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Food Security & Livelihoods Specialist

Job Description


To implement livelihood projects through a variety of community structures, including community groups, user committees and LNGOs. The position is responsible for all aspects of implementation, including assisting in partner identification, hiring and performance management of World Vision staff, capacity building of partners and World Vision staff, proposal and budget development and report writing. The Food Security Livelihoods Coordinator will take an active role in assessments and evaluation exercises in an effort to improve quality and increase scope of Livelihood programming. The position is at the field level for Livelihood implementation & programming and will share information to relevant cluster groups, coordination mechanisms, government ministries, and INGO/LNGOs.


Project Design, Monitoring, Implementation and Evaluation:

  • Assist in developing proposal designs and program designs in collaboration with, local structures, FSL Technical Specialists, PDU and other Sector managers.

  • Facilitate that agricultural potential of the in the region is assessed with the aim of improving on the existing farming systems, rangeland and water management practices.

  • Facilitate in assessment and evaluation processes for Livelihood projects in collaboration with local structures, Quality Assurance teams and FSL Technical Specialist.

  • Assist in developing M&E tools programs that align with LEAP framework and other donor frameworks to monitor impact.

  • In collaboration with Programs Development Unit and FSL Technical Team provide narrative and financial reports of the highest quality and standards.

  • Assist in sharing evaluation results with relevant partners and make sure evaluation results are effectively used for project redesign within the LEAP framework.

  • Provide technical guidance during project implementation to ensure the projects meet or supersede established Livelihood minimum standards and targets.

  • Liaise with relevant Government ministries, UN Agencies such as FAO,WFP and other stakeholders to ensure that programs are in line with cluster strategies and objectives.

Project Management & Budget Management:

  • Ensure All projects have appropriate project management documentation in-place, in-use and updated as required (DIPs, Cash Flows, Procurement Plans, MWRAPs, M&E Plans etc).

  • Facilitate implementation of sound financial systems for efficiently controlling the quality of technical food security and livelihood project works/activities by closely tracking work progress against payment and work plans and controlling the quality of final project outputs as per the donor and user community expectations.

  • Facilitate optimal use of financial resources in the project through timely requisition of all necessary supplies/contracts for project implementation.

  • Ensure that monthly financial projections are prepared and submitted in a timely manner.

  • See to it that management response to audit queries is done on a timely basis.

  • Project implementation tools are understood and used by World Vision staff and implementing partners.

  • Livelihoods projects are implemented in alignment with current financial and administrative policy and procedures.

  • Local Partners have good knowledge of World Vision financial and administrative procedures.

Staff & Partner Capacity Building for Livelihood Programming:

  • Work with local structures, including user committees and LNGOs to identify technical gaps in knowledge and skills and develop capacity building plans to bridge them.

  • Train staff and partners in best-practice Livelihood Project models ,practices and approaches from a DNH perspective.

  • Hold regular progress meetings with partners and staff to review project performance and address challenges to implementation.

  • Facilitate linkages between local partners and coordination mechanisms.

  • In collaboration with FSL technical specialist, Quality Assurance and Program Design Unit train Livelihood staff and partners in design, reporting, monitoring and evaluation.

  • Facilitate awareness raising of staff and partners in key humanitarian principles, including Local Capacity for Peace, SPHERE, DRR,Child Protection, etc.

Develop strategic partnerships with UN agencies and other INGOs, coordination mechanisms for coordination purposes and to raise profile of Livelihoods programming for marketing and fundraising purposes:

  • Represent WVS in regional coordination and cluster forums, providing regular updates as required and seeking leadership roles when appropriate.

  • Facilitate Collaboration with Communications Department to market WVS Livelihood programming to potential donors and partners.

Human Resource management of staff under his or her care and in line with WV Policy is followed:

  • Staff appraisal and feedback mechanisms in place and updated.

  • Capacity plans in place and resourced.

  • Disciplinary measures undertaken when required.

Community Capacity Developed and enhanced Collaboration:

  • Collaborate with local authorities and relevant user groups and management committees.

  • Work closely with local structures to facilitate the implementation and sustainability of Livelihood interventions.


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in livelihoods, Agriculture Economics, Development Studies or a related discipline.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience implementing, coordinating, managing or providing technical support for livelihood projects in a fragile context.

  • Technical Training qualifications required: Professional technical skill desired: Humanitarian standards (SPHERE), specific trainings on donor requirements e.g. DEC, g2g training, GoG Training, EuropeAid training, Security training.

  • Proven ability to coach and build the capacity of local partners.

  • Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as negotiation skills.

  • Broad understanding of Resilience and pastoral Livelihoods Programming.

  • Very good report writing skills.

  • Very good computer skills.

  • Must adhere to set security standards.

  • Ensure a gender perspective in the scope of work.

  • Ability to work in and contribute to team building environment.

  • Cross – cultural sensitivity, flexibility and emotional maturity.

  • Ability to exhibit exemplary life style as interpreted in specific local cultural context.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Field-based with frequent travel to sub-office locations.