VSL Assistant - Dadaab

by BM Kenya  BM Kenya
Posted at
Wednesday, 07:07
Member Since
24. Aug '16, 16:26
Position Type
Full time
Riverside Nairobi

Job Summary:

Applications are invited from qualified persons for the above vacant position.

Job Description:


The Danish Refugee Council has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using protection and human rights framework, DRC has mainly focused on Somalis displaced by conflict. The programs includes protection, Livelihoods, food and NFI distributions, water and sanitation and advocacy among others .There are 4 main offices in Somalia region, one in Yemen, one in Kenya and a regional office in Nairobi. The last 2 years has seen growth in program size, leading to greater demand for support and management functions by the program offices for efficient service delivery and accountability.


The incumbent will implement and monitor all DRC livelihood activities including micro-enterprise development, value chain and VSLA trainings to persons of concerns, within Dadaab Refugee camp and Dadaab host community.

Key Responsibilities

Livelihoods Project Management:

Implement micro enterprise development activities within the camp and host community with emphasis on promoting group development through training, coaching, mentorship, regular feedback and identification of investment needs and opportunities.
Recruit and train project beneficiaries on business management, entrepreneurship, market linkages as well as financial literacy and value chain development skills training.

Prepare weekly, monthly narratives, Quarterly, midyear and annual progress reports.

Conduct Training Needs Assessment for groups and Individuals, to identify areas of training in business development.

Document human interest stories/case studies quarterly.

Program development Monitoring and Evaluation:

Carry out participatory needs assessments and identify appropriate livelihood interventions to increase income of beneficiaries and reduce poverty.

Participate in periodic camp leaders review and planning meetings and any external meetings as delegated by the supervisor from time to time.

Ensure Incentive workers adhere to HAP principles in day to day project implementation, participate in HAP audits and support M& E plan.

Assist in development of Livelihood concept notes
Report on M&E activities and document most significant case (MSC) stories.

Coordination and partnership:

Serve as liaison with stakeholders and relevant GoK departments at the Camp and sub county levels.

Promote effective collaboration between refugees and Dadaab host community participating in DRC project activities.

In the absence of the Livelihoods officer, represent DRC in coordination meetings.

Staff management:

Hold regular meetings with incentive workers for planning, review livelihood activities and address emerging concerns and report on feedback.

Monitor and provide objective feedback related to camp based incentive staff performance, including completing midyear and annual performance evaluations.

Perform other duties assigned by the supervisor and / team leader.

DRC Core Competencies

Striving for excellence

Focus on reaching results while ensuring efficiency. Strive to produce accurate, thorough and professional work with optimal use of time and effort.


Cooperate with and involve relevant parties, actively seeking their opinion and sharing key information with them. Support and trust others while encouraging feedback.

Taking the lead:

Take ownership and prioritize job according to DRC’s overall vision and goals. Take the initiative when confronted with a challenge or an opportunity and aim for innovative solutions.


Write and speak effectively and honestly while adjusting style and tone to the situation. Listen actively to others and involve them in the dialogue.

Demonstrating integrity:

Act in line with DRC’s vison, values and collaboration standards. Encourage inclusion and diversity to ensure sustainable solutions. Actively involve, respect and empower our stakeholders.

Reporting Arrangements

Reporting To: Project Officer-Livelihoods

Staff reporting: Incentive workers.

Personal Specifications Essential Skills and Qualification:

Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Community development, Anthropology or social work.

Minimum 2 years’ experience implementing livelihoods or income generating projects preferably with NGOin a refugee/IDP setting.

Experience in working with local government and stakeholders in implementation of humanitarians projects

Ability to work with minimal supervision and in a team. Well organized and able to prioritize tasks.

Work knowledge of MS office and other relevant computer applications.

A keen understanding of business/enterprise development and development issues including group savings and Loan approaches.

Understanding of value chain analysis

Able to adapt to changing program priorities and emergency priorities that may arise.

Strong self-starter, able to take initiatives

Good planning and organizational skills coupled with problem solving capabilities.

Hands on- community mobilizer.

Experience in working in harsh climatic conditions and ability to communicate fluently in the Somali language will be an added advantage.

Preferable: Experience in refugee setting and knowledge of refugee issues.



DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC

Posting details:

This position is field based and non-family duty station.

Location : Dadaab Refugee Camp

Contract Duration: 6 Months with the Possibility of extension (3 Months’ probation)

How to apply:

Application Process

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation and qualifications and a CV. Applications should include contact details of three professional referees who have supervised the candidate in the last five years. One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Applications should be sent no later than: 24th May, 2017

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.dk

Danish Refugee Council does not charge any kind of fee at any stage of the recruitment process nor does it use recruitment agents.

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