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Livelihood and Food Security (LFS) Coordinator- Hodeidah Area - Yemen

Hodeidah (Yemen)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s core values: dedication, innovation, exclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.

The purpose of the LFS Coordinator position is to implement delegated food security and Livelihood core competency (CC) project portfolio in northern governorates of Yemen
Task Description:
Line management of LFS project field staff.
Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures.
Contribute to LFS strategy development, project proposals and provide input on needs and gaps.
Manage and implement delegated portfolio of LFS core competency projects (activities, budget and project documentation) as delegated by the Area Programme Manager (PM) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements, and ensure high technical quality.
Provide regular progress reports to Area Programme Manager and dotted line to LFS Specialist
Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist.
Promote and share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in the activities.
Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills.
Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders.
Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.

Job description

  • In charge of the overall LFS projects management with the technical support of the LFS CC Specialist.

  • Develop timely and detailed implementation plans for all LFS projects in close coordination with the LFS teams and support departments.

  • In charge of the day to day guidance of the LFS field staff making sure that the projects implementations in the northern areas are in line with NRC technical guideline and donors regulations and are done on time with quality.

  • Lead on the LFS programme budget monitoring and forecast, monitor budget/expenditure based on the implementation plans; and analyse Budget-versus-Actual reports to assess any discrepancies and ensure timely expenditure.

  • Liaise on a daily basis with finance, logistics, and administration to guarantee the smooth running of programmes that include movement planning, internal request, payments, HR, etc.

  • Produce timely reports for internal use on the status of on-going programming; and lead on donors/local authority and cluster reporting.

  • Work closely with relevant departments to assess and identify potential local partners and service providers (e.g. vocational skills and entrepreneurship training providers). s/he will also be responsible of regular follow up and oversight of LFS partners’ agreements.

  • Assist with the training of the LFS field teams to ensure they have a solid understanding of key programme documents, policies and tools, including M&E tools.

  • In conjunction with the Area Programme Manager, ensure the sound management and development of human, financial and material resources related to LFS programme. In particular s/he will be responsible for the supervision and annual performance reviews of the staff reporting to her/him. Ensuring that they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performances.


  • At least 3 years’ experience in planning, coordination and management of food security and early recovery programme with international NGOs in humanitarian setting; particularly in food distribution, cash and voucher programming as well as early recovery assets building.

  • A proven record of effective and complex management including managing project cycle management and staff. This includes excellent people management skills, with a good understanding of programme cycle, team development and proven financial management skills.

  • The ability to take the initiative and work independently, innovatively and effectively with limited direct supervision.

  • Ability to work within a team – supporting other departments is essential

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to remain calm whilst dealing with conflicting priorities/work under pressure

  • Good networking, negotiation and representation skills with the ability to influence and advocate.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal English and Arabic skills) and the ability to write clear, concise reports.

  • Knowledge of donor contract regulations, particularly DFID, ECHO, SIDA, NMFA and OCHA is an added advantage.

  • Proven evidence of leadership skills including challenging, motivating and developing a team through periods of change.

  • Ability to work with others to develop vision into strategy and communicating and influencing this to a wider audience.

  • Good understanding of humanitarian coordination mechanism.

Education field

  • Social science

  • Agricultural / Forestry / Aquaculture

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

  • Commitment to NRCs overall aims, policies and values with experience of promoting gender equity, diversity and the interests of marginalised people in all aspects of NRC’s work.

  • Ability to travel in Northern Governorates, working flexibly and willingness to learn.

  • Knowledge of the context in North Yemen is essential.

  • Internal candidates Highly preferred.

  • Female candidates Highly preferred.


  • Arabic

  • English

We offer

  • 12 months Contract with possibility of extension subject to funds.

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Hodeidah (Yemen)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Population matters (trends and census)
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-14

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