Livelihoods Coordinator at Action Africa Help International

Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) is a regional African-led non-governmental organisation that supports livelihood-challenged communities in East and Southern Africa to sustainably improve their well-being and standard of living. With Country Programmes in South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Somalia, and Kenya, AAH-I has over 20 years’ experience working with communities in conflict and post-conflict situations, including refugees, internally displaced people and host communities. More recently AAH-I has expanded its activities to work with other marginalised communities including pastoralists and urban slum dwellers.

Job Summary:

The Livelihoods Coordinator is responsible for designing, coordination, implementation, monitoring and follow-up of AAHI livelihoods programming. He/she will ensure the project achieves its overall goal in conformity to policies and guidelines.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic and program planning

  • Develop, coordinate, plan, implement, monitor, and report on AAHI Livelihood operations
  • Based on existing assessments, he/she will design interventions, strategies, and plans for the implementation of livelihood programs;
  • Identify innovative/alternative livelihood approaches
  • Lead in developing new sustainable livelihood initiatives/proposals and fundraising relating recovery and development response;

Coordination

  • Participate in the Livelihoods inter-agency working groups, joining technical task forces as needed

Program Implementation, monitoring, and reporting

  • Ensure continuous capacity building among staff in handling the Livelihood programming.
  • Undertake regular field/onsite visits to ensure technical support to livelihood staff and proper monitoring of the activities’ implementation plan
  • Provide regular updates on progress to the Area Manager and other team members
  • Ensure donor and agency compliance is met at all levels of project/program management cycle
  • Review and endorse relevant financial and narrative reporting on all livelihood interventions.
  • Provide overall budget monitoring, financial management, and expenses control including compliance with minimum AAHI and donor requirements.
  • Ensure lessons learned are documented, shared, and reflected in program planning and decision making.
  • Ensure transparency and accountability tools, processes, and mechanisms to affected communities are in place.
  • Work with the M&E team to ensure the M&E plan is being implemented, data is being collected from the field and regular reports are being produced.

Minimum qualifications required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications in Social Sciences, Project Management, Agriculture, Business Administration, or relevant discipline with further training in management.
    Master’s degree in Project Development and Management, Proposal Writing, Business Incubation, Agribusiness, Business administration, or equivalent preferable.
  • Demonstrated record of success in developing winning funding proposals from a diverse range of donors.
  • Experience in raising funds from corporations and/or large trusts and foundations and non-traditional donors is an advantage;
  • Familiarity with and experience in responding to Requests for Applications/Proposals (RFA/RFP), Call for Proposals (CFP), and unsolicited calls;
  • At least 7 years of the progressively responsible program, of which at least 2 years closely related to implementing camp management activities or community settlements.

Minimum relevant experience required

  • Demonstrate impeccable top-level negotiation and persuasive skills in programming with donors while appreciating the desired flexibility.
  • Relevant experience in business or market/economic development
  • Relevant experience in agricultural production, market assessments, rural market linkages, and capacity building in value chains
  • Experience in the training field team
  • Experience in implementing livelihood intervention in the camp setting
  • Demonstrated strengths in relationship management; able to work with diverse groups of people in a multicultural, team-oriented environment.

Desirable Skills

  • Project management field experience.
  • Knowledge and exposure to the social and cultural values of the region concerned.
  • Proficiency in the local language(s).
  • Skilled in influencing and obtaining the cooperation of individuals not under supervisory control; able to manage long-distance relationships to achieve results

Additional Skills & Competences

  • Communicational skills (written and spoken)
  • Organizational and managerial skills
  •  ICT specialty (email, Spread-sheets, MS-word, job-related software, etc).
  • Team-work and participation
  • High level of self-supervision and ability to take initiative
  • Degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • The technical side of the job (numeracy, report-writing, critical thinking, leadership, etc).
  • INGO experience and understanding of the humanitarian sector

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