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Economic Recovery Officer

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Sittwe, Myanmar
Entry level
Posted date:
February 19, 2023
Close date:
March 1, 2023
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Job Description

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an international humanitarian organization founded in Denmark in 1956. DRC implements relief and development activities in more than 30 countries throughout the world, assisting more than 1.5 million people of different ethnicities and religions. DRC is a non-governmental, non-political and non-religious organization – and in DRC, people’s right to a life with dignity takes precedence over politics and principles. DRC has been operating in Myanmar since May 2009 and in Rakhine State since 2010, responding to the humanitarian needs in the aftermath of the Cyclone Giri. DRC has recently expanded its programme providing shelter, WASH, NFIs, Economic Recovery and community assistance to the people affected by the June and October 2012 events in Rakhine State. DRC Myanmar in Rakhine State is funded by ECHO, SDC, DFAT, USAID and UN agencies, including UNHCR, UNICEF and UNFPA.

To strengthen DRC’s Programme in Rakhine State, DRC is looking for highly motivated and capable candidates to fill the position of

Economic Recovery Officer (1 Post)

Duty Station: Sittwe Office, Rakhine State

Reports to: Economic Recovery Project Manager

Overall purpose of the role:

The Economic Recovery Project Officer reports directly to the Economic Recovery Project Manager and supports the professional and efficient implementation of DRC’s livelihood and community activities in Rakhine. Together with the Economic Recovery team, the Economic Recovery Officer will work with the communities of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), both Rakhine and Muslim, to identify and monitor needs, provide targeted Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), multipurpose cash assistance and agricultural project activities and mobilize and train community members on self-reliance, income generating, small-business development, and other related activities outline in the proposed donor projects.

Main responsibilities

  • Take primary responsibility for coordinating the work of the vocational training, provision of multipurpose cash assistance and agricultural program in Sittwe, working closely with the Project Manager and Economic Recovery team, and counterparts at other INGOs, Government, CSO and consultants. This will include supporting communities to identify training modules, conducting assessments, and coordinating life skills and vocational trainings for trainers, and monitoring and supporting trainers in the field.  
  • Support the Project Manager in Sittwe in establishing and maintaining good relationships with community representatives, community groups, government counterparts, and other humanitarian agencies, ensuring transparency and coordination.
  • Coordinate monitoring and evaluation for the vocational training, multipurpose cash assistance and agricultural program according to donor guidelines, including collating data from relevant government’s departments, vocational institutes and other training centers, and ensure visibility standards are met by both partners.
  • Take primary responsibility for liaising with Admin, Finance, and Logistics and other counterpart department’s staff for organizing and planning for the implementation of vocational training, provision of multipurpose cash assistance and agricultural program and support other programs as needed.
  • Taking leadership role for field trips, team meetings and giving clear instruction for long- and short-term vocational training, provision of multipurpose cash assistance and agricultural project activities including technical support on facilitation, mobilization and communication skill for trainers and Economic Recovery Assistants.
  • Prepare and submit monthly, weekly work plans and report timely to the Economic Recovery Project Manager.

Other Economic Recovery tasks:

  • Conduct field visits to IDP/host communities as well as isolated communities to identify livelihood needs, implement income-generating and community-building activities, and monitor results.
  • Conducting engaging and participatory training/facilitation sessions for beneficiaries in topics including budgeting and bookkeeping, and development concepts for village development committees.
  • Gather monitoring information and conduct data entry on collected project data in a timely manner and assist in maintaining the database of beneficiary information and activity profiles.
  • Prepare capacity building training for local trainers, incentive workers and Economic Recovery Assistants.
  • Take lead for COVID 19 awareness session as needed.

*Perform any other related tasks as instructed by Economic Recovery Project Manager.

Experience and technical competencies:

  • University degree (BA/BSc) in Economics, Business Management, agriculture or other relevant field.
  • 2 years’ relevant work experience in the field of vocational training, income generation and community mobilization, preferably working with a humanitarian or development organization.
  • Experience leading and motivating teams and coordinating activities independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to build trusting relationships with communities and experience of participatory needs assessments.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills as well as having a good knowledge of cultural sensitivity;
  • Flexible and prepared to travel intensively in the region, including IDP camps and rural villages in the targeted townships.
  • Prepared to work with both Rakhine and Muslim communities.
  • Experience leading for COVID 19 PPE production, distribution and COVID 19 protection activities if necessary.
  • Good analytical and computer skills (especially Word and Excel).
  • Fluent in Burmese and working knowledge of English. Additional local languages would be an asset.

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:    

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.    
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.    
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.    
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.    
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. "

We Offer:

  • Starting date of employment: ASAP.
  • Contract length: Until 31 Dec 2023 includes a probationary period of 3 months. Renewables depend on both funding and performance.
  • Salary: Competitive salary according to DRC Myanmar salary scale.

This position is open for Myanmar National only. DRC strongly advocates for equal opportunity and promotes a diversified and inspiring working environment. Therefore, qualified candidates of ethnic minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application process:  

Applicants who meet the above-mentioned requirements should apply by submitting their applications in English (consisting of Cover Letter and CV of no more than 4 pages, including contact details of 3 professional references) and CV only applications will not be considered. Apply button.

  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for a written test in English and an interview.
  • After the closing date, applications are not to be considered. Please note that due to the urgency of this position, applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and DRC reserves the right to initiate the recruitment process before the deadline for applications.  

Deadline for submission of applications: 01-March-2023 (COB)

DRC as an employerBy 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

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!

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