Livelihood Advisor

Posted almost 2 years ago by GIZ
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO

Job Title Livelihood Advisor

Reports to: Head of Project “Strengthening Resilience in dealing with crises and conflicts in

Ninewa, Iraq (SRN)”

Deputy: --
Duty Station: Erbil

GIZ is a federally owned enterprise working since 2014 on behalf of the German Government in Iraq on various priority fields of intervention. The project “Strengthening Resilience in dealing with crises and conflicts in Ninewa, Iraq (SRN)” in particular is supporting since mid-2020 the reconstruction of liberated areas of Ninewa governorate through three components: rehabilitation of infrastructures, promotion of social cohesion and peace building, and improvement of livelihood by creating opportunities to increase income and enhancing employability.

As a transitional development assistance project, SRN aims at enabling people and institutions to adapt to new conditions and to develop structural changes towards peaceful, effective and inclusive societal and state structures. In that regard, project livelihood activities are not barely meant to allow people to survive, but aim at developing the capacities of individuals to earn as entrepreneurs or as employees an income that covers more than their basic needs, as well as strengthening the capacities of local structures from local government, civil society and private sector organizations to foster linkages amongst each other and develop joint measures with longer term effects.

The SRN project offers the following position as Livelihood Advisor (national professional). The duty station for this position is Erbil with frequent travels to and within Ninewa governorate and possibly a later relocation to Mosul.

A. Responsibilities

With the support of the leader of the livelihood team of the project and in collaboration with his colleagues from the same team, the Livelihood Advisor provides services and builds the capacity of local actors from the civil society, the private sector and the public sector, to develop cooperation mechanisms and conduct innovative initiatives that promote sustainable and market oriented income and job generating activities, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups of the population.

The incumbent is responsible for
1) Contributing to the design of new project activities in the field of livelihood as defined above.

2) Organizing the implementation of relevant activities

3) Networking with stakeholders involved in the fields of economic development and livelihood support in Ninewa

4) Contributing to planning, M&E, reporting and knowledge management tasks Within this context, s/he fulfils the following tasks:

B. Tasks :

1. Contributing to the design of new project activities in the field of livelihood:

  • identification of strategic partners for local economic development
  • assessment of capacity development needs of stakeholders and development of adapted measures to answer them
  • proposition of measures to increase vulnerable people’s participation and benefits from income and job generating activities
  • organization and facilitation of meetings with relevant stakeholders for the joint planning, steering and monitoring of new activities with a do-no-harm perspective

2. Organizing the implementation of relevant activities

  • preparation and moderation of workshops, meetings as well as training sessions
  • facilitation of dialogues and linkages between entrepreneurs (including farmers), local authorities and existing local civil society organizations
  • in line with GIZ standards and procedures, preparation of administrative documents required for contracting relevant service providers (consultants, NGOs…) and/or to procure necessary goods
  • orientation and supervision of contracted entities
  • monitoring of activities indirectly implemented through partner organizations

3. Networking with stakeholders involved in the fields of economic development and livelihood support in Ninewa

  • establishment of contacts with Ninewa formal and informal key stakeholders in the fields of economic development and livelihood support
  • linkage with relevant local government partners and relevant actors from civil society and private sector
  • coordination with other GIZ projects and other organizations active in similar fields of intervention and in Ninewa

4. Contributing to planning, M&E, reporting and knowledge management tasks

  • liaison and exchange of information with other components of the project to ensure coherence of approaches towards partners and develop synergies
  • contribution to the development and review of the component strategy, plan of operation and planning of activities
  • assistance in the collection of information that is necessary for project planning, for monitoring and evaluation and in the documentation of lessons learnt
  • provision of inputs to component reports
  • translation of component documents
  • preparation of presentations of the component and draft public relations materials
  • contribution to the project database and document filing system according to GIZ standards and procedures

5. Other Duties/Additional Tasks

  • acting as translator for the component leader and visitors when needed
  • assistance to other project activities and tasks which may not be explicitly mentioned above, as assigned by the supervisor
  • undertaking of further job training related to the position and duties, as identified with the head of the project

C. Required qualifications, competences and experience:

  • University degree (bachelor or master) in agriculture, economic, business administration, or other relevant fields

Professional Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years of work experience in relation to economic development/sectors or in livelihood. Work for a development organization is an advantage.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in direct implementation of activities (ex: community mobilization, participatory processes, organization and delivery of training sessions, facilitation of meetings and workshops, multi-stakeholder dialogues…) in the fields of either business development or entrepreneurship or agriculture or value chain upgrading or technical/ vocational training or microfinance
  • Proven experience of work in the past 3 years within Ninewa governorate and good knowledge of Ninewa local actors from the government and civil society
  • Proven capacity of working with a large variety of stakeholders (ex: men and women, ranging from village producers to small, medium and large businesses, local and governorate level authorities…)


  • Excellent Arabic skills, with proven ability to adjust to different contexts from a local, rural level to higher-level political stakeholder discussions
  • Very good English skills (B2)
  • Microsoft Office software literacy
  • Motivated, creative, result-oriented and equally respectful to all people regardless of their social status and professional background, able to work in a team.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Ninewa and between Nivewa governorate and Erbil.

D. Requirements for application

  • A cover letter briefly describing and justifying how the candidate meets the above- mentioned requirements
  • CV, max. 4 pages. Certificates should not be included with the application.
  • A half to one page text answering the following question: “The SRN project applies market-oriented, and demand driven principles. What do these principles mean to you?”. Please note that applicants not attaching this text will not be considered.
  • The reference number and position must be mentioned in the subject line of the email, Ref: (EBL-SRN21-175) Livelihood Advisor
  • CV, cover letter and the text should be in MSWord or PDF. Please note that pictures, screen shots and links will not be accepted.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Applications submitted after 22 nd November 2021 will not be considered.

Women are encouraged to apply.

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