Youth employment and livelihoods Advisor

About IRC

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been operational in Ethiopia supporting refugees and other vulnerable populations since 2000, and among its cross-sectoral programming, runs a number of projects related to economic recovery and development to strengthen the livelihoods of refugees and vulnerable Ethiopians. This includes ongoing youth market based livelihoods-related programming in the Gambella and Somali refugee camps, as well as livelihoods work benefiting Ethiopian communities in different regions. The IRC continues to explore and pursue program development opportunities to engage more communities in this work, aligned with IRC capacities and priorities in the areas of livelihoods-related skills building, income and asset generation, and engagement with private sector actors to advance livelihoods opportunities among refugee and host country populations.

Overview of the project

Strengthening Host and Refugee Population Economies (SHARPE) seeks to increase livelihoods opportunities for refugees and host communities using the market systems development approach. SHARPE will operate in 3 locations in Ethiopia, Jijiga, Dollo Ado and Gambella, with a coordinating office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The SHARPE project is a 3.5-year project and commenced in September 2019. The project’s inception phase is 6 months (September 2019 – February 2020) with a subsequent 3 implementation years.

Summaries of roles and responsibilities:

This position is based in Addis Ababa, with frequent travel to the field (approx. 70%), including significant time in Somali and Gambella refugee camps and surrounding host communities. The incumbent reports to the ERD coordinator on day-to-day project management and implementation with complementary oversight from the Field coordinator. He will provide livelihood technical advisory services to the development and implementation of SHARPE portfolio strategy in relation to youth livelihood.


The post holder will support and strengthen the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of SHARPE project in the Gambella, Dolo Ado and Jigjiga . He will collaborate closely with other project staff within IRC/SHARPE team; and among partner agencies, government, private sector, and community groups. She/he will give support to program to ensure technically sound and complementary programming. The advisor will ensure successful support for livelihoods programming which includes entrepreneurship, enterprise development, and employment initiatives, financial inclusion/savings, micro-franchising, and other related activities. She/he will also chip into concept notes, business plan preparation,and proposals development for new livelihoods’ programming, and help provide technical backstopping to staff.

Specific Responsibilities

Technical Quality and Project Management

  • Undertake detailed data collection and analysis with regard to youth livelihoods and employment aspect of the project in the Gambella, Dolo Ado and JigJiga
  • Based on the assessment provide direction to the project staff and monitor staff in their implementation of project work plans and quality of technical activities including program budget oversight
  • Develop strategy for youth livelihood program in line with the portfolio strategy using market system development approach
  • Ensure appropriate methodologies and technical approaches are developed for all program activities
  • Work closely with the coordinators/specialists/officers to ensure alignment of SHARPE livelihoods programming with the strategic plan and relevant theories of change
  • Chip into the development of sector-relevant strategic direction and plans including the ongoing development of livelihoods programming, staffing, and management structures
  •  Support the development of Standard Operating Procedures and Mentorship Notes for program activities
  • Ensure regular monitoring and modification of ongoing programming as required

Project Monitoring and Reporting

  • Prepare relevant and quality IRC/DAI and donor reports as per agreed-upon schedules (monthly, quarterly, and/or annually) on activities, indicators, and achievements.
  • Work closely and coordinate with IRC logistics, finance, and grant staff to ensure timely and compliant program activities and expenditures; including active participation in procurement, supply chain, grant, and other meetings
  • Together with the deputy team leader, coordinators and Accountability and Learning manager, develop and implement a full monitoring and evaluation framework for livelihoods and employment activities as well as learning strategies, and adapt them to the different program methodologies.

Program Design and Coordination

  • Support the team to develop sound technical design and components of project proposals, business plan, and concept notes.
  • Develop and maintain effective coordination and long-term mechanisms with external partners including partner agencies/NGOS, government departments and ministries, community-based organizations, private sector partners, donors, and others representing IRC /DAI positions.
  • Actively advance IRC’s/DAI connections to economic actors/private sector at a local, regional and national level, seeking avenues for partnership, teamwork and coordination of activities to ensure the sustainability of interventions
  • Together with the team leader/team members, regularly engage with internally and externally
  • Participate in IRC and external working groups and communities of practice around livelihoods to share strategies, disseminate research and program successes, discuss implementation challenges, and share standard methodologies
  • Support the sharing of information and learning across livelihoods-related programs


  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs

Job Requirements


  • MA/MSC in international development, economics, business administration, law, and/or related certification with 5 years’ experience or BA/BSC with 8 years’ experience in humanitarian response, with specific experience in livelihoods and enterprise development approaches
  • Proven private sector experience, or experience supporting business and business skill development
  • Prior experience working in emergency settings or insecure environments preferred
  • Strong program/technical, team t leadership skills, planning, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties
  • INGO experience required; experience with coordination systems or advocacy preferable
  • Must be capable of applying skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including direct data collection and analysis, implementation, advisory functions, training, and the transfer of technical knowledge and leadership skills to others
  • Personal qualities: Works well in and promotes collaboration, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well, has a strong sense of humor
  • Proficiency in English and Amharic is required

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