Food Security and Livelihoods Specialist

Food Security and Livelihoods Specialist

The Opportunity

As a member of the Programme Development & Quality (PDQ) Team the Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor provides strategic and technical support to Save the Children Sudan’s Food Security and Livelihoods programming, which includes emergency response and long term recovery programming. The post holder will ensure the quality and impact of the design and delivery of FSL programming across both the humanitarian and development contexts, with a particular focus on ensuring innovative quality approaches in nexus programming. The post-holder will ensure sectoral representation and coordination with the government and fellow development and humanitarian actors, including donors and multi-lateral institutions. The post-holder will also play a leading role in identifying and developing private sector partnerships. 

The post-holder will lead on sectoral needs assessments, facilitate cross-sectoral programme design and budgeting, ensure linkages between FSL and other sectors including nutrition, health, education, child protection and WASH. He or she will support fundraising, program kick-offs, recruitment and procurement processes. The post holder will be expected to analyze capacity building needs of existing project teams and design and support capacity building plans and trainings for those staff.


In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  • Degree in Economics, Food Sciences, International Relations, Development studies or similar field
  • Significant senior level experience working in FSL programming, including direct experience in implementing cash transfer programmes, youth programming, market analysis and economic recovery, including project management.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience of working in FSL programmes in a humanitarian or development context, including working on diverse humanitarian contexts or complex emergency situation;
  • Previous experience of working with a large FSL team of international and national staff
  • Previous experience of in conflict settings and in remote management
  • Demonstrated ability to set up monitoring & evaluation systems in large complex programmes
  • Demonstrated ability to set up learning and development processes for a large FSL team
  • Proven ability of mentoring, coaching and training on FSL related topics.
  • Experience of senior level representation
  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly into the field.
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Language skills in Arabic
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Specific experience of designing and managing DFID, ECHO, OFDA, FFP, WFP and other major donor projects
  • Specific experience of designing and managing consortia projects.

Contract duration: One year

The Organisation

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 realise 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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at


We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents


Job description:

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Date advertised: 31 Oct 2019

Closing date: 14 Nov 2019 - 23:59 EAT

Location: Khartoum, Sudan

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-time

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