Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Economic Recovery Officer (Business Development)

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Description

  The Economic Recovery Officer will be based in Bekaa as a member of the Economic Recovery department. The Economic Recovery Officer will play a key role in implementing various Economic Recovery programs, and be specifically responsible for the technical oversight of the Business Development (for micro, small and medium enterprises), the local Economic Development with municipalities and business clusters. S/he will particularly focus on supporting vulnerable MSMEs to develop their potential, in a value-chain and local business cluster approach. S/he will also work closely with municipalities to support their local economic Development Plan.

The officer will also coordinate with relevant partners and activities within the project. Your main duties and responsibilities will be: Program Implementation:

  • Lead on the MSMEs support, Design processes and implementation in order to deliver maximum impact;
  • Contribute to and implement the tools for MSMEs support including assessment tools, selection tools and follow-up tools;
  • Ensure the identification and selection of a pool of experts in business development and other related topics to support MSMEs;
  • Coordinate financial and operational Feasibility Studies for MSME support packages that promote job growth and employment;
  • Coordinate developed strategies to meet the programme’s job creation targets through market-oriented solutions and devising short and long term employment opportunities through MSME support;
  • Ensure that all MSME support-related interventions are in compliance with international norms and standards, national laws and policies, technical standards and organizational policies;
  • Build relationships with unions and local municipalities to introduce the project and facilitate Access to Information related to project activities and scope. Arrange for meetings with local entities and authorities, as requested;
  • Work closely with the cash-for-work team to ensure that their projects could support the local economic Development Plans developed/shared with the municipalities;
  • Oversee the successful implementation of program activities, ensuring that assistants are following work plans, that activities are on schedule, and that program deliverables are completed as promised;
  • Assist in conducting market assessment of the areas of intervention and determining program intervention priorities based on needs and existing resources.
  • Participate in field based research activities related to DRC economic recovery programing
  • Establish and maintain contact and productive working relationships with community representatives, local and international organization, beneficiaries and employers.
Upon needs, the economic recovery officer could also contribute to the below tasks:

  • Gather information on the local context, target communities and employer to assist the economic recovery Team Leader in the selection market oriented activities and provide beneficiaries with relevant information on the Labour market, Lebanese regulations and their implications for Syrian and Lebanese.
HR and Administration

  • In case needed, assist in the recruitment of qualified and experienced staff, trainers, and consultants if required.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Documentation

  • Frequently conduct field visits to ensure a quality work and Ensure that project files are maintained, archived and up to date.
  • Ensure that all reporting and referrals is done through the relevant online platforms.
About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have minimum of a Bachelor University degree; preferably related to Business Management, international development, economics. Moreover, we also expect the following: Required
  • 2 years’ minimum experience with INGOs, preferably in Livelihoods, or related sectors, which would include experience with the following activities:
    • Proven ability to successfully implement economic development programming including grants and technical assistance for municipalities and MSMEs beneficiaries;
    • Experience carrying out in-depth assessments of MSMEs to identify bottlenecks, challenges and potential for growth;
    • Experience working for municipalities’ local economic development;
    • Experience creating and managing detailed action/project plans and assessing impact to timelines and budget for change in scope or pivot in direction;
    • Experience drafting detailed requirements for use by third parties to execute against;
    • Experience managing a team;
    • Proven ability to liaise with a network of government officials, NGOs, and potential implementing partners;
    • Knowledge of the local market and vulnerabilities.
    • Conducting market assessments
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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Contract length: 6 months Until end of August 2021 renewable based on performance and availability of funds Band/Level: H Duty Station: Bekaa Start date: February 2021 Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies. For questions regarding the vacancy please contact karim.mikati@drc.ngo Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 15 February 2021 For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.

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