Job Title: Economic Empowerment Officer
Band/ Level / Grade: B8
Department: Economic Recovery and Development (ERD)
Location: Lahaj (Habeel Al- Jabr) – Reporting in Al Dhale’e office
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
Scope of Work:
The Economic Empowerment Officer will work on the implementation of the projects of Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), Business Skills training (Learn to Earn), and Small Business Grants follow up and support sessions in Habeel Al-Jaber district of Lahj governorate.
The Economic Empowerment Officer will be responsible for lead all aspects of the formation of community groups of Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), Managing and delivering the principle to the community and teach the members of the groups to acquire skills on the day to day operations and book-keeping. The IRC seeks to build community access to capital and later get involved in small entrepreneurships and livelihoods. Economic Empowerment Officer will encourage the efforts and support the startups and expansion of entrepreneurs and aid clients in developing their businesses plans, distribution of startup grant, acquire skills and gain access to finance. You will also responsible for mobilizing the community, leading trainings on business and life skills, and providing ongoing support to these community savings groups.
Position Reports to: Economic Recovery & Development Manager.
Position directly supervises: one assistant.
Work closely with implementing consortium partners and in coordination with local communities and authorities.
- Developing detailed activity plans in line with program objectives, ensuring that those plans are implemented and any expected delays and/or modifications are communicated and raised in a timely manner with line Manager.
- Support small business owners to develop business plans, including providing inputs in the IRC cash grant application process.
- Provide training sessions and Business Development Services/business coaching to micro-entrepreneurs/ERD program beneficiaries.
- Contribute to development of program related documents including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for micro-enterprise support, as needed.
- Supervise and participate the selection process of beneficiaries, review business plans and conduct social & technical feasibility for selected business.
- Ensure effective mobilization of communities to participate in VSLA and entrepreneur skills training activities.
- Identify new Community Based Trainers (CBTs) and train them on VSLA methodology and rules; Plan with and supervise CBTs in training VSLA on methodology and principles.
- Conduct regular monitoring and visits to VSLAs, collect data from VSLA groups on a monthly basis and enter it to the database.
- Supervise and data management of the VSLAs' sessions operations data collection and entry in the tracker database.
- Support monitoring and evaluation for business skills training and business support activities.
- Conducting market and area related assessments and data collection, while participate in the design and implementation, supervise teams and ensuring accurate and standard methodologies.
- Project related reports as required by line manager.
Coordination & Representation:
- Build and maintain respectful and constructive relations with partner organizations, local authorities and humanitarian actors.
- Attend field level meetings when required and providing detailed reports to the line Manager as the need arises.
- Close coordination with Food Security & Agriculture (FSAC) cluster and Cash & Market working group (CMWG).
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable implementation of the IRC programs.
- Raise Purchase requests as and when required.
- Work constructively within the team and lead initiative on new tasks.
- Promptly report concerns or incidents to the IRC management and collaborating closely with community leaders and other external parties as the need arises to maintain/improve the security environment for the ERD program.
- Coordinate with the MEAL & CRA staff and the wider ERD team as necessary to identify program quality issues. Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
Requirements (Qualifications, Skills and Abilities)
- University Degree/Diploma in Economics, Business Management, Marketing, Accounting or equivalent work experience.
- 1-2 years overall including proven experience in implementing community development projects including, financial or economic empowerment, small and rural business consultancy services, savings and lending and income generation activities.
- Previous experience in the areas of microfinance, business planning or business management is a plus.
- Proficient digital literacy e.g., MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Kobo tools, and Outlook.
- Demonstrate high level and proficiency of communication, interpersonal skills, and presentation skills required to build links with team to handle problems and resolve issues.
- Proven abilities in leading teams and providing mentorship, supervising staff performance, and providing technical support and coaching to field teams,
- Excellent ability to organize work, on time submission and work completion, maintain composure, ability to prioritize competing tasks, preform under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
- Fluency in English preferred.
- The position will be based in IRC Lahj and will involve field travel to project implementation sites.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation