Livelihood Project Officer


The Livelihoods Officer will be based in Mardin, supporting RET International Women Socio-Economic Empowerment project aiming to support refugees and host communities in Mardin. The Livelihoods Officer will help manage the relevant project activities, support project planning. This role will be responsible for, where relevant, building the technical capacity of partner staff and ensuring quality and timely delivery of the Livelihoods activities. The Livelihoods Officer will assist the Project Manager with the start-up, implementation, and monitoring of livelihoods activities through a partner.

  • Liaise with all relevant units to ensure coordinated planning and implementation of livelihoods interventions;
  •  Supervised by the Project Coordinator, and in collaboration with the relevant staff, facilitate the development and scheduling of livelihoods activities.
  • Facilitate planning and reporting processes together with the Project Manager.
  • Actively contribute to the development of monthly work plans in line with the detailed implementation plans.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with key stakeholders including private sector, financial service providers, development actors, government etc.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop the strategy for social self-reliance in the respective area (counselling and provision of high range of transferrable and soft skills)
  • Conduct livelihoods assessments including market analysis, socioeconomic assessments, institutional mappings, etc.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with key stakeholders including private sector, financial service providers, development actors, government etc.
  • Participate in facilitating and coordinating activities within the team and with other RET departments
  • Provide capacity building to the staff based on jointly developed capacity building plans
  • Support, staff on technical and operational issues for quality implementation and follow up on recommendations to ensure quality control throughout implementation.


  • Provide regular reporting on indicators, achievements and challenges related to the project in close coordination with program coordinator
  • Facilitate the qualitative and quantitative monitoring of the project through team meetings, post-assistance visits, regular reporting and any other monitoring tools.
  • Participate in the internal evaluation of the programme.

Additional Duties

  • Any other duties as agreed with the Livelihoods Programme Coordinator, Area Manager and other RET staff.


Background information:

RET International, our company, headquartered in Geneva Switzerland, with offices around the world, is an independent, impartial, non-partisan organisation, with no religious or political affiliation. RET International was founded in 2000, by Mrs Sadako Ogata, then High Commissioner of UNHCR, to address the dire need for education in emergencies in fragile contexts for vulnerable young people affected by displacement, violence, armed conflict and disasters.

Mission: What does RET do?

At RET we are committed to assisting communities to meet the educational needs, in the broadest sense, of YOUNG PEOPLE made vulnerable by displacement, violence, armed conflict and disasters.

RET International Values:

  • Adaptability
  • Dynamism
  • Dedication
  • Pragmatism

Person Specification: 

  • University degree from a relevant field
  • At least 2 years of experience in livelihood programmes, vocational training, social work and community mobilisation
  • Good technical understanding of livelihoods and women focused approaches
  • Knowledge or experience in project cycle management
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in multi-cultural settings with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to analyze information, document clearly, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and representation skills
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner, and to use innovative forms of communication
  • Computer literacy including the use of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Turkish
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically


  • Fluent in spoken Arabic
  • Experience in working with NGOs
  • Experience in working with refugees
  • Years of Experience: More than 2 years of experience
  • Level of education: Bachelor’s(Graduate), Master’s(Student), Master’s(Graduate), Doctorate(Student), Doctorate(Graduate)
  • Languages: Turkish( Reading : Advanced, Writing : Advanced, Speaking : Advanced) English( Reading : Advanced, Writing : Advanced, Speaking : Advanced) Arabic( Reading : Advanced, Writing : Advanced, Speaking : Advanced)
  • Company Industry: Other
  • Job Role: Business Development, Planning, Program
  • Job Type : Seasonal / Project-based
  • Position Level: Specialist
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Job Location: Çorum, Mardin, Kilis