Food Security and Livelihoods Specialist
Save the Children International



 Section/Unit: Programme Development and Quality
 Grade Level: TBC
 Supervisor: Director for Programme Development and Quality (DPDQ)
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Duration: One year (Extendable)
 Closing Date: 04 Dec 2022




As a member of the Programme Development & Quality (PDQ) Team the Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) Advisor provides strategic and technical support to Save the Children Sudanís Livelihoods programming, which includes emergency response and long-term recovery, resilience, and social protection programmes. 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. Ensure sectoral representation and coordination with the government and fellow development and humanitarian actors, including donors and multi-lateral institutions. Play a leading role in identifying and developing private sector partnerships.  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. Support fundraising, program kick-offs, recruitment and procurement processes. S/he will be expected to analyze capacity building needs of existing project teams and design and support capacity building plans and trainings for those staff. 

 Duties and responsibilities:

Programme Development and Quality Programming Support:


  • Provide overall strategic leadership on Save the Children Sudanís FSL portfolio across the development and humanitarian context. 
  • Lead on technical FSL and market assessments ensuring assessment findings are thorough and documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of childrenís needs; work to ensure coordination and learning from multiple assessments led by other government, UN and NGO partners 
  • Working closely with the PDQ, Ops and Field teams, support program development and resource mobilisation for FSL programming, including the development of high-quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with government, strategic partners and donor Technical Advisers in country.
  • Support Operations and Field Teams to ensure timely and quality programme implementation to ensure impactful and timely delivery of programme activities, including monitoring against logframes, contributing to individual performance management and work plans.
  • Lead on technical programme review processes and participate in integrated programming reviews.
  • Work and support field teams to prepare timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements. 
  • Work closely with the Operations and HR teams to identify FSL staffing needs (both national and international) for emergency and other programmes, and contribute to ensuring rapid and comprehensive recruitment, induction, and training of new staff.
  • Identify programme supply needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a timely procurement plan.
  • Work with procurement, operations, finance, and other teams to ensure appropriate modality of aid transfer and an accountable cash transfer mechanism is in place.
  • Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to put in place a sector M&E plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out the work.
  • Work closely with the Head of MEAL to put in place accountability activities for the FSL thematic area, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design.
  • Lead on designing FSL or multi-sectoral technical assessments in coordination with other SC thematic areas and other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of childrenís needs.
  • Provide technical support to FSL teams and conduct regular monitoring visits to ensure quality programming is being implemented
  • Ensure partner staff and program teams have solid understanding of emergency, recovery and development programming in particular in FSL.
  • Ensure that all required project indicators are measured by field teams and evaluated
  • Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.


 Capacity Building:

  • Develop creative techniques to support the learning and development of staff and partners based in inaccessible areas 
  • Develop learning needs assessment and capacity building plans for both SC and partner staff, linking capacity building initiatives to wider opportunities identified via coordination and networks.
  • Coach and mentor partner staff, FSL Team and national level counterparts and link in to wider organisational talent development mechanisms.
  • Oversee development and delivery of technical training material that will improve aspects of FSL work within partner organizations and across Save the Children


Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Shape broader sector strategies through influence of and leadership within inter-agency coordination fora, including the FSL Cluster, alliances, and consortia, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. This may involve taking on a co-chairing role where needs demand.
  • Take the initiative in documenting lessons learnt, best practice and case studies to shape in-country strategies and programme approaches and contribute to broader sector learning.
  • Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organisational strategic objectives and turn these into action.
  • Play a leadership role in shaping FSL communications and media priorities in line with thematic priorities, acting as a spokesperson when required.



  • Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safe guarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.


SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice):


  • Accountability for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved



  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development, and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically




  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to




  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks 



  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency 

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:


  • 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.

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