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Economic Recovery Specialist


Location:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Frequent Travel to Field Locations in Ethiopia

Employment Category:  G

Reporting To:  Emergency Manager

Start of Contract & Duration:  Nine Months (9) with a high possibility of extension

Deadline: August 25, 2022

Required Employee: 1

Job Description


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009.  With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender-based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.


Under the direct supervision of the Emergency Manager and coordination with the Economic recovery coordinator, the Economic Recovery specialist will have the responsibility of ensuring overall technical support and coordination of effective intervention in the country. A strong emphasis will be put on the development of Economic recovery, and Livelihood guidelines and manuals to implement economic recovery interventions in high-quality and resilient work. He/she will provide capacity building and sectorial technical support to DRC technical teams (managers and officers) in the field and to Area Managers in order to support the designing and delivery of effective and high-quality economic recovery, cash and livelihood programming.

Main Responsibilities:

Provide technical support in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all DRC Economic recovery interventions

  • Conduct  feasibility assessment, design, develop and implement innovative and appropriate economic recovery interventions in DRC project implementation areas;
  • Work closely with Area Managers and Economic recovery team to provide technical support on Economic recovery project proposal development that is appropriate for the needs of target communities with value for money and sustainability elements;
  • Support the economic recovery team in developing DIP, PMT, Procurement plans and budgets for livelihood implementation with timeframes and activities;
  • Review and provide inputs to periodic reports to make sure quality reports are produced;
  • Develop beneficiary identification guidelines and manuals to a variety of livelihood opportunities by establishing and maintaining partnerships with various organizations, the private sector, and institutions and linkage to protection.
  • Take a lead in monitoring and following up on planned livelihood activities;
  • Undertake frequent supportive monitoring missions to all program areas, engage with all key actors in the area and develop reports to ensure achievements, best practices, and lessons are documented for future project consumption or adaptation of current projects;
  • Support effective response programs in livelihood, cash, and recovery, with an emphasis on cross-sectoral program responses and strategy, in collaboration with the country technical and Area program teams;
  • Ensure that DRC livelihood, Cash, and economic recovery program meets overall program quality and learning in accordance with DRC country, regional as well as global standards, and best practices across DRC Ethiopia;
  • Ensure high-quality and timely market, and livelihood assessments are conducted and documented to provide and prioritized recommendations for program interventions to the country program;
  • Design appropriate tools based on needs identified in the field, developing innovative approach, troubleshooting issues arising in areas, compiling lessons learned and promoting best practices across sites;
  • Provide technical support on cash or voucher programming design and implementation, market strengthening, and internal collaboration among operational and programmatic stakeholders involved in cash/voucher programming to the country program;
  • Support in developing technical proposals and budgets for donors, work in close collaboration with economic recovery coordinator, DRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information;
  • Select and implement appropriate monitoring systems; ensure consistent reporting and analysis of results to enhance program effectiveness and quality in collaboration with the country Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) personnel;
  • Ensure conflict-sensitivity and protection principles are mainstreamed throughout the program strategy and implementation, including land dispute issues, safety and dignity, and gender dynamics;

Capacity building

  • Identify the knowledge, skill, and technical gaps of DRC staff and prepare a training plan to build the capacity of DRC Livelihoods/Cash staff, in coordination with DRC Area Managers;
  • Ensure the roll out of the agreed training plan in all sites including preparation of materials and training reports;
  • Build DRC staff capacity in the utilization of livelihoods, cash, and economic recovery methodologies and resources;
  • Responsible for the mentoring, capacity building, and training of Livelihood Managers and officers based on technical needs identified amongst the staff;

Coordination and representation

  • Builds and maintains effective relationships among the team members, partners and stakeholders
  • Support the development of learning and community impact monitoring alongside DRC’s MEAL teams, gathering data and feedback from communities
  • Ensure that DRC maintains excellent and productive relations with key stakeholders, community members, local authorities, partners and donors;
  • Any other duties as requested by the line manager

Personal/Professional Skills:

  • A strong team worker;
  • Aptitude to work in difficult conditions and stressful situations;
  • Excellent internal and external communication and coordination capabilities and excellent team building and coordination skills;
  • Continuous Learning; a colleague who promotes continuous learning for self and others;
  • Creativity and Initiative; someone that actively seeks new ways of improving programs, services and partnership;
  • Performance Management; a person who identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of guidance and supervision;

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master

DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

Professional technical experience evidencing and demonstrating the ability to deliver against the above-mentioned responsibilities:

  • Masters/Bachelor’s degree with relevant, progressive experience in Agronomy, Agroeconomics, Economics, international development, Agribusiness, Business Management, marketing, livelihoods, or related technical field;
  • Experience in Agriculture/Livestock, value chains, market analysis, cash-based interventions and humanitarian operations (mainly from the food security perspective), food security, and livelihoods;
  • At least 3 years of experience in livelihoods, economic recovery, and cash assistance in fragile states, and conflict environments;
  • Excellent understanding of cash, food security, and livelihoods technical concepts and experience conducting detailed market, and livelihood needs assessments;
  • Demonstrate ability to work across functions and sectors to design and implement high-quality market-based programming, and in-depth knowledge of supply chain and financial management and controls of cash and/or voucher programs;
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate technical expertise and standards and implement best practice approaches to implementing rapid, consistent, high quality emergency projects as well as protracted displacement situations;
  • Experience with conflict related displacement issues and working in security-sensitive environments and enforcement of team security protocols is an asset;

EDUCATION: (include certificates, licenses, etc.)

  • Masters/Bachelor’s degree with relevant, progressive experience in Agronomy, Agroeconomics, Economics, international development, Agribusiness, Business Management, marketing, livelihoods, or related technical field;

LANGUAGE: (indicate fluency level)

  • Full professional proficiency in English.



Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit an updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationForm/SinglePageApplicationForm.aspx?cid=1036&departmentId=19012&ProjectId=165441 under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than August 25, 2022.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.ngo
Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.
Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status, or other protected characteristics
We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.

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

Providing equal opportunities

We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.


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