VSLA Field Officer (Village Savings & Loans Associations Field Officer) - Eyl

Job Details
Employer: Action Against Hunger USA
Job Title: VSLA Field Officer (Village Savings & Loans Associations Field Officer) - Eyl
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Other

Organisational background:

Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) has been conducting humanitarian programs in Somalia since May 1992. Currently, AAH is conducting its humanitarian activities in Somalia focused on treating and preventing malnutrition, increasing access to clean water and appropriate sanitation, strengthening the food-security, livelihoods and thus boosting the resilience of communities in Somalia as well as emergency response via program bases in Somalia.

The Positions and responsibilities:

AAH Somalia is looking for a suitable Somali National to fill the position of VSLA Field Officer. The position will be based in Eyl-Puntland. The incumbent reports to the area Food Security and Livelihoods Programme Manager.


The VSLA Field Officer will Facilitate planning, organizing, and management of VSLA and IGA related awareness / sensitization on VSLA and IGA activities among communities and local leaders; Facilitate community vulnerability assessment process in target communities to define community gaps and provide basis for planning; Develop work plans (Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly) to ensure effective implementation of VSLA related activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan of the EU Restore and SIDA EYL; Facilitate the identification and/or formation and mobilization of local structures such as VSLA groups, IGA groups, financial institutions and marketing groups in the villages and district; Facilitate beneficiary identification in consultation with communities and local leaders using set of criteria’s.; Facilitate the identification of village level VSLA agents to enhance community awareness and ownership/sustainability of VSLA approach.

The VSLA Field Officer’s core responsibilities will include but not limited to the following:

1. Technical support.

  • Identify technical capacity and challenges for beneficiaries and village agent’s face and skills/knowledge they have in VSLA, Business development skills, Income generating activities (IGAs) e.t.c.
  • Facilitate and ensure establishment of village savings and loans association groups, IGA groups and VST among the target communities.
  • Oversee and regularly monitor when the VSLA groups are conducting the share purchase, social contributions and borrowing and repayment of loans to ensure proper documentation/recording of VSLA field cash box.
  • Train beneficiaries and village agent’s skills on VSLA methodology, BDS, RAIGO groups/cooperatives and marketing.
  • Train economic development groups/associations/committees on governance, leadership, VSLA, BDS.
  • Coach, supervise and mentor the village agents for effective facilitation and support of VSLA and Income generating activities.
  • Strengthen the capacity of partners. I.e. local government representatives on VSLA, IGAs and VST.
  • Facilitate and organize exposure or exchange visits and any other events for the beneficiaries to foster learning and experience sharing.
  • Ensure timely procurement of and delivery of right quality and quantity of VSLA kits/tools required by the beneficiaries and ensure these are used appropriately.
  • Ensure sorting out any misunderstanding that may arise with in VSLA group members to ensure smooth running and prevent drop out.
  • Identify high capacity vocational skills training center for the youth to learn different skills as per market demand/market survey results in order to equip skills for self employment.
  • Facilitate and conduct market assessments in order to establish skills gaps, guiding the training of youths in VST.
  • Facilitate in depth value chain analysis and meeting with actors throughout the market chain to gather critical market information.
  • Ensure linkage/integration economic development activities with Agro pastoral and pastoral activities to foster synergies under the drought recovery project.
  • Ensure VSLAs social funds is available to those members who face acute stress to act as emergency resource and ensure timely availability of project matching funds.
  • Ensure best Vocational skills youth graduates selected from VSLA groups are provided with complete starter up kits or access to grants.
  • Based on their business plans through a competitive fair and inclusive process(based on business plans)ensure individual VSLA members are linked with microfinance institutions to borrow loans for business startup/investment on proposed business plans
  • Facilitate training of VSLA members on life skills such as on basic literacy and numeracy skills, household financial affairs, risk management and planning e.t.c.
  • Making sure balanced gender (Men, Women and Youth) in the representation and participation of the project.
  • Liaise with the Program Manager for all decisions related to VSLAs and the Line supervisor may assign pre urban livelihoods and carry out any other duties as.
  • Work closely in teamwork with FSL team as well as other program teams such as Wash, Nutrition, Logistics, finance and Health e.t.c.

2. Monitoring, Evaluation, Documentation and Reporting.

  • Conduct regular follow-up visits to VSLAs, IGAs groups and VST graduates to see if they are applying the technologies/practices and provide technical assistance where there are gaps.
  • Track progress of the savings groups, VSLAs and IGA activities to see if targets set in the annual work plan are achieved.
  • Facilitate data collection from savings groups and mange/supervise the MIS information flow to Program Manager.
  • Support the preparation of monitoring plans for the savings groups and ensure they get involved in own monitoring and evaluation of VSLAs, IGAs etc activities.
  • Monitoring and supervision of Village Agents performance in the villages.
  • Consolidate/compile monthly, quarterly and annual activity reports and special events showing achievements, lessons, constraints and recommendations which should be submitted to relevant authority at the agreed time
  • Assisting IGA Entrepreneurs to assess their local economy and find markets for their products and services.
  • Carry out quarterly/annual review meetings to assess performance of activities against set targets at the community and program level.
  • Conduct ED assessments and document benefits from these and write success stories.
  • Monitor and facilitate use of the Community Early Action information (collect & dissemination) to strengthen beneficiary’s preparedness to any potential shocks (drought, floods, conflicts etc) at community and district levels.
  • Participate in field level assessment and or evaluation of project performance/evaluations.

3. Coordination.

  • Represent AAH in the field meeting relevant to VSLA and pre urban activities, meetings with government, INGOs, Local NGOs and other players in the district.
  • Build relationship and coordinate with stakeholders (local leaders, district authorities, microfinance institutions, e.t.c), relevant government Ministries/departments.
  • Participate in field level coordination meeting with local government authorities and other agencies.

Skills and experience

  • Degree in Business Administration, Community development, sociology and any other relevant experience in microfinance, livelihoods, IGA and VSLA methodology.
  • At least 2 years’ experience on community development/food security agriculture and pastoral livelihoods.
  • Experienced facilitator /trainer
  • Working experience in resilience initiatives or programs is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with principles and practice of savings-led microfinance and with strong awareness of challenges faced by traditional methodologies.
  • Somali Nationals with clear knowledge of the region of operation is added advantage.
  • Willingness to travel to all project locations on regular basis.
  • Experience in working with Non-Governmental organizations, UN agencies and local communities, local authorities and Local NGOs.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to use standard computing packages such as word, excel, power point, spreadsheets and database software programs.
  • Strong communication and report writing skills.

Essential Skills

  • Good analytical and reporting skills
  • Coping with high workload, irregular working hours and sometimes challenging working environments.
  • Demonstrate team spirit
  • Knowledge and adherence to Humanitarian Code of Conduct
  • Self Confidence: Holds themselves accountable for meeting their objectives.
  • Achievement drive: Sets priorities, identifies needs and plans what must be done.
  • Initiative/Innovativeness: Seeks out fresh ideas from a wide variety of sources and revises own views when presented with new information. Anticipates outcomes of situations and acts to steer them in the desired direction.
  • Decision Making: Gathers relevant information before making decisions and consults line managers before taking action
  • Influencing/persuasive: Obtains agreement through collaboration and effectively selects the appropriate style in any situation.
  • Leadership: Develops opportunities for the organization and sector and looks for future trends and issues to meet the challenges
  • Change catalyst: Challenges themselves and others to review and question the effectiveness of standard approaches and is a role model and demonstrates a positive acceptance of change
  • Quality: Strives to work to the highest quality in all situations and produce the highest quality outputs, through attention to detail and thoroughness
  • Communication: Is clear and coherent in both writing and verbal skills. Collects data and prepares reports to match the audience. Develops monitoring and evaluation methods and systems.
  • Analytical and critical thinking: Probes information and assumptions to establish facts and identifies common themes

Applications, should include a CV with cover letter and 3 professional references to be sent via email to:

hr-recruitment@so-actionagainsthunger.org not later than 13th March 2019 clearly mentioning the position on the subject line. VSLA Field Officer -Eyl. Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

This position is open to Somalia nationals

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