Economic Recovery Manager at Danish Refugee Council

Safety Officer (Country) at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Title: Economic Recovery Manager

Location: Gambella Office

Required: 1

Reports to: Area Manager

Start of Contract & Duration: 9 months with the possibility of extension



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 overall purpose of the role, responsibilities & tasks:

The Gambella-based Economic Recovery Manager is responsible for the overall implementation and strategic direction of the organization’s current and future Economic Recovery s projects in the Gambella region, providing direct supervision of Economic Recovery program staff in the Gambella field office. The Area Manager advises DRC’s program staff to ensure all programming in the assigned areas of operation is in line with DRC Ethiopia’s country strategy and is in full compliance with the organization’s policies and best practices. The Economic Recovery Manager is responsible for leading project cycle management, proposal development, and program strategy – ensuring the successful implementation and completion of all activities, and relevance and responsiveness of the activities to priority humanitarian needs in the assigned areas of operation.



  • Provide leadership, management, and technical direction of DRC Gambella Economic Recovery s program, in coordination with and as agreed technically with the Area Manager to ensure rapid implementation of field activities in line with agreed donor plans and budgets.
  • Ensure implementation of Economic Recovery, MPCA, and resilience projects, along with any other new Economic Recovery projects initiated in the Gambella regional offices;
  • Supervise and ensure the implementation of all Economic Recovery activities in the field, ensuring quality and timely implementation;
  • Plan and implement rural Economic Recovery, resilience, and DRR activities with the guidance of the Area Manager, including, but not limited to: TVET, livestock and agricultural inputs and training, cash for work and infrastructure rehabilitation, DRR planning, VSLAs/access to finance, and cash programming.
  • Work in all aspects of Project Cycle Management, including active participation in the completion of all programming components of the Programme Management Tools (PMT) for all Economic Recovery programming in the Gambella region.
  • Uphold the professional standards related to Economic Recovery s programming in humanitarian assistance.
  • Contribute to the development of concept notes, logical frameworks, and proposals as needed;
  • Assist in the identification of strong local partners and potential programme synergies to develop for future opportunities;
  • Manage the CVA projects and ensure the distribution of multipurpose cash assistance is conducted in a safe and accountable manner;
  • Coordinate closely with Area and Country MEAL focal points to ensure that site observation, output, and impact monitoring is conducted in a timely manner, and that appropriate CFM options are available in target sites / to programme beneficiaries.
  • Uphold the highest standard of confidentiality when managing records to ensure beneficiary dignity and privacy;


  • Contribute to the production of quality and timely reports on Economic Recovery s program activities;
  • Provide weekly/monthly reports to the Area Manager for Gambella, including accurate figures of distributions/referrals done and challenges encountered, in the agreed format
  • Ensure that all project documents (including from previous implementation periods) are available, accurate, and archived in soft and hard copy according to DRC procedures

Representation and coordination:

  • Develop and strengthen relationships with potential local partners, stakeholders, and communities in order to maintain trust in DRC’s professional standard and quality of work among all stakeholders;
  • With the coordination of the Area Manager, represent DRC externally to at the site level in relation to Economic Recovery project activities, including in Livelihoods coordination fora with other agencies.
  • Regularly update mapping of stakeholders implementing Economic Recovery s’ project in the area of responsibility;
  • Ensure coordination with other INGOs, government bodies, and DRC departments (Protection, M&E, Procurement, and Finance);
  • Closely work with the partner organization to ensure smooth implementation and linkage between the interventions


  • Contribute to the effective implementation of operations support activities related to Economic Recovery Programme, including related to administration, finances, and logistics, so as to ensure smooth project implementation.
  • In all matters, comply with internal directives and policies as communicated by the Area Manager, Head of Programme, and/or the relevant support departments;

Budget Management:

  • Provide inputs to Area Manager/ to ensure effective and efficient utilization of Economic Recovery s program resources through monitoring and tracking of expenditures against budgets;
  • Anticipate, along with Area Manager, potential over/under spending on activity budgets;
  • Provide expenditure forecast to Area Manager on monthly basis;

Staff management, training & Capacity development:

  • Train, coach, and mentor Economic Recovery programme staff in various technical areas and in project management skills, through internal or external facilitation, including formal and informal interactions;
  • Contribute to the timely performance & development management measures for the Economic Recovery programme staff, including appraisals and remedial actions.

Personal/Professional Skills:

  • A strong team worker;
  • Aptitude to work in difficult conditions and stressful situations;
  • Excellent internal and external communication and coordination capabilities and excellent team building and coordination skills;
  • Continuous Learning; a colleague who promotes continuous learning for self and others;
  • Creativity and Initiative; someone that actively seeks new ways of improving programs, services, and partnerships;
  • Performance Management; a person who identifies ways and implements actions to improve the performance of self and others;
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of guidance and supervision;

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master

DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Masters/Bachelor’s degree with relevant, progressive experience in Agronomy, Agroeconomics, Economics, international development, Agribusiness, Business Management, marketing, livelihoods, or related technical field;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in livelihoods, economic recovery, and cash assistance in the refugee context, and conflict environments;
  • Experience in Agriculture/Livestock, value chains, market analysis, cash-based interventions and humanitarian operations (mainly from the food security perspective), food security, and livelihoods;
  • Excellent understanding of cash, food security, and livelihoods technical concepts and experience conducting detailed market, and livelihood needs assessments;
  • Demonstrate ability to work across functions and sectors to design and implement high-quality market-based programming, and in-depth knowledge of supply chain and financial management and controls of cash and/or voucher programs;
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate technical expertise and standards and implement best practice approaches to implementing rapid, consistent, high-quality emergency projects as well as protracted displacement situations;
  • Experience with conflict-related displacement issues and working in security-sensitive environments and enforcement of team security protocols is an asset;

Education: (include certificates, licenses, etc.)

  • Masters/Bachelor’s degree with relevant, progressive experience in Agronomy, Agroeconomics, Economics, international development, Agribusiness, Business Management, marketing, livelihoods, or related technical field;

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Full professional proficiency in English.

How to apply


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit an updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than September 7, 2022.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap. Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status, or other protected characteristics

We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.


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