Reg Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Adviser

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Organization: Food for the Hungry
Closing date: 2 Jan 2021

Responsible for overall technical leadership, guidance and coordination of programs for the improvement of food security and livelihoods in the region. Ensure projects drive results in achieving Child Focus Community Transformation, ministry performance and resource mobilization for the Africa Region. The RFSL Adviser will act as a liaison between the Regional Office, the GSC Food Security & Livelihoods (FS&L) Unit, and Field Offices and serve as the principal institutional liaison and key representative to external partners and governments in Africa.

FH Heartbeat

At Food for the Hungry, we operate under a set of guiding principles we call “The Heartbeat.” This includes our Values, Vision and Purpose, which serve as the explanation of who we are and how we work as an organization. Together we follow God’s call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.

Principal Responsibilities

Provide technical backstopping to FH regional programs in the Food Security and Livelihood portfolio

· Define and develop the regional food security and livelihoods strategy in alignment with the FH Transformational Framework, with the goal to build improved and resilient livelihoods of small-holder farmers, agro-pastoralists, and pastoralists, and youth in Africa.

· Provide technical support to FOs in the areas of climate resilient agriculture, food security, economic development, and natural resources management towards the development of Technical Approaches and Technical Programs, adaptation and scaling up of specific project models and/or best practices that contribute to FS&L standards outcomes (domains of change); In the process ensure that FSL Program Minimum Quality Standards are followed/used.

· Work with the M&E Team to assist Field Offices in the selection of FSL standard indicators and the development of IPTT and Detail Implementation Plan (DIP) for the implementation of countries FS&L strategies.

· Rollout FSL Youth Livelihoods Strategy in the Region, starting with the Youth Entrepreneurship Pilot Training in Uganda.

· Work with the Relief and Humanitarian Affairs (RHA) and Risk and Resilience Units to develop plans for collaborative implementation of the region FS&L approaches to building resilience with specific focus on countries facing recurrent food crisis.

· Liaise with the GSC and Field Offices to develop relevant FS&L training for the capacity building of field staff.

· Review scheduled program reports from Field Offices, ensuring they are compliant with the FS&L Program Minimum Quality Standards (reporting format used; IPTT variances explained).

· Document best practices and share across the Africa Region and GSC FSL and MEL Units, for review and publication.

Provide support to Field Offices for new funding opportunities as they relate to the FS&L Unit

· Assist the Food Security and Livelihoods Director and FH field offices in supporting proposal development, and proposal writing for food security and livelihoods projects.

· Monitor potential food security and livelihoods funding opportunities from USG and non-USG donors for countries in the region.

· Support the FOs in the development of consortia whenever necessary in preparation for upcoming funding opportunities.

· Identify key relationships to strengthen national and regional positioning and elevate FH’s profile with government, multilateral and private sector donors within the region.**

Network and build relationships with other International Relief and Development Non-Governmental Organizations, academic institutions, and research institutions

· Network with partner organizations/institutions and communicate effectively.

· Attend and engage in regular meetings on FS&L initiatives to represent FH.

Professional development / team player (empower self to work effectively and efficiently within a team and to develop and advance their skills)

· Pursue training opportunities such as webinars, seminars, conferences, offsite time spent in networking and researching to add personal value as a critical tool in the success of the workplace.

· Align professional development plan to organizational strategies as guided by the Director of Food Security & Livelihoods.

· Pursue growth through assessment and mentorship for team building.

Job Level Specifications

· Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian beliefs expressed in The Heartbeat.

· Ability to work effectively in a team and contribute positively to the development of that team.

· Ability to capitalize on education, past experience and organizational infrastructure to become self-reliant and to work independently as needed.

· Ability to incorporate available resources to provide support to team members.

· Solid communication and presentation skills.

· Ability to re-prioritize according to the evolving situations within the organization.

· Ability to work creatively and adapt to changes within the team, location or programs.

· Excellent writing and editing skills – proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

· Strong knowledge of project cycle management.

· Analysis and synthesis skills.

· Organizational, rigor and respect of deadline skills.

· Experience in working with groups or clusters.

· Ability to manage sensitive and confidential information.

· Experience with grant and proposal preparation.

· Ability to exercise sound judgement and make decisions independently.

· Experience in food security and agricultural businesses/entrepreneurship preferred.

· Strong networking skills.

· Previous experience with backstopping programs.

· Medical fitness to live and travel in rural and urban areas with extreme conditions and limited medical support.

· Ability to travel up to 35% of time in Africa, to insecure countries or locations.


· A minimum of 3 years of experience implementing and / or managing community development programs, preferably in developing countries or equivalent combination of education and experience.


· Master's degree in agriculture and/or agriculture economics, or related fields.


Proficiency in spoken and written English. Fluency in either French and/or Portuguese is an added advantage. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Safeguarding Policy

FH strives to provide an environment free from sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment in all places where relief and development programs are implemented. FH holds a zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment. FH expects its employees to maintain high ethical standards, protect organizational integrity and reputation, and ensure that FH work is carried out in honest and fair methods, in alignment with the FH Heartbeat and safeguarding and associated policies. Violations to stated policies will be subject to corrective action up to and including termination of employment.

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