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DRC East Africa and Great Lakes (EAGL) Regional Office is looking for an experienced Regional Economic Recovery Coordinator who will provide targeted and high-quality strategic guidance, capacity strengthening and technical leadership to DRC EAGL’s Economic Recovery portfolio, across DRC’s three Economic Recovery sub-sectors (food security, decent livelihoods, and financial inclusion), and will promote and reinforce DRC EAGL’s leadership and expertise in building self-reliance and resilience for conflict-, climate- and displacement-affected populations in the region.
A specific focus for the EAGL Regional Economic Recovery Coordinator will be related to the use of Market Systems Approaches (MSA) in support of developing DRC EAGL’s portfolio of modern, decent and sustainable (waged and self-employed) livelihoods programs. In particular, they will promote the use of MSA to develop market-based programming models for employment and business support interventions, as well as more advanced program models such as market systems, value chains or business environment support and development interventions, including through the development of strategic partnerships with civil society actors and the private sector.
A secondary focus for the EAGL Economic Recovery Coordinator will be to support the development of integrated programming across DRC’s core sectors of intervention (including with Protection and with Humanitarian Disarmament & Peacebuilding (HDP)).
The EAGL Economic Recovery Coordinator reports to the Technical Sector Manager and works in close collaboration with the Regional Coordinators within the Technical Team, including across DRC’s core sectors, such as Environment and Climate Adaptation, Protection and HDP, as well as DRC’s platforms Emergency, Root Causes and Durable Solutions.
The EAGL Regional Office covers the following country operations: Burundi, Djibouti, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. This position is a national position with regional coverage.
- Contribute to the further strategic and programmatic development of DRC’s Economic Recovery portfolio in EAGL region, across DRC’s Response Framework and its three programmatic platforms (Responding to Emergency; Solutions to Displacement; Addressing Root Causes). This includes further defining DRC EAGL’s strategic niche in building the self-reliance of conflict- and displacement-affected populations in fragile contexts through advanced and integrated livelihoods and financial inclusion interventions.
- Assist country operations to review and refine their strategic uses, planning and design of Market Systems Approaches (including in support to basic needs, in close collaboration with the Regional Emergency Coordinator) including via facilitating strategic workshops and based upon relevant assessments and stakeholder consultations.
- Assist country operations on Economic Recovery strategy development and associated resource mobilisation. This includes providing technical review of relevant proposals and reports and support to sector-specific donor communications.
- Liaise with Global Economic Recovery Team on global initiatives (e.g. programme, policy, advocacy, research) and represent DRC externally at regional level in relevant technical, policy and advocacy forums and communities of practice.
- Collaborate with other sector leads (e.g. Protection, Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding, Environment, etc.) at regional and country levels to explore options for integrated programming.
- Support recruitment of technical staff involved in delivering DRC EAGL’s Economic Recovery programming.
- Identify technical and/or programmatic gaps and provide training, mentoring and capacity building as required, and specifically for technical line reports.
- Complete regular country visits to deliver training, technical oversight, identify needs, provide support, trouble shoot, strengthen capacity, and ensure quality programming.
- Build capacity of DRC’s operations across the region in the use of Market Systems Approaches. In particular, build capacity of Economic Recovery staff on the use of MSA to design advanced and modern marked-based program models for livelihoods, financial inclusion and food security interventions.
Specific areas of focus:
o Market assessments: support uptake/better use of targeted market assessment and analysis, including labour market assessments, in support of market systems programming across DRC’s Response Framework.
o Modality selection/due diligence: deepen DRC Economic Recovery staff’s ability to undertake robust modality selection (across cash, vouchers, or in-kind – alone, or in combination with other assistance modalities such as service provision or infrastructure); systematically further embed and build capacity for the use of DRC’s Modality Due Diligence (MDD) tool in the design of Economic Recovery programs.
o Monitoring and evaluation: support outcome monitoring to measure programme quality, and evaluate impact, cost-effectiveness and relevance.
o Participation and accountability: support DRC operations to increase the participation of and their accountability to populations of concern.
o MSA preparedness: support organisational preparedness for market systems programming (including CVA and uptake of digital payments in country operations).
Technical & Operational Support
- Technical support: provide technical advice and support to EAGL Economic Recovery country teams on assessment, design, set-up, implementation, monitoring, learning and reporting of higher quality, more timely and more accountable needs, preferences and market-based Economic Recovery programming on behalf of IDPs or refugees, and their host communities.
- Quality assurance & compliance: follow up on the implementation of DRC’s minimum standards for Economic Recovery programming and lead the development, harmonization, rolling out of and training in core programme tools, guidance and standard operating procedures (SOPs) as required, with a particular focus on early recovery interventions. Assure compliance with DRC standards and procedures, and alignment with global and regional strategies, including through regular coordination with colleagues in support services at Regional and HQ levels.
- Risk management: support organisational risk management related to MSA and for core Economic Recovery activities.
- Provide regular updates to Deputy Regional Director and Global Economic Recovery Team.
- Any other duties as agreed with Deputy Regional Director.
- Minimum 5 years international field experience with international humanitarian and/or development organisations, and demonstrable experience working on Economic Recovery programming in contexts of forced displacement.
- Masters in Social Sciences, Economics, Development Studies or other relevant field
- Significant experience and demonstrated expertise in market systems programming in fragile contexts.
- Strong knowledge of modern Livelihoods Programming (including urban livelihoods, SME start-up and scale-up, and modern agriculture-based livelihoods)
- Strong knowledge of Market-based programming (including CVA)
- Relevant practitioner knowledge of and experience with relevant financial inclusion and food security support. Familiarity with self-reliance programming, including safety net programmes and the Graduation Approach, will be a plus.
- Experience in East Africa and Great Lakes, and strong knowledge of livelihoods zones across the region is expected.
- Familiarity with DRC’s other core sector of intervention, in particular Protection and Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (HDP) will be a plus.
- Experience delivering targeted and high-quality technical training and capacity building, including in settings with remote technical management.
- Substantial experience in both a technical advisory role and with hands-on programme management and implementation across the project/programme cycle.
- Confident and effective representation and communication skills
- Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
- Proposal development skills
- Excellent organisational skills, ability to determine priorities and attention to detail
- Excellent interpersonal and coordination skills, including working with different groups, partners and nationalities, and experience in coordination mechanisms
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies:
- Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results through the Regional team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverables.
- Collaborating: You lead regional initiatives and processes by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
- Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
- Communicating: You listen to other stakeholders and staff; and you communicate concisely and persuasively.
- Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.
Duration: 1 Year renewable subject to Performance and Funding.
Contract: Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for National staff conditions in the respective Country; Employment Band Non-Manager G.
Start Date: 1st March 2022
Duty Station: Position to be based in either of the following locations; Nairobi, Hargeisa, Kampala, Goma, Bujumbura or Mogadishu with travel within East Africa and Great Lakes Region.
Reporting: This position reports to Technical Sector Manager
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). All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.
Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.
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, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.
Applicants must send a cover letter (max 1 page) and an updated CV (max 3 pages) in English. Cover letter should outline your personal motivation for applying and your key qualifications for the position. Apply online on our page Current Vacancies at http://www.drc.ngo. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: 15th January 2022.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received, candidates maybe contacted before closing date.
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