Senior Director, Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods

Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 19 June 2017
Posted on 19 May 2017

Job Description


The Senior Director, EFSL will lead the growth of SC’s EFSL portfolio, manage programmatic innovations, and provide managerial and technical oversight of SC’s food security and livelihoods emergency response and recovery programs, particularly in the areas of: short-term safety nets (cash and food resource provisioning), disaster risk reduction, livelihoods recovery, and emergency food security assessments.

Specifically, the Senior Director is accountable for achieving results for the Department of Hunger and Livelihoods as set out in agency strategic plans, departmental operational plans, and in accordance with SC’s core values of ensuring results for children. He/she will develop and update the EFSL strategic plan, be responsible for meeting EFSL objectives, and ensure strategic positioning. He/she will ensure fundraising goals are met, ensure programs are being implemented in a timely and compliant manner, and seek out opportunities for technical innovation.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact

Global Program Strategy and Market Position (15%)

  • Oversee all aspects of SC’s EFSL unit.

  • Determine priorities and manage resources to ensure priorities are met.

  • Lead the development of the EFSL multiyear strategy, budget and annual operational plans.

  • Ensure strategic positioning of EFSL within the Department of Humanitarian Response (DHR), Humanitarian Technical Working Group (HTWG), SCI and Global Initiatives (GIs).

  • Lead SC’s EFSL programmatic positioning with FFP, other donors and NGOs/key external stakeholders.

External Partnerships and Representation (20%)

  • Clearly communicate SC EFSL priorities, strategy and capabilities to external partners.

  • Foster and grow strategic relationships with external partners including donors, the private sector and Congress.

  • Present SC achievements and represent SC in external fora.

Technical Leadership, Innovation and Knowledge Management (20%)

  • Monitor new developments in the field of emergency food security and livelihoods.

  • Identify opportunities to test and scale-up proven innovations and best practices (e.g., electronic payments, gender sensitive programing, youth livelihoods in emergencies, resilience strengthening approaches, and integrated programming).

  • Oversee the documentation of best practices and innovations from SC programs, and disseminate key agency reports and best practices to staff.

Resource Mobilization (20%)

  • Maintain relationships with key donors (e.g., OFDA and FFP) and SCI at headquarters and regional/country level.

  • Contribute to agency knowledge and decision making concerning pursuit of funding opportunities.

  • Ensure development, review and timely submission of high-quality proposals in response to identified opportunities.

  • Develop private donor funding strategies and pursue opportunities.

Portfolio Management (10%)

  • Oversee award management staff to ensure EFSL awards are properly managed, meeting deliverables, and remaining compliant.

  • Ensure technical and award management support needs for EFSL awards are met.

  • Anticipate risks and problems with EFSL awards, escalate issues as appropriate, and lead on finding acceptable solutions to identified issues.

Emergency Response and Internal Coordination (10%)

  • Lead outreach and coordination initiatives with other offices within the agency (DHR, SCI, HTWG, Child Poverty GIs), and represent SC externally on targeted technical topics with donors, Alliance and technical organizations.

  • Lead and/or support in emergency response and recovery assessments and evaluations in country offices.

Advocacy (5%)

  • Work with SC’s Public Policy and Advocacy Department to ensure EFSL concerns are appropriately included in advocacy work.

  • Provide technical review for any EFSL components of advocacy documents.

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

  • Bachelor’s degree public nutrition or health, public administration, or related field is required; advanced degree in related field preferred.

  • Field-based experience in emergency response and recovery.

  • Minimum of 10-15 years of experience in emergency and/or development food security and/or livelihoods program management and technical support.

  • Understanding of food security concepts and multi-sectoral programming.

  • Experience with designing and implementing cash and food-based safety net activities, asset protection, disaster risk reduction (preparedness and mitigation), food security assessment and program design.

  • Experience leading a team of experienced professionals.

  • Familiarity with USAID and other donor programming priorities and technical requirements.

  • Solid writing, editing, training and grant writing experience essential.

  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time, be deployed for emergency response and assessment activities, and work independently, even in harsh environments.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity required.

  • French, Spanish or Arabic a plus.

About the Organization

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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