Economic Recovery Coordinator – Refugee Impact Coordinator

Economic Recovery Coordinator in Amman: The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.

All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation.

The Coordinator will support the launch and operations of a new investment initiative called the Refugee Investment Facility (RIF), developed jointly between DRC and iGravity. The RIF offers impact-linked loans to enterprises directly impacting refugees and host communities across four impact parameters: increased employability, increased decent and sustainable employment, increased access to services/products, and financial inclusion. In addition to offering financing to selected businesses, the RIF has established a Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) to provide mentoring and advisory services on maximising their social impact on refugees and host communities.

Working alongside the Regional Innovative Financing Specialist at DRC’s Middle East Regional Office, the Coordinator will play a key role in the project’s provision of technical assistance to selected businesses. This involves (i) supporting identification of established businesses in Jordan, which are having a positive impact on refugees and vulnerable host communities, as potential recipients of RIF financing, and (ii) coordinating technical assistance to scale selected businesses’ refugee impact, which could include support in hiring refugees or expanding business operations to refugee-hosting areas. The Coordinator will work closely with selected businesses to define and monitor their impact on refugees and vulnerable host communities, and identify potential links to DRC programming.

About the job

The individual will report directly to Head of Programme. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Refugee Impact Technical Assistance (50%)

Support the identification of businesses with that can have an impact on refugees and the development of technical assistance activities to enable selected businesses to increase their impact. The Coordinator will work closely with the Regional Innovative Finance Coordinator to carry out the following:

Identification of Program Participants:

  • Identify businesses in Jordan which are having a positive impact on refugee communities and vulnerable host communities. This includes businesses which are generating employment opportunities for refugees, increasing refugee employability, supporting financial inclusion of refugees, and providing goods and services which meet refugee needs.

Technical Assistance for Program Participants:

  • Design and define focus for technical assistance for selected businesses to support them in increasing their impact on refugees and vulnerable host communities
  • Identify key refugee impact metrics relevant for each company and define an impact framework for each business
  • Prepare proposals for technical assistance grant allocations.
  • Provide technical assistance and advice to selected businesses on refugee impact, such as support developing impact management and monitoring systems, assistance engaging effectively with refugee communities and their needs, analysis of markets and ecosystems within refugee hosting areas to enhance business engagement, and support in development of best practice around refugee-inclusive business approaches.
  • Manage impact monitoring for selected businesses through on-site monitoring, and on this basis make recommendations for strengthening the impact of selected businesses
  • Identify links between selected businesses and DRC’s other economic recovery programming to build complementarity in approaches.
  • Support the development of learning and community impact monitoring alongside DRC’s MEAL teams, gathering data and feedback from communities on RIF impacts.
  • Other needs as communicated by the Regional Innovative Financing Specialist or Economic Recovery Coordinator

Private Sector Outreach and Coordination (50%)

  • Conduct mapping of private sector entities, including digital platforms, vocational training centres and social enterprises, to inform design of projects that support microbusiness and improve employability of vulnerable Jordanians and refugees.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders including vocational training centres, private sector companies including social enterprises and digital platforms in order to identify product marketing, on-the-job training, wage employment or microbusiness opportunities across market systems.
  • Build and manage relationships with medium-large scale private sector entities to ensure continuity of on-the-job training, job placements or wage employment opportunities.
  • Feed into the design and implementation of market systems development programming.

General duties and responsibilities

  • Assist in translation of technical documents from English to Arabic and review of outsourced translations for quality assurance
  • Review and update Arabic language training materials in coordination with the field teams and technical unit colleagues
  • Develop and support the revision of technical tools to support field programs;
  • Assist in the roll out of new trainings and development of associated support materials, for instance around private sector engagement and market systems development;
  • Provide support to DRC’s Economic Recovery technical unit in close collaboration with the Grants Unit in regard to market systems development projects.
  • Feed into new Economic Recovery project design, concept notes and proposals
  • Other needs as communicated by the Regional Innovative Financing Specialist, Economic Recovery Coordinator or Head of Programmes

About you


  • Master degree in one of the following: International Development, MBA/Finance or International Relations.
  • At least five years proven and successful track record in economic recovery and livelihoods, engaging with private sector businesses with potential impact on refugees in refugee contexts or other similar contexts working with marginalized populations, and impact measurement.
  • Excellent knowledge of the context, specifically the business landscape and how this matches the needs of Syrian refugees & vulnerable host communities in Jordan, socio-economic challenges and opportunities, and the role NGOs and private sector can play in addressing challenges and realizing opportunities
  • Strong understanding of market systems approaches
  • Experience in impact measurement & analysis
  • Experience in fostering strategic private sector engagement;
  • Experience in economic development, private sector development, economic recovery in humanitarian and/or emerging economy contexts, business strategy and business plan development, or similar fields with social impact focus
  • Fluency in English and Arabic
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High integrity and willingness to conduct her/himself transparently and open to scrutiny

Ideally, you also have

  • Experience in corporate social responsibility and/or social impact financing
  • Ability to communicate technical information in an easy to understand, informative and collaborative manner
  • Good knowledge of the Core Humanitarian Standards or other accountability measures/standards.Master degree in one of the following: International Development, MBA/Finance or International Relations

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies: 

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.
  • Designation of Duty Station: Amman
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Minimum Starting Basic Salary: JOD 2150. Candidates exceeding minimum required qualification/experience may be offered higher salary as per DRC internal compensation policy.

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 10 April 2023

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Department: Middle East
Country: Jordan
Workplace: Amman
Contract Type: National
Categories: Project Management
Education: Master's Degree

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