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Livelihood Officer

Posted 4 months ago by GIZ
Location Duhok Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector Services

A.Programme’s context

Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GIZ’s Economic Development and Livelihood Programme in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) is active since 2016, providing access to income and jobs for Refugees, IDPs and the host community populations (returnees from Europe included). While in the initial phase (2016-2017) the Programme focused mainly on the immediate and short-term support through cash for work (CFW) activities, since 2018 services for more sustainable and long term solutions to lack of jobs and income generation opportunities are being implemented. These include, among others, vocational trainings, job placement solutions such as apprenticeships and on-the-job trainings, entrepreneurship development support, employability trainings. Such services are delivered in Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah governorates, currently through implementing partners, however the large capacity of the programme running until 2022 leaves the possibility for direct implementation too.

B.General Responsibilities

The livelihood officer is responsible  for:

  • Ensuring proper supervision and follow-up of the implementation of the livelihood activities done through partners’ projects;

  • Support the programme direct implementation of livelihood activities such as vocational trainings, job placement solutions such as apprenticeships and on-the-job trainings, entrepreneurship development support;

  • Liaising and coordinating with the relevant stakeholders such as governmental entities, national and international organizations, private sector actors, through bilateral meetings and attending actively cluster and discussions forums;

  • Coordinating the programme activities with the different GIZ programme units as well as with the other GIZ programmes in KR-I and Iraq;

  • Redacting and contributing to the redaction of programme reports, including support for donor (BMZ) reports.

C.Specific Tasks

  • The livelihood professional performs the following tasks:
  • Supervision of the programme’s implementation through partners
  • Be a GIZ reference for the implementing partners’ project teams in the assigned location, for supervision, referral and workplan related-issues;

  • Conduct and lead regular field visits, with or without GIZ M&E support, to monitor and supervise the project’s activities in line with the local subsidy or contract agreement in place;

  • Make sure that the implementing partners’ project teams are correctly liaising with the GIZ Returnee focal point and the GIZ M&E and reporting colleagues;

  • Collecting success stories from the field visit, properly linking the implementing partners, the beneficiaries, the GIZ reporting teams and the GIZ PR unit.

  • Programme’s direct implementation
  • Under the guidance and supervision of the Livelihood coordinator,

  • identify needs of targeted populations in the KR-I to set-up process and structures to implement livelihood activities, including assessment, selection of beneficiaries, training, coaching initiatives if needed;
  • Work directly with local stakeholders (authorities, private sector actors, national and international organizations) to liaise and coordinate the direct implementation;

  • Organize, lead and/or contribute to labor market assessments, or project evaluation surveys, to assess needs as well as the impact of the programme;

  • Cooperate with the logistics, M&E and reporting units of the programme;

  • Coordination:
  • Regularly and actively attend programmatic weekly, monthly meetings;

  • Regularly and actively engage with the different GIZ programmes to explore synergies, avoid overlapping and complement with each other’s activities;

  • Regularly and actively attend and represent GIZ in the coordination forum such as cluster, working groups, informal forums.

Other duties/additional tasks

  • Attend strategical meetings at the request of the Head of Programme and the Livelihood Coordinator;

  • Contribute to the review, adaptation and assessment of the Livelihood’s Programme strategy;

  • Attend trainings as per assessment and request of the Livelihood coordinator;

  • Perform any other duties at the request of the Livelihood Coordinator and the Head of Programme.

D.Required qualifications, competencies and experience

  • University degree in Business Administration and Management, Economy, International Relations, Economic Development or any other field related to the position;

  • At least 3 to 5 years professional experiences in a comparable position with an international or national organization providing humanitarian and development services in Iraq;

  • English, Kurdish, Arabic language skills to be excellent/very good;

  • Very good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software, phone, fax, email the internet and computer applications (e.g. MS office);

  • Excellent interpersonal skills;

  • Background as a trainer in life skills, entrepreneurship development is an asset.

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