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Livelihoods & Food Security Team Leader - Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Date Posted: Apr 02, 2024
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  • Type:
    Full Time
  • Category:
    Food Security & Livelihoods
  • Positions:
  • Experience:
    4 Year
  • Gender:
    No Preference
  • Degree:
  • Apply Before:
    Apr 15, 2024

Job Description

P.S: Please ensure that you fill in all details before submitting your application. Empty and incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


NRC has provided first-line humanitarian response since 2021 with multisector activities in shelter, education, livelihoods and food security, and information, counselling and legal assistance. Our focus is on supporting people in hard-to-reach areas, working in partnership with authorities and local actors. We are piloting cash-based interventions with displaced populations living in host communities. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s six core competencies; Shelter, Education, Livelihoods and Food Security, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) and Protection from Violence.

NRC Somalia is part of NRC’s East & South Africa regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across Ten countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Mozambique).  NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi-country programming and ensure quality and coordination. 

Role and Responsibilities

The purpose of a Team Leader is to manage a CC project team at area office level.

Generic Responsibilities:

  • Management of Food Security/FS project staff  
  • Implement plan of action for delegated portfolio of FS CC projects (activities, budget and project documentation)  
  • Day to day follow of progress in project implementation
  • Ensure compliance with NRC policies, FS CC tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement in FS CC
  • Prepare periodic progress reports and other documents 
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills 
  • Liaison and collaborate with relevant local authorities and stakeholders
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Participate in activity planning, coordination and execution of the Livelihoods activities in increasing access to self-employment, wage-employment and other livelihoods income source, establishment of vulnerable households and constant market demand monitoring. 
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by PM/PC 
  • Liaison and collaborate with relevant local authorities and stakeholders.
  • Fully Responsible for the operational activities of Food Security and Livelihoods such as Resilience programs, social safety Net cash transfer, market price monitoring, distributions of vouchers/skill tools and redemption of vouchers. 
  • Responsible for Preparation of Cash transfer payment sheet, Post Distribution monitoring with the support M&E and making use Beneficiaries receive their entitlements.
  • Lead Beneficiaries selection, registration and verification in transparent manner. 
  • Lead/conduct community mobilisation/consultation meetings and beneficiary selection.
  • Beneficiary enrolment in TVET/skills training programmes and support development of competitive business plans 
  • Organize and conduct Income generation activity training, Village saving Load Association Approach (support the selected Bnfs development of business plans)
  • Make sure the LSF project are addressed and consider gender equality, disability issue 
  • Remain alert to identify and appropriately report any emerging PoCs (Refugees, Asylum Seeker, Returnees, IDPs) issues. 
  • Represent NRC in Sectoral and Cluster meetings for livelihoods project. 
  • Ensure that all documentation of the Project is promptly and correctly filed and archived as necessary.
  • Lead the Community sensitisation on cash based social transfer eligibility criteria and service referrals
  • Involve in innovative approaches in cash based and livelihood programming 
  • Explore opportunities for resilience programming in Galmudug
  • Integrate FS CC with other CC programs and other area FS teams in Somalia
  • Supervise, train, and appraise the Livelihoods Project Officers and assistants.
  • Any other work assigned by line manager.

Experiences and Qualifications

Professional competencies

Generic professional competencies: 

  • BSC/BA in agriculture, social science, community development, economics, and other related fields
  • Minimum of 4-5 years’ relevant working experience, at least 2 years experience from working as project officer in FS project implementation position in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile 
  • Experience in a Humanitarian emergency response is an added advantage.
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities 
  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills. 
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel and Power point)  
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Very good organizational and administrative skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Good understanding of complex emergencies and crisis contexts with a sense of humour
  • Attention to detail, flexible and creative
  • Goal oriented with ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision
  • Strong team working and support role skills
  • We are particularly looking for a positive individual with strong communication skills, who can build trust and confidently navigate both internally and externally at different levels.  
  • In this position you will join highly motivated and expert staff who are making a difference to the most vulnerable people

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience: 

  •  Knowledge of the Galmudug context in relation to FS, livelihood and resilience
  •  Knowledge of the local language (Somali) – if different than English 
  • Experience with start-up, exit or similar project phases

What We Offer:

  • Duty station:  Dhusamareb
  • Contract duration: Up December, with possibility of extension.
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions, terms and conditions.
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. In the selection of our staff, we are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative. 
  • NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose. 

How To Apply

Key Information - Please Take Note When Applying

  • Apply by completing all the system-required fields of your experience, employment history, and education in your application.
  • Ensure to attach your latest updated CV.
  • Submit your application and CV in English.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as per your passport.
  • Incomplete, email and paper applications will not be considered.
  • Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered.
  • Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.

Additional Information:

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline

Email and paper applications will not be considered

NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

NB: All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Code of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable​.


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Company Overview


The Norwegian Refugee Council is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises in more than 30 countries, where we help save lives and rebuild futures. We deliver high-quality aid where needs are greatest.... Read More

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