Livelihoods and Economic Governance Lead

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 September 2020

Job Description


Proximity International is a women-owned business that focuses on Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research across the Middle East. Recently, Proximity was awarded the USAID Syria Livelihood Program (SLP); a 15 million, 5 years program with an overall objective of fostering resilience and stability in conflict-affected communities across Syria to prevent the re-emergence of extremist groups such as ISIS; countering the influence of malign actors such as Iran; empowering communities to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the conflict; and paving the way for safe, dignified, and voluntary return of internally displaced persons and refugees.

If this Livelihoods program does what we want it to, sustainable livelihoods that are integrated within value chains and integrated with other economic actors at the community level are created.

Proximity is seeking to hire a Livelihoods and Economic Governance Lead (LEGL). The LEGL is a member of the senior management team, overseeing the entire program cycle, from assessment to design to implementation and learning. In this way, the LEGL is able to work hand-in-hand with USAID, the COP, Grants Director and other program staff to drive Proximity’s strategic framework under the Syria Livelihoods Program (SLP). The LEGL will sit at the top of the programs team, coordinating between the work of the small-grants team, capacity building unit, and MEARL unit to lend a livelihoods and economic governance lens across the whole program, and consistently drive Proximity’s approach of “doing by learning”.

The LEGL will be responsible for institutionalizing technical depth across SLP’s livelihoods and economic governance activities, ensuring that they are streamlined to the overarching framework in service of USAID’s Resilience Objectives, incorporating contextually relevant and incorporating sector-specific innovative design solutions. More specifically, her/his responsibilities will include:

● Providing technical program leadership in the strategic assessment, design, and implementation of SLP’s livelihoods and economic governance program activities, including small-grants, capacity building, and vocational training components in NE Syria;

● Leading day-to-day management of program activities and lending consistent technical expertise to activity managers and program staff;

● Ensuring that best practice and recent learning within the livelihoods sector inform and influence the design of all TO2 livelihoods activities;

● Driving thought leadership and technical excellence in the strategic design and use of resources for maximum-impact projects that target high-potential activities in NE Syria to boost or catalyze livelihoods support and economic governance;

● Driving innovation and creative thinking to propose unique initiatives to in address livelihoods and economic governance needs in Syria, tailoring these solutions to the local context, existing value chains, available capital and resources, and other factors that can promote scalability, sustainability and economies of scale;

● Overseeing the design, implementation, and analysis of livelihoods and economic governance assessments that feed into program design;

● Leading quarterly learning and review sessions that inspect the contribution and effectiveness of programs from a livelihoods and economic governance perspective in order to adaptively manage and iteratively improve on program impact;

● Any other contribution of relevant technical expertise to support USAID and the TO2 team to achieve the Resilience Objectives and related goals.


  • Master’s in social studies, economics, business, food security, entrepreneurship, rural livelihoods, financial services, or similar. Candidates with master studies in other fields might be qualified depending on their relevant work experience.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in designing and implementing economic and/or governance initiatives;
  • 3 years’ experience in conducting market assessments, designing and delivering TOTs on business skills, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship curricula;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and local government, donors, community-based organizations, and the private sector
  • Support of community-led empowerment and governance initiatives.
  • Private sector or financial services experience is an added advantage.

· Experience and knowledge of development issues and challenges in Syria is an asset.

· Position is based in Amman/ Jordan. Proximity an equal opportunity company.


To apply to this position, kindly submit your CV by October 1, 2020

Your application MUST follow the below instructions:

· This is an exciting opportunity, let us know why you think you are a GREAT candidate in 180 words (in the body of the email, NO COVER LETTER).

· Send your application via email to

· The subject line of your email should state:

Livelihoods and Economic Governance Lead_YOUR NAME

· 3 references (can also be listed in the body of your email)

Candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted on rolling basis.

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