Business Officer

Posted over 2 years ago by Danish Refugee Council
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO
About the job 
The Business Advisor is responsible for the Livelihoods business incubator, business grant and asset replacement projects to support the establishment of small businesses across Erbil, and Ninewa.  
Reporting lines: 
  • Reports to: Livelihoods Deputy Program Manager 
Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Lead the development of the criteria for selection for participants in Business Incubator, business grant and asset replacement Program.
  • With the support of the Livelihoods team and livelihoods deputy program manager review each case for inclusion in the program and make recommendations as needed.  
  • Maintain a clear database of all possible participants in the program (selected and not selected) and provide regular updates (at least monthly) to the DRC livelihoods database officer.  
  • Provide regular advice to business development to beneficiaries as well as to the DRC livelihoods team.  
  • Prepare and maintain up to date work plan and track expenditures, in line with project and budget documents
  • Prepare regular and timely updates and reports to be shared with the livelihoods deputy program manager.  
  • Compile monthly report on the business activities, any new opportunities identified and success stories to the LHDPM.
  • Deliver business development skills training to the selected beneficiaries of the program.
  • In coordination with agricultural sector and other stake holders identify beneficiaries for asset replacement project.  
  • Identify gaps in markets and encourage the development of new relevant business to fill the gap.  
  • Monitor and follow up with each participant in the Business Incubator, business grant and asset replacement program.  
  • Perform assessments of future and existing businesses to determine strengths and profitability \
  • Review business proposals and evaluate their potential for employment generation and profitability
  • Provide recommendations to the business selection committee for the potential funding of business proposals  
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the LHDPM. 
About you 
Essential Qualifications and Experience:  
  • Relevant university degree or similar education.
  • Relevant experience in similar contexts.
  • Experience with DRC people of concern.
  • Experience in similar livelihoods assignments.
  • Strong communication and team work skills.
  • Knowledge of local laws and regulations.
  • Able to work energetically.
  • Relevant computer skills. 
Preferred Qualifications and Experience: 
  • Experience of working with UN or Non-Governmental Organisations.
  • Experience in training and capacity-building of staff.  
  • Knowledge of the Refugee and IDP crisis.  
Competency profile: 
  • Analytical Skills
  • Planning Skills
  • Systematic
  • Communication
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Initiative (proactive)
  • Result-oriented and Accountability
  • Professionalism 
  • Spoken and written English, Arabic and Kurdish are essential. 
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:  
  1. Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.  
  2. Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.  
  3. Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.  
  4. Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.  
  5. Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.  
We offer 
DRC will offer the successful applicant a contract until 31-December-2017, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 1-July-2017.
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level C2 
Application process 
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button. 
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only will not be considered. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact  
Please note that applications sent directly to will not be considered. 
Applications close 14-June-2017. The interviews are expected to take place from 18 to 22 June 2017.  
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website  
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is widely recognised as provider of efficient and community-oriented solutions to human security problems caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war as well as small arms and light weapons.

DDG is part of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), which is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world. We are the largest humanitarian NGO in Denmark and consistently ranked as one of the world’s best NGOs according to Global_Geneva. 

We fulfil our mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict areas of the world. We also advocate on behalf of conflict-affected populations globally on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. Our work and long-term strategies are guided by our five core values: Humanitarian approach - Respect - Independence & neutrality - Inclusion - Honesty & transparency. 

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