Team Leader – Livelihoods

at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Location Kyegegwa, Uganda
Date Posted September 10, 2019
Category Administration
Job Type Full-time
Currency UGX


About US ⇒
The Danish Refugee Council DRC is a private, independent, humanitarian
organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than 36
countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and
internally displaced persons IDPs against persecution and to promote durable
solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian
principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions
on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

Overall purpose of the role:

The Livelihoods Team Leader primary function is to ensure quality implementation of the overall Cash, Livelihood and environment component and synergize with other sectors, which constitute the overall DRC program. S/He is responsible to manage a team of livelihoods, cash and environment staff (Officers and Assistants).

He/she is also tasked with providing technical assistance and guidance to Cash, Livelihoods and environment management across programs in all sectors. The Livelihoods Team leader is also responsible for developing/strengthening relationships with donors - at the field level - in close cooperation with the programme manager.


Coordination and representation

  • Develop relationship with a range of Key stakeholders: OPM, UN Agencies, Local Governments, Private Sector in order to facilitate the development of economic opportunities and increased incomes for the targeted beneficiaries.
  • Representation of DRC and active participation in the local Cash, Livelihoods and Environment Sector and relevant sub-sectors/working groups.
  • Maintain/establish rapport with government authorities, UN agencies, international and local NGOs as required.
  • Ensure coordination and close working environment with other sectors of DRC.
  • Ensure regular Cash, Livelihoods and Environment sector meetings.
  • Actively participate in internal coordination meetings.

Project development, implementation and reporting

  • Responsible for the development of concept note, project plans, budgets and funding proposals at the field level in thematic areas of Cash, livelihoods and Environment with Gender sensitivity in coordination with the Program Manager.
  • Undertake gap analysis in the areas of Livelihoods and Environment and contribute in the development of new thematic areas according to analysis.
  • Responsible for the efficient and effective program implementation of all Cash, livelihoods and environment projects within timeframe, budget and quality standards.
  • Contribute to the development of DRC strategy in areas of Cash, livelihoods and Environment.
  • Participate and ensure the quality and technical standards of the capacity building trainings activities at all levels.
  • Develop a monitoring system, which includes performance and impact indicators for all Cash, livelihood and Environment components and related activities.
  • Develop data base system and data collection tools and ensure quality data collection, data entry and undertake analysis and generate quality reports.
  • Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, donor and other reports in the areas of Cash, livelihoods and environment.
  • Work in active coordination with other sectors.
  • Proactively contribute to quality and timely monthly, quarterly and annual reports.

Staff development and management

  • Provision of Technical and Programmatic Leadership for the Livelihoods and Environment team of DRC.
  • Develop staff performance objectives and targets and upraise them based on the targets set.
  • Conduct training needs assessment of all the Cash, livelihood and Environment staff and make recommendations.
  • Conduct periodic field visits to support field staff through technical backstopping.
  • Uphold DRC’s international code of conduct.

Budget Monitoring

  • Responsible for grants management of all Livelihoods and Environment projects.
  • Monitor financial commitments and expenditures against budgets and provide timely feedback on budget follow ups
  • Liaise with DRC Administration, Logistics, and Finance Departments to ensure smooth operation of the field offices.
  • In collaboration with the Support Services Manager, review financial reports.
  • Ensure timely procurements of the sector according to plan
  • Ensure that procurements of the sector are done within acceptable standards and that high quality project items are obtained

Experience and technical competencies:

  • At least 4 years’ professional work experience in similar area and capacity.
  • Proven record of Livelihoods, Cash, Gender and Environment experience.
  • Proven record of working with multiple donors like UNHCR, ECHO
  • Competence using information technology including experience with word-processing, spreadsheets and database software.
  • Ability to write reports and communication pieces.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to determine priorities and attention to detail a must.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, sound judgment, planning and team building and facilitating skills. Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player.
  • Excellent analytical, strategic and communication skills.
  • Strong Computer literacy, proposal writing and Report writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with the other team members and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to work under pressure, culturally sensitive, and ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Experience of working with UN or Non-Governmental Organizations.
  • Knowledge of refugee crisis.


  • Minimum Bachelor degree in Agricultural Economics, Environmental Sciences, Development Studies or related field.
  • A Master’s Degree Development studies, Management, Social sciences or related field is an added advantage


Professional fluency in written and spoken English.

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Applications close on 19th September 2019.

Please note that this is a non-family duty station

Equal Opportunity

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels in light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunity: DRC is an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethinic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development


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