Livelihood Officer

  • Posted on 30 June 2020
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Job Description

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Papua New Guinea (PNG) Lukautim Graun Project (LGP) is a five-year conservation initiative program based in Port Moresby. The LGP aims to promote conservation of PNG’s rich biodiversity and enhance the resilience of its people. The LGP will reduce significant threats to priority biodiversity hotspots in PNG by supporting communities to manage their customary lands and waters, working at all levels of government to develop the capacities needed to provide communities with the legal, technical and financial resources required to achieve the sustainable management of their natural resources. The LGP is implemented together with the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative under the Women’s Economic Empowerment Program (WEE). The W-GDP is a White House Initiative and is also funded by USAID and is blended with USAID LGP. The W-DGP Project aims to scale-up existing initiatives in gender programming to enable the LGP’s implementing partners to expand their activities to reach more women across the country. The blended program aims to address community-based natural resources management, institutional strengthening, community capacity building, development of sustainable livelihoods and the strengthening of communities through social inclusion, gender and economic empowerment activities.

The program seeks a Livelihood Officer to support the project with livelihood program activities at a provincial, district, local level government, ward and community level in the target geography. The livelihood program activities shall strengthen and enhancing biodiversity activities through economic incentive program activities that will foster sustainable development while promoting biodiversity protection and women economic empowerment efforts in the country.


  • Collect baseline data, assess, identify and inform implementing partners on opportunity and gaps on livelihoods programs;
  • Assist development of livelihoods programs in consultation with implementing partners and communities in the target geography;
  • Ensure project activities target beneficiaries in the most effective way and identify new and better ways of livelihood assistance;
  • Coordinate with the LGP & W-GDP Project Gender Specialist, Gender Officer, and Community Capacity Lead to integrate livelihoods activities and to add value to other project activity goals;
  • Identify supply chain and markets for products produced as a result of the LGP & W-DGP Projects;
  • Identify and develop opportunities for employment with emphases on gender equality and social inclusion;
  • Support beneficiaries in setting up small businesses and incorporate cooperative associations.
  • Help assist obtaining appropriate association certificates and business certificates/licenses, import/export permits and assisting with opening of bank accounts for local communities in the project target geography;
  • Identify existing private and public sector organizations working within the target geography to foster relationship and collaboration to achieve common goals and results;
  • Foster partnership with the private sector to enhance livelihood program activities;
  • Organize, facilitate and supervise community mobilization activities in collaboration with implementing partners;
  • Ensure participation with emphases on women’s economic empowerment programs for community training and capacity building needs;
  • Identify and ensure technical assistance is provided for appropriate agricultural trainings with focus on viable farming activities such as cocoa, coffee, rice, vanilla, apiary, mushroom, fruits, vegetables, aquaculture and other terrestrial and marine produce;
  • Identify arts and crafts opportunities and ensure access/linkage to supply chains and marketing;
  • Identify skills and knowledge gaps in financial literacy and ensure necessary corrective measures are taken to fill the knowledge gaps;
  • Identify potential conflicts and ensure appropriate conflict resolution trainings are in place to educate and create awareness on benefit sharing associated with the livelihood programs as oppose to PNG traditions and cultural values especially in dealing with gender equity;
  • Formulate project proposals on cash-based intervention and help assist with writing work plans for cash-based interventions;
  • Identifying weakness and strengths in the livelihoods activities and help assist to map best way forward to enhance strengths and mitigate adverse impacts or weaknesses;
  • Replicate successful livelihood activities in other projects sites as well as facilitating educational trips to learning sites;
  • Keep track of baseline data, progressively update, monitor, evaluate and report the trend of livelihood activities;
  • Write timely quality; weekly, monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual reports to management and the MEL Director; and
  • Any other duties as directed by the project management team.


REQUIRED MINIMUM EDUCATION: University degree in agriculture, economics, social sciences, development studies or related fields. Advanced degree preferred.

REQUIRED MINIMUM EXPERIENCE: : 4 - 7 years of experience in agriculture and economic extension programs; Experience in working with remote communities and familiar with PNG culture, norms and beliefs; Familiar with appropriate community entry, community engagement process and is sensitive to diverse cultural settings; Experience in working in a livelihoods, gender equity and social inclusion or related project implementation activities; Previous experience working in community affairs programs; Experience in public relations with the private and public sector.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proactive and creative approach in managing dynamic situations;
  • Superb interpersonal skills and a positive attitude
  • Excellent team orientation and engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize;
  • Proven experience managing community dialogues and working directly with beneficiaries;
  • High integrity and willingness to conduct her/himself transparently and open to constructive criticism;
  • Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality;
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to determine priorities and attention to detail a must;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, sound judgment, planning, team building and group facilitation skills;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player;
  • Willingness and capacity to work in the field and travel frequently to project sites when needed;
  • Proven experience in data collection, data input and output systems, and data management systems;
  • Strong programming experience in statistical analysis;
  • Proven success in a collaborative, team-oriented environment;
  • Proven experience in public relations, partnership and liaison at different levels of government in dealing with diverse groups of stakeholders working toward shared goals and objectives;
  • Sound knowledge of participatory program planning, stakeholder engagement and participation;
  • Familiarity with the importance of gender equality and social inclusion and demonstrated ability in integration of gender equality and social inclusion in biodiversity conservation efforts;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and adherence to cultural sensitivity and diplomacy;
  • Able to work under pressure with minimum supervision to deliver deliverable in a timely manner;
  • Excellent conceptual, oral and written communication skills; and
  • Proficiency in the English and Tok Pidgin language required.

The Livelihood Officer is a local position and therefore ineligible for USAID allowances.

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Applicants must submit their CV and Cover Letter, including “PNG LGP Livelihood Officer” on the subject line of the email. CV and cover letter should be sent to the following email address:

About the Organization

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd., is part of Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division with international development assistance companies in Brisbane, Brussels, Jakarta, Melbourne, Nairobi, Oxford, Port Moresby, and Washington, DC. Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. was formerly Emerging Markets Group, Ltd. and brings nearly a 30-year history serving the objectives of bilateral and multilateral donors and private clients. The Emerging Markets Division brings together a broad range of experience and talent; a rich history of innovation, passion and commitment to international development and an established reputation for high quality demand and client driven services. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division manages more than $750 million in current contracts and grants, brings together over 90 years of collective experience, and engages over 3,700 professionals in more than 100 countries. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division currently implements over 130 projects globally.

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