Food Security and Livelihoods Team Leader – DRC


Job Description

OrganizationDanish Refugee Council (DRC)
Contract type:National contract
Application due:01/06/2021


DRC (Danish Refugee Council), founded in Denmark in 1956, is Denmark’s largest and the world’s leading non-profit, independent, rights-based refugee organization.

Our vision is to assist refugees, internally displaced people and their host communities to a dignified life. We protect lives and human rights and empower beneficiaries throughout conflict displacement by providing shelter, food, and hope in terms of work, education and integration towards a sustainable future.

Employment category: G-Management

Eligible for delocalization

Reporting to:  Area Manager

Direct report: FSL Officers/Assistants

Unit/department: Programme

Location: Central Darfur Area Office: Neriti, Golo Localities – with roving support to other DRC Bases in the AO

Overall purpose of the role:

The FSL Team Leader is part of DRC FSL Team in Central Darfur; he/she will work under the line management of Area Manager. This position directly manages FSL field teams.

The FSL TL shall operate mainly in Nertiti and Golo Localities of Central Darfur State with the possibility to be sent for periods in other parts of Central Darfur where DRC has or may have operations. The FSL TL may also be occasionally requested to travel outside Centra Darfur State.

Hence, the FSL TL bears the direct accountability for the quality implementation of FSL activities, as setup and laid out by Protection Manger.

FSL activities in Central Darfur are focused on: provision of essential FS inputs (such as seeds) at crucial moments of lean season; besides that, FSL TL shall also build DRC staff capacities; and,  when requested by circumstances, he/she represents the Organization in coordination and technical fora, at Locality and State level.

FSL is integrated with other DRC Sectors (Emergency Response, Protection, Mixed Migration, and Community-Driven Recovery) as well as with DRC consortium partner’s activities, therefore FSL TL is requested to support and follow‑up crosscutting FSL issues with other Sectors and Partners.


Project Management and Implementation:

  • Organize and ensure the implementation of activities as disposed by current projects
  • Ensure the thorough and rational the implementation of said activities through organizing Protection teams work by:
    • setting up teams workplans according to the overall Programme plan
    • setting up workload balance
    • monitoring the application of workplan and related progress
  • Ensure that all stages of implementation (from assessment to provision of assistance) are relevant and adhere to plans and criteria devised by DRC and Donor’s standards, and that they are technically sound;
  • Have continuous presence on the ground to ensure the quality of activity implementation and provide technical advice to field project staff as necessary;
  • Regularly and accurately collect and compile activity records and all other relevant documentation/MoV to feed timely donor reporting.
  • Apply and ensure the application of protocols and guidelines for FSL activities
  • When necessary, participate in the staff recruitment process, new staff on-boarding and induction process, capacity building, and performance appraisal of FSL staff.

Programme Development and Quality

  • Support Area Manger in developing strategic FSL documents and in identifying gaps and opportunities for further programming, needs assessments and gap analyses 
  • Carry out directly training/coaching actions  for junior staff aimed at increase quality of the implementation;  including hands-on coaching, guidance and technical support to programme staff, ensuring clarity over programme plans and priorities.

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

  • Collaborate with M&E team to ensure monitoring activities are mainstreamed while gathering appropriate and accurate data on FSL outcomes;
  • Coordinate FSL assessments, with support from the MEAL Department.

Finance, Procurement and Administration

  • Ensure financial accountability of FSL programme
  • Ensure FSL Team raises Purchase Requests (PRs) in a timely manner, in-line with DRC standards, and follow-up procurement processed with the Supply Chain Department;
  • Ensure that HR policies are followed, including completion of regular Performance Management Meetings, with all FSL staff.
  • Ensure familiarity with DRC’s Operational Handbook;

Coordination & Representation

When requested and/or necessary:

  • Represent DRC in technical and coordination fora at Locality and State level
  • Under supervision of Area Manager coordinate at ground level with national, local and international actors to ensure smooth and timely implementation of the activities 
  • Support Area Office Senior management (Area Manager, Protection Manager, etc.) to relate with local and State relevant stakeholders

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • At least 4 years of proven experience in implementing field-based FSL activities for Refugees, Returnees, IDPs
  • At lest 2 years of proven experience in implementing said activities in a managerial role
  • Wide understanding of humanitarian principles and their application, including community safety and rights-based approaches
  • Knowledge of FSL standards and guidelines
  • Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational, and prioritization skills
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to professionally and appropriately represent the organization and negotiate and defend DRC’s interests with a diverse range of government officials, local organizations and other groups. 
  • Skills in Project Cycle Management, including creating work plans, delegation of responsibilities: setting clear milestones, organizing work and monitors progress
  • Ability to work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid environment: Cultural sensitivity and respectful of local contexts
  • Ability to effectively engage and communicate with communities in a responsible manner


  • Proven experience in Emergency Response is an asset
  • Proven experience in providing technical guidance and training including development of training materials is an asset.

Education and skills: (include certificates, licenses etc.)

  • University degree or higher education in Agriculture, Natural Sciences or related field or equivalent work experience;
  • Computer skills (including MS Office package)

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Fluency in written and spoken Arabic
  • Good command in written and spoken English.


  • Knowledge of one or more Darfur local languages is an advantage

Key stakeholders: (internal and external)

  • Area Manager DRC
  • Base Managers DRC
  • Infrastructure PM, FSL TL DRC
  • Technical staff and support staff at Area Office
  • Head of Programme/Head of Support Services
  • HAC, UNOCHA, UNHCR and other humanitarian partners
  • State and non‑State bodies in Central Darfu

DRC as an employer

By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

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