Livelihood officer

Christian Aid (CA)

Job Summary

The Livelihood Officers will be based in Maiduguri and Shani Borno State respectively and report to Senior Programme Coordinator, Livelihood. He/she will provide support for efficient and smooth implementation of Livelihood interventions at community level under the direction of the Senior Programme Coordinator, Livelihood.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Entry level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. Christian Aid works in more than 30 countries and has been operating in Nigeria since 2003. The Nigeria Country programme focuses on Community Health and HIV, Accountable Governance including humanitarian response and Gender.

Role Purpose

  • To support Christian Aid's development, implementation and monitoring of a 3-month WFP food distribution project. 

Role context

  • He/she will also collect information and data on livelihoods at community level through screening and other assessments.
  • He/she will oversee the mobilization and awareness raising about the organization, program objectives and activities to local authorities and the population, and act as a link between the organization and the beneficiaries (at Community level).
  • The Livelihood Officer will also be required to represent Christian Aid and the program within the community.

Key Outcomes 

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator Livelihood and in collaboration with the field officer and other team members of the project and of the base, the Livelihood Officer will:

  • Plan and implement the Livelihood activities in all program locations
  • Conduct community meetings to identify livelihood preferences of the communities of implementation
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other NGOs, INGOs and Government institutions in relation to livelihood implementation
  • Provide technical input on Christian Aid livelihoods programs
  • Ensure all livelihoods activities are in line with government strategy
  • Conduct surveys, needs assessment, data and information collection as and when required for the ongoing program.
  • Participate in NGO and INGO meetings and represent Christian Aid as requested in coordination forums related to Livelihoods.
  • Ensure liaison with existing community structures, (groups and individuals, women groups, religious leaders where possible
  • Ensure timely submission of weekly reports and monthly reports to M&E Coordinator for compilation and final report to WFP Project Manage

Role Requirements 


  • External: Assist Senior Programme Coordinator Livelihoods to coordinate with WFP and livelihood Sector
  • Internal: Works closely with the Livelihoods Coordinator, the wider project team, Nigeria country team and humanitarian colleagues.

Decision making

  • Makes day-to-day decisions to contribute to supporting the livelihood sector activities for Christian Aid humanitarian programmes.
  • Analytical skills
  • Needs to have a detail-focused approach to work.

Developing self and others:

  • The Livelihood Officer is expected to work closely with both the Nigeria team and humanitarian colleagues, adapting to changing priorities but also contributing to an organizational culture of collaboration, accountability, clear communications and compliance

Person specification 

Applied Skills/Knowledge and Expertise:


  • Minimum of 2 years work experience in Livelihood work in the INGO environment including exposure to field operations in both emergency programmes.
  • A Bachelor's degree or HND in relevant field relevant experience
  • Effective communication skills
  • Have excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Skills (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook).
  • Have the ability to facilitate discussions and meetings, coordinate and supervise a team.
  • Have the ability to prepare monthly work plans and plan appropriately for tasks assigned.
  • Have the ability to write reports and collect relevant information from surveys, community, health facility and meetings.
  • Be willing and able to be based and travel within remote areas, where services are limited.
  • Be proficient in local languages (Kanuri, Fulani, Hausa).
  • Be committed to Christian Aid mission, values and policy


  • Ability to communicate fluently in Hausa and English language.

IT competency required:

  • Intermediate

Competency Profile 

LEVEL 2: You are expected to be able to: 

Build partnerships:

  • Supportively manage teams or lead on projects, involving others in discussing how to take work forwards, helping people feel part of the team and treating everyone equally.
  • Influence others to develop shared understanding and work cooperatively and collaboratively towards common goals where there are different personal or organizational agendas.
  • Develop and maintain new relationships with individuals and organizations to further Christian Aid's aims.
  • Recognize and value differences in people; be ready to challenge assumptions, beliefs or attitudes in self or others.
  • Manage expectations and adhere to what's agreed, by doing what you say you're going to do.

Communicate effectively:

  • Reflect the needs of different audiences, adapting style, media, timing and pace to communicate most effectively.
  • Show an understanding of how personal and external factors impact on others' communication style and needs and seek to manage these differences to ensure that all voices are heard.
  • Clarify expectations and anticipate interests and potential issues of others, in order to help them get involved in debate and dialogue.

Steward resources:

  • Accept accountability internally and externally for the effective use of Christian Aid resources.
  • Look for ways to achieve more effective outcomes by using existing resources in a new or different way, before using or commissioning new resources.
  • Ensure results of self and others are achieved to quality and time by managing allocated resources and workloads.

Deliver results:

  • Create plans with key milestones and measurable outcomes: track progress and adjust to meet the objectives, ensuring others are aware of changes and reasons for them.
  • Ensure individuals/ teams understand and agree to work to the overall goals, specific objectives and quality standards.
  • Make recommendations or decisions in the best interest of Christian Aid, involving others as needed whether in and beyond own work area.
  • Be willing to take action or make recommendations or decisions in difficult or ambiguous situations.
  • Commit to your decisions and be accountable for them.
  • Show willingness to adapt if your initial decision did not produce the expected result.

Realize potential:

  • Demonstrate continuing commitment to your own professional and personal development.
  • Utilize coaching and mentoring skills in order to support others to develop.
  • Encourage others to give their best by discussing goals and aspirations and recognize achievement.
  • Provide an appropriate level of supervision according to need; know when to provide help and when to give others enough space to learn.
  • Give constructive and timely feedback to others on difficult or contentious issues.
  • Deal with poor performance directly and sensitively, seeking appropriate and timely advice and support if needed.

Strive for improvement:

  • Be open to radical suggestions to avoid closing down options too early.
  • Evaluate benefits and risks of new ways of working or ideas and identify ways to reduce risk.
  • Find and implement ways to better support internal knowledge and information sharing.
  • Coach others on dealing with resistance to change.
  • Seek and evaluate a range of viewpoints, whether internal or external, about how Christian Aid could do things better, regardless of whose ideas they are and what role they have.


  • Salary (full time): N8,501,197

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