Project Assistant

Norwegian Refugee Council, Dhusamareb, Somalia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th April, 2019

Job Description

Rights Respected, People Protected:

Founded in 1946, today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) works in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. Our 6,000 employees provide life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. NRC specialises in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend their rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena.
NRC’s expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. NORCAP experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.
NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

NRC in Somalia:

NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

NRC Somalia is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across seven countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania). NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.
The Livelihoods and Food Security Project Assistant will help implement and monitor NRC’s livelihoods and food security programmes in Galmudug State. The Livelihoods & Food Security Assistant will be working directly with the communities and beneficiaries in target locations in Galmudug

Job description:

Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
Assist with the implementation of the support function portfolio according to plan of action
Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
Ensure proper filing of documents
Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function
Use initiative in day to day problem solving in line with agreed procedures, priorities and standards for the area of work
Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
Ensure proper filing of documents
Promote and share ideas for improvement in the area of Livelihoods and Food Security
Prepare payment requests (PRs) in Aggresso where applicable and liaise with logistics to support stock requisition of materials from stores to support project activities using the correct procedures
Liaise with your supervisors to support in preparation of contract documents, verification certificates for incentive workers, partners and other service providers timely to facilitate proper and prompt payment to the partners
Work with incentive workers to ensure that correct data capture procedures are adhered to during PDM and other monitoring activities
Administer working advances, field based resource person’s payments and participants’ activity payments in compliance with NRC policy
Help select beneficiaries eligible for livelihoods and food security programmes, based on guidelines and procedures given by the LFS Officer (Galmudug) and Livelihoods and Food Security Coordinator/Project Manager (SC area Office).
Immediately report any challenges or implementation delays to the LFS Officer (Galmudug Area Office) and Livelihoods and Food Security Coordinator or project Manager (SC Area Office).
Maintain clear and up to date records of livelihood programme beneficiaries and activities (beneficiary numbers, locations, contact details, activity progress) – including by regularly visiting beneficiaries’ homes or businesses.
Help collect baseline and monitoring data by conducting interviews with beneficiaries and key informants.
Organize nutrition, food security and WASH awareness sessions for beneficiaries and host communities.
Participate in project design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation including rapid assessments, and other data collection in order to inform and improve programming
Liaise and work with fellow project assistants including field assistants to implement and document LFS activities in South and Central Somalia with special focus at the on the projects assigned
Support and work with incentive workers, implementing partners, suppliers & beneficiaries to; build capacity, ensure that correct documentation procedures are adhered to during field activities including M&E activities
In consultation with the project officer(s) and project coordinator, represent NRC in community meetings, coordination meetings and other information sharing fora that is available


Our Ideal Candidate:

  • We are looking for a university graduate in Agriculture, with a minimum of 2 years
  • Experience in the humanitarian/recovery context. Previous working experience in complex and volatile contexts. Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills. Very good organizational and administrative skills. Attention to detail. Good cultural awareness and sensitivity. Strong team working and support role skills. Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines under pressure with minimum supervision. Good task orientation and ability to follow actions through to completion.


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