Livelihoods and Food Security Project Manager Cali, Colombia – Nationals Only

  • Contract
  • Cali Colombia
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

Norwegian Refugee Council

Duty station: Cali, Colombia.

Please note fluency in both Spanish and English is required for this position. Candidates who do not command either of the languages will not be able to be considered.

This position is open for nationals of Colombia only. International applications will not be able to be considered.

1. Background/Context

NRC’s 2022-25 Strategy for its Colombia, Ecuador and Panama operation works along the axis of Emergency Response, Recovery and Durable Solutions for vulnerable migrants and forcibly displaced populations. It is under this third pillar that NRC will be implementing a three-year Youth and Economic Inclusion project. The objective of the intervention will be to enhance the chances of social and economic integration of refugees and migrant youth affected by displacement coming from Venezuela, and vulnerable host communities in Colombia and Ecuador. The project aims to do this through improved participation and leadership, facilitation of sustainable livelihood opportunities and reduction of barriers that prevent youth from accessing and enjoying these opportunities.

The Livelihoods and Food Security Project Manager (LFS PM) position has the overall responsibility in the implement of LFS CC project portfolio.

The LFS PM position aims to contribute to developing the LFS Core Competency (CC) in the West Area of Colombia, including managing projects, ensuring technical quality assurance, and supporting the Area Manager and LFS Specialist for fundraising. The LFS PM is also responsible for advising, training, and strengthening staff on technical capacity, contributing to developing proposals, and concept notes, and assisting in fundraising/resource mobilisation according to LFS Specialist and Area Manager Requests.

2. Role and responsibilities

The following is a brief description of the role:

  • Line management for LFS project staff
  • Adherence to NRC policies, guidance, and procedures
  • Contribute to the development of Country, Area, and LFS CC strategies, initiate and participate in the development of relevant LFS CC projects
  • Coordinate and manage LFS CC projects implementation (activities, budget, and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies, and donor requirements
  • Implement technical direction and ensure high technical quality of projects
  • Provide regular progress reports to the Area Manager in the West Area and the LFS CC Specialist
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Develop and manage projects budget (in cooperation with other CCs) and coordinate across CCs
  • Ensure capacity building of LFS CC projects staff and transfer key skills
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Responsible for development and expansion of LFS activities, including needs assessments, project design, implementation, and quality control in areas of responsibility, targeting people affected by, or at risk of, forced displacement; People in Need of International Protection (PNIP); vulnerable host communities; conflict-affected communities in confinement or that have movement restrictions that can be piloted and expanded across West Area Offices.
  • Overall coordination of beneficiary selection process. Ensure there is a communication strategy with beneficiaries in place and that there is a functioning complaints mechanism;
  • Prepare high-quality technical and managerial inputs to project documents, ensure donor rules and regulations are followed and all necessary documentation is in place and filed as required. Encourage LFS staff participation in the preparation;
  • In close consultation with the West Area Manager and with technical input from LFS Specialist, prepare work plans and budgets for all activities in the programme portfolio in the Area and monitor their progress on regular basis; ensure the strategic direction of project operations, overall day to day management and delivery of LFS project components;
  • Support design of market assessments, mapping, and analysis;
  • Ensure timely and quality reporting, and provide regular inputs to indicator tracking, situational reports, annual reports, etc. in line with NRC procedures and guidelines;
  • Promote the integration of LFS with other NRC core competencies (ICLA, education, shelter, Protection, and WASH) and ensure the application of cross-cutting issues in LFS interventions.
  • Ensure issues such as gender, protection, environment, saving programming, etc. are built into the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the LFS programme in the West Area;
  • Ensure strong donor compliance, ensure monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and quality control procedures are understood and entrenched in all LFS projects in West Area;
  • Participate in internal and external livelihood, food security and cash focused coordination meetings, representing NRC in the West Area and ensure the timely delivery of the commitments reached in those meetings;
  • Support the consideration and inclusion of cash-based interventions and market-based approaches within (and across) NRC core competency responses, where appropriate;
  • Contribute to the institutionalization of cash-based interventions and market-based programmes through capacity building and technical guideline in West Area;
  • Develop and strengthen strategic public and private alliances to build the CC, specially in the access to employment and self-employment opportunities for target groups

3. What We Are Looking For

  • Minimum 3 years of experience from a senior level project implementation position in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Technical LFS-expertise in livelihoods provision, protection and promotion
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge of the context in West Area
  • Experience in Household vulnerability, food security, and livelihoods assessments and analysis
  • Experience in Access to employment
  • Knowledge in economic inclusion andgraduation approaches
  • Experience in Food and agricultural systems
  • Experience in Market-based approaches
  • Experience in Entrepreneurship, income generation, and inclusive business
  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Managing performance and development
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Handling insecure environments

Find more details about the role HERE with JD The Livelihoods and Food Security Project Manager Quibdó, Colombia.

4. What We Offer

  • Type of contract: 6 months employment contract with possibility of extension
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC salary scale, terms and conditions.
  • Duty station: Cali, Colombia.
  • Travel: 60 % to the field.

Internal candidates are encouraged to apply but we are also open to external applicants who can show a commitment to NRC and being part of a challenging, but important mission to make a difference.

NRC might review applications before the adverted deadline, therefore interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Please note fluency in both Spanish and English is required for this position. Candidates who do not command either of the languages will not be able to be considered.

This position is open for nationals of Colombia only. International applications will not be able to be considered.

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