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Livelihood Consultant

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : May 02, 2018, 06:42:38 AM
Location: Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria, with
frequent travel to the field bases of Northern
and Southern Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States
Starting date: 14/05/2018
Contract duration: 3 months
Reporting to: Humanitarian Response
Manager General Context of the Response
Christian Aid ‘s primary purpose in the NE
Nigeria Response is to save lives, support and
safeguard the rights and well-being of IDPs,
returnees and host communities, with the
definitive goal is to help find durable solutions
that will allow them to rebuild their livelihoods in
dignity. In pursuing durable solutions Christian
Aid additionally aims to increase the self-
reliance and livelihood opportunities of IDPs,
returnees and host communities to ensure
building of resilience and reduction of disaster
risks. The strategic goal of livelihoods
programming in Christian Aid is to chart a
pathway towards recovery of conflict affected
populations, enable the self-reliance, improve
protective environment and have access to
enhanced, safe and reliable livelihoods,
enhancing their freedom and their capacity to
accelerate and participate in the achievement of
long term sustainable livelihood strategies .
The challenges faced by IDP’s and displaced
populations in finding decent economic
opportunities have been subject to growing
attention in Christian Aid operations. Efforts to
strengthen the organization’s understanding of
IDP’s and local host communities’ livelihoods and
capacity to deliver adequate services and useful
livelihoods programs are paramount. The
national conflict and land tenure environment
places varying degrees of restrictions on IDPs’
freedom of movement and access to resources,
however IDPs use different strategies to
generate income. The initial assets that IDPs can
rely on – such as their skills, inherited
professions, access to financial capital, physical
health, social networks – are critical in widening
their options to access safe and productive
work or engage in income generating activities.
Christian Aid initiated emergency operations in
NE Nigeria in 2016, to respond to the critical and
increasing needs in the country cause by the
conflict between none state insurgency and the
Nigeria Security Forces. Christian Aid currently
has a full team based in Maiduguri and a
coordination office in Abuja and providing
services across various sectors namely; Water,
Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH); Food
Security and Livelihoods, Nutrition Sensitive
programming, and mainstreaming protection to
address identified humanitarian needs. The
Christian Aid aims to develop a North Eastern
Livelihoods Strategy that will better define
opportunities for Christian Aid staff and
partners and other relevant actors to develop
and implement sustainable livelihoods
programmes for displaced populations.
General Purpose of the Position
Christian Aid is searching for an accomplished
and highly motivated Livelihoods expert who is
conflict sensitive with experience in working in
conflict affected areas to provide assistance
and guidance to Christian Aid ’s livelihoods
programming in the field. The consultant will be
responsible for assessing and compiling existing
socio-economic data, conduct necessary
assessments, review on-going livelihoods
activities and local development plans, map out
partnership opportunities, and develop or start
up the implementing of a comprehensive
livelihood strategies for field operations
highlighting the type of interventions identified
for host, returnees and IDPs.
The consultant will ensure the livelihood
strategy is developed through a consultative
process involving the participation and
contribution of a Multi-functional Team which
will focus on rural and peri-urban and urban
locations, representatives of the IDPs
community, Government, the host community
and the public and the private sectors, as well
as relevant organizations such as Christian Aid
’s Implementing Partners (IP) and Community
Organizations (COs), WFP, FAO, and other
potential partners.
Main Responsibilities and Tasks Outputs
Documentation of the existing livelihood
strategies of IDPs and local populations in the
target area to include:
Conduct a Household Economy Analysis of
the IDP population and determine the socio-
economic profile of the assessed population
(main wealth-group/socio-economic
categories of the population characterized in
terms of household composition; livelihood
assets; income sources; food-security
The livelihood assets and strategies of
households defined within each wealth-
group, with attention to the different roles
of men and women, capacities and capacity-
gaps for accessing employment / self-
employment opportunities.
Credit, Saving and Lending opportunities and
possibilities to have village people managed
saving and credit institutions (VSLA).
Document the actors and institutions
operating in or delivering services to the
area; the accessibility of markets for goods
and services; the accessibility of vocational
training, financial services, and business
services providers;
Analyze the development processes in the
area (review local development plans and
identify planned or potential sources of
public/private sector investment; other
processes that can affect the markets);
Assess and analyze the policies and practices
relating to employment, enterprise
development, access to land etc., that
influence development processes and affect
livelihood opportunities in the area, as well
as existing land and environmental
management policies and practices and their
potential threats.
Develop and formulate Feasible strategies to
reinforce and develop displaced populations’
capacities, livelihood assets and outcomes,
address capacity gaps, and enhance their
access to sustainable livelihood
Recommend Implementation and partnership
Select baseline indicators, to enable regular
assessment of changes in socio-economic
profiles, livelihood assets and outcomes of
displaced population groups, inclusive of
disability, age- and gender-differentials.
Review of secondary information (relevant
existing reports/studies and previous
livelihoods assessment).
Institutional mapping of relevant
organizations and institutions, highlighting
what organizations are doing and for whom,
including both existing and planned
programmes that could be directly or
indirectly supporting IDPs livelihoods.
Key informant interviews, if necessary, with
relevant stakeholders from local/national
institutions related to training, employment,
finance, enterprise, agriculture in the
communities; representatives of trade
groups, cooperatives, and special interest
groups; Christian Aid staff members; staff
from partner organizations.
A series of Focus Group Discussions (FGDs)
with household-members from each of the
identified wealth groups; and with special
interest groups (e.g. groups of women,
youth, men and) to verify the wealth of
information and suggested livelihoods
Data analysis – using the Sustainable
Livelihoods Framework; and analytical tools
such as SWOT analysis.
Verify existing information on livelihood
assets and strategies of different wealth
groups, and of men and women within these;
identify strengths and weaknesses in terms
of capacities and capacity gaps (internal
Investigate the opportunities and threats
related policies, institutions, and processes
(external factors); this includes
opportunities/threats in the formal and
informal employment markets, supply and
demand of goods and services, including
financial services.
Prepare a summary of key findings and
recommendations, including new and on-
going projects, livelihood technologies,
options categorized for IDPs, host community
and returnees by thematic areas e.g.
agriculture, livestock, fishery, small
enterprises / IGAs etc.
Draft a comprehensive report; submit for
review and incorporate comments into a
quality final report
Requirements, Experience and Education
Advanced University Degree (Master Level
minimum) in Development Studies /
Economics, Agricultural Economics, Socio-
economic Studies, Food Security and
Livelihoods, Economics, Business
Administration or Management.
Minimum of 5 years of relevant practical
field experience in one or more of the
following areas: Socio-economic and/or
household economy Analysis; risks and
vulnerability assessments, Market
assessments, Rapid and Participatory Rural
Appraisal, Livelihood programming,
Entrepreneurship Building, Private Sector
Development, Local Economic Recovery/
Poverty-Reduction Strategies, Agriculture/
Livestock/Natural Resource Management,
Urban and Rural Small Business Development;
Vocational and Technical Training; Income
Generating Activities; Value chain analysis;
Cash Assistance especially Cash for Work in
recovery programming.
Demonstrated experience in conducting
assessments for planning and/or evaluation
purposes. Familiarity with established
assessment and analytical tools is desirable
in the expert’s specialty (e.g. Household
economy approach; Sustainable livelihoods
framework; Market analysis: EMMA; Socio-
economic profiling.
Familiarity with community-based and
participatory approaches.
Experience in working effectively with UN
organizations, international and national
NGOs, and with government authorities at
national level; familiarity with the FAO, WFP
and the UN System approach relating to
sustainable livelihoods, Fluency in English
Extensive computer skills including excel,
word and power point.
Fluency in English is required
Personal Requirements:
Willingness to accept basic living standard
and frequent field missions;
Capacity to work and live in multi-ethnic and
multicultural context.
3,000 USD per month.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send
their CV’s, Motivation Letter and 3 references
to: [email protected] Using ”
Livelihoods Consultant – Nigeria” as the subject
line of the mail.
Application Deadline 6th May, 2018
Note: Only short-listed candidates will be
contacted for the first interview.

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