Food Security & Livelihoods Specialist, Humanitarian Response Personnel

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Organization: Save the Children – US
Closing date: 24 Oct 2015

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

As part of a commitment to working with children in times of crisis, Save the Children will support programs in both sudden onset emergencies and chronic humanitarian situations. The Humanitarian Response Personnel (HRP) scheme ensuring that high quality personnel are deployed at speed and scale when and where emergency strikes. HRPs may be deployed in the first or second phase of a large or medium scale emergency where Save the Children is scaling up in order to provide expertise and leadership. HRPs may also deploy to small or medium emergencies or chronic humanitarian crises in order to provide additional support to Country Programs to continue to deliver quality programming.

As Save the Children US’s dedicated surge personnel capacity, HRPs can expect to deploy 6-9 months of the year for 2-3 months at a time in varying environments and contexts. During deployments HRPs should expect to work unusual hours and in potentially insecure and stressful environments. When not deployed, HRPs will support the work of their technical or operational teams in the US.

The food security and livelihoods (FSL) Specialist may deploy to in a small to medium scale emergency or the second phase of a large emergency in which s/he will lead in assessments, appropriate program design, seeking and developing funding opportunities, and ensuring FSL integration across sectors. The FSL specialist will carry out day-to-day management and capacity-building of staff, development of work plans, grant management and donor reporting. In addition, s/he will carry out relevant advocacy, coordination and external representation activities with other NGOs, UN agencies, donors and national governments, including active engagement in the UN cluster system.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact

Assessments and program design (35%)

  • Lead and/or contribute to the development of high quality funding proposals and informational products targeted at key donors (FFP, WFP, OFDA)
  • Undertake and complete, as necessary, field missions to initiate or support Save the Children’s food security and livelihoods programs.
  • Complete rapid emergency assessments/situation analysis as required, and develop a food security and livelihoods strategy for short term/emergency intervention within the framework of overall long-term program goals, positioning affected families and communities for rapid recovery
  • Identify the most appropriate programming interventions for meeting the immediate needs of food insecure populations based on assessment findings, particularly as they mitigate impact of future shocks and to stabilize/support children’s well-being
  • Promote and monitor the quality of livelihoods programs to which support is given and suggest effective improvements
  • Work with other sector staff to promote and enforce integrated programming across sectors in order to maximize the impact of response and recovery programming
  • Identify appropriate early recovery interventions in line with best practices to assist communities to restore livelihoods in rapid onset emergencies, or to prevent and mitigate the effects of livelihoods collapse in slow-onset or chronic emergencies

Program Implementation (35%)

  • In safety net program, ensure that programs and partners plan adequate assistance in compliance with Sphere, donor requirements and other minimum standards
  • Prepare timely program and donor reports
  • Ensure that programs are developed and implemented in cooperation with affected communities
  • Prepare and oversee the implementation process to ensure timely delivery of program activities
  • Ensure that established interagency standards and guidelines in livelihoods programming are implemented and followed in all field programs
  • Facilitate communication, exchange of ideas, information and reporting to enhance the efficiency and impact of social protection programs
  • Develop clear staff structure, recruit staff, consultants and technical experts according to program needs, and identify capacity building requirements
  • Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners

External Coordination and Representation (30%)

  • Serve as focal point for presentation and positioning for FSL programming for donors
  • Initiate and develop good diplomatic working relations with local and national government authorities, the ICRC, UN agencies and partner NGOs and INGOs
  • Facilitate coordination with and between key stakeholders in the livelihoods sector, such as other NGOs, UN/WFP, national government and private enterprises
  • Represent Save the Children as necessary alone or in association with the technical program manager where required
  • Promote and play an active role in inter-agency coordination, including the UN cluster system
  • Ensure regular communication and coordination with other sector staff to build and strengthen opportunities for integration of response and recovery activities
  • Uphold personal and professional standards of humanitarian work and behavior, such as those set out in Save the Children’s own policies and in the Sphere Charter and Code of Conduct
  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child rights and safeguarding, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies
  • Keep abreast of developments in good practice and policy issues regarding food security and livelihoods programming in emergencies

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors


  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in managing food security and livelihoods programs in emergencies, including the use of in-kind food transfers, cash transfers and livelihood interventions
  • Experience leading food security and livelihoods assessments and designing innovative and suitable interventions
  • Fluency in French and English
  • Experience leading successful funding proposals for donors, specifically US government and European donors
  • Experience deploying in rapid onset emergencies with a sound knowledge of the UN cluster system
  • Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
  • Understanding of the relationships between food security, livelihoods and nutrition and other sectors within Save the Children
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation
  • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff
  • Experience in budget development and management
  • Ability to represent Save the Children in our food security and livelihoods work in external meetings
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances


  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as economics, nutrition, rural development, anthropology, geography or agronomy
  • Language skills in Spanish and/or Arabic highly desirable
  • Experience in household economy analysis
  • Experience working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Familiarity with nutrition surveys
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy

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. Our dedicated and diverse staff work hard to improve the well-being of children everywhere.

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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.

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