FOOD SECURITY AND RESILIENCE ADVISOR

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 22 November 2018
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 22 December 2018

Job Description

At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security.

This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2016, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached 80 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.

CARE is a leading humanitarian and development organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice with a special emphasis on rights programming, gender equality, and women and girls. CARE works in a variety of contexts from protracted crises to stable development settings, as well as contexts in the nexus between these two types, and recognizes that the underlying drivers of food and nutrition insecurity are poverty, gender inequity, non-inclusive governance, poor adaptation to climate change and the inability to manage other economic and political shocks and stressors. To address these underlying drivers of poverty, the CARE Food and Nutrition Security Global Team has developed the “She Feeds the World” (SFtW) framework, which underlies all CARE FNS programming. The SFtW framework leverages CARE’s experience and tools to bring about access to productive assets and resources to women and vulnerable groups, build their capacity to improve their productivity and increase their incomes through agriculture and other livelihoods, increase their awareness of the negative impacts of climate change and how to mitigate them, increase access to critical nutrients and adoption of effective behaviors to reduce malnutrition and ensure healthy lives for all members of society and increase the capacity of women, men, boys and girls to adapt to and absorb shocks and stressors so that they can effectively manage their food and nutrition security. Achievement of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls is at the center of achieving all of these outcomes in our programs, and all participants must be able to express their views and influence the quality of service delivery and assistance regardless of the context. Wherever possible, CARE also works at the systems level to develop responsive governance systems that address the immediate and longer term needs of food insecure populations. At the same time, CARE works with market actors and systems to build their responsiveness to poor households, women and youth to enable their full participation and benefits from these systems. CARE FNS programming worldwide integrates these elements to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition and increase gender equality and women’s empowerment, inclusive governance and resilience.

The CARE Food Security and Resilience team (FSR) is a key contributor to CARE’s global Food and Nutrition Security programs worldwide. The team designs and manages USAID/Food for Peace Title II Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) and USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education programs in accordance with the SFtW framework. The Food Security and Resilience Advisor role is as follows::

  • The FSR Advisor will devote 50% or more of his/her time to working with the SHOUHARDO III DFSA program. The position will be deeply involved in programmatic issues and will deploy three times per year to support the program in country. These visits will focus on development of annual PREPs, Annual Results Reports, national learning events or major donor visits. In addition, during transitions and lengthy periods of absence of the COP, DCOP or other key staff, the position will step in and oversee program work if needed. The position will with limited consultation fully represent SHOUHARDO III in meetings in Washington, DC, Atlanta and elsewhere as required, with a focus on both strategic and operational issues;
  • Provide expert strategic and operational support to other existing DFSA and McGovern-Dole (MGD) programs as necessary. Work closely with Program Officers and Global Coordinators to ensure that programs receive needed support & effective representation to Food for Peace, the Center for Resilience, other USAID offices and USDA. This may involve attending meetings with Food for Peace or USDA when other staff are unable to attend;
  • Attend external meetings, consultations with FFP or USDA, and other meetings relevant to DFSA and/or MGD programs in Washington DC organized by the donor, IDEAL, NGO groups or other entities. Share key lessons from these programs with DFSA and MGD programs.
  • Assist the FSR Director as required in providing leadership support to CARE country offices and FNS for design and submission of DFSA, USDA and other relevant proposal submissions;
  • Assist the FSR Director in raising the profile of CARE’s DFSA and MGD programs in Washington DC, especially for SHOUHARDO III; and
  • Supervise one or more Program Officers and/or Interns.

This position must be based in Washington, DC. This is NON-NEGOTIABLE.

Responsibilities:

  • Strategic, Management and Operational Support to SHOUHARDO III
  • Provide backstopping support for DFSAs and McGovern-Dole programs
  • Support the design and start-up of new DFSA and/or USDA programs
  • Representation, Partnership, Learning and Dissemination
  • Manage Food Security Program Officers and Interns
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the FSR Director

Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in Food Security Related fields (Agriculture, Nutrition, Anthropology, Hydrology, etc.) or in Management related fields (Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, Program Implementation, etc.) or equivalent education and experience
  • Minimum 5 years experience working with USG Food for Peace, McGovern-Dole or similar programs or equivalent experience;
  • Familiarity with USAID Food for Peace regulations and guidance and development/management of food security projects in developing countries;
  • Experience working with CARE and/or other non-profit organizations;
  • Solid writing, oral communication, Internet, spreadsheet, and organizational skills; sound judgement; discretion; strong finance and accounting skills. Ability to function in complex, changing environments, and to manage and work with diverse groups;
  • Experience backstopping grants of significant scope and value;
  • Experience with implementation or management of large multisectoral programs;
  • Ability to advocate effectively to donor staff for the adoption of actions in support of the program;
  • Flexibility to step in and manage a large program effectively in the absence of the COP/DCOP; and
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks, compose advanced-level communication, contribute strategic and operational input to improve the quality of submissions, work corroboratively with various teams, and speak in public.

About the Organization

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of disease, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click here.

The closing date for this posting, if listed, is approximate. Job postings may be removed from CARE's career website at any time.

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