Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Project Manager (Livelihoods)

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Description

DRC is seeking a dynamic and motivated Project Manager- Livelihoods to strengthen and develop the livelihoods team and programmes in Rakhine state.

Who are we?

DRC has been operating in Myanmar since 2009 and currently implements humanitarian and development programmes in Rakhine, Kachin and Northern Shan States. The overall programme objective is protection of civilians and promotion of durable solutions for vulnerable conflict and disaster-affected people. DRC’s work is based on humanitarian and protection principles.

The situation in Rakhine State has been made even more challenging and complex with the ongoing refugee crisis that started in August 2017. This will require an even more principled and innovative approach to livelihoods programming. The ongoing unrest, displacement, segregation and endemic underdevelopment all compound the usual challenges. DRC activities target IDPs, as well as other vulnerable populations from all communities.

DRC focuses on skills and market linkages for youth, small and medium enterprise development, informal financial services, community driven development and Disaster Risk Reduction to protect and promote Early Recovery. DRC’s current donors include DFAT, USAID, EU, UN agencies, the LIFT fund, GIZ and other private donors.

DRC is active across a broad spectrum of sectors including; CCCM, General Protection, Child Protection, GBV, Livelihoods, and WASH in Rakhine State. DRC also responds to frequent natural disasters in the State, including flooding, landslides, and cyclones.

About the role 

The Project Manager- Livelihoods will need to be an agile and natural leader, able to manage a large and growing livelihood programme. The Project Manager- Livelihoods will develop, manage, provide technical guidance, report, represent the Livelihoods programme as well as develop the capacity of the livelihoods team, to deliver high quality programs. The Project Manager- Livelihoods will also be a strong communicator able to coordinate closely with the other DRC departments and sectors to deliver a coherent program.

Reporting to the Programme Manager, the Project Manager - Livelihoods will manage teams across Rakhine.

Main responsibilities

Specific duties will include but not limited to;                   

  • Provide leadership to Livelihoods team members as delegated, developing and enhancing the quality of the livelihood projects implemented by DRC Myanmar in Rakhine.
  • Promote, advocate, and mainstream DRC’s economic recovery advocacies, guidelines, and programme direction in Rakhine.
  • Work closely with other DRC sectors to ensure a holistic approach
  • Proactive Coordination with other livelihood actors including consortia partners, notably Norwegian Refugee Council. Take a lead on technical and project-level aspects of consortium coordination
  • Proactive coordination with the Livelihoods sector, TVET working group, UNDP, MIAG (Northern Rakhine State), national authorities, and other relevant actors in Rakhine State.
  • Proactive partnership building with private institutions, private sector, communities, and CSOs, to put forward project and organizational objectives for Livelihoods of DRC in Rakhine.
  • In the event of sub-contracting or partnership with a local CSO, ensure the timely and quality implementation of the CSO partner, working collaboratively, enabling exchange and mutual Capacity Building, as well as provide other necessary assistance, and compliance checks; with the support of DRC’s internal operations and partnership units.
  • Develop and lead needs assessments around feasible solutions for IDPs and villages in terms of livelihoods and social cohesion focusing on TVET and entrepeneurship
  • Build on the vocational training curricula, opportunities and expertise within the DRC program to enhance economic opportunities, with a particular focus on youth and women.
  • Oversee the management of the livelihood programming budgets and grants.
  • Develop and monitor programme log frames and indicators.
  • In collaboration with the MEAL team, ensure the quality of the monitoring, evaluation and learning process for the Livelihood Program as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of its activities
  • Ensure compliance with DRC logistics, finance and HR procedures
About You

To be successful in the position you should meet most/ all of the following requirements:
  • Minimum 5 years of practical experience in Livelihood sector in emergency, early recovery or Remote Management settings and at least 3 years' experience with people management
  • Documented skills in project planning and Design, drafting, calculation and technical writing
  • Experience of managing grants e.g. EU/ECHO, USAID/OFDA, DFAT, GIZ, Danida
  • Strong project management, budget management and report writing skills
  • Clear communication, presentation style, good interpersonal and diplomatic skills essential
  • Ability to work independently in a remote location
  • Experience working with national partners, local/government authorities, and UN organisations.
  • Experience of project cycle management including proposal writing, budget monitoring, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting
  • Experience of managing and leading a team of livelihood staff and coordinating with other sectors and support departments
  • Solid experience in participatory approaches and facilitation skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience in training and capacity building of local staff
  • Cultural sensitivity and adaptability
  • Professional fluency in English
  • Experience of Data Management and the creation of databases
We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicant a 12-month contract, extendable based on funding availability. Envisaged start date February 2021. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.dk under Vacancies. The position is placed in Employment Band F, level 2.

The duty station is Sittwe, Rakhine State, with occasional travel to Maungdaw and to Yangon as needed. Sittwe is a non-family duty station.

Application process

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button. All applicants must send a cover letter and an up-to-date CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered. Deadline for applications: 8 Feb 2021.

(Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and shortlisted candidates may be contacted for interview/an offer made before the advertised closing date)
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