Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Livelihood and Food Security Program Development Manager

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description


Job Purpose

The purpose of the  Livelihood and Food Security (LFS) Project Development Manager is to rollout LFS Core Competency (CC) in Syria Country Office, building on existing strategy and activities. The position holder will particularly focus on designing, developing and implementing primarily cash and market-based interventions.

What you will do:

Responsible for the full-scale development and rollout of Livelihood and Food Security (LFS) Core Competency, including cash and market based interventions, throughout Syria Country Office (SCO) operations. Engage in the process of developing/revising NRC’s new Livelihoods & Food Security strategy and new tools and other technical material as required, in consultation with the Regional and Global LFS and Cash Advisers; Lead the process of drafting SoPs, related to cash and market interventions, among others. Support Design of market assessments, Mapping and Analysis; Support the consideration and inclusion of cash-based interventions and market-based approaches within (and across) NRC core competency responses, where appropriate; Contribute to the institutionalization of cash-based interventions and market based programmes though Capacity Building and interdepartmental engagement; Identify funding opportunities and lead the process of drafting proposals, project budgets and donor reports Coordinate and manage LFS program implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements. Promote integration of LFS with other NRC core competencies (education, shelter, capacity building and WASH) and ensure application of cross-cutting issues in LFS and cash interventions. Ensure strong donor compliance, ensure Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and quality control procedures are understood and entrenched in all LFS and cash projects; Ensure timely and quality reporting, and provide regular inputs to indicator tracking, situational reports, annual reports, etc. in line with NRC procedures and guidelines;  Document programme learning and incorporate analysis and lessons learned into future LFS strategy, proposals and planning, and in collaboration with M&E, ensure overall quality of the programme        Responsible for the overall technical line management of relevant project staff as well as ensuring their capacities are built and that there is transfer key skills Liaise and collaborate with relevant local and national authorities and stakeholders and represent NRC in relevant forums/cluster/working groups. Participate in internal and external livelihood, food security and cash focused Coordination meetings, representing NRC at area and national level; Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy

Professional Competencies and Qualifications Required

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Bachelors Degree in a relevant field of study. Minimum 4 years of experience of implementing livelihood and food security projects in a senior level position in multiple humanitarian/recovery contexts Experience of working in complex and volatile contexts. Good overview of the humanitarian and socio-political context in Middle East Region in general and Syria in particular will be considered as an added advantage; Technical expertise in designing and implementing high quality cash and market based interventions Strong inter-personal, organizational and management skills Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Knowledge of arabic language will be an asset.

Behavioural competencies

Managing resources to optimize results Managing performance and development Empowering and building trust Handling insecure environments

What We Offer

NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

We offer an opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause and a chance to meet and work with people who are the best in their fields.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility: At NRC we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take initiative.

We are also looking for people who share our values:

To be dedicated in what we do; To be innovative with our solutions; To act as one unified and inclusive team; To be accountable to the donors that make our work possible; the people we exist to serve, and to each other… the members of our NRC family.

Additional Information:

Duty Station: Damascus, Syria             

Contract duration: 12 months

Travel: 50% 

Grade 9 in NRC's grading structure

Reporting line: Head of Programme

For more information regarding the role, here is the detailed job description.

We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Send in your application by latest January 28, 2023.

Please ensure you attach copies of your academic and professional certificates.

Learn more about NRC's operations in Syria here.

For any queries, please email us at with “LFS Programme Development Manager ” as the subject line.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country. Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks. NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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