Food Security & Livelihood Technical Specialist

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Sierra Leone
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 21 Dec 2020

The Role: Food Security & Livelihoods Technical Specialist - Under the general direction and guidance of the Programme Quality and Design Director ensure all food security and livelihoods programming is of excellent technical quality, attracts significant donor funding and contributes significantly to national/global learning, advocacy and programme development. The post holder is expected to provide technical advice and management support to the Regional EU funded PROACT Project to ensure programming objectives are successfully achieved.

The post-holder shall also contribute to the development and/review of the country strategic direction and actively lead in the development of food security and livelihood policy and programme formulation. The Post-holder will lead technical review of program quality and ensure accurate and consistent reporting of quality benchmarks. She/he will be a key advocate of Save the Children's Common Approaches ensuring their integration into program design and high-quality implementation at the field level by program staff.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.



  • Postgraduate qualification in discipline related to agricultural economics, development economics, agriculture, food security or other relevant discipline


Essential Desirable

  • Significant experience (at least 5 years) in food security and livelihoods programming, with specific experience and/or advanced understanding of at least three of the following
    • * social protection systems for vulnerable populations especially pastoral and agro-pastoral populations
      • experience of running and monitoring cash transfer programmes
      • designing and implementing market assessments and analysis of data collected
      • relevant training and expertise in using Save the Children UK Household Economy Analysis
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of staff and partners with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative management approach.
  • Develop market-based programming promoting a better nutrition for children and livelihoods development in an integrated approach
  • Strong report writing skills, including experience in writing proposals and donor reports. For this excellent analytical skills and computer literacy is required.
  • Experience in establishing and working in partnership with civil society actors, government and international organisations.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English


  • Experience in developing and leading value-chain and market assessments
  • Experience in VSLA, micro-finance initiatives, cash transfer program design, and implementation.
  • Experience in promoting children's participation in programme design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Good understanding of poverty reduction strategy framework and related processes.
  • Willingness to learn, change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.

CONTRACT LENGTH: 12 Months with possible extension

Closing Date: 21st December, 2020

The Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Applicants are advised that

Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process and we maintain zero tolerance to dual employment. Any request in this direction should be immediately

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

  • Candidates should apply through the link that will be provided by
  • Applicants should attach a copy of a valid Labour Card to their applications
  • Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document and include your current remuneration and salary expectations for this role.


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