Senior Emergency Livelihoods Officer

es with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” Prior to, during, and after catastrophes, health emergencies, and other crises, IFRC strives to provide for the needs of vulnerable people and enhance their quality of life.

Together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the IFRC is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement). The core values of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntarism, unity, and universality serve as the foundation for the IFRC’s activities.

IFRC is led by its Secretary General and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters is organized into three main Divisions:

  • National Society Development and Operations Coordination;
  • Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy, and Digitalization; and
  • Management Policy, Strategy, and Corporate Services.

The IFRC maintains five regional offices, one each in the Americas, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia Pacific, Africa, and Africa. Additionally, the IFRC has national delegations and country cluster delegations all across the world. The IFRC Secretariat is made up of the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster, and country).

Since 1990, the International Fund for Refugee Cooperation (IFRC) has maintained a constant presence in Afghanistan to assist the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) with organizational growth, outreach, auxiliary roles, humanitarian diplomacy, partnership building, humanitarian response operations, and longer-term programming. In order for the IFRC network to reach its full potential as a trustworthy, accountable, and engaged global humanitarian actor and to carry out an agreed-upon agenda, it is imperative that it coordinate and support the activities of its member National Societies. In accordance with an existing Movement Cooperation Agreement, the IFRC Secretariat collaborates with the ICRC on movement coordination and cooperation.

The IFRC is assisting ARCS in expanding its humanitarian response while also supporting longer-term programs in Afghanistan due to the enormous humanitarian needs there. The IFRC will provide funding for ARCS programming in 2023 under the following three headings: Pillar 1 will focus on addressing urgent humanitarian needs; Pillar 2 will assist recovery and serve as a bridge to development; and Pillar 3 will improve local response capacity.


  • Vacancy No.S03607
  • Contract TypeNational
  • Application Deadline22-May-2023
  • Duty StationKabul
  • Duration7

Job Purpose

The Senior Emergency livelihoods officer will work closely and frequently with the ARCS focal points as part of the operations team within the national delegation. With a technical line to the Regional Livelihoods Coordinator at the Asia Pacific Regional Office, s/he will report to the Operations Manager. Technically responsible for ensuring that livelihoods and recovery programs within the national delegation are adequately integrated with ARCS, the Senior Officer must guarantee that design and execution during crises.
In order to ensure that ARCS livelihoods and recovery operations are carried out in accordance with best practices and quality assurance that comply to Sphere standards and the IFRC Community Engagement Accountability (CEA) framework, s/he will serve as the primary representative of the IFRC.
He or she will communicate with colleagues from the ARCS, ICRC, partner National Societies, external line manager, technical coworkers, and regional livelihoods coordinator will all collaborate closely with the senior officer. In accordance with the country programs and country plans of action, the IFRC rules and framework, s/he will be in charge of the efficient planning, management, and successful execution of livelihoods and recovery operations.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The key accountabilities and responsibilities of the Senior Officer, Emergency Livelihoods will include but not be limited to the following.
Programme Development and Quality Programming Support
▪ Undertake livelihoods assessment to include market mapping and risk analysis related to the livelihood and cash component and contribute to the development of mitigation measures.
▪ Ensure that ARCS livelihoods and cash field activities are supported technically and operationally with all necessary resources and that all necessary milestones are captured, tracked, and reported timely.
▪ Support to ARCS team to prepare plans for effective implementation of the livelihoods and cash activities that target the most vulnerable and marginalized groups and increase the resilience of the target rural communities including women affected by natural and made disasters.
▪ Support ARCS to identify, prioritize and support communities to implement potential livelihood strategies that are less sensitive to existing and potential hazards and resilient to disasters.
▪ To Support strategies and interventions that promote the economic and social empowerment of women & youth to enable their full and responsible participation
▪ Support the development and implementation of strategies and interventions for household income generation and savings among targeted women and youth. This includes assisting marginalized groups especially women in earning and saving income, managing money, providing guidance on financial management, and allocating household resources for improved household security and achievement of projects objectives
▪ Develop livelihoods and recovery tools that will assess the targeted households or cases eligible for the livelihoods and recovery interventions.

Capacity Building of National Society Staff

▪ Facilitate capacity building of ARCS staff and volunteers in livelihoods and a recovery program including provision of technical support during implementation of the program and ensure adherence to good practice and Community Engagement and Accountability framework;
▪ Support the implementation of baseline and PDM analysis including price monitoring surveys to determine the impact of livelihoods and cash assistance.
Develop market-based interventions and tools for market assessment and need analysis.
▪ Maintain close coordination with IFRC and ARCS livelihoods, Maraston, and cash focal points to ensure timely execution of the projects under emergency appeal and operational country plan programs.
▪ Assist ARCS project counterparts on project implementation in field monitoring and accompany counterparts in field monitoring where appropriate and allowed.
▪ Mentor and transfer project management knowledge to ARCS counterparts.
▪ Assist ARCS project counterparts in developing meetings, workshops, and field trip plans and facilitation.

Coordination and Partnership

▪ Maintain close coordination with ARCS, ICRC, partner national societies, local clusters, cash working groups, food clusters, and government authorities and keep them fully informed of the Country programs.
▪ Attend and report on UN cluster and working groups on livelihoods and cash together with ARCS focal points.

Job Duties and Responsibilities (continued)

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting

▪ Develop narrative reports, updates, and case studies on the livelihoods, women empowerment, and cash interventions
▪ In collaboration with the country office and national society, draft and distribute timely information updates on activities of National Societies and the IFRC.
▪ Develop project financial plans and check both financial and narrative reports coming from ARCS project counterparts.
▪ Translate/interpret to English and vice versa to Dari and Pashto (local languages) when required.
▪ Develop project proposals collaboratively with ARCS focal points, IFRC relevant technical leads, and, as applicable, with external stakeholders.
▪ Undertake other tasks and responsibilities as may be reasonably requested by the line manager.



  • University degree (or equivalent relevant experience) preferably in economics, business administration, agriculture development, social sciences, and or related field.
  • Training courses: livelihoods programming, recovery programming, cash and market-based programming, Kobo toolbox/data collection tools, etc.
  • Knowledge of relevant tools, conceptual frameworks, and current good practices in livelihoods including the use of cash transfer programming.
  • Results focus and accountability



  • At least a4 years of professional experience implementing livelihoods and recovery programming
  • At least 2years of experience working with an international humanitarian organization
  • Experience in project management including project planning and monitoring
  • Experience in designing approaches to beneficiary management and communication that enhance accountability to beneficiaries


  • Understanding of the work of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

Knowledge, Skills, and Languages


  • Ability to provide quality technical analysis and assessments
  • Skills in livelihoods and recovery assessments and project implementation using participatory methodologies
  • Excellent computer knowledge and skills in using Microsoft word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Demonstrate technical skills in coordinating and developing activities related to
    livelihoods and cash
  • Comfortable working and communicating with a number of National Societies in a diverse environment
  • Detail-oriented, able to multi-task
  • Fluency in Dari and knowledge of Pashto
  • Fluently spoken and written English


  • Strong commitment to teamwork and ability to work in a large team of volunteers

Competencies, Values, and Comments

  • Core competencies: Communications, Collaboration & Teamwork, Judgement & Decision, National Society & Customer Relations, Creativity & Innovation, and Building Trust.
  • Functional competencies: Strategic Orientation, Building Alliances, Leadership, Empowering Others
  • Values: Respect for Diversity, Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability

How to Apply

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