Food Security Livelihood (FSL) Specialist

Food Security Livelihood (FSL) Specialist

JOB Vacancy Announcement #: 6587

Job Title: Food Security Livelihood (FSL) Specialist

Application deadline: 24.03.2022

Duty Station: Hasaka

Job Requirements:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in relevant programmes, with demonstrated responsibility for design and implementation of humanitarian and development programmes in the field of food security and livelihoods.
  • Master’s degree in agricultural economics, business administration, economics, international development studies or equivalent. (years of experience with relevant Bachelor degree can be consider in-lieu)
  • Experience in a similar programmatic role, preferably in Syria context (or within the region)
  • Understanding of the food security and livelihoods sector in NES
  • Familiar with nutrition-sensitive approaches, financial inclusion, market-based programming, adolescent, youth and women economic empowerment, cash programming, Household Economy Approach (HEA) and graduation and livelihoods resilience building approaches.
  • Demonstrated program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.
  • Experience of strategy development and planning.
  • Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for children
  • Experience of supporting humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery
  • Fluent in English and high level of English writing skills.
  • Fluency in Arabic is highly desired

Job Description:

The Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) Specialist will use their contextual understanding, technical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic ambition for (FSL), in addition to CVA programming in North-east Syria.  The role will work with the Cash and Markets Technical Advisor to operationalise the strategy, building the team’s capacity and ensuring technical design and implementation are of high quality, that deliver change for children in both emergency and development programming. It further supports the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while ensuring learnings are feeding into reports and action plans across our programmes, teams and partners. The role will work closely operations colleagues and with partners, building their capacity on internal quality standards and building ownership and agency of local organisations. This role includes a focus on external representation at Working Groups level and relevant Task Forces in NES. Programmatic focus is to build on an area based approach, integrating with Child Protection, WASH, Education and Nutrition, on priority issues not limited to financial inclusion, market-based programming, adolescent, youth and women economic empowerment, cash and voucher programming, Household Economy Approach (HEA) and livelihoods resilience building. In the event of a humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Technical Leadership:

  • Provide technical leadership for FSL and CVA Programmes in NES, analyse context and programmatic outcomes to ensure alignment with the wider country strategy
  • Work closely with the Technical Advisor to build capacity of staff and partners in key technical approaches related to FSL and CVA interventions.

Ensuring Programme Quality (Design & Implementation) and Ensuring Results:

  • Work closely with the Technical Advisor during technical scoping, planning, and design and proposal writing during new programme development, and ensure that we design and deliver high quality FSL and CVA programmes for children, building on global best practice. Ensure that gender, disability and resilience considerations are reflected in our programme design and implementation.
  • Work with Programme team to ensure integration and participatory programmes, that are safe for children, including lead on quality benchmark process in FSL and CVA in NES, developing and completing risk assessments, guiding teams on how to ensure community participation and transparency.
  • Provide guidance to the programme implementation teams to ensure that thematic programme components are technically sound, implementation methods are consistent with national and global strategies, acknowledged good practice (e.g. the Organization Common Approaches and global evidence); and are likely to achieve scale, as well as equitable and sustainable results.
  • Promote and monitor integrated programming in a way that increases overall impact of FSL and CVA programmes at the community level.
  • Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) teams to carry out quality benchmark assessments, baseline and end-lines, satisfaction surveys, etc. Work closely with relevant colleagues for gender and conflict analysis, and conduct quality monitoring against international standards through participatory methodologies that promote gender equality and social justice (including child-friendly and gender sensitive/transformative methodologies).
  • Lead the reporting sections related to FSL and CVA, ensuring timely reports that are highlighting how learning were captured, what community perception is of our activities, what were unintended consequences and challenges. Ensure disaggregated data, evidence and analysis are collected and understands its link to quality and accountable programming.
  • Undertake field visits to project sites; work with implementation teams to understand impacts, operational challenges, and continuously identify opportunities for learning and improvement.
  • Take the lead to share field visit reports and needs assessments with the Technical Advisor, provide feedback on the effectiveness and efficiency of FSL and CVA programmes and contribute to improving quality where needed.
  • Contribute to response planning by completing needs assessment, including drafting tools and supporting with data analysis and report writing / review.
  • Support the NES teams to develop emergency preparedness plans, and conduct sectoral assessments (including gender analysis, using SC assessment processes and tools) and to design and deliver emergency response and recovery programmes.
  • Monitor trends in order to ensure early action; share findings with the HoP and TA. Contribute to technical design and implementation and technical coordination of humanitarian responses. Ensure links with other relevant thematic areas in emergency setting

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