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Economic Development Officer - Somaliland



For Somaliland Residents Only

World Vision is an International Relief and Development organization, whose goal is to achieve long-lasting benefits in the quality of life for vulnerable children and their families, displaced persons and communities. World Vision Somaliland Program wishes to invite applications from highly competent dynamic, self-driven and results oriented Somaliland residents to fill the following vacancy to be based in Hargeisa Office.

Project Officer I: Economic Development

Ensure the successful implementation and monitoring of Economic Development/Empowerment interventions aimed at contributing to improved children wellbeing outcomes within the Odweyne ANCP and DFAT funded projects. Work closely with farmer groups, village savings associations and relevant ministries to promote farming as a business, and facilitate entrepreneurship amongst project beneficiaries.

Major Responsibilities:

Project design, planning and implementation

  • Ensure identification of local needs and resources

  • Contextualize/adopt design guidelines and utilize at the ADP/Project level

  • Ensure accurate and quality in PDDs based on the partnership approved ED PMs (Savings Groups, Business Facilitation and Local Value Chains Development, Micro-Finance)

  • Develop quality project Annual work plans with clear targets, budgets and 4D matrices

  • Mobilize Communities for project implementation

  • Provide field-level technical implementation leadership on ED

  • Ensure proper and timely implementation of ED interventions in the Projects as per approved PDDs, WVS standards and donor requirements

  • Ensure effective integration of ED interventions with other projects in the program

  • Implement project audit recommendations;

  • Ensure integration of Child protection, Disability, Gender mainstreaming and environmental protection into ED interventions

  • Track, in liaison with project coordinator, project implementation expenditure levels and manage work plans and budgets;

  • Timely Mobilization and effective communication with communities and stakeholders during baselines and evaluations

M&E, Reporting & documentation

  • Engage community leaders and partners in the planning of the monitoring activities in an appropriate manner;

  • Develop monitoring plan with communities and partners agreeing on the required standards for monitoring, with support from the DME specialist;

  • Build the capacity of communities and partners on monitoring including using Savings Groups MIS, MFI, BF, Agribusiness and/or LVCD data collection forms;

  • Ensure monthly monitoring of indicators as per schedule developed together with communities and partners;

  • Analyze and utilize ED PMs data including SGs MIS, MFI, BF and LVCD data and take appropriate programming measures as may apply;

  • Ensure participatory monthly data collection (involving community groups and partners);

  • Support the utilization of DME and ED PMs software for accurate data entry and analysis using the standardized tools;

  • Facilitate regular reflections on monitoring practice to make improvements as needed.

  • Contextualize and utilize reporting guidelines;

  • Develop quality reports (CWB, Annual, Semi-annul and Monthly Management Reports) in-line with WV reporting guidelines;

  • Monthly monitor project expenditure and level of implementation and report on any variances to Project Manager and NO Technical advisor for decision making;

  • Ensure documentation of local needs and resources;

  • Identify best practices on ED within the AP/Project for documentation;

  • Liaise for guidance in documentation of best practices from the regional office and national office

Advocacy, Engagement and Networking

  • Ensure that the key laws, polices, regulations and government service delivery standards in Economic Development/Empowerment are shared, interpreting and explained to communities

  • Effectively represent of WVS in Economic Development/Empowerment stakeholder meetings at county and sub-county levels.

  • Report on resource mobilization opportunities at county and sub-county level

  • Provide information to inform fund raising initiatives at national level

  • Work with the Ministries of Agriculture, Trade, Social Services, Planning, and Enterprise Development for technical directions and leveraging of resources to support Economic Development/Empowerment interventions in the Project.

  • Facilitate community members to advocate on Economic Empowerment issues to relevant stakeholders;

  • Work with Private sector, other NGOs, MFIs, CBOs , FBOs, Committees and Groups with related objectives for synergy and sustainability and;

  • Support community, sub-county and county level forums that facilitate identification of hindrances to effective economic empowerment interventions.

  • Work with community groups and other CSOs to develop Memorandum and/or petitions for engagement

Other Competencies/Attributes:

  • Must have good oral and written communications and relationship skills

  • Ability to take initiatives, team player who is able to work with minimum supervision

  • Good computer literate especially in Microsoft Office Suite and data analysis programs such as SPSS, Stata, EPI Info

  • Willing to perform other duties when required.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of a degree in Agribusiness/ Agricultural Economics/Agricultural Marketing or related field

  • A minimum of 2 years working experience in Economic Development/Agricultural Development/Agribusiness/Agro-finance projects at community level

  • Experience in partnerships including Agriculture, Ministries of Trade, Cooperatives, Planning, Social Services and churches

  • Have practical business knowledge with an emphasis on marketing and financial management

  • Having research, monitoring and evaluation skills is an added advantage