Project Specialist

Danish Refugee Council , Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th September, 2019

Job Description

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009. With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), in partnership with Mercy Corps, is planning to implement a 44-month action entitled Strengthened Socio-Economic Development and Better Employment Opportunities for Refugees and Host Communities in the Jijiga Area. In line with the Government of Ethiopia’s commitments to the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), the action will aim to improve employment and livelihood opportunities for up to 54,000 members of the refugee and host community in the Fafan zone of the Somali region. DRC, therefore, is seeking a highly qualified, enthusiastic and action-oriented individual for the position of Diaspora Specialist to lead in the design, implementation and monitoring of the action’s diaspora components. Applicants are expected to have a demonstrated business engagement or start-up background combined with experience in project cycle management, representation with community and governmental representatives and the ability to engage in research related diaspora interest and investment trends. DRC highly encourages female applicants.


Technical Responsibilities

  • Map and develop a database of existing and potential Ethiopian Somali and Somali diaspora associations, entrepreneurs and business owners in, from or with links to the Somali region of Ethiopia. This includes collaboration with DRC’s Copenhagen-based Diaspora Program to identify countries with high concentrations of diaspora, the nature of associations and engagement they participate in, their attitudes towards and interests in investment (in-kind, direct investment and social impact investment) and barriers to investment.
  • Establish or support existing diaspora advisory boards or associations to identify key areas of interest for investment into Fafan zone and viable means for scaling and facilitating investment. This is anticipated to be undertaken using established crowdfunding platforms or investment pooling modalities and, depending upon diaspora preference, would be harnessed for cost share grants, small-scale start-up grants or other forms of investment into the action’s targeted initiatives.
  • Maintaining dialogue and idea sharing with diaspora networks to encourage ongoing engagement and investment in Fafan zone through conferences, workshops and learning events.
  • Ensure all components of the action adhere to protection standards and principles as well DRC guidelines and accountability standards.

Management, Coordination and Representation

  • Ensure rigorous project cycle management principles are applied and oversee the daily management of the implementation of diaspora components of the project. This entails ensuring detailed work, financial and procurement plans are in place and followed.
  • Work closely with the action’s MEAL team to monitor project achievements. When activities are identified as behind schedule or are facing technical or logistical challenges, work with the project team to identify and implement corrective actions.
  • Organize and facilitate regular reviews of achievements and spending for the project and lead all project reporting related to diaspora activities.
  • Act as the action’s primary focal point with Jigjiga-level diaspora associations and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, develop relationships with a range of key stakeholders including local government.


  • 4 to 5 years of work experience within the field of business, investment, market systems or innovative livelihoods.
  • Experience working with an international NGO or UN agency preferred, but not required.
  • Technical understanding of protection concepts, prevention and response strategies.
  • Hands-on experience working with communities and governmental authorities.
  • Strong planning, organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to work both independently and within a team.
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.

EDUCATION: Masters or Bachelor’s degree in business administration or economics.


  • Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English.
  • Somali language skills.


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