Senior Refugee And Livelihoods Advisor

Kamwenge, Western Region, Uganda Full-time


In implementing the USAID-Food for Peace (FFP) funded Graduating to Resilience activity in Uganda, the AVSI Consortium (AVSI, Trickle Up, IMPAQ) will partner with the Office of FFP, USAID/Uganda, and the Government of Uganda (GoU) to graduate extremely poor refugee and Ugandan households from conditions of food insecurity and fragile livelihoods to self-reliance and resilience. At the end of the activity (2024), the project will have tackled the underlying causes of food insecurity with a sustainable, cost-effective adaptation of the Graduation Approach that is Ugandan-led and backed by strong evidence of impact. In this activity in Kamwenge District in Western Uganda, which hosts the Rwamwanja refugee settlement in Nkoma Sub-County, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), UNHCR, WFP, PRM, and USAID are all stakeholders. For these stakeholders, the project is an opportunity to promote social cohesion by targeting and working directly with both sub populations with a conflict aware and sensitive approach. Trickle Up (TU) brings to the consortium expertise and capacity in addressing gender inequality and concerns, as well as significant experience as one of the lead actors in applying the graduation approach amongst refugees. 

The goal of this food security activity is to improve the food security, nutrition and economic self-reliance of extremely poor households through the implementation of the Graduation Approach. Its focus is on households that are economically active, but are chronically unable to meet their basic needs and have little chance of improving their circumstances without some form of assistance.

Objective of the position:

The Senior Refugee and Livelihoods Advisor will ensure high quality programming and implementation of livelihood components and activities to increase the socioeconomic status of households and their members. S/he will also hold management responsibilities for Project Officers staff based in Uganda and will be a member of the Technical Steering Committee led by AVSI-leadership based in Uganda. The Senior Refugee and Livelihoods Advisor will be responsible for providing technical expertise related to refugees and livelihood issues, and bringing a refugee and livelihood lens to all aspects of program design and implementation. The Advisor will ensure that the Graduation Approach within the target refugee and host community populations incorporates appropriate and relevant livelihood interventions and Graduation and Refugee best practice. The Senior Advisor will also coordinate closely with TU’s Senior Gender Advisor to ensure a gender lens to the livelihoods components. S/he will work closely with IMPAQ, a consortium partner leading research and learning, as well as the coordination of livelihoods and market assessments and monitoring. The Senior Refugee and Livelihoods Advisor will assume a leadership role in rolling out the livelihoods strategy, guidelines/standards and implementation plan as an integral component of the refugee-focused Graduation Approach. This position will work closely with Trickle Up’s technical assistance team based in New York and with Trickle Up’s partner, AVSI, and will be based in AVSI’s offices in Kamwenge, Uganda. S/he will provide on-going analysis, capacity building, and strategic integration of a livelihoods approach into the overall Graduation Approach.    

The Senior Refugee and Livelihoods Advisor must have demonstrated livelihoods expertise and have experience working in refugee contexts either in Uganda or in the region. S/he will have recognized experience in developing and integrating a livelihoods strategy for people living in extreme poverty, preferably within a refugee context. The successful candidate will have significant on-the-ground field experience, inclusive of stakeholder and community engagement, to develop and implement results oriented livelihood approaches with a particular focus on reaching the most vulnerable. S/he must also have management experience in order to provide appropriate oversight and guidance to relevant team members within the implementation of the program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with consortium partners to leverage learning from the comprehensive market and value chain assessments and support monitoring in the targeted refugee and host context;
  • Lead on implementing the livelihoods strategy design and operational guidelines focusing on the most vulnerable, and poorest refugee and host communities populations within the program area;
  • Provide regular updates on progress to supervisors and other team members, including U.S.-based TU colleagues;
  • Responsible to provide input/and or prepare project reports, donor reports, sector reports per given deadlines and as necessary;
  • Ensure integration of a gender lens (building upon the gender assessment results and guidance provided by the Trickle Up Senior Gender Advisor) in the livelihoods approaches undertaken;
  • Support the project technical team to ensure best practices for livelihood programming;;
  • In coordination with consortium partners, contribute to the development of the monitoring and evaluation framework to adequately guide the implementation of the livelihoods component while ensuring generation of appropriate data and information for management as well as for documenting evidence of change;
  • Develop and integrate best practices of savings group operations and management among extremely poor host community and refugee populations;
  • Identify and document best practices and lessons learned from the project in terms of effectiveness and increased gender consciousness that can be widely shared in publications, communication materials, and conferences;
  • Provide management support to Livelihood Project Officer’s in line with host agency AVSI parameters and TU policies.



  • A Master’s Degree in agriculture, agribusiness, social sciences, international development or relevant degree qualifications.

Experience and Technical Competencies

  • 10 years or more experience leading the design and implementation of food security, agriculture and livelihood programming;
  • A minimum of three years’ experience working in refugee contexts;
  • Demonstrated experience conducting market, food security, and livelihoods assessments and integrating findings within program implementation strategies to achieve desired outcomes (experience incorporating gender aspects a significant plus);
  • Experience with the Graduation Approach is strongly preferred;
  • An understanding of natural resource management and environmental protection measures within agriculture and livelihood programming;
  • A strong understanding of local administrative and government structures – familiarity with Uganda’s social, political, and economic context;
  • Knowledge and experience in establishing Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLAs) and/or similar cooperatives at grassroots levels;
  • Knowledge of microfinance, financial inclusion, and private sector linkages in Uganda an added benefit;
  • Proven experience in cash based programming;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and tracking high-quality evidence-based monitoring and evaluation standards;
  • Preferred experience in the Farmer Field School Approach (FFS), demonstration/trial garden establishment, kitchen gardening, etc.;
  • Proven experience building staff and other stakeholder’s capacity building, coaching, mentorship, including preparation and adaptation of materials/manuals, facilitation and implementation of training plan/calendar;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, cross-cultural communication, and management capacity to lead multi-cultural teams;
  • Experience delivering programs in accordance with tight deadlines;
  • Strong communication, analytical, and writing skills;
  • Good team leadership, collaborative consensus building among team and stakeholders to foster buy-in and engagement;
  • Experience with USAID projects preferred, but not required.

Other requirements

  • Ability and willingness to be based in Kamwenge, District, Uganda with periodic travel to Kampala. Travel to remote and insolated rural communities will be required within this role.
  • The position requires a high degree of collaboration with program staff to ensure effective communication and priority setting at both headquarter and field levels. 

Salary and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary and benefits for this full-time position. The successful applicant will join a dynamic, passionate, multicultural team deeply committed to the alleviation of extreme poverty. Trickle Up promotes a collegial, high performing organizational culture in which staff communicates clearly and openly, and are reflective, innovative, and mutually accountable.

To Apply

To be considered, upload your cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until November 12th, 2018. We are sorry we are unable to entertain phone calls related to this posting.

Trickle Up is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and extend equal opportunity to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

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