Livelihood Manager (LM)

KOICA ERCN Project

Detailed Job description / requirements:

Vacancy Announcement

Empowering Rural Communities in Nepal through an Integrated Approach to Health and Income Growth

I. General Information

Job Title: Livelihood Manager (LM)

Country: Nepal

Duty Station (city): Dhulikhel

Project Site: Manekharka, Hindi, Salambu, Puttar

Sector of Assignment: Community development, Agriculture and non-agriculture Income generation, Community-based institution development for production, financial investment and market management.

Project Description:

Goals: Wellbeing and improved quality of life in rural communities: Community development through an integrated approach to health and income growth.

Outcomes: Increased access to healthcare, Increased income, and Strengthened development capacity of the local community.

Main programs:

The main programs under the livelihood components are vulnerable group focused as follows.

1. Demo farms such as lentil, black gram, vegetables, Niger, goat

  • Production trainings with input and technical support
  • Niger oilseed value chain program, Niger market linkage
  • Breed improvement program through improved buck support

2. Farmers' Groups (FGs) and cooperatives

  • Facilitation for FGs formation & registration
  • Assessment & selection of FGs as well as cooperatives
  • Foundation trainings (leadership & business plan development) to cooperatives and farmer groups
  • Capacity building of local cooperatives (cooperative management training & financial management training including revolving fund management training)

3. Collection center 

  • Establishment and functioning in the public private partnership
  • Market linkage establishment through the information and network development (Market actor workshop, interaction meetings between FGs, collection center, cooperatives, local traders and local government, market information mechanism establishment, training & technical support to cooperatives),

4. Microenterprise development 

  • Nonagricultural enterprises as well as agri-based enterprises

5. Nutritional enhancement program

  • School farming 
  • Kitchen garden

Duration of Assignment: 1 year (extendable based on performance & project duration)

Employer: Consortium of Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS) and Yonsei Global Health Center (YGHC)

II. Supervision

Title of Supervisor: Field Manager (FM)

Content and Methodology of Supervision: 

The Livelihood Manager will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Supervisor and will report directly to the Supervisor. At the beginning of his/her assignment, a detailed work plan will be developed jointly by LM and his/her supervisor and will include the detailed assignments, their timeline, indicators and targets.

He/she will be supervised on a daily and weekly basis through individual and group meetings where LM will provide weekly update on the progress towards targets as well as challenges and lessons learned, and the supervisor will provide feedback and guidance. Further, the supervisor is to provide adequate guidance, clarifications, and feedback is being provided against the established work plan.

III. Duties, Responsibilities and Output Expectations

Background Information - Job Specific: 

The Livelihood Manager reports to FM who provides general guidance on the overall performance. He/she will also be provided with inputs from Income generation specialist and an Agriculture specialist stationed in Korea. The Livelihood Manager will be in charge of the operation of income generation activities of the Project under the supervision of the FM. He/she will lead the income generation team by providing visions, guidance and supervision to agriculturalist, other supporting staff and implementing partners.

He/she will be responsible for the project design, day-to-day operations of the project and monitoring project progress and implementation, as well as budget management and coordination for the operation. Frequent visits to project sites may be required. He/she may expect to work under complex and challenging environment with limited resources.

1. Program design, management and monitoring

  • Lead on conducting assessments (including market assessments) in collaboration with other sectors and the shaping of detailed activity plans in the project area in accordance with the Project Framework, ensuring that assessment reports are written and disseminated.
  • Strategic direction and overall supervision and successful implementation of the project(s).
  • Development of work plans and budget management according to project outputs and results.
  • Effectively contribute to the preparation of the Project activity plans, especially on the livelihood’s component including, the formulation of the livelihoods-based projects documents.
  • Undertake research (desk and field) to identify livelihood innovations, organize the piloting of new innovative ideas and document and disseminate the best practices on sustainable livelihoods.
  • Lead and/or support field -based livelihood team of (an) implementing partner(s) in the planning (work plan and budget), implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all the activities related to sustainable livelihoods development, especially for promoting employment and income through increasing agricultural productivity, market access and small and medium enterprise development. 
  • Monitor activity progress and determine necessary actions to course correct.
  • Provide project and/or activity reports that are timely and meet institutional and donor requirements
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with local partners and local authorities
  • Work independently and with other agencies to build local community acceptance of the Project
  • Represent the Project at the livelihoods sector and other related working groups and other stakeholder or coordination meetings, as needed, and maintain a positive, continuous and visible presence for the Project and KOICA
  • Facilitate donor visits to project sites as appropriate
  • Work constructively with support teams to ensure sound administrative practices with regards to record keeping, compliance with donor regulations, communications, etc.
  • Frequent travel to the project sites and providing support to the team as needed

2. Team management

  • Provide leadership to the project team, ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, encouraging effective team-work, including working in coordination and collaboration with the other sectors and overall project team 
  • Manage teams of national staff to complete program goals on time and on budget
  • Provide supervision, guidance and monitoring for project staff, ensuring clarity over project plans and priorities and encouraging effective teamwork
  • Manage and evaluate the performance of team members, their contributions and specific outputs and provide feedback to show where improvements are needed and why

3. Coordination and liaison

  • Assist in identifying potential partners in the project areas.
  • Work with existing partners to ensure that projects are clearly understood, and implemented and that project documents are completed.
  • Ensure proper cooperation with partner organizations and delivery of quality services

II. QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS

This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast-paced environment.

1. Education:

  • Advanced degree in agriculture, agri-business, or any other relevant discipline.

2. Experience:

  • The candidate should have at least 5 years’ experience in livelihoods development, private sector development, cooperative development related work in rural Nepal, 
  • Proven ability to develop a business plan, livelihood analysis, and policy analysis on cooperatives and the livelihood sector;
  • Demonstrated track record of developing and supporting cooperatives in rural Nepal and ability to design and implement agriculture/ non-agriculture-based livelihood development, micro-enterprise development strategies and activities;
  • Sound understanding of the sustainable livelihood development approaches;
  • Experience in working with local government or NGOs on agriculture/livelihood-related activities;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to carry out capacity building for all stakeholders;
  • Experience and knowledge of policies and procedures from bilateral aid organizations, especially KOICA, will be an asset.

3. Language:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and Nepali.
  • Ability to speak Tamang will be an asset.

4. Skills:

  • Microsoft office (including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Good articulation and presentation

5. Salary and Benefits

  • Monthly Salary amount of NPR 130,000(Approx.) which is depends in the candidate’s competency.
  • Annual leaves, Sick leaves and Accidental & Medical Insurance

I. Background Information

Limited access to healthcare services and lack of income source results in low quality of life for people living in the project sites: Manekharka and Hindi in Sindhupalchowk district, Salambu in Kavre district and Puttar in Tanahun district.

Dhulikhel Hospital of Kathmandu University has established 21 outreach centers (ORCs) in rural areas across the country, including the project sites, and dispatched medical and paramedical staffs. In addition, Dhulikhel Hospital also has launched the community development programs promoting income growth activities in addition to the provision of basic healthcare services through ORCs, so that community people can fully enjoy the provided services. These efforts are recognized as a new approach to rural development.

In recognition of this effort, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has launched a new project titled “Empowering Rural Communities in Nepal Through an Integrated Approach to Health and Income Growth” by signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Nepal to support Dhulikhel Hospital with its development experience and expertise.

The Project aims to achieve well-being and improved quality of life in rural communities as a result of strengthened capacity for community development through integrated approach to health and income growth. The main components of project implementation include: developing a Master Plan to operate outreach centers; workshops with relevant partners for community need assessment and knowledge sharing; capacity building of healthcare personnel, community leaders and members; supporting income generation of community people by cash cropping and other relevant activities; managing and evaluating progress and performance of the project; supporting the construction of agricultural infrastructure and health facilities in the project sites.

II. Agency Information

1. Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)

KOICA is Korea’s leading development cooperation agency to achieve global social values and aims to fight global poverty and support sustainable socio-economic development in developing countries while at the same time strengthening Korea’s friendly relations with them. Setting health, education, governance, agriculture and rural development and technology, environment and energy as priority sectors, KOICA delivers grant-based programs through its development projects, international volunteer and fellowship programs, emergency relief provision, multilateral cooperation, etc. At present KOICA operates 44 country offices around the globe.

KOICA Nepal Office has started its operation in Nepal since 1995 to maximize the effectiveness of Korea's grant aid programs for developing countries by implementing the government's grant aid and technical cooperation programs.

2. KOICA “Empowering Rural Communities in Nepal through an Integrated Approach to Health and Income Growth” Project Management Office

The Project office has established in March 2021 and members are consisted of international and national specialists in project management, agriculture, and health of Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS) and Yonsei Global Health Center (YGHC).

Dhulikhel Hospital of Kathmandu University is the partner agency for the Project and in charge of health component. 

SAHAMATI is the implementing partner for Income growth components in the Project.

Interested candidates who meet the above-mentioned criteria are required to submit their application letter and recent C.V via email to ercnproject@gmail.com no later than 28 November 2022, 17:00 hours.

Project Management office has right to cancel this recruitment at any stages without any notification.

Job Overview

Category Agriculture + Livestock, Development and Project
Openings 1
Position Type Contract
Experience 5+ years
Education Msc. Agriculture
Posted Date 22 Nov, 2022
Apply Before 28 Nov, 2022
City Dhulikhel