Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Livelihoods and Food Security Coordinator

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description


Caution: this position is an Afghan National Position

Job Overview:

The Livelihoods and Security" id="link" class="link">Food Security Coordinator will help implement LFS programmes in the Central/East Region, under the country office’s LFS Core Competency. The LFS coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Central and East Area program Manager and the close technical guidance of the LFS Specialist (based in Kabul).

Livelihoods and food security programmes support NRC’s broader strategy to promote durable solutions to displacement –beyond short-term Emergency assistance – and to prevent further displacement. These programmes seek to enable vulnerable displaced people (returnees from Iran or Pakistan, as well as people internally displaced by conflict) to have access to income generation activities through agricultural, Livestock, start-up and job placement initiatives, so they can support their families.

The LFS coordinator will be responsible for leading the implementation and reporting of all LFS projects in the Central/East Region (primarily Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa, Panjshir, Logar, Khost, Paktia, Jalalabad, Kunar and Laghman provinces). This will include managing the LFS team, managing budgets, ensuring that project activities and M&E Data Collection are being implemented on schedule; and regularly discussing ideas for project improvement or challenges with the Central Area Program Manager and LFS Specialist.

The LFS coordinator will be expected to spend at least 50% of his / her time in the field, support the field teams in the overall management of agricultural private sector livelihood projects, including climate resilience and drought response activities.

The project manager is expected to focus more on integrated projects with other sectors (core competency) within the NRC.

He / she will be responsible for leading the implementation of the portfolio of Livelihood and Food security for the central and east region.

For more details please do click here: Job Description and NRC Grade Structure

Generic responsibilities:

Supervise and manage the work of the LFS officer and LFS team as a whole. Build a strong and productive LFS team spirit – promoting values of responsibility, respect, trust, inclusiveness, solidarity, and collaboration with other NRC departments. Foster a strong sense of collaboration between the LFS team and other departments within the central Area Office. Working with the APM, LFS Specialist and LFS Advisor, build the capacity of the central LFS team – as per each staff members’ needs –through on-the-job training, formal trainings, exposure visits to other area offices, etc. Proactively share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in LFS activities with the central and east Area Program Manager and LFS Specialist. Immediately flag any challenges or delays to the central and east area program Manager and LFS Specialist. Contribute to the development of Country, Area and LFS Core Competency strategies. Coordinate and manage LFS project implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements. Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy. Adhere to NRC policies, guidance and procedures.

Specific responsibilities:

Lead the implementation of all LFS projects in the central and east region, including:

Managing budgets and tracking expenditures on a monthly basis. Reporting project progress on a monthly basis and providing inputs for donor reports as required. Overseeing the beneficiary selection process, according to guidelines set by the LFS Specialist, and ensuring that the selection process is done with the highest level of transparency, fairness and rigor. Ensuring that project activities are being implemented on schedule, and with a high level of quality. Ensuring that Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) data collection is carried out on schedule, with a high level of quality, using the appropriate data collection tools. Be an active member of the LFS community in the central Region, including through building good working relationships with relevant government line department (Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Ministry of Economy), and participating and actively contributing to regional Food Security and Agriculture (FSAC) meetings, Agriculture and livelihoods working groups, cash voucher working group etc. Engage and build good relationships with private sector stakeholders relevant to LFS projects – such as the Kabul Chamber of Commerce, local trader’s associations, large businesses etc. Ensure the inclusion of cash-based interventions and marked based programming in country and area-based strategies and their implementation across and within NRC’s core competencies. Supporting NRC’s Agriculture based -food production development emergency project in the target areas of the CEAO.   Support NRC’s climate resilience and Drought response, and the component of the project which includes ( livestock support through provision of Animal Feed, animal vaccination, rehabilitation of irrigation system, Kariz and canals, support to forestry and agriculture management system, Income generation activities and trade-faire support to the beneficiaries( Khost and Jalalabad). Support NRC’s private sector livelihood initiatives including start-up supports and apprenticeship programs.
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