Food Security and Livelihoods Adviser

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Role Purpose:

Under the general direction and guidance of the Programme Development and Quality Manager, ensure all food security and livelihoods programming is of excellent technical quality, attracts significant donor funding and contributes significantly to national/global learning, advocacy and programme development. The post holder is expected to provide technical advice and support to project staff to ensure programming objectives are successfully achieved.


The post-holder shall also contribute to the development and/review of the country strategic direction and actively lead in the development of food security and livelihood sector plan and strategy and programme formulation.


In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Contract Duration: 1 year

Location: Beira with frequent travel to Manica, in Sofala and Cabo Delgado


  • Postgraduate qualification in discipline related to agricultural economics, development economics, agriculture, food security or other relevant discipline or commensurate work experience in lieu of postgraduate qualification.
  • At least six years INGO experience in food security and livelihoods programming in developing countries with specific experience and/or advanced understanding of at least three of the following
      • social protection systems for vulnerable populations
      • experience of running and monitoring cash/voucher transfer programmes
      • designing and implementing market assessments and analysis of data collected
      • relevant training and expertise in using Save the Children Household Economy Analysis 
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative management approach.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.  Tact and diplomacy are essential
  • Willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and Portuguese
  • Knowledge and understanding of SPHERE Standard and other principles of humanitarian work.
  • Experience in promoting children’s participation in programme design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Good understanding of poverty reduction strategy framework and related processes.
  • Working experience in planning and response to large-scale food insecurity situations.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure in a rapidly changing context
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly into the field
  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Commitment to Save the Children International values.

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Job description:

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Date advertised: 31 Oct 2019

Closing date: 14 Nov 2019 - 22:59 CAT

Location: Beira, Mozambique

Department: Programme, Development and Quality

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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