Senior Specialist, Emergency Foods and Livelihoods

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 March 2020
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Job Description


The Senior Specialist, Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods position will contribute to the Department of Hunger and Livelihoods’ capacity to prevent and respond to food and livelihood insecurity in emergencies and, to address the root causes of continued food and livelihood insecurity in persistently food insecure populations. The Senior Specialist will provide program development and technical program support to Country and Regional Offices (COs and ROs), including support in program design; proposal writing and reviewing; decision and planning support; program management; evaluation; capacity strengthening; and knowledge management.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

New Program Development (15%)

Support country offices in positioning for funding opportunities to support emergency food security programming, multi-year food security programming for protracted emergencies, and resilience programming for chronically food insecure populations.
Support development, review and submission of quality proposals in response to identified opportunities. This may include serving as lead writer on proposals and proposal annexes as requested.
Lead or participate in food security and market assessments to support capture planning and inform program design.
Design and/or undertake assessment and program design duties as part of short notice deployment and/or via desk support to deployed staff or consultants.
Provide input into appropriate design and/or implementation of program monitoring and evaluation activities – including the use of process and impact indicators, designing methods of data collection, data analysis, and reporting.
Coordinate with program management personnel to ensure that technical program design integrates well with donor budgetary and compliance requirements.
Stay abreast of key donor strategic thinking and funding trends to ensure that proposals are responsive to donor requirements and priorities.
Develop and distribute program design/development tools where necessary.
Support to Existing Programs (70%)

Work with COs with emergency, multi-year, and/or development food security programs to assist in implementation planning and identify key program events or technical gaps that would benefit from technical assistance to assure program quality.
Stay abreast of the latest advances in food security programming methods and practices; share materials with and train program implementers as needed.
Working both remotely and in country, provide direct technical assistance to programs to ensure that deliverables are met in a timely, high-quality manner.
Visit program implementation sites and assist in trouble shooting any issues identified.
Work across technical and sectoral teams to ensure that program implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning are well-coordinated.
Decision and Planning Support and Capacity Strengthening (10%)

Follow seasonal trends, analysis and information flows in designated regions to identify timing, location and populations who will likely experience food insecurity or other livelihoods security shocks. Document findings and ensure that they feed into future interventions and approaches.
Work with COs, ROs and members to conduct necessary food security and livelihood analyses and assessments to support strategic decision making and planning that responds to ongoing or likely acute food and livelihood insecurity. On occasion, engage in capacity strengthening activities with COs and ROs.
Develop and disseminate learning materials and advocacy pieces.
Work with CO and RO staff to strengthen food security analysis capabilities.
Identify key knowledge gaps and find opportunities to fill those gaps (e.g., reference/baseline outcome indicators, HEA, market mapping, etc.).
Deploy to high priority emergencies to support information collection and analysis, decision, planning, and program development and implementation. When necessary, participate in regional and country level food security forums.
Participate in technical assistance visits to support field programming, occasionally for extended period of time.
Work effectively with COs, ROs, relevant Technical Working Groups, members and partners.
On occasion, assist in recruiting, training, and supporting food security and livelihoods staff and counterparts at national level.
Knowledge Management (5%)

Use program experience to capture knowledge and contribute evidence to improve DHL’s overall food and livelihoods security program effectiveness.
Contribute to food and livelihoods security M&E frameworks and learning agenda.
Present findings in internal and external forums.
Develop guidance and tools as necessary.
Required Qualifications

Bachelor degree or equivalent relevant experience required
Minimum 5-7 years of related experience in emergency and/or development food security and/or livelihoods program management and technical support
Deep understanding of food security concepts and multi-sectoral programming
Experience in program design and proposal writing, including proven experience writing successful Food for Peace Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) proposals and other USAID programs
Experience with designing and implementing cash and food-based transfer activities, asset protection, and disaster risk reduction
Previous participation in FSL and market assessments, reporting, and training
Familiarity with USAID and other donor programming priorities and technical requirements, particularly FFP and OFDA
Professional writing, editing, training and grant writing experience essential
Willingness and ability to travel up to 40% internationally, occasionally in harsh environments and with short notice
Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with resilience-building or development food security interventions, including but not limited to Food For Peace Development Food Security Programs (DFSAs) or Bureau for Food Security livelihoods or nutrition interventions
Familiarity with agriculture, off-farm livelihoods, youth, or nutrition interventions
Strong communication and interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
Significant field experience
French, Spanish, Arabic or other relevant language skills
Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

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