Livelihoods Programme Officer Job Vacancy at Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) in Somalia and Kenya 2013


COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale is a relief and development organization founded in Italy in 1965. COOPI’s envisions a world without poverty where diverse cultures live together sharing equal rights and equal opportunities.
COOPI mission is to reduce poverty in the global South through interventions of long-term sustainable international cooperation and with advocacy activities in Italy, to fight the cause of the serious economic gap between the North and South.
Position: Livelihoods Programme Officer

Vacancy Ref No.050813

Duration: 12 months
Reporting to: Regional Program Coordinator
Location: Somalia and Kenya
The Livelihood Program Officer is an International staff and part of the Somalia Program but also works closely with the entire Regional program team of COOPI in the Horn of Africa.
He/she works across the Somalia programme with a specific focus on the delivery of the livelihoods support activities for relief and resilience purposes.
Key Tasks
Under the general supervision of the Regional Representative, and under the direct supervision of the Regional Program Coordinator, in cooperation and coordination with the Somalia Team (Area Coordinators), relevant institutions and local authorities, the Livelihoods Program Officer will:
  • Contribute to the development, review and implementation of project livelihood strategies prioritized in different areas of Somalia and in Kenya.
  • Participate in development of relevant sector and area strategies based on needs and COOPI livelihoods strategies with particular focus on Pastoral and Agro-pastoral communities.
  • Oversee, manage and coordinate livelihood projects or activities in specific locations; Commodity voucher distribution, Animal Health Support activities, Crop farming inputs supply, Cash for work, Business input support, Training for better husbandry practices (livestock and agriculture)
  • Provide overall technical backstopping for the project livelihood activities:- planning, needs assessment, implementation, studies and monitoring processes;
  • In collaboration with project team prepare guidelines for activities implementation in the field; linked to networks of stakeholders at community-level;
  • Ensure effective, efficient and accountable implementation of project activities;
  • Together with Area Coordinator select and recruit project staff;
  • Monitor the implementation of project activities at household, village and district levels using project and program monitoring tools following the monitoring plan to ensure efficient delivery of services to the beneficiaries.
  • Specifically ensure timely and effective delivery of food security and livelihoods strategic activities while maintaining oversight over other project activities.
  • Within the Livelihood sector, document learning from the interventions and incorporating lessons learnt into implementation process and visibility briefs;
  • Prepare internal and external project reports as required;
  • Institutionalize and encourage community participation in the project activities at all levels; – regional, district and village levels.
  • Ensure gender inclusion in project implementation, targeting of women, and particularly the vulnerable households; Children, women, elderly, and disabled-headed households as beneficiaries for all project interventions.
  • Contribute to the preparation of regular weekly and monthly project reports
  • Prepare an end of the project report with regard to livelihoods interventions.
Project resources
  • Ensure proper use of project resources (base facilities, Vet. equipment, Fuel, etc) provided to the staff to enhance achievement of the operation objectives.
  • Identification of breakages and apportioning of reparation for recovery from the responsible persons.
  • Control of project resources; ensuring their use for the purpose of achieving project objectives
  • Keeping inventory of project assets in use in given locations and sharing the information with logistics and/or administration.
  • Ensure that project assets handed over to the communities are documented and those transferred to another project are well maintained.
  • Formulation of project extensions or new projects;
Capacity building
  • Provide technical advisory support for Project Technical staff (Veterinary Officers, Agricultural Officers, Cash for Work Supervisors) and for service providers to improve their service delivery.
  • Plan and design appropriate basic awareness/training materials and carry out extension activities to provide information to stakeholders concerning the importance of livelihoods initiatives/ strategies supported by the project.
  • Assist communities to identify and develop livelihood initiatives that promote their resilience to natural shocks such as drought, floods and livestock diseases
  • In line with project strategy, provide assistance to the local stakeholders in designing selection criteria of the beneficiaries of the programme in operation areas.
  • Support the field staff in sensitizing communities on project objectives, approaches and procedures of implementation.
  • Liaise with area manager to ensure project staff are trained/sensitized on security protocols;
  • Provide any relevant security information to the area manager
  • Report timely any form of security risk in the field to Area Coordinator, COOPI Security section. In case of eminent security threat, MUST embrace dialogue and restraint to minimize risk to staff and ensure secure exit from the area.
  • Avoid any act or omission that may put the Project staff at risk in the field.
  • If a threat to any member of the team is perceived, take appropriate and immediate action, without causing a stir.
  • Contribute to a safer environment, by building rapport with all stakeholders regardless of ideological inclination and /or belief.
  • Always be impartial wherever there is inter-clanic tension to avoid COOPI being implicated in any inter-clanic disagreements
Financial/Administrative management
  • Prepare financial forecasts and returns for project sectoral activities in liaison with area coordinators;
  • Closely monitor utilization of project budgets in liaison with the project/program administrators;
  • Ensuring that financial requests from field are in line with project budget lines
  • Supervise procurement process of his project of competence; Provide technical advice for procurements for the Livelihood sector (Tender notice, Technical Specifications, BoQ, Evaluation, Communications); Ensure that COOPI procedures are duly and timely followed.
Human resource management
  • Ensuring that field staff relate and work in accordance with their Terms of Reference for each position; Sensitization/training of all staff on COOPI vision, mission, core values, administrative and operational procedures
  • Ensure the adoption of the COOPI code of Conduct by himself and all staff under his/her supervision;
  • Ensure that field staff respect chain of command laid down by COOPI Management structures;
  • Supervision of all program staff in an area in liaison with project managers;
  • Maintain staff records of work and approval of leaves and /or offs;
  • Provide first hand information for project staff appraisal and recommendation
Coordination and networking
  • Participate effectively in relevant technical/sector coordination forums and activities;
  • Maintain good relations and contact with stakeholders relevant for the sector and the project/program;
  • Represents COOPI externally with partners, donors other NGOs, and other agencies as deemed necessary
  • Regular provision of the information required by clusters.
Qualifications & requirements
  • Academic background in Veterinary, Livestock/Animal production, Agriculture, or similar (Master equivalent preferably);
  • 5 year minimum experience in the Livelihood sector operating in Pastoral and Agro-pastoral contexts, especially in arid and semiarid lands;
  • 10 years of experience in working with rural pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in Somalia and Kenya in contexts of humanitarian aid, Development or Resilience;
  • A minimum of 5 years Experience in direct project/program management under INGO or other Aid Agencies;
  • Proven Experience with management and procedures of projects under ECHO, EC, FAO, CHF funding;
  • Proven Experience of relief interventions delivered through cash based responses (Vouchers’, Cash for work)
  • Willing to travel and stay in rural areas for long periods (Somalia and Kenya);
  • Experience and skills in Capacity Building such as Training of CAHWs, Farmers, pastoralist training (FFS, APFS),etc.;
  • Able to manage relationships, negotiations and partnerships with local actors; good conflict solving capacities;
  • Good Monitoring and Evaluation skills, experience of Remote Management;
  • Excellent English speaking and writing (reporting), Somali language is an asset;
Start date: Immediate
Send 1 page letter of expression of interest and updated CV by the Closing date: 15th August 2013 to the following address:
The Regional Representative,
Cooperazione Internazionale,
Quote the above Vacancy Reference Number as the subject of your mail to us.
Note: Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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