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Livelihoods Coordinator Job in Dadaab Kenya

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC has been active in Kenya since 2005. 

The Kenya Program provides services and support in the sectors of WASH, livelihoods, protection and relief to IDPs, refugees residing in Kenya and the resident communities hosting IDPs and refugees. 

DRC has operational offices in Nairobi and Dadaab implementing programs directly and in partnership with local and international NGOs.

Livelihoods Coordinator

Dadaab Kenya

Overall Objective

Working under the Head of Programs, the Livelihoods Coordinator will provide strategic direction and lead, supervise and facilitate the smooth running of DRCs Dadaab based livelihoods programme.

Main Responsibilities
  • Develop and operationalize DRCs livelihoods strategy that targets refugees and host communities, addresses protracted displacement and return issues, is needs driven and impact-oriented
  • Provides proactive leadership in coordination and inter-agency learning
  • Designs and manages DRCs livelihoods activities specifically: income generation, group savings and loans, revolving funds, vocational/professional skills training and strengthening of small scale businesses
  • Uses an in-depth local understanding of livelihoods dynamics to identify new livelihood opportunities for refugees and host communities
  • Designs and carries out business, market and supply-chain assessments, feasibility studies and income/expenditure analysis; contributes technical expertise to proposals and ad hoc studies/assessments
  • Ensures the team produces accurate and timely reporting of activities against planned objectives.
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Commerce, Business Administration, Community Development or other related field.; 
  • Minimum 5-years’ working experience with INGOs in the fields of livelihoods at management/coordination level with at least 2-years’ experience engaging with refugees, asylum-seekers, migrants and/or other vulnerable populations in economic strengthening interventions. 
  • Excellent command of the most common methodologies to identify, assess and monitor livelihood activities, with proven record of achievements. 
  • Experience with Household Economy Approach (HEA), working experience in NEP and in Somalia is an added advantage.
Terms and Conditions
Availability: January 2013

Duty station: Dadaab, Kenya with travel to other DRC-Kenya program areas. Dadaab is non-family duty station.

Contract: One year renewable contract. 

This position is remunerated as per the DRC Horn of Africa salary scale for national recruitments. 

Accommodation, R&R, medical insurance is provided.

Reporting Arrangements

The Livelihoods Coordinator reports to Head of Programmes


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

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation and qualification and a CV. 

CVs longer than 4-pages will not be considered. CVs should include contact details of three professional referees. 

One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. 

Applications should be sent to: and have the subject heading of the position that is being applied for. 

Deadline for receiving applications is Wednesday 2. January 2013. 

Only short listed applicants will be notified.

Only applicants with a legal right to work in Kenya will be considered.

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