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Job Title
Livelihoods Officer

To work for
ZOA International



Job Type
Full time

Military service
Finished or Exempted (For male)

Minimum Education Level
Bachelor/ License Degree

The Livelihoods Officer will be a full-time employee of ZOA Syria Response. They will be required to provide technical advice to ZOA and its partners, based on significant experience implementing livelihoods interventions in urban and/or rural settings. They will represent ZOA at cluster coordination forums and with government or non-government stakeholders. They will assist in the development of new projects and help to pilot innovative approaches, recording and disseminating learning. They will work closely with local NGOs and CBOs ensuring that project information is communicated clearly and interventions are synchronised with agreed log frame objectives and project indicators. They will ensure gender and protection cross-cutting themes are integrated into all project design and implementation.

The successful candidate will be required to work with their own initiative, to be motivated and passionate about improving the livelihoods of vulnerable communities and to developing and improving approaches.

1. Technical advice to ZOA and its implementing partners:

a. Provide technical advice and guidance to ZOA and its partners on urban and rural livelihoods approaches.
b. Maintain an excellent understanding of livelihood approaches in Syria and the wider region - in both urban and rural environments.
c. Discuss technical approaches with ZOAs international Livelihoods advisor and assess relevance to the local context.
d. To record and document learning within ZOA's file management system, and to disseminate to.
e. To deliver training to ZOA/partner staff on Project Cycle Management, technical approaches, humanitarian values and approaches (such as the Red Cross Code of Conduct) as well as ZOA's own values.

2. Representation:

a. To represent ZOA at sectoral coordination forums.
b. To promote ZOA and its livelihoods work to government and non-government stakeholders.

3. Project development:

a. Assist in the design of new livelihoods projects, providing information to the Manager of Programme Quality as required in order to develop new proposals and concept notes.
b. Assist partners with the design and implementation of needs assessments & including but not limited to labour market assessments, value chain analysis and other relevant tools.
c. Ensure mainstreaming of gender and protection subsectors into project design and implementation.
d. Oversee the introduction of systems, tools and approaches.

4. Project monitoring and evaluation:

a. Assist with the design of indicators and log frames.
b. Ensure project objectives and indicators and clearly understood by implementing teams and partners.
c. Track the progress of project outputs and outcomes.
d. Track spending, highlighting any significant variance from the approved budget(s), communicating closely with the budget holder/project manager.

5. Other duties as required in support of project deliverables


Knowledge & Experience:
- A Bachelor's degree in development, economics, social sciences or related field.
- Minimum 3 years' in designing and implementing Project Cycle Management in a relief/development context.
- Minimum 2 years' experience implementing livelihood projects, including but not limited to technical or vocational training, rural livelihoods and diversification of income, value chains.
- Familiarity with the socio-economic and cultural context in Syria.
- Excellent understanding of MEAL in a development/relief context including log frame, indicators, and Theory of Change approaches.
- Experience with Labour Market Assessments, Market Analysis and multi-sector needs assessments.
- Very Good spoken and written English.
- Excellent spoken and written Arabic.
- Computer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.

- Initiative and independent.
- Organised and structured.
- Communicative, open and decisive.
- Result-oriented in a team approach.

- Flexibility and adaptability;
- Service and participatory attitude;
- Interpersonal and cross-cultural sensitivity;
- Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
- Able to work in a sometimes fluid and insecure environment.

Specific Vacancy Requirements
ZOA operates with an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified women and men, people of all nationalities, and cultural backgrounds, and candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply.

CV's of no more than 5 pages in length are appreciated.

Please provide at least 3 references related to your previous employment listed in the application. References of previous positions held should not be older than five years.

Only selected candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the process of recruitment. Documents that do not match the profile above will not be considered. Internal candidates will have priority, in case of similar results.

Please note that ZOA have may not choose to appoint this position on completion of interviews if a suitable candidate is not found and / or if needs change and the position is no longer necessary.

Regular travel to the field can be required.

Duration of Position: 1 year renewable subject to performance and funding, (first three months are probation period).

Starting Date: First of January 2020.

Vacancy Closing Date: First of December 2019.

Salary and Benefits
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with ZOA Terms of Employment for National staff and relevant experience.

About us
ZOA is an international NGO, which offers RELIEF to people who are affected by conflict or natural disasters. ZOA wants to contribute to a new perspective of HOPE in which people work together for a promising future in dignity and mutual trust. Together with the affected communities, we work on the RECOVERY until they can provide to take care of their livelihoods. The work of ZOA is coordinated from the Netherlands. From there ZOA operates in seventeen countries in Africa, Middle East Region and Asia. ZOA works approximately with 900 employees worldwide.

ZOA has provided emergency relief to Syrians in Syria and neighbouring countries since 2014. In 2018, ZOA became registered to operate from Damascus. ZOA works alongside local partners in Syria to implement our projects and we are also strengthening our capacity to implement projects directly. Creating and strengthening of local capacity is an important element of the programme. We aim to expand our activities in livelihoods, primary education, WASH and shelter.

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Posted On
Nov 14, 2019

Expiry Date
Dec 13, 2019


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