NRC Job in Afghanistan
Livelihoods & Food Security Advisor
Purpose of the Job:
The Livelihoods and Food Security (LFS) Advisor will help monitor, report on and document lessons learnt from all of NRC’s LFS programmes in the country. He/ she will work under the direct supervisor of the LFS Specialist in Kabul, and will work closely with LFS teams in the area offices (in particular Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Badghis and Mazar), as well as with NRC’s other departments (Shelter, Education, Camp Management, Protection, WASH and Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA))
Livelihoods 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 and internally displaced people (IDPs) to find jobs or start their own businesses, so they can support their families. Food security programmes aim to ensure that displaced people are able to meet their essential food needs – in terms of quality, diversity and quantity – both in times of emergency and in situations of protracted displacement.
The LFS Advisor will be responsible for providing support to the following activities:
Private sector-oriented livelihoods activities (e.g. supporting youth and women to start small businesses, working with small and medium enterprises to create jobs, working with employment services companies to place people into jobs).
Development of market infrastructure to create employment opportunities – working closely with NRC’s Shelter team.
Agricultural livelihoods assistance to drought-affected populations.
Development of holistic and needs based programmes, including cash-based interventions and market based programmes
Monitor the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan under KFW project
Employer:Norwegian Refugee Council
Title:Livelihoods & Food Security Advisor (Afghan National) Location: Kabul
Percentage of full-time:100
Duties and responsibilities
The LFS Advisor will support the LFS Specialist to manage all LFS activities in the country, by providing overall technical and coordination support. The Advisor will be expected to travel to project sites in Kabul at least twice a month, and to field offices at least every two months.
Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
Promote and share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in the activities
Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills
Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
Technical support to area offices (Kabul Area Office, Herat, Mazar, Kandahar, and Badghis)
Build the capacity of LFS area office staff in LFS tools, concepts and methods – including data collection methods, food security indicators, examples from other organizations and countries.
Maintain clear and up to date records of NRC’s LFS programmes throughout the country – including beneficiary numbers, activity progress, and expenditure tracking.
Support area offices with specific, technical tasks as requested (e.g. contracting external consultancy or training companies, identifying potential partners in the field etc.)
Support the recruitment of LFS staff in the field offices – if needed.
Reporting, M&E, learning, information management, and partnerships
Working closely with the M&E unit at central and area office level, to ensure that M&E data is collected on time with a high level of quality, using the appropriate data collection tools, and that data is compiled and reported accurately.
Manage and update the LFS page on SharePoint, to ensure that all relevant LFS tools, SOPs, templates, lessons learnt, budgets, beneficiary databases etc. are up-to-date, shared, and filed properly.
Support internal and external reporting of LFS projects
Identify and build partnerships with organizations who NRC could work with in its LFS programmes (e.g. Chambers of Commerce, ILO, Ministry of Economy etc.)
Attend LFS-related external meetings and working groups, as needed (including Food Security and Agriculture Cluster meetings).
Ensure the inclusion of cash-based interventions and marked based programmes in country and area-based strategies and their implementation across and within NRC’s core competencies
Provide an enabling environment for the implementation of cash-based interventions, including multi-purpose cash assistance, emergency cash responses
Master’s Degree in agriculture, food security, economics, business administration, entrepreneurship or related field.
At least 5 years of experience in relevant field
Excellent written and spoken English and Dari and Pashto.
Willingness to travel (up to 40% of time) to field offices and project sites – including but not limited to Herat, Badghis, and Mazar.
Creativity, curiosity and willingness to try new things and to challenge the status quo
A positive and collaborative attitude and willingness to work in a team
Experience working with vulnerable communities and people (displaced people, women, youth).
Strong analytical skills (experience in collecting and analysing data and drawing conclusions and recommendations from findings)
Strong information management skills, including demonstrated experience in information management positions.
Experience working in the private sector in small-business development (setting up or running small businesses), or in livelihoods development programmes for NGOs/ UN/ the government.
Strategic thinking and strong analysis.
Empowering and building trust.
Influencing and trust creating.
Initiating action and change.
Managing resources to optimize results.
We can offer
Top up Credit card on monthly basis
Leave and Holidays accordingly Afghanistan Labor Law.
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