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Regional Food Security and Livelihood Adviser
Jobs at:Food for the Hungry
Deadline of this Job:
03 April 2020
Date Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
The Regional Food Security & Livelihoods (RFSL) Adviser will be 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 .
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 in Africa.
• Provide technical support to FOs in the areas of climate smart 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 specific FS&L outcomes; in the process ensure that FSL Minimum Program Quality Standards are followed.
• 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.
• Work with the Humanitarian Emergency Affairs (HEA), 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 minimum quality standards.
• Document best practices and share across the Africa Region and after review by GSC FSL Unit, The L&E Unit will then be involved for 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 livelihood funding sources from USG and non-USG donors.
• Support the FOs in the development of consortia whenever necessary in preparation for upcoming 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.
• Develop strategic and tactical plans for achieving the departmental objective of increasing sponsorship and other funding.
• 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.
• Other duties as assigned.
Job Skills: Not Specified
Job Level Specifications
• Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ and Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian foundation and beliefs as expressed in The Heartbeat: our Values, Vision, and Purpose.
• Experience in food security and agricultural businesses preferred.
• Strong networking skills.
• Excellent writing and editing skills – proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
• Previous experience with backstopping programs.
• Thorough knowledge of principles, theories and concepts in area of discipline. Competent in all job functions with high-level understanding of the industry practices, techniques and standards.
• Develop solutions for a variety of situations and work on projects requiring evaluation and analysis. Refer to policies, practices and precedents for guidance; determine best course of action to achieve results.
• 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 judgment and make decisions independently.
• Work is performed independently and requires the exercise of judgment and discretion. May receive limited guidance for new assignments.
• Collaborate with management and team members within the department and other areas of the organization. Represent department internally or externally.
• Actions impact the success of the overall department and / or the organization. Failure to accomplish work or erroneous decisions may result in delays to projects, loss of revenue or allocation of additional resources to remedy.
• 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 per year in the US and internationally, to insecure countries or locations.
• Master's degree in Agriculture and / or agriculture economics, or related fields or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Language: Proficiency in spoken and written English. 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
• Minimum of 3 years of experience implementing and / or managing community development programs, preferably in developing countries.
Work Hours: 8
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