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Job Description (Yemeni national)
Field Officer ´Solar´ (Fuel-efficient cooking solutions and solar drying)
Ready to engage in a longer-term, collaborative, and innovative program to enhance existing livelihoods
Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH) is a German non-government organisation that renders humanitarian aid in 36 countries across the world. DKH supports people who are affected by natural disasters, war and displacement and who are not able to cope on their own in the emergency situation they find themselves in. The work is guided by the Humanitarian Principles and the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS). It is DKH's approach to work through a global network of partner organisations. DKH is part of the Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V. (EWDE), one of the biggest welfare institutions in Germany.
While DKH is not planning to direct implement humanitarian projects, it wants to ensure that the partner organisations in Yemen have the administrative and technical capacities to implement their projects and programmes according to highest quality standards possible. For this purpose, DKH provides technical and other backstopping support to partner organisations within its area of responsibility. DKH wants to ensure that the humanitarian response in Yemen is meeting expectations in all relevant aspects, that DKH can fully rely on the partner organisations, and an added value becomes visible through the own presence on the ground.
PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT
The purpose of the assignment is to provide constructive support to an innovative transitional aid program, that seeks to introduce new approaches to strengthen existing livelihoods in Yemen, in the fields of fuel-efficient cooking solutions and solar drying.
The Field Officer plays a key role in providing tailored technical support to the partner organisations (POs) in the field where project activities are implemented and other backstopping requirements. It is a continuous effort to increase and further strengthen relations with the local partner organisations, support them in their work, and build capacities while ensuring quality standards.
Reporting to the BMZ Program Coordinator, the field officer will ensure fluid communication with the respective partner, and between DKH program and finance team and partner technical staff. S/he is responsible to coordinate and follow-up with the respective PO, and facilitate the technical support visits by third-party service providers. S/he will rapidly identify any issues, pro-actively seek solutions and address them, or refer them to the relevant person/department as appropriate. The field Officer will be actively in the field to build rapport with partner field staff and understand field realities. The field officer is expected to provide (ad-hoc) constructive support to facilitate any of the activities implemented by the partner, as needed, and in close coordination with the partner and BMZ program coordinator.
The intervention is a joint endeavour between DKH, the respective partner organizations and third-party technical support providers. All stakeholders are expected to work alongside each other in a collaborative manner towards common and shared program objectives.
DKH Yemen has an office in Aden. In 2021 the organization is expected to comprise of fifteen staff, in addition to drivers and guards. All projects by Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe in Yemen are implemented by local partner organizations.
This intervention seeks to enhance the resilience of communities to the harsh environmental and social conditions in the country and build a proof of concept, showing the proposed innovative solutions can enhance food security and livelihoods. Evidence gathered during this three-year proof-of-concept stage, including documentation of the successes and failures, will lay the foundation for successful components to subsequently be scaled across the country. The intervention is implemented by two strategic partners.
The position is based in Al Makha. In absence of a DKH office structure in the intervention area, the position may be hosted by one of the partner organizations.
TERMS OF REFERENCE & Scope of Work
Location: AlMakha with frequent travel to other districts on the western coast
Period: One year, extendable (Intervention confirmed to run for 2-3 years)
Reporting: The Field Officer is working under the supervision of BMZ Program Coordinator and reports directly to him/her.
Internal: The Field officer is part of the Program Quality Assurance department, consisting of a CVA Coordinator, MEAL coordinator, Program Officer, and BMZ Program Coordinator. The department is working as one unit under the supervision of the Program and Partnership Manager (PPM).
External: Liaise primarily with project manager/technical officers at the PO, and third-party technical experts. Coordinate with other partner staff as appropriate or through the program coordinator. Liaise with MEAL staff/technical staff in the field at other (I)NGO/UN, attend cluster coordination/working group meetings as appropriate.
S/he must fulfil the following tasks, or contribute in a substantial manner, from a position of joint objectives and joint responsibilities:
A. Program Implementation Support
B. Planning, Coordination & Quality
C. Capacity Building
D. Other tasks, as necessary
QUALIFICATION, EXPERTISE AND SKILLS
Technical expertise and work-related qualifications
Abilities and skillset
ACCOUNTABILITY TO BENEFICIARIES
DKH team members are expected to support all efforts for increased accountability towards the beneficiaries while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of projects.
Female candidates and candidates from minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply to ensure diversity within the organization, reflective of the whole of Yemen society.
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DKH reserves the right to disregard applicants who apply to both positions, as opposed to only one, or fail follow any of the above-mentioned steps. DKH reserve the right to consider candidates for either of the two position, irrespective of to which s/he applied. Only candidates residing in the country will be considered and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.