

DRC Core competecies
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ 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.  

Contract: 6 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: July 2021
Duty station: Dadaab (Qualifies for RnR and accommodation).
Key stakeholders:                                                                                       
Internal: Dadaab Protection, AVR, Livelihoods implementation teams, Support Services team
External Donors, Beneficiaries and community leaders, County and National Government officials 


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.


Applications should be sent no later than: 14th July 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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