Sustainable Livelihoods Officer

Livelihoods Programme Officer”

Job Specification

Job Title: Sustainable Livelihoods Programme Officer – Bolivia
Location: La Paz, Bolivia
Date: June 2011
Job Ref: 11-BOL-01

Description of the unit /

Trócaire works in
partnership with local organisations to overcome poverty
and promote justice in developing countries. This
position is located in Trócaire´s South American
sub-regional office. The regional programme is managed
from Tegucigalpa, Honduras overseeing the implementation
of Trócaire´s strategic plan in seven countries –
Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador,
Nicaragua and Haiti. The Sustainable Livelihoods
Programme Officer is responsible for the management and
implementation of Trócaire´s bi-national SL programme
which includes partners located in both Bolivia and
bordering highland areas in Peru.

Background to the

The Sustainable
Livelihoods programme in Bolivia/Peru is one of
Trócaire´s key institutional programmes worldwide.
Trócaire has been supporting livelihoods partners in
Bolivia and Peru for many years.  In 2009 the
Sustainable Livelihoods Programme was created as a pilot
programme. The programme has now been developed to a new
stage with a focus on food sovereignty and climate
justice for the period 2011-2014.   The pilot
programme has built up a sound track record in
implementing high impact and innovative projects with a
diverse range of local partners mostly in Bolivia but
also in Peru, focussing on indigenous communities in the
highlands and including a strong gender equity

Reporting to:

Regional Programme
Manager for South America (LARO)

Contract Type: Local Contract / Fixed Term
2 years
Location of

La Paz, Bolivia (with
frequent travel within Bolivia and occasional travel to
Peru and within the region)

Scope of the

Building sustainable
livelihoods represents one of the three broad based
programmes adopted by Trócaire in its institutional
strategic plan for the period 2006-2016. At the regional
level the programme focuses on poor and primarily rural
communities with the aim of strengthening their access
to resources in order to strengthen food security and
income generation. The programme includes a strong focus
on disaster risk reduction to reduce the vulnerability
of rural livelihoods to external shocks and the effects
of climate change, as well as the strengthening of
organised advocacy capacities to influence public rural
development and Food Sovereignty policies. The
Sustainable Livelihoods Programme Officer will take
overall responsibility for the implementation of the
programme in Bolivia and in Peru in line with Trócaire´s
strategic aims and working in close collaboration with
the Livelihoods Programme team in Head Office (Maynooth)
to enhance the quality of implementation of programme
initiatives undertaken by local partners.

Key Duties &


  • Implementation of the Sustainable
    Livelihoods Programme in accordance with the Bolivia
    strategic plan and the organisational strategic plan.
  • Ensure programme quality and
    strengthening through annual reviews of the programme
    with partners and consolidate the joint programme
    between Bolivia and Peru facilitating information
    exchange, promoting exchange events and identifying
    and organising capacity building activities for
    programme partners
  • Support partners in advocacy efforts
    around strategic issues, including sustainable
    management of natural resources, Food Sovereignty and
    climate change adaptation and mitigation, at local,
    national, regional and international level.
  • Participate to the ongoing research
    survey on the impact of climate change on rural
    households in the Bolivian highlands
  • In coordination with the Gender and
    HIV team in Head Office, ensure mainstreaming of
    Gender across the Programme.
  • Based on the new programme proposal
    document (PPD) and the programme logical framework,
    develop a participatory base line for the programme
  • Prepare programme budget and annual
  • Analysis and approval of project
    proposals and budgets received from partners and new
  • Keep abreast of political, economic
    and social developments in Bolivia, Peru and in the
    Latin American region in general.
  • Feed into Trócaire policy work and
    positions on environmental justice, management of
    natural resources, Food Sovereignty and other relevant
    thematic issues through coordination with the
    Livelihoods organisational team and the Latin American
    Regional Liaison Officer.
  • Contribute to cross-organisational
    learning on Livelihood Security, Environmental Justice
    and Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Identify projects suitable for
    co-financing, identify opportunities for in-country
    co-financing and assist with preparation of proposal
    and reports to donors

Building of skills and

  • Facilitate regional exchange events
    on LS and EJ issues where relevant.
  • Organise and facilitate capacity
    building processes for partners on areas relating to
    their work.
  • Organise and facilitate capacity
    building processes for partners on gender
    mainstreaming and programme cycle management

Communications and

  • Prepare reports for Trócaire, the
    Irish government and other donors where relevant.
  • Provide information on demand from
    head office and donors relating to programme


  • Regular monitoring and evaluation of
    partner project implementation at local level.
  • Receipt, analysis and approval of
    partner reports (technical and financial).
  • Preparation of technical reports for
  • Implementation of an effective
    programme and project monitoring and evaluation
  • Compliance with the requirements of
    the Trócaire Management Information System


  • Coordinate with other International
    NGOs working in Bolivia and Peru in support of
    programme partners, in terms of poverty reduction
    interventions, and in advocacy efforts on issues of
    particular importance to development in Bolivia, such
    as adaptation to climate change and Food Sovereignty
  • Coordinate with other country
    offices in Latin America on thematic issues of
    strategic interest in the region
  • Support and facilitate linkages
    between the Sustainable Livelihoods Programme and
    other programmes at country and regional level, and
    with programme teams in Maynooth.
  • Represent Trócaire at relevant for a
    as required by the Regional Programme Manager
  • Implementation of the Trócaire funds
    management policy in collaboration with the South
    America Finance Officer
  • Analysis of partner financial
    management capacities and request partner inspections
    by the South America Finance Officer as per needs


  • Other duties, as may be specified by
    the Regional Programme Manager, from time to time.
  • Support and facilitate visits to
    Bolivia including education, campaigns, fundraising,
    communications, and advocacy trips

Person Specification – Essential


Graduate level education
in development issues or a relevant subject

(E) Experience:
  • A minimum of 1 year relevant field
    work experience in Latin America.
  • Experience of working with local
  • Knowledge of the key issues and
    trends in Livelihood Sovereignty and Environmental
    Justice as well as DRR work in the Latin American
(E) Skills:
  • Ability to manage and build capacity
    of partner organisations.
  • Fluent written and oral
    communication in Spanish and English.
  • Good understanding and experience of
    Project/programme management cycle.
  • Strong team-working and
    interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent research, analysis and
    writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills and
    ability to communicate effectively with a variety of
    actors in the development context
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Efficient, ability to work under
    pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Computer literate with ability to
    work in Word, Excel, Power Point, Email and Internet.
  • Excellent practical understanding of
    financial management, budget monitoring and reporting.
(E) Qualities
  • An understanding of Trócaire’s
    rights-based approach to development
  • Strong commitment and sensitivity
    towards poor and marginalised people and communities.
  • Dynamic and willing to take
    initiatives, ability to work independently
(E) Other:
  • Availability to work outside normal
    hours and travel extensively within Bolivia and, when
    necessary, within the region.

Person Specification – Desirable

(D) Experience:
  • Previous work experience on
    Sustainable Livelihoods programmes or projects in the
    South America Region.
  • Strong technical background in
    natural resource management, climate change related
    issues, marketing, sustainable agriculture, micro
    enterprise, or any other focus area of the programme.
  • Experience of working with external
    donors, e.g. the European Union.
  • Knowledge of Trócaire and its ways
    of working
(D) Skills:
  • Ability to mainstream gender
    equality within livelihoods programmes and projects.
(D) Qualities:
(D) Other:
Job Spec approved by
Date: 03-06-2011


Please send your application letter and CV, both
in English, quoting the reference 11-BOL-01 and including 2
professional references to Please indicate your
salary expectation in your motivation letter. Applications
without salary expectation will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Closing date: 24th June 2011