Livelihoods and Basic Needs Coordinator

  • Entry-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 4 August 2020

Job Description

Job Purpose

To provide technical support in the area of Food Security, Livelihoods and Basic Needs to COVID 19 IFRC Regional and National Society operations and co-ordination for IFRC activities. To support the technical colleagues in the IFRC and National Societies in analysing situation and identify food and other basic needs of affected population by COVID 19 and to ensure that people have safe access to food of adequate quality and quantity and that their other basic needs are met. To support IFRC subregions and NS in deliver FSL-related assessments, feasibility studies, response options analysis and programme design evaluate and capture learning from FSL programmes within the COVID 19 operations on behalf of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) or to undertake specific projects or tasks, as defined by the Line Supervisor and specified within ToRs. To support in identifying most feasible and appropriate modality to deliver emergency food and basic needs assistance (in-kind, cash or voucher) to COVID 19 affected population. This will include support to programme response options focusing on cash transfer programming, food assistance, livelihoods support activities and market assessment, analysis and support (based on the RAM, MAG and Labour Market Assessments). The role will be responsible to support IFRC Region and NSs for developing, supporting or managing Emergency Food assistance and basic needs responses in the COVID 19 Operation. The Livelihoods and Basic Needs Coordinator will be expected to provide guidance in the assessment of needs, design or revise of Emergency Plan of Actions in the regions, targeting and identification of targeted population. The Livelihoods and Basic Needs Coordinator will have to be conversant with approaches and interventions to plan in recovery contexts to achieve food security and recover income sources. Monitoring of programme through measure of Survival/Livelihoods threshold and follow up of basic food consumption and food diversity, and coping mechanism will inform decision making to take corrective measures if necessary.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

To provide FSL technical leadership to response and recovery COVID 19 operation undertaken by the IFRC:

  • Provide support for overall technical, guidance and coordination to the relevant parts of the IFRC subregions and NSs with the implementation/adaptation of food security and livelihoods programs, due to COVID 19.
  • Lead or provide support to the relevant parts of the IFRC with the implementation of timely FSL assessments to identify priority household needs and appropriate interventions, applying as a methodological base Household Economic Security approach to the extent possible, -or that is defined by the SN in a harmonized way with the humanitarian actors participating in the response to COVID 19-, to cover food security and basic needs within the current COVID 19 situation.
  • Provide guidance to IFRC operation or NSs on how to conduct detailed response options analysis to COVID 19 to identify the most appropriate programme intervention, and design and deliver early-stage programme design and plans of action - including associated tools - as appropriate.
  • Facilitate training sessions, face to face or remote, for NS’s employees or volunteers on food security, livelihoods, and cash-based interventions and how to adapt methodologies, approaches and tools to COVID-19.
  • Increase awareness, advocate for and strengthen the capacity of partner NS to be able to deliver FSL programme objectives using cash and voucher assistance where appropriate and feasible, building necessary capacity in programming and support service teams, driving analysis and understanding of the use of new technology to support CVA, encouraging peer-to-peer learning, and supporting CBI-related training of key NS staff and volunteers.
  • Provide support to IFRC operations and NSs on how can be adjusted the ongoing FSL and cash interventions to incorporate COVID-19 to protect livelihoods
  • Guide coordination efforts across the region and supports inter-agency coordination with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to ensure synergy, integration, coherence, and harmonization of food security and livelihoods intervention to respond to COVID 19.
  • Oversee and manage the support, training, and development of relevant RCRC staff and volunteers in FSL responses to COVID 19.
  • Ensure that knowledge transfer between programs and within the IFRC and NS is achieved, by documenting best practice/lessons learned as appropriate for the current program and for future use.
  • Engage in dialogue with key stakeholders’ leadership to ensure to establish synergies
  • Identify partnership opportunities with key local and international partners to response to COVID-19.

To provide project management support to food security and livelihoods response and recovery operations undertaken by the IFRC in the specific subregion where s/he is assigned to:

  • Develop clear, costed, time-bound and resourced plans of action based on assessment findings and manage the implementation of such activities. • Develop clear monitoring information (qualitative and quantitative) to track progress and impact of subsequent programme activities; ensure regular monitoring of activities, identifying and addressing delays in implementation where necessary.
  • Ensure that all activities are carried out in a participatory and inclusive manner that reflects community needs and cultural sensitivities; gender - including balance, and respect; age issues; and the environment; and that activities take into consideration issues around any local risks and hazards.
  • Identify HR requirements for programme implementation and assist in the recruitment process for national staff where needed.
  • Contribute to Accountability and Community Engagement (CEA) activities by following the necessary quality standards defined by SN and IFRC.
  • Represent IFRC at community or local official level, and at inter-agency, governmental co-ordination mechanisms and other technical coordination forums, meetings and sector and technical working groups (e.g. Early Recovery Cluster, Cash Coordination and Basic Needs WGs etc.) as required, fostering co-operative alliances where appropriate, and further positioning the RCRC Movement as a key factor in the FSL and CVA domains
  • Where required function as the budget holder for specific projects, with responsibility for ensuring expenditures charged to their cost-centre or project are appropriately authorised, allocated and correctly stated.
  • Write or take part in communications (public and media) including press interviews and reports; contribute photographic and/or audio-visual materials to support communications work as appropriate.


  • Proven technical experience and project management in HEA/HES, food security, livelihoods, and cash-based interventions
  • Experience in providing technical support to and/or in implementing food security and livelihoods programmes in an international response, recovery and development context - Previous overseas experience with the Red Cross Red Crescent, including with National Societies / previous experience working with national organisations and counterparts
  • Experience in designing and implementing vulnerability targeting systems, including appropriate technical methodologies and criteria
  • Experience in overseeing approaches to beneficiary management and communication that enhance accountability to beneficiaries
  • Relevant project management experience: assessing, designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and financial management of FSL projects in emergency and (early) recovery contexts
  • Experience in drafting project proposals, preparing budgets and drafting narrative and financial reports working with institutional and high-profile donors
  • Experience of developing M&E systems to track progress of implementation and monitor and evaluate the appropriateness, efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of FSL programme interventions
  • Experience of managing and coaching teams in multi-faceted projects, including recruiting, mentoring, coaching, training and building the capacity of national and local staff and volunteers
  • Representation and negotiation experience with government, UN and non- government agencies/representatives
  • Experience in market analysis/assessment and relevant tools (RAM/MAG, EMMA etc.) Knowledge and Skills, Preferred

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Knowledge of different Livelihoods, Cash and ECOSEC programme modalities, as well as the challenges and risks involved with implementing such programmes.
  • Demonstrated staff management and development skills problem-solving skills
  • Proven project management skills
  • Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets)
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural and cross-functional environment,
  • Strong interpersonal skills and good understanding of the global organization
  • Excellent communication skills, public diplomacy and advocacy
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple task
  • Ability to prepare reports, information updates, press briefings, plan of actions, operations update, emergency appeal etc.
  • Languages
  • Fluently spoken and written English
  • Fluently spoken and written Spanish
  • Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic)

Competencies and values

Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability

Application Deadline: August 17, 2020

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