General Description of the Organization:
Orange is a non-governmental civil society organization devoted to alleviating the suffering and improving the sustainability mechanisms of conflict affected population.Orange partners directly with affected Syrian populations delivering humanitarian and development programmes, Livelihood, Education, and Protection, to enable them to improve their living practices and their sustainability mechanisms.
Orange also collaborates with national and international non-governmental organizations, local initiatives responding to the humanitarian Syrian crisis with capacity development programmes, to be better equipped with the skills they need to prepare and respond to affected population’s needs and to ensure that these communities where we work in are ready for any future disasters.
Orange’s livelihoods programming aims to build the capacities and assets of vulnerable Syrian and host community individuals to enhance their social and economic self-reliance. Programme activities include; counselling, provision of transferable skills, referral to vocational skills training, job referrals and/or provision of home-based small business grants. **
The Productive Asset Assistant primarily works with beneficiaries who have demonstrated interest in entrepreneurial activities. S/he provides support throughout the business development/start-up process, from the initial assessment of the beneficiary’s capacities, the business skills training, the development of business plan, the start-up of the small business and the follow-up to increase the chances of business survival. The Productive Asset Assistant works in close cooperation with the Market Mapping and Analysis Unit to ensure the relevance of the business development support provided.
Duties, objectives and competencies:
Assessment and Training:
- Work in close cooperation with Counselling Assistants to identify beneficiaries who demonstrate interest and skills in entrepreneurial activities (productive assets and small business grants)
- Conduct one-on-one assessments with pre-identified beneficiaries to determine their eligibility to the business development skills training, and record information through a specific intake
- With the support of the Admin Assistants, and in coordination with the Business Trainer, facilitate the organisation of business skills training with eligible beneficiaries and ensure pre-/post-tests and evaluations are completed
- Assist beneficiaries in developing business plans through answering their questions, addressing their concerns, liaising with the Market Mapping and Analysis Unit and providing relevant market information, facilitating communication with the Business Trainer, etc.
- Participate in the Committee that evaluates each business plan
Productive Asset Distribution and Follow-up
- Depending on the distribution modality per grant, procure and/or facilitate the procurement by beneficiaries themselves of the productive assets
- Lead distribution of productive assets
- Participate in monthly follow-ups with beneficiaries of productive assets for 3 months after the distribution
- Provide market integration support, linking beneficiaries to end-markets (including through the online platform Buy4Impact, or identified shops) where they can sell their production
- Facilitate identification of and access to additional training needs for the beneficiaries of productive asset support
- In coordination with Admin Assistant for contact information, follow up with beneficiaries after they receive training or other support, answering their questions and addressing their concerns.
General Programming and Operations
- Engage in outreach activities related to the project (with community members, local NGOs, and private sector contacts)
- At all times be aware of, note, and report to supervisor the changing needs of target populations (Syrians and vulnerable host community members)
- Identify and discuss with supervisor/team new approaches related to skills trainings and entrepreneurship to ensure a flexible and relevant implementation based on the needs of beneficiaries
- Identify and discuss with supervisor/team the need for relevant assessments and focus group discussions to improve programming
- Promote strong link between DRC livelihood beneficiaries, protection activities/community centres, and service providers
- Support the organization of trainings and other events related to the project
Monitoring & Evaluation
- Field visits to monitor the business well-being (clients of the business, income generated…), along with the M&E team
- Work closely with the DRC monitoring team and Senior Livelihood Officers and Coordinators on the timely monitoring and evaluation of all components – information, beneficiary selection, beneficiary feedback about activities, etc.
- Participate in the internal evaluation of the program
- University degree or advanced training/coursework in sociology, social work, international affairs, humanitarianism, business, economics, or a related field
- At least 1 year of relevant professional experience with a humanitarian aid organization
- Basic knowledge and understanding of procurement procedures and practices
- Experience working in the field (preferably experience from southern Turkey)
High-level of knowledge and practice with Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
- Experience with the Private sector
- An understanding of humanitarian/civil society issues in Turkey and the region
- Experience working with Syrian refugees.
Required Skills and Competencies: *
- Very strong interpersonal skills
- Capacity to establish a relationship of trust and respect
- Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
- Ability to create linkages between different departments including between programmes and support functions
- Strong initiative and self-motivation, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principles
- Flexibility, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn from others
Language Skills: *
- Fluency in Arabic and English, both written and verbal. Turkish is an asset.
Orange’s Values and Principles
We believe that:
Maintaining a positive, healthy, and trusting relationship is central to making partnership a success. Appropriately trained and resourced staff and volunteers are key to effective and efficient service and program delivery in the development sector.
We are committed to:
Shared responsibility, accountability, and decision-making in any partnership. Providing access to high quality learning to empower people and professionals in the development sector, particularly in the developing world. Learning from each other to strengthen and enhance the long term sustainability of our services and programs for the benefit of children and communities that we serve.
Child safeguarding policy
Orange aims to create an organization that is safe for children but is also aware of the need to keep child protection concerns proportionate and to guard against over-zealous attitudes. Child abuse thrives in closed and secretive atmospheres. Orange’s best protection is to create an open and aware culture where people are not afraid to speak about their concerns.
Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of Orange capacity building must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form and comply with the Orange Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of Orange commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.