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Livelihood Officer

Category:  Development and Project Management, Economics, Social Sciences and Community


Location:  Derara wereda, Sidama
Job Description


The jobholder will be primary responsible to implement the program activities at community level and provides continues support and assists the Youth Facilitator. S/he will also be responsible to support program planning and coordination in regional/wereda program activities and also ensures active involvement of communication with the beneficiaries, communities and partners for smooth and successful implementation of program components as per approved program document; and government and donor requirements and standards. S/he will also be responsible to execute the existing YES service activities to a sustainable social enterprise network. Under the mentorship and administrative guidance of the project manager s/he will work together with regional team to carry out the following activities.


Report to: Project Manager

The job holder will be primarily responsible for ensuring the high quality of PVH program implementation, overseeing the overall program activities, and effectively communicating and escalating issue in a timely and appropriate manner. Responsible for overall program management and implementation at wereda level; support the PVH program staff in general and in particular at Woreda/town and kebele level in planning , coordination, implementation and supervision of project & community based activities and ensure active involvement and communication with communities and partners for smooth and successful implementation of program activities as per the approved program document; interact with relevant governmental offices at wereda level for adoption of new curriculum on skill training; and ensure the program implementation is in line with government and donor requirement and save the children standards.



  • Represent the program and & the implementation of the PVH program action plans of the target wereda/towns.
  • Accountable and responsible to create a detailed implementation plan (DIP) of the project for the wereda
  • Ensure youth Facilitator is deployed on respective target kebele level training centers
  • Ensure Youth Facilitator/s engage in community mobilization, need identification, planning and effective implementation of program activities.
  • Regularly visit field activities and provide formal and informal feedback to the project manager/staff in terms of adequate and inadequate progress as well as recommendations for improved performance;
  • Build the capacity of youth facilitator its partners at wereda level in technical issues pertinent to the sector;
  • Continuously assess project’s context, assumptions and changes in the working environment to ensure that the project focus, strategies and activities remain relevant and to proposed adjustments when needed.
  • Ensure the implementation of project activities in accordance with the DIP and with the aim of 100% achievements of project results and objectives.
  • Ensure feed backs are gathered from participants and beneficiaries on the Youth livelihood curriculum and program activities for further improvement and possible actions.
  • Establish wereda/town level linkages and partnerships with private sectors, MFIsGOsNGOs, TTIs etc and maintain existing partnerships in wereda/town level.
  • Work with Life Skills Trainers to plan activities on a quarterly and weekly basis;
  • Ensure that gender issues are properly addressed during the process of the project planning and implementation in the wereda;
  • Provide technical backup along with close coaching and mentoring support, to enable Life Skills Trainers to work effectively in the implementation woreda & kebele;
  • Maintain and create good relationship and collaboration with government ministry offices in wereda/town level.
  • Ensure that the YES centers are equipped and well informed to provide the necessary services and information to business starters and unemployed youths to find jobs.
  • Participate and contribute for program development and planning meetings
  • Facilitate the involvement of volunteers from different sectors to support the program.
  • Develop ToR and issue procurement requests (PRs) for any program related purchase.
  • Produce wereda level program plans & reports are good quality, regularly updated and timely produced and communicated to all stakeholders.
  • Organize periodic (Quarterly, BI-Annually) review meetings involving all relevant SHs (including project staff, project managers, partners, other functions) to assess all project management documents and evaluate if project is being implemented on time, achieving results and quality.
  • Contribute to the training of the project beneficiaries;
  • Represent the program and delivery of coaching and training activities under respective Woreda with the support from program Coordinator and Regional program manager.
  • Facilitate and coordinate the components of youth workforce development activities, like facilitate trainings, provide coaching and organized mentoring and work placement programs for unemployed and underemployed youth.
  • Support Youth Facilitators in community mobilization, need identification, planning and effective implementation of program components.
  • Facilitate the active participation and building of trust with communities and other stakeholders and work closely with IGAs, TVETs, youth associations, private sectors, FTCs or PTCs, Youth focused government organizations, training institutes and etc
  • Communicate effectively with program staff and partners to identify needs and develop alternatives business solutions.
  • Produce timely and quality of periodic reports to relevant recipients.
  • Develop team sprit among staff.
  • Organize periodic meetings with other program staff at wereda/town & kebele level.
  • Maintain program files and related documents at wereda level.
  • Coach and record participant personal development plan (PDP) progress
  • Organize workshops and trainings under the direction of the project Coordinator.
  • Ensure regular communication between SCI and communities at wereda level.Work closely with Woreda Women, Children and Youth Affair Offices/other partners.
  • Be part of the planning team of the PVH program staff at Woreda level.
  • Develop quarterly activity plans and reports in close consultation with the Woreda program officer
  • Be the translator of local languages for other program staff, consultants and visitors.
  • Accurately express SC position, objectives and policies.
  • Carry out other duties as requested by the project coordinators
  • Carry out other duties as requested by the project manager.

Network Building

  • Ensure proper implementation of identify young budding entrepreneurs and youth having potential to become entrepreneurs.
  • To ensure the effectiveness of network of entrepreneurial young leaders.
  • To ensure effective partnership and link the target groups with private companies and association, training entities and Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs)
  • Liaise with potential employers in the area and identify employment opportunities.
  • Identify Potential Economic Opportunities of the wereda.
  • Build good networking with other YES services in the wereda.
  • Establish and maintain formal and informal communication mechanisms with private sector, community partners and other stakeholders as relevant in his wereda.


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling.
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibility- giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing them the necessary developments to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team) takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same.
  • Widely shares their personal vision for SCI, engages and motivates others.
  • Future oriented, thinks strategically.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters.
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency.

Job Requirements



  • Minimum BA Degree preferable in field (s) such as social work, rural development, business, commerce, Agriculture and related courses.
  • 4 years of relevant progressive experience, out of which 2 years in Youth Livelihood program positions.
  • Experience of working with youth livelihoods development programs in rural and urban setups.
  • Excellent understanding of the culture of and ways of living of target operational Areas
  • Good written and spoken English.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with private sectors, communities, government structure, existing NGOs etc
  • Good team player and open for new ideas and learning
  • Good report writing skill, able to collect, document and share program records and information.
  • Experiences of working in NGOs, Communities at grass root level, local training institutes are advantageous.
  • Knowledge of computer applications.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work in rural areas where the program is implemented, within approved security frameworks.


  • Extensive experience in project execution/implementation
  • Work experience in facilitation, Coaching, partnership development, networking and supporting IGAs.
  • Work experience in diverse international NGOs is an asset.

How to Apply

Qualified Candidates can send their CV and Applications to the following link



  1. I have BA in Economics and i have 6years experianced in socio-economic higher officer. I have interested working in livelihood officer if your are interested.


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