Senior Director - Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 August 2018

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.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

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 Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, development economics, food security, public nutrition or health, public administration, or related field is required.
  • International 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 internationally up to 25% of the time for assessment activities and independent work, and optional deployment for emergency response, to potentially harsh environments.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a related field preferred.
  • French, Spanish or Arabic language skills a plus.

What’s In It for You

  • Meaningful work, with a knowledge that you are changing the lives of children all around the world
  • A family friendly work environment
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Generous paid vacation days, holidays, family leave days, and sick time
  • Healthcare plans including medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions
  • Structured and formalized management development and coaching programs for mid and senior level managers
  • Extensive e-learning opportunities on a variety of topics offered through our affiliation with several prestigious universities as well as language learning opportunities

About the Organization

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

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.

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