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Terms of Reference (ToR) For Livelihoods Specialist – Ministry of Women & Social Affair (MoWSA), Ethiopia

Location: Addis Ababa

Deadline: Feb 3, 2023

Job Description


The Government of Ethiopia has received funding from the World Bank through IDA credit and grant to implement a multi-sectoral project “Response-Recovery-Resilience for Conflict-Affected Communities in Ethiopia”. Overall, the project is led and coordinated by the Federal Project Coordination Unit (FPCU) to be housed in the Ministry of Finance (MoF). The proposed project is structured in four (4) components namely: (i) improvement of access to basic services and economic opportunities for conflict-affected communities (II) strengthening of GBV service delivery and prevention (iii) learning and project management and (iv) and a Zero-dollar Contingency Emergency Response Component (CERC). From this, the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs has given lead the implementation of one of the project components “Improving Access to GBV Response Services’’ in the period from 2022 to 2026. The aim of this component is the strengthening of short and medium-term GBV response services for survivors of conflict related GBV within targeted Woredas; the piloting of innovative GBV prevention programming, both as a mechanism to address underlying norms and dynamics that contribute to violence, and to address factors that prevent GBV survivors from seeking care; and strengthening of institutional capacity for coordination, policymaking, and delivery of quality, confidential, and survivor centered care across the country.


The objective of the assignment is to hire a highly qualified Livelihood Specialist who will coordinate the formulation, design, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project with a focus on Livelihoods and Economic Support Services activities.

Scope of the Work

The Livelihoods Specialist will be accountable for the formulation, design, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project with a focus on Livelihoods and Economic Support Services activities.  Specific duties and responsibilities are:

  • Works closely with M&E and GBV Specialists to prepare the project’s annual implementation plan and monitoring system for the Livelihoods intervention of the project.
  • Collaborate with GBV Specialist and other relevant partners in implementation of the gender integration guidelines closely working with the government partners and project stakeholders.
  • Coordinate an assessment of the landscape for livelihoods and economic support services in the targeted project areas in Ethiopia, which provides analysis of existing women’s groups within Ethiopia, a demand-driven market assessment of potential IGA interventions that compare urban and rural livelihood opportunities in the context of GBV survivors and other vulnerable women that are part of IDP and host communities, identification of potential partnerships for training, potential customers/off takers, or other collaborators for livelihoods and economic support services activities.  Oversee assessments, manage quality and timelines.
  • Manage livelihoods and economic support services strategy, implementation, and monitoring.  Integrate and reconcile multiple priorities and approaches into livelihoods and economic support services design and implementation, including the context of local level reintegration program.
  • Organize and coordinate needs assessment for the capacity building in relation to livelihood project implementation strategies, methodologies, and activities
  • Identify entry points to build government capacity for managing and implementing Livelihoods and Economic Support Services programming.  Design and lead capacity building training sessions.
  • Organize trainings, workshops, on-site mentoring, and coaching activities to ensure internalization and quality implementation of gender strategy, guidelines, and methodologies in program activities.
  • Support the development, updating of livelihood technical materials, training guidelines and strategies as necessary, and localizing program documents, and knowledge products.
  • Manage, review and advise the development program documents, strategies on livelihoods interventions, and livelihood program activities based on existing good practices and operational tools and guidance
  • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships with key actors, that are active in these fields to ensure smooth implementation of the livelihood’s initiatives
  • Create, Coordinate, and maintain a relationship with community volunteers/ gender and peace champions, community structures, and other humanitarian actors to facilitate livelihood related activities and monitoring in the operational areas
  • Monitor activities and discourse related to livelihood issues through close follow up to the field staff and other national team members as well as implementing partners and ensure relevant databases are maintained
  • Keep up to date with developments in livelihood initiatives, including best practice in- regionally, zonally and Woreda, and ensure ongoing personal development and learning.
  • Prepares required reports on time, and of high quality that convey the livelihood activities progress towards achieving best practices and impact in the targeted communities and submit to the Project Implementation Unit
  • Undertakes regular field visits to project areas to assess local conditions and monitor progress
  •  Performs other duties as assigned by the project coordinator

Level of Effort and Timing

  • It is expected that the assignment will start by mid-February, 2023. The specialist/consultant will be based at the project office, in Addis Ababa with regular travel to woredas and regions.

Inputs provided by the Client

  • MoWSA will arrange reasonable and standard office space with office furniture and equipment required for the assignment. The project will avail internet access and related communication and electronic facilities for official project duties of the specialist/consultant.

Management procedures

  • Contractually, the Livelihoods specialist/consultant will work under the supervision of the Federal Project implementation unit Coordinator to whom all reports and deliverables as per the ToR shall be submitted. The MoWSA will be responsible to effect all payments to the specialist/consultant on a monthly basis based on the accomplishment of planned and expected deliverables with the submission of comprehensive monthly reports

Duration of Contract: The specialist will be recruited for a one-year period, with a possible extension upon satisfactory performance of the assignment.

Remuneration: As per the Ministry of Finance channel one harmonized salary scale

Job Requirements

Education & Experience Required

  • Masters/Bachelor’s degree in Business administration, Economics, Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Agriculture, or related fields of study and Minimum of 5/7 years of relevant work experience for MA and BA holders, respectively.
  • Experience working on livelihoods project implementation and experience managing and compiling regular project implementation progress reporting, program/project development, and management in an emergency context are required.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Economic Support Services offered to GBV survivors such as formation into VSLAs, vocational training, business skills, life skills, and literacy training required.  Experience managing the implementation of VSLAs and/or women’s self-help groups and provision of trainings to women (e.g., literacy, business skills, life skills, vocational skills) a plus.
  • Specific experience in project design and implementation, including managing market analyses and scoping of livelihood opportunities for low literacy and vulnerable women is a plus.
  • Experience working with TVET and other vocational training providers in Ethiopia is a plus.  Experience working on economic support services for Gender-based violence survivors as part of response services is a plus.
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing livelihood training for a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience with undertaking capacity building initiatives and partnership management.

How to Apply

Apply to the link below


Female Candidates are Highly Encouraged to Apply

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