Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator
We are looking for highly qualified, self-motivated Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator able to work with diverse teams of both national and international staff as well as local government authorities, UN agencies, I/NGOs and other partners under difficult, stressful and sometimes insecure conditions.
Who are we?
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries through-out the world, including South Sudan. DRC/DDG fulfills its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations, including refugees, internally displaced people and host communities. Under its mandate, the organization focuses on emergency humanitarian response, rehabilitation, post-conflict recovery and humanitarian mine-action.
Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in conjunction with Danish Demining Group (DDG) has been operating in South Sudan since 2005 initially concentrating on providing safe and supportive conditions for refugees returning from neighboring countries after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed.
In 2012 - 2013, DRC opened its operations in Upper Nile and Unity States to respond to the large influx of refugees coming from Blue Nile State and South Kordofan (Sudan). In addition to the refugee response and since 2014, DRC has been then actively engaged in responding to the humanitarian needs of IDPs affected by the internal conflict through the provision of integrated approaches.
With a total of 450 national staff, 50 expatriate staff and an annual budget of USD 20 million, we are currently implementing multi-sectorial interventions through the provision of humanitarian services focused on CCCM, Protection, SGBV, FSL, Shelter and Infrastructure to both internally displaced persons and refugees across 5 field sites (Ajuong Thok, Bentiu, Maban, Malakal and Melut).
About the job
The Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Coordinator focuses on providing sectorial technical support to field teams related to DRC’s food security and livelihoods programming. The support includes programme design and development, network and partnership development, representation at key sector forums and events, helping to monitor and improve programme quality and relevance, staying current on industry innovation and best practices, writing competitive proposals for submission to donors, delivering training, and disseminating of information to internal and external partners. The Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator is responsible for the management, planning, implementation and monitoring of food security and various livelihood activities of all aspects of DRC food security programmes in country. The role involves developing relevant sector strategies including short, medium and long-term strategies in alignment with the overall country strategy and minimum humanitarian and sector relevant standards. The FSL Coordinator, acts as a technical advisor of the mission, overseeing the development and delivery of DRC’s food security and livelihood strategy and programmes.
Main responsibilities and tasks
To achieve the objectives of the position, the FSL Coordinator will perform the following tasks and undertake the following responsibilities;
- Provide technical advice to programme managers and FSL staff on implementation of FSL ac-tivities;
- Provide guidance on development of new FSL activities.
- Responsible for supporting the planning, coordination and implementation of project activities related to FSL components of all projects in DRC refugee and emergency response locations;
- Ensure that there is cohesion between the FSL activities in different locations and between projects supported by different donors;
- Support teams to successfully conduct activities which will include market assessments for profitability of income generation activities, group formation, training in basic financial literacy, small grants management, group savings and loan schemes and kitchen gardening;
- Awareness of negative impacts of some livelihoods and culturally sensitive experience in miti-gating those;
- Coordination of information collection and collation across different project activities in different sites to monitor that project outputs and objectives are achieved in accordance with DRC standard rules, regulations and operational procedures, agreed strategies, implementation plans, and HQ requirements;
- Ensure that a minimum standard of quality programming is implemented across all DRC FSL activities in all locations;
- Support creation and follow up of work plans for FSL activities across FSL projects;
- Improve communication and coordination between DRC FSL staff based in different locations;
- Ensure integration of FSL activities with other DRC sectors (Camp Management and Coordina-tion, Protection/SGBV and Shelter).
Financial and Operational monitoring
- Ensure that FSL activities are adequately budgeted for in preparation of budgets and proposals;
- Follow up expenditure across FSL components to ensure accurate and timely expenditure;
- Support procurement and logistical aspects of programmes to ensure FSL activities are well planned and managed in accordance with DRC policies and procedures.
Staff capacity building
- Identify gaps and weaknesses in technical capacity of DRC staff and prepare a training plan to address these in agreement with Deputy Country Director – Programmes;
- Ensure roll out of the agreed plan in all sites including preparation of materials and training reports and follow up to the training.
- Represent DRC at the FSL cluster in Juba and field locations on a regular basis and establish strong links with all FSL actors and stakeholders;
- Maintain close collaboration and good relations as required with donors and other partners.
Reporting and information sharing
- Ensure timely and regular project documentation and reporting on the project – including per-formance/progress assessments against pre-defined project objectives, outputs, activities and indicators;
- Promotion of learning from relevant best practices internally and externally;
- Support preparation and review of donor reports for FSL components for submission.
Strategic programme development
- Identify opportunities to increase scope and quality of DRC FSL programming in South Sudan
- Participate in gathering of information and contributing to FSL proposal development, including working with site teams to ensure accurate assessments, planning of suitable activities and preparation of log frames with SMART indicators.
Qualifications and experience required
Required qualifications and competencies
- A degree in agriculture, agribusiness, social sciences, international development or equivalent degree qualifications (masters level preferred);
- At least 5 years’ experience in food security, agricultural and livelihood support and food security programming in post conflict and volatile security environments;
- Solid experience (4 years) in project cycle management, including proposal writing, budget management and donor reporting;
- Proven experience in conducting emergency market and food security & livelihoods assess-ments;
- Proven experience in cash based and urban programming;
- Experience of coordinating FSL activities in emergency and camp settings;
- Experience of coordinating activities across different projects and locations;
- Experience in emergency seeds, fishing and tools distribution, Farmer Field School Approach, Income Generating Activities, Village Saving and Loans, vocational training;
- Proven experience of capacity building and training, including preparation of materials and fa-cilitation and roll out of a training plan;
- Proven experience of preparing project proposals and log frames for FSL projects for donors;
- Experience with different donors i.e. EC, BPRM, UNHCR, ECHO, OFDA, FAO, CHF and Danida preferred;
- Demonstrated experience in meeting high, evidence-based monitoring and evaluation standards;
- Experience of designing and using tools for monitoring programme activities and achievements against the LFA;
- Understanding of and experience in engaging the cluster system in IDP camps;
- Ability for rapid analysis of very complex issues, strong decision-making, and translation of programmatic learning and priorities into operational strategies;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, cross-cultural communication and ease in managing a multi-ethnic team;
- Good team leadership and conflict resolution skills, consensus team building, and adaptability;
- Patience and understanding to work with and develop capacity of national staff;
- Experience delivering programmes to tight deadlines;
- Good computer and IT skills and strong communication and writing skills;
- Fluency in written and spoken English language;
- Ability and willingness to work in remote and isolated location with ever changing security scenarios.
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Prior experience in South Sudan an added advantage;
- Self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of guidance and supervision;
- Experience working in security-sensitive environments and enforcement of team security pro-tocols is an asset.
Contract of 12 months renewable dependent on both funding and performance
Duty Station: Juba.
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.dk under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A13.
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button.
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. CV only applications will not be considered.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close 23rd February 2017.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Need further information?
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website www.drc.dk