Livelihoods Officer - Business Development Center
Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Livelihoods Officer - BDC.
About the Job
This role involves the overall planning the activities, resources, budgets and operations of the Business Development Center (BDC) in accordance with DRC rules and coordinating day-to-day operations in the BDC. Ensuring BDC project is in compliance with applicable internal and external/donor requirements.
Sector responsibilities: Entrepreneurship, MSMEs development, private sector networking activities, small business grants, capacity development for Turkish & Syrian businesses, business formalization support, business networking events.
This role has a field office focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the country operation. The role contributes to the development of field strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and guidance to area operations and perform field activities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
General Programming & operations & interaction with partner (50%)
- Coordinating the development, evaluation and implementation of project goals, objectives, and activities related to SMEs and entrepreneurs in the BDC.
- Monitoring and forecasting the project budget on an ongoing basis.
- Acting as a focal point while dealing with the project partner
- Planning various workshops/networking events/webinars/inspirational talks for the entrepreneurs hosted in the BDC and the existing Turkish & Syrian MSMEs by collaborating with the project partner and relevant stakeholders.
- Developing partnerships with other local, national or international organizations and authorities for providing services to the MSMEs; marketing the BDC, sponsorships...etc.
- Representing the BDC to the public and outside groups, organizations, and agencies; responding to a wide variety of questions, comments, and/or concerns; resolving related complaints
- Liaising with the governmental bodies and industries to promote the BDC and increase its visibility
- Preparing Weekly activity reports and plans and submitting it to the Livelihoods Manager.
- Analyze at all times the changing needs amongst Syrians to ensure relevance of DRC activities based on changing needs.
Technical support (10%)
- Support, guide and coach implementing partner’s staff on technical and operational issues for quality implementation and follow up on recommendations to ensure quality control throughout implementation.
- Ensure that the implementing partner produces detailed report on activities weekly.
- Proactively seek, assess, and report new opportunities to deliver higher quality as far as BDC activities are concerned.
- Promote and ensure at all times a pragmatic and effective dialogue as well as networking with local institutions and authorities, private Institutes, workshops, national and international NGOs, etc where relevant and needed.
- Liaise and coordinate with relevant partners/service providers/implementing partners for the provision of skills trainings and day-to day activity implementation.
- Support team leader in liaising and coordination with relevant stakeholders for organization of outreach activities such as Job Fair, Private Sector Engagement Meetings.
Monitoring & Evaluation (5%)
- Provide regular reporting on indicators, achievements and challenges related to the project in close coordination with the implementing partner
- Facilitate the qualitative and quantitative monitoring of the project through team meetings, focus group, post-assistance visits, regular reporting and any other monitoring tools.
- Participate in the internal evaluation of the programme.
- Ensure close coordination with MEAL department regarding monitoring and evaluation activities and coordinate between DRC MEAL Department and implementing partner.
- If requested by the team leader or livelihood manager, represent DRC in livelihoods working groups and interagency planning workshops.
To be successful in this role, you must have a university degree in business administration, economics, commerce, economic development studies.
Moreover, we also expect the following:
- Minimum 2 years of practical experience in economic recovery/livelihood sector working for a NGO.
- Bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, economic development studies, or other relevant field
- Experience in MSME development, business development services, business mentoring, coaching.
- Experience with coordinating partnerships with local organizations
- Experience engaging with the private sector
- Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Fluency English and Turkish, Arabic is strong asset.
Prefered qualifications & experience
- Project planning, implementation follow-up and monitoring
- At least 2 years of professional experience in private sector related to marketing and sales, commerce, trade.
- Experience working in the field (preferably experience from Southern Turkey)
- Understanding of the rights and protection issues of refugees, children and women - experience working with Syrian refugees is an advantage
- An understanding of humanitarian/civil society issues in Turkey and the region
All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:
Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.
Contract length: 10 Months
Employment Band: H
Designation of Duty Station: Şanlıurfa Office
Start date: 02.11.2020
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals.
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: 17.09.2020
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.
DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:
- Professionalism, impact & expertise
- Humanitarian approach & the work we do
- Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
- Culture, values & strong leadership
- Fair compensation & continuous development
DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport.