Food Security Technical Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 30 December 2018

Job Description

Job Title: Food Security Technical Coordinator, Development Food Security Activity, Madagascar

Area of Interest: Food and nutrition security, Program quality

Location: International – Toliara or Beloha, Madagascar

Reports to: Chief of Party, Development Food Security Activity, Madagascar

This position is contingent upon grant and candidate approvals by the donor.

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.


Catholic Relief Services (CRS)/Madagascar is preparing a response to the 2019 USAID Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) Request for Applications (RFA). The proposed program will address chronic food and nutrition insecurity and vulnerability in Southern Madagascar. The estimated timeframe for this program is October 2019 – September 2024.

The overall goal of the proposed program will be to measurably reduce food and nutrition insecurity and vulnerability in targeted communes in the Regions of Atsimo Andrefana and Androy. The proposed program will take a multi-sectoral approach to reducing chronic food and nutrition insecurity, with a particular focus on enhancing resiliency and increasing individual, household and community capacities to manage and mitigate risk.

Job Summary

CRS/Madagascar seeks qualified candidates for the position of Food Security Technical Coordinator (FSTC).

The FSTC will be highly experienced in a broad spectrum of food security technical areas. S/he will be responsible for establishing and managing systems to ensure cohesion across all technical sectors. The technical coordinator will ensure interventions are integrated, layered and sequenced appropriately at all levels of implementation. The FSTC will work closely with CRS and partner staff to develop high quality contextually appropriate approaches. S/he will also take learning needs into account and develop and conduct capacity building for program staff, with support of the Chief of Party (COP) and CRS advisors.

Specific Job Responsibilities

Project Refinement and Organizational Learning

  • Provide technical input into the design and implementation of evaluations and assessments; develop data collection tools; support the establishment of feedback mechanisms on the quality of implementation.
  • Contribute to design and planning of learning activities and ensure that results inform adaptive management.
  • Lead the development of practice guides, manuals and other technical resources to ensure the quality gender and diversity-sensitive food and nutrition security interventions in collaboration with governmental and other technical partners.
  • Support the development of a learning agenda for food and nutrition security in Southern Madagascar and coordinate its implementation.
  • Support the documentation of best practices and lessons learned in food security and facilitate their effective use to improve program quality.

Project Implementation and Reporting

  • Oversee project implementation and ensure that quality standards are being adhered to and maintained.
  • Plan and coordinate activities in collaboration with partners and stakeholders.
  • Develop and coordinate strategies for ensuring integration, layering and sequencing of program activities.
  • Ensure that staff and partners have the necessary information, guidelines, curricula and tools for quality implementation.
  • Conduct periodic project reviews (via meetings, report review, site visits, etc.) to ensure alignment with the overall food and nutrition security strategy, learning and adaptation as necessary.
  • Coordinate food and nutrition security and resilience research.
  • Coordinate the dissemination of new approaches and technologies for adaptive management.
  • Ensure that food security and resilience approaches are in line with the Government of Madagascar’s strategies and priorities for the sector.
  • Support the collection and verification of indicator data.
  • Participate actively in food and nutrition security forums and platforms with government partners and other stakeholders.
  • Prepare technical reports according to agreement requirements.


  • Assess the technical capacity of staff and partners and support capacity building activities, such as trainings and workshops, mentoring and accompaniment.
  • Build the capacity of CRS and partner staff to understand and monitor technical indicators and to evaluate program performance.
  • Build strategic partnerships at national and local levels with governmental, nongovernmental and private sector stakeholders to advance the project’s strategic agenda to ensure sustainability of activities and results.

Management, Finance and Donor Compliance

  • Manage program budgets, including tracking of financial and material resources and providing regular forecasts.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of program finances and progress, review financial performance against the budget and explain variances on a regular basis.
  • Ensure staff compliance with all USG and CRS administrative and operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor regulations.
  • Approve and manage financial transactions within the approved limit.
  • Manage the recruitment of CRS staff (development of job description, interviews, selection committee, etc.).

Supervision and Coaching/Mentoring

  • The FSTC will supervise senior staff and participates in the hiring and supervision either directly or indirectly of staff. Additionally, s/he will provide support in mentoring staff.


These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each program manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  1. Sets clear goals and manages progress toward them.
  2. Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders.
  3. Manages financial resources with integrity.
  4. Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Accountability and Stewardship
  • Build Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Strategic Mindset

Key Working Relationships


Country Representative, Head of Programs, Head of Operations, Chief of Party, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, Gender, Youth and Social Dynamics Advisor, Strategic Learning Advisor, Social Behavior Change Advisor, Project Technical Leads (e.g. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning, Health, Nutrition and Agriculture, etc.), Project Managers.


South Africa Regional Office staff (Regional Technical Advisors/Deputy Regional Directors) and CRS/HQ staff including HQ-based Food Security and Nutrition Advisors.


USAID, government officials, international and local partners.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field and a mminimum of five years’ of relevant experience, including supervising and mentoring multi-sectorial teams for humanitarian and development assistance, preferably with an international NGO.
  • Strong field experience at the community level is required.
  • Experience working with large donors, USAID/FFP and/or USAID/FTF preferred.
  • In-depth understanding of gender, age and other socio-cultural factors in the context of food and nutrition security programming.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis and use of data and information from a broad range of sources in order to ensure effective integration of food and nutrition security concerns throughout the project’s duration.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading participatory analytical processes and learning required.
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences (capacity strengthening) through training, mentoring, and other formal and non-formal methods, using adult learning methodologies.
  • Ability to foster commitment and build capacity among activity staff and in-country actors to gender integration and empowerment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to understand and advise on critical technical and operational issues related to food security, including nutrition, agriculture and health.
  • Prior experience working with MEAL development and integration in programming to capture gender and youth project-specific information to monitor change and outcomes, with experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis highly desirable.
  • Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building through formal and informal training, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Knowledge management, finance and compliance experience.
  • Ability to self-manage and succeed in matrix management model, with demonstrated proactive and flexible nature in resolving problems and leading a productive, committed team.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with groups.
  • Knowledge of CRS’s program quality and MEAL standards and of Catholic Social Teaching preferred.
  • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner.
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently.
  • Demonstrated personal accountability and driven to serve others.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local Church partners.
  • Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges.
  • Experience working in a variety of developing environments desired; knowledge of the Madagascar valued.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Excellent English and French language oral and written communication skills required; fluency in Malagasy desired.

Travel Required: Ability to travel for up to 50% level of effort as needed.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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