Danish Refugee Council Job Vacancy: Livelihoods Coordinator Rakhine State, Myanmar

DRC is seeking a dynamic and capable Livelihood Coordinator to join a strong and dedicated team in Sittwe, Rakhine State.

Who are we?
DRC has provided humanitarian assistance to people in need in Myanmar since 2009. DRC is currently engaged in humanitarian response in Rakhine, Kachin, Norther Shan and Kayah States. DRC Myanmar currently employs over 200 national and 20 international staff and implements a variety of livelihood programming across the country.

In 2012, waves of inter-communal violence swept through Rakhine, forcing approximately 140,000 persons to flee their homes and take refuge in IDP camps spread across the state. DRC activities target these IDPs, as well as other local vulnerable populations such as host villages and isolated villages. DRC implements a multi-sector response, including CCCM, Child Protection, Livelihoods, Protection, and WASH in Sittwe, Pauktaw, and Mrauk-U Townships in Rakhine. Our organization also provides emergency services in response to frequent natural disasters in the state, including flooding, landslides, and cyclones. In total, DRC programs in Rakhine State reach over 130,000 vulnerable persons.

The Rakhine State context poses challenging, yet innovative context within which to implement livelihood programming. As displacement often occurred from urban to rural locations or from coastal to inland, beneficiaries have been limited in their ability to adapt existing skillsets to their new locations. Compounding this fact, severe movement restrictions on camp residents and host villages alike has made impacted communities severely dependent on aid distributions to fulfill their most basic needs.

DRC works through Danida, AusAid, USAID and LIFT to provide livelihoods interventions through life skills and vocational training, competitive cash grants for business along with community driven development approaches and capacity building to promote early recovery in return and relocation contexts.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Livelihood Coordinator will have the following responsibilities:

Program development and strategy

  • Provide leadership when it comes to developing and enhancing the quality of livelihood programs implemented by DRC Myanmar with particular attention given to Early Recovery.
  • Working closely with DRC protection programming to ensure livelihoods enhance protection outcomes and vice versa
  • Supervise the start up of livelihoods programming in Northern Rakhine State
  • Take an active role with livelihoods consortia partners IRC, RI and NRC
  • Active leadership/engagement with the Nutrition/Food Security/Livelihoods Sector, other relevant clusters/sectors, UNDP, RSG, and other major actors in helping to shape livelihood approaches and durable solution strategies in Rakhine State.
  • Develop and lead needs assessments which propose concrete and feasible solutions for IDPs and villages in terms of livelihoods and social cohesion focusing on Community Driven Development.
  • Continue to develop the vocational training curricula, opportunities and expertise within the DRC program
  • Pay particular attention to the design, testing and evaluation of cash-based programming to inform DRC programming.
  • Work closely with other DRC projects in Rakhine, such as Camp Coordination Camp Management, on livelihood-related aspects of their programming.

Project Management

  • Take leadership of the Rakhine livelihood program in terms of high quality and timely deliveries, narrative reporting and financial overviews, close cooperation with donors, Government counterparts and coordination mechanism on site and in synergy with other DRC interventions in the area.
  • Provide line management to 1 expat and national staff members. This includes coaching, ensuring coordination among national staff, recruiting, and capacity development of staff.
  • Provide remote engagement with and support for other livelihood interventions within DRC programs in Myanmar, including field visits for training and monitoring.
  • Hold responsibility for the management of the livelihood programming budgets and ensure accountable spend down of budgets.


  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives within the Livelihood Program as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of its activities.
  • Strengthen monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and programming feedback loops as activities evolve within the rapidly changing Rakhine context.

About you
To be successful in the position you should meet most/all of the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ project management experience with humanitarian response in displacement-related contexts, preferably in camps and camp-like situations.
  • Strong experience in livelihood support, including vocational training, small-business support Cash programming and Community Driven Development
  • Experience of being responsible for managing a livelihood project portfolio across different donors and project sites
  • Experience of being responsible for project cycle management including proposal writing, budget monitoring, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting
  • Experience of managing and leading tam of livelihood staff and coordinating with other sectoral coordinators and support departments.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience in training and capacity building.
  • Cultural sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Professional fluency in English.
  • Experience of data management and the creation of databases and M&E tools desirable.

We offer
DRC will offer the successful applicant a one year contract. The contract will be renewable dependent on funding and performance. Envisaged start date is by Mid-January 2017.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates;

Sittwe is a non-family duty station.

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All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.dk

Applications close 4th December 2016.

Need further information?
For more details on this position please contact Krishnan Nair, DRC Programme Manager Rakhine at krishnan.james.nair@drcmm.org or Kate Smith, DRC Head of Programmes at kate.smith@drcmm.org

Please note that applications sent directly to Mr Nair/Ms. Kate Smith will not be considered.

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world. We are the largest humanitarian NGO in Denmark and consistently ranked as one of the world’s best NGOs according to Global_Geneva.

We fulfil our mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict areas of the world. We also advocate on behalf of conflict-affected populations globally on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. Our work and long-term strategies are guided by our five core values: Humanitarian approach - Respect - Independence & neutrality - Inclusion - Honesty & transparency.