Livelihoods Assistant
Job TypeFull Time
Job FieldProject Management
Job Description

The IRC is seeking a REBUILD Livelihoods Assistant, based in Nairobi, for a Euro 30 Million five year, urban Livelihoods program; Refugees in East Africa: Boosting Urban Innovations for Livelihoods Development (RE:BUILD). The program is funded by the IKEA Foundation and will be implemented in Kampala and Nairobi. IRC is the Lead Partner and will coordinate a consortium of local and international partners to deliver the program. RE: BUILD seeks to support urban refugees and vulnerable host residents to achieve economic self-reliance and benefit from strengthened urban economic, regulatory and social environments. RE:BUILD will seek to enable change at varying levels, from better access to livelihoods opportunities and inclusive services within communities, to improved refugee-related policies and more targeted and effective service delivery from national, regional and global actors. Key features of RE: BUILD’s approach include flexible funding, adaptive design and knowledge and evidence generation.

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct interviews and assessments for vulnerable clients to be registered for various interventions.
  • Assist in conducting information sessions to clients before they join different services.
  • Supervising students and Apprentices in both Vocational training and Apprenticeship host organizations.
  • Work together with Livelihood Officer to ensure that clients access relevant skills trainings
  • Assist in Facilitating the formation and monitoring of VSLA groups.
  • Support in assembling success stories and detail them.
  • Reviewing business plans, selecting business grant recipients and supporting disbursement of grant funds.
  • Help in developing, monitoring and data collection processes and carrying out regular monitoring visits to beneficiaries and partners to supervise program progress.
  • Support in developing, running and keeping track of activity work plans and training implementation schedules to ensure timely delivery of services and achievement of objectives.
  • Work closely with the Client Responsiveness Senior Officer to collect feedback from client service delivery and client and community perception to help improve design and implementation.
  • Fully align with IRC safety and security procedures and provide input to security monitoring and assessments to allow and promote a safe and secure environment for program implementation.
  • Ensure confidentiality and ethical data collection throughout the monitoring and reporting phase.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Humanities/Social Sciences, International Development, Political Science, Management or other relevant field.
  • Minimum of 2 years professional experience in livelihoods and enterprise development approaches.
    Required Experience & Proficiencies:
  • Experience of working with forced migrants is desirable.
  • Experience in youth outreach and private sector partnerships.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties.
  • Strong program/technical and budget management skills, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong leadership, analytical and organizational skills. Ability to quickly assess priorities and efficiently handle a variety of activities at a time while paying appropriate attention to detail.
  • Personal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
  • Validated practical experience in partner engagement and management.
  • Ability to work and adapt in high passed environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer literate (word processors, spreadsheet, database, CAD and statistical packages, etc.)
    Fluency in English and Swahili.


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