Livelihoods Specialist

PACT, Monrovia, Liberia

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd February, 2016

Job Description

Key Responsibilities

• Support strategies and interventions that promote the economic and social empowerment of women and youth to enable their full and responsible participation in community forestry
• Support the development and implementation of strategies and interventions for household income-generation and savings among targeted women and youth. This includes assisting participants in earning and saving income, managing money, and allocating household resources for improved household security and achievement of project objectives.
• Provide technical support to project livelihoods activities in line with state-of-the-art, globally-recognized best practices for addressing needs of the targeted women and youth.
• Ensure all livelihoods improvement strategies are gender-sensitive and promote women’s empowerment and gender equity in overall project goals.
• Lead or contribute to community-based work directly with women and youth, including facilitation and networking of groups.
• Contribute to monitoring and maintaining relevant manuals, training materials and reports for livelihoods improvement.
• Contribute to work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and other reports and papers summarizing project livelihoods results and evidence.
• Engage in regular monitoring visits to project sites to evaluate livelihoods-improvement effectiveness.
• Work closely with Pact’s FIFES team to ensure integration of women’s and youth economic empowerment activities across programs, sectors and core competencies;
• Other tasks as assigned.

Basic Requirements

• Bachelors degree + 5 years of experience, or Masters + 3 years of experience in economics, gender, international development or a related field;
• A minimum of 2 years of experience working on livelihoods/economic development or gender and youth related projects in Liberia or the sub region;

Preferred experience:

• Ability to contribute to livelihoods/economic development capacity building, training, and increased technical depth;
• Strong community-based, community development and mobilization work with women;
• Knowledge of varied savings-group approaches, direct implementation experience in at least one model; ability to lead training and launch endeavors of same;
• Experience in effective design, M&E and implementation of livelihoods/economic development programs particularly savings-led methodologies;
• Demonstrated facilitation and program development skills and upholding of Pact’s behavioral competencies;
• Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with stakeholders, NGO partners, and community groups;
• Strong interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English;
• Ability to travel frequently, sometimes at short notice;
• Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks;
• Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and database skills.
• Experience working on other US Government-funded projects pertaining to livelihoods, women and youth programming.
• Liberian Nationals strongly preferred—candidate must have work authorization in Liberia.

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