Food Security Technical Coordinator

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 15 February 2019

Job Description


ADRA is seeking a Food Security Technical Coordinator for an anticipated USAID/FFP–funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Madagascar. The project aims to reduce and prevent chronic malnutrition in the regions of Atsimo Atsinanana and Vatovavy-Fitovinany. For over 25 years, ADRA has implemented relief and development activities in Madagascar with funding from major international donors, including USAID. As Food Security Technical Coordinator, s/he lead coordination across all technical sectors of the project to create multiplier effects across and between sectors. S/he will report to the Chief of Party.

This position is contingent upon receipt of funding and requires donor approval.




  • Highly experienced in a broad spectrum of food security technical focus areas, including (but not limited to) disaster risk reduction, natural resource management, and climate risk management; agriculture, livestock, livelihoods, and markets; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); and health and nutrition, as well as cross-cutting factors that affect food and nutritional security.
  • Demonstrated ability developing, rolling out, and ensuring quality control for technically rigorous systems for effective integration and collaboration across these focus areas, sub-awardees/sub-contractors, and multiple geographic locations as part of complex food security programming.
  • Proven leadership skills directly developing, leading, mentoring, and motivating diverse and talented technical teams that work effectively and collaboratively to enhance food security outcomes.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to engage, network with, and build consensus among a wide range of stakeholders, including senior government officials, NGOs (local and international), community leaders, representatives of civil society, the private sector and US Government partners.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information to continuously identify opportunities to improve project performance towards food security outcomes; inform project management decision-making and implement improvement measures; and ensure follow-through on prior recommendations.
  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience; or a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with USAID/FFP funding.
  • Written and spoken command of English and French languages.


  • Experience with both development and emergency food security activities.
  • Experience managing sub-contractors and sub-awardees.
  • Knowledge or understanding of social, economic, cultural and political context in Madagascar.
  • Direct experience in Madagascar.



  • Persuading and Influencing - Gains clear agreement and commitment from others by persuading, convincing and negotiating; makes effective use of political processes to influence and persuade others; promotes ideas on behalf of oneself or others; makes a strong personal impact on others; takes care to manage one’s impression on others.
  • Relating and Networking - Establishes good relationships with individuals both internally and externally; relates well to people at all levels; builds wide and effective networks of contacts; uses humor appropriately to bring warmth to relationships with others.
  • Creating and Innovating - Produces new ideas, approaches, or insights; creates innovative products or designs; produces a range of solutions to problems.
  • Planning and Organizing - Sets clearly defined objectives; plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances; identifies and organizes resources needed to accomplish tasks; manages time effectively; monitors performance against deadlines and milestones.



  1. In collaboration with the Chief of Party, provide strategic oversight and leadership for the project’s technical work through an integrated vision, continuous improvement of quality, and innovation in food security activities.
  2. Develop and manage systems that ensure cohesion, integration, and collaboration across food security technical focus areas, creating synergy and multiplier effects across and between sectors.
  3. Ensure that overall technical implementation quality remains consistent and of high quality among all sub-awardees/sub-contractors and implementation locations in the project.
  4. Lead the development of practice guides, manuals and other technical resources to ensure the quality of food and nutrition security interventions in collaboration with governmental and other technical partners.
  5. Ensure technical interventions are integrated, layered and sequenced appropriately at all levels of implementation within the project and across food security programming in the project’s geographic areas.
  6. Work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Lead and the Strategic Learning Lead to ensure that M&E and learning feedback loops are being properly fed into and utilized by the technical field staff.
  7. Plan and coordinate food security activities in the field in collaboration with staff, technical partners, and key stakeholders.
  8. Develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with local government, donors, partners, and other key stakeholders.
  9. Develop and maintain a safe environment that encourages the sharing of problems, ideas, and solutions, and efficiently and effectively adapt approaches to appropriately respond to feedback while respecting and prioritizing the needs of communities, especially the most vulnerable.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.



Travel required. Must have the ability to travel on short notice if necessary.



Must be able to work in a fast-paced and customer service-oriented environment; to perform duties under pressure and meet deadlines in a timely manner; to work as part of a team as well as to complete assignments independently; to take instructions from supervisors; to exercise problem-solving skills; and to interact with co-workers, supervisors, network employees, donors and the public in a professional and pleasant manner.



Person must be able to perform essential job functions with or without accommodation. Incumbent should be in optimal health for difficult and temporary below-basic living conditions at overseas location and for field travel in general.

About the Organization

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is a global humanitarian organization of the Seventh‐day Adventist Church that demonstrates God’s love and compassion. ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action.

ADRA International is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As such we have the right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in the hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not found, we will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand, respect and honor the mission, purpose, and identity of ADRA International.

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