Livelihood Programme Manager, DPRK

Concern Worldwide, Maniema, Democratic Republic Of The Congo
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Job Summary

Job Description

About the role: This is a 24 month, replacement role with unaccompanied terms based in Pyongyang, DPR Korea with a salary of Grade 3 (€36,527 – €40,586 euro) per annum

You will report to the Country Director (CD) of DPR Korea, and line manage two national Livelihood Project Officer who are government-seconded, and work closely with the WASH and Resilience programme managers to facilitate the integrated programmes. We would like you to start in June 2019

Your purpose: To efficiently and effectively lead the Livelihood components of Concern Worldwide’s programmes and manage the implementation, expansion and strategic development of the Livelihood programmes in line with Concern’s organizational strategies, policies and procedures in DPRK.

You will be responsible for:

Programme Management

§ Directly responsible for the technical guidance, management and implementation of all Livelihood Programme in the DPRK.

§ Ensure the programme adheres to Concern’s food security and livelihoods approaches, to best practices and to all internal policies and procedures.

§ Effectively manage the Livelihood projects using appropriate tools to ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget and to the expected quality. Responsible for the financial management of Concern Livelihood programme, including budget preparation, revision and monitoring.

§ Ensure that minimum standards of technical quality are adhered to in all livelihood activities and interventions, which are technically appropriate, suitable for the given humanitarian and development context, realistic and on budget. Ensuing strict compliance to Concern and Donor procurement policies and practices.

§ Identify areas where improvements needed to increase impact, identifying and incorporating lessons learned in programme design to achieve the impact. Revise programme operational plans based on proposals submitted to donors and according to best practice.

§ Ensure that Livelihood programme are sensitive to gender and vulnerable groups (incl. women, girls and boys, children, people with disabilities and older adults) and incorporate identified risks reduction measures into the full life cycle of the Program design, operations & maintenance etc,.

§ Support and enable the integration of Livelihood project activities with the WASH and Resilience programme.

Monitoring & Evaluation

§ Ensure an effective monitoring and evaluation system is established and implemented for the Livelihood programme.

§ Prepare all the necessary reports such as monthly progress reports, annual reports and final and interim reports for donors. Organize donor visits, evaluations and programme reviews as necessary.

§ Ensure that the monitoring framework within the programme is implemented, including baseline data, secondary data, reviews, end line surveys, donor reporting and internal/external evaluations. Work to ensure accountability to beneficiaries and other key stakeholders.

§ Contribute to the development of all Livelihood proposals and new programmes, in the form of draft programme concept notes and proposals in consultation with the Programme staff, country management and the Regional desk.

§ Develop guidelines and capture key learnings on DPR Korea livelihood programme.

Leadership & Representation

§ Provide technical leadership in the design of all Livelihood interventions, taking into account the best practices of both humanitarian and development good practice. Support the expansion of Livelihood programming into new areas and development of new proposals.

§ Participate in relevant Food Security and Nutrition sector working groups (SWG) to develop strategy with key stakeholders and allow Concern to respond quickly and appropriately to the needs, especially serious emergency food crisis issues (e.g., floods and drought situation and/or due to climatic impact).

§ Ensure a creative and holistic approach to Concern programming, assist the team in finding ways to integrate/link between Livelihood, WASH and Resilience in same areas and facilitate joint nutrition and hygiene training, conduct training at provincial level, and joint research on composting.

§ Provide guidance and training so that all work carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and gender issues, and that community-determined and self-motivated methods (“empowering methods”) used in preference to didactic (message-based) approaches.

§ Coordinate programme strategy, implementation and delivery with technical counterparts at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of agricultural Sciences to build their staff capacity for better sustainability of programs and influence on national standards.

Team Management

§ Work with the team to ensure all livelihood activities are planned, prioritized, carried out and monitored in efficient and effective ways, with due consideration to gender and advocacy issues

§ Provide technical expertise and guidance to staff as appropriate, in (for example, but not limited to) assessment, monitoring, evaluation, reporting (Internal and Donor Reports), financial management, proposal development, technical design of Greenhouses and food processing facilities with the exercise of judgment skills.

§ Support the recruitment of national Livelihood project staff with appropriate knowledge and Capacity building of national project staffs with updates on training materials and technical knowhow.

§ Lead and coordinate the Capacity building of national project staffs with updates on training materials and technical knowhow on the quality of Agriculture and livelihood activities.

§ Adhere fully to the commitments and rules of Concern’s Programme Participant Protection Policy and Code of Conduct (CoC) and associated policies, including the respect of confidentiality, and promote such approach and behaviours to Project Officers.

Your skills and experience will include:


§ Third level university qualification in Agriculture, community development, farming, or related discipline

§ Experience working in Food Security and Nutrition sector (including Conservation Agriculture, System of Rice Intensification and Nutrition Sensitive programme)

§ At least 3 years overseas experience with an INGO managing staff and related programmes

§ Ability to develop and write good quality proposals, reports and other essential papers in English

§ Good command of procurement regulations and practice

§ Experience developing and conducting training and capacity building of staff and partners

§ Experience of representation at senior level (Country Clusters, Coordination meeting, Ministries)

§ Good interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication skills


Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:

§ Ability to adapt to restrictive local conditions.

§ Ability to function well in a team and contribute positively to team dynamics.

§ Ability to work in isolated conditions.

§ Independent personality.

§ Pro-active and innovative attitude to programme implementation.

§ Tolerance & patience in dealing with attitudes that may seem alien or unreasonable.

§ Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy

§ The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible.

We would also like:

§ International Driving License

§ Excellent computer skills: Microsoft Excel, Word, Power-point presentation

§ Training of Trainer skills, participatory skills

§ Experience of working in DPRK or similar context