Livelihood Officer

at Habitat for Humanity
Published June 28, 2024
Location Laikipia County, Kenya
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  

Description

PURPOSE

Reporting to the Projects Coordinator, the Livelihood Officer will be responsible for enhancing the number of households with improved economic capabilities through food distribution and the establishment of Self-Help Groups focusing on youths, women and People Living with Disability to nature access to resilient livelihood opportunities by initiating agricultural based income generating activities, financial Inclusion and entrepreneurial skills within the community of Laikipia. Specifically, S/he will be supporting the promotion of Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) tailored to improve value chain production through SMART agriculture, supporting field activities that extension officers, the operation of school feeding programs, household cash transfers and increasing sustained access to incomes through Climate mart Agriculture and Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs). S/He will play a pivotal role in providing technical and management support to project activities on facilitating sustainable livelihoods interventions.

DUTIES

Overall

Ensure the implementation of the livelihoods component of the programme against annual work-plan, targets, time-plans and result indicator.
Ensure timely and quality progress and financial reporting in line with agreed templates and schedule.
Smart Farming Initiative

Support producer groups in the project area to facilitate the adoption of climate smart solutions for improved value chains production and post-harvest management.
Building strong relationships with community members and deliver the participatory community assessments and co-creation.
Ensure that project activities are designed with agricultural technology focus aimed at creating self-sufficiency, improving resilience to climate change and enhancing the food security status of farmers’ households/local communities in Laikipia.
Ensure that the agricultural potential in the region is assessed with an aim of improving on the existing systems and water management practices for increased crop production and livestock productivity.
Responsible for technical management of the Livelihood interventions through designing livelihood activities which will be implemented for beneficiaries.
Identify and design interventions that link the restoration of essential services with livelihood opportunities for community stability.
Develop technical training modules for beneficiary training and learning activities.
Develop inventory of all project supporting smallholder producers in the project area with the aim of tracking and documenting changes in their production activities.
Support value chains related demonstrations i.e Farmers Field Schools, in the project areas.
Support economic livelihoods and capacity building activities for partner communities.
Facilitate stakeholder engagements with County Government and critical development stakeholders.

Household Cash Transfer Program

Operate the Cash Transfer component of the project by providing technical support, development of narrative and financial reporting in line with donor requirements.
Assist the Project Coordinator in developing and reviewing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Cash Transfer to households.
Provide hands-on guidance in the engagement with service providers and Project Steering Committees (PSCs).
Facilitate the identification, designing and implementing of appropriate training needs to Project Steering Committees.
Oversee the identification, registration, and verification of cash transfer beneficiaries and monthly Mpesa disbursements to households.
Support in cash transfer baseline and post distribution monitoring surveys with support from the monitoring and evaluation team.
Follow procedures and guidelines in implementation of cash based interventions, and support in developing learning for improved cash strategy.

Village Savings and Loan Associations

Mobilize and sensitize community for empowerment and sustainability of Self Help Groups
Build the capacity of Producer Groups, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) identified under the smart farming activities.
Build capacity of Social Mobilizers to spearhead the Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLA) approach.
Ensure capacity building of on youths, women and People Living with Disability women on VSLA, entrepreneurial skills, market and financial services access, production and business planning.
Work together with other stakeholders to ensure that key trainings meet the standards required to facilitate, provide knowledge and required skills set on economic empowerment initiatives and practices.
KEY PERFORMANCE MEASURES / INDICATORS

Number of vulnerable households served
Number of groups mobilized
Number of new vulnerable beneficiaries selected and validated
Number of initiatives successfully completed
Number of active livelihood value chains adopted by the community
QUALIFICATIONS

BA in Agricultural Education and Extension / or related field.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

Professional technical skill desired training in Agriculture.
Experience with sustainable livelihood and food security programs.
Knowledge of income generating activities (IGAs), small and micro enterprises (SMEs), agricultural and livestock production marketing and value chains and cash based interventions.
Knowledge on financial inclusion and group savings and loans mechanism.
Experience with international donors and/or other international organizations preferred.
Fluent in verbal and written communication in both English and Kiswahili.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen and respect for colleagues. Must be capable of working both individually and as part of a team.
Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
Must be flexible, willing to perform other duties and work irregular hours.

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