Vacant Position: Livelihoods Officer
Location: Lodwar, Turkana
Position Status: Full-time, Exempt, Regular
Current Team Member: New position
About Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
Program / Department Summary: With funding from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), Mercy Corps’ Nawiri Program is leading a consortium of Kenyan and international partners on a five year journey to sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition in Turkana and Samburu Counties of Kenya.
Through a phased approach that emphasizes evidence gap analysis, as well as partnership, learning, and co-creation, the program takes a robust county-centered design with government leadership, active engagement from communities, the private sector, and civil society.
Mercy Corps’ consortium brings together the global leadership, research capacity, technical expertise, and implementation experience necessary to partner with local institutions to test, adapt, and scale evidence-based solutions.
Together we will sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition for vulnerable populations in Turkana and Samburu counties.
General Position Summary: The Livelihoods Officer will be responsible for technical oversight and support of the Learning Agenda that is in development. S/he will coordinate closely with the Research, Learning and M&E to ensure that activities are in place to track, analyze and report results. The Livelihoods Officer plays a pivotal role in supporting community and household livelihood activities that support positive nutritional outcomes.
Activities will likely include support to poverty graduation models aimed at supporting human capital development, conflict management and peaceful co-existence around natural resource management, and Ward development planning.
S/he will support implementation strategies in coordination with the Field Director and Alternative Livelihoods and Inclusive Markets Advisor. It will be critical to ensure that common strategies and approaches are applied that lead to sustainable nutrition outcomes. S/he will keep abreast of changing contexts in the County and advise on the integration of new ideas and approaches as appropriate.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Contribute to team work plans and guide successful implementation of program activities, ensuring teams and partners follow work plans so activities are in alignment and achieve desired impact;
- Provide technical guidance on the poverty graduation model and all alternative livelihoods and markets based interventions where required and ensure that interventions are responsive to stakeholders and consistent with Mercy Corps’ learning agenda and plan.
- Oversee the design and implementation of nutrition sensitive Ward Development Plans and alternative livelihoods and Markets based interventions.
- Work with teams on community based wealth ranking, participatory rural appraisal and scoring through Participant Targeting Tool at the Ward and Community levels;
- Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities.
Community and County Engagement
- Conduct community mobilization and sensitization
- Support the facilitation of planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in;
- Engage and support county government in the WDP process and ensure their participation and integration of plans into county priorities.
- Link livelihoods to Ward Planning Committees to relevant county government departments and other development partners (like LMS)
- Support with collaborative partnership with other development partners and identify potential opportunities for linkages
Influence & Representation
- Assist Field Director coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs
- Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in;
Knowledge and Experience
- Degree in Community Development, Economic Development, Business, Agriculture, Livestock, Monitoring and Evaluation or related field or diploma with over 3 years’ hands on work experience;
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in civic engagement, livelihoods and education;
- Ability to work without constant supervision and as part of a diverse team;
- Good knowledge of MS Office software such as Excel, Word, and Access;
How to Apply:
Applications should be submitted on or before 27th October, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Local candidates in Turkana are highly encouraged to apply.
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Mercy Corps does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process.
For the detailed Position Description and application procedure, please visit the following link: https://bit.ly/3nO2kuf