Livelihood and Food Security Project Manager - Afghanistan Kandahar (National Position)

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Country: Afghanistan
Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Closing date: 4 Jan 2021

Role and responsibilities

The Livelihoods and Food Security (LFS) Project Manager will help implement LFS programmes in the South Region, under the country office’s LFS Core Competency. The LFS Project Manager will work under the direct supervision of the South Area Manager, and with close technical guidance from the LFS Specialist (based in Kabul).

Livelihoods programmes support NRC’s broader strategy to promote durable solutions to displacement –beyond short-term emergency assistance – and to prevent further displacement. These programmes seek to enable vulnerable displaced people (returnees from Iran or Pakistan, as well as people internally displaced by conflict, drought and other hazards) to find jobs or start their own businesses, so they can support their families.

The LFS Project Manager will be responsible for leading the implementation and reporting of all LFS projects in the South Region, focusing on Kandahar. This will include managing some LFS staff (1 Officer and 1 Technical Assistants) managing budgets, ensuring that project activities and M&E data collection are being implemented on schedule.

The Project Manager will be expected to spend at least 50% of his/ her time in the field, visiting project activities, talking to beneficiaries and external stakeholders (in particular private businesses).

He/ she will be responsible for leading the implementation of the livelihoods component of joint Shelter- Livelihoods project, which started implementation in Kandahar in 2019. Specifically, the LFS Project Manager will be responsible for helping female-headed households who already received shelter assistance (construction of new shelters or shelter upgrades) from NRC, to establish a source of livelihood (e.g. establish a small business, get hired as employees, establish home-based agriculture or livestock activities, etc.)

Generic responsibilities

These responsibilities shall be the same for all positions with the same title. The responsibilities shall be short and essential. Details belong in the Work and Development plan.

  • Line management for project staff
  • Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Contribute to the development of Country, Area and L&FS strategies, initiate and participate in the development of relevant L&FS projects
  • Coordinate and manage L&FS (X) project 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 and the L&FS Specialist
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Develop and manage project budget (in cooperation with Cs) and coordinate across L&FS
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills
  • Development of holistic and needs based programmes, including cash-based interventions and marked based programmes

Specific responsibilities

  • Lead implement all LFS projects in the South region, including:
  • Reporting project progress on a monthly basis and providing inputs for donor reports as required
  • Overseeing the beneficiary selection process, according to guidelines set by the LFS Project Manager, and ensuring that the selection process is done with the highest level of transparency, fairness and rigor.
  • Ensuring that project activities are being implemented on schedule, and with a high level of quality.
  • Ensuring that monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data collection is carried out on schedule, with a high level of quality, using the appropriate data collection tools.
  • Engage and build good relationships with private sector stakeholders relevant to LFS projects – such as the Kandahar Chamber of Commerce, local trader’s associations, large businesses etc.
  • Lead the various LFS assessments, data collection and information gathering to inform LFS program development in the South region.
  • Ensure the inclusion of cash-based interventions and marked based programmes in country and area-based strategies and their implementation across and within NRC’s core competencies
  • Provide an enabling environment for the implementation of cash-based interventions, including multi-purpose cash assistance, emergency cash responses
  • If needed, lead short term emergency food security interventions, in the event of rapid onset emergencies
  • Supervise and manage the work of the LFS Officer and LFS Technical Assistant
  • Build a strong and productive LFS team spirit – promoting values of responsibility, respect, trust, inclusiveness, solidarity, and collaboration with other NRC departments.
  • Foster a strong sense of collaboration between the LFS team and other core competencies (Shelter, WASH, Protection, Education) within the South Area Office.
  • Proactively share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in LFS activities with the South Area Manager, South Area LFS team, and LFS Specialist in Kabul.
  • Immediately flag any challenges or delays to the South Area Manager and LFS Specialist


Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

  1. Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies for this position:**

  • Experience implementing large development projects
  • Strong computer skills (proficiency in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel is mandatory)
  • Creativity, curiosity and willingness to try new things and to challenge the status quo
  • A positive and collaborative attitude and willingness to work in a team
  • Experience in people management
  • Experience working with vulnerable communities and people (displaced people, women, youth)
  • Knowledge of cash-based interventions and market based programmes
  • Good written and spoken English, Dari and Pashto.

Context related skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Bachelor degree in business administration, economics, business development/ entrepreneurship or related field, master will be preferred.
  • Experience working in small business development or with the private sector more generally.
  • Experience in writing and appraising business proposals
  • Willingness to travel to project sites in the South Region

  • Behavioural competencies

These are personal qualities that influence how suL&FSessful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioral competencies and the following are essential for this position:

  • Planning and delivering results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Handling insecure environment
  • Networking and Coordination

What we offer

Duty station: Kandahar

Travel: 10% (Kabul)

Duration and type of contract: 12 months renewable based on funding

Salary and Benefits: Based on the NRC scale

This role is only open to Afghan Nationals

How to apply:

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