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Regional Livelihoods & Food Security Adviser (AELA)

Oslo (Norway)

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Oslo (Norway)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-29

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NRC is looking for a Regional Livelihoods & Food Security Adviser to join the Asia, Europe & Latin America Regional Office. This is a new role in the AELA Region and an interesting opportunity to provide technical support to a broad portfolio of countries and contexts. 

Role Summary

The Regional Livelihoods & Food Security Adviser is part of the the Asia, Europe and Latin America (AELA) Region for NRC, which comprises a diverse range of country programmes across a vast geographical area. The AELA RO supports three sub-regions: Latin America, Afghanistan/Iran and South East Asia, and a stand-alone programme: Ukraine. The operating environment is varied, encompassing a complex and multi-faceted set of humanitarian and recovery response needs in countries that are either fragile, environmentally vulnerable or both.

The Regional LFS Adviser is responsible for providing expert advice and guidance to County Offices, in ensuring that optimal Livelihoods & Food programme strategies, systems, policy, tools and practices are in place.  The Regional LFS Adviser will also contribute to funding bids from the CC perspective and assist the Country Office in ensuring that donor opportunities are identified, and donor obligations and requirements are met. The Regional LFS Adviser works closely with counterparts in Country Offices to provid a range of advisory support, technical oversight and capacity building to CO staff. The AELA Regional Office operates out of NRC Head Office in Oslo.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic advice and technical support, and capacity building support to the Country Offices in the region on the LFS core competency or cross-cutting issues.
  • Ensure that Livelihoods & Food Security based programming approaches contributes to integrated programming and analysis and that these interventions are measured.
  • Support the development of country/regional core competence strategies and implementation plans in line with global policies and strategies.
  • Work in partnership with M&E staff, to ensure the alignment of the programmatic areas in the M&E and PCM systems.
  • Responsible for identification, development and maintenance of relationships with relevant stakeholders (e.g., donors, UN agencies, NGOs, research- and educational institutions, private sector).
  • Work in partnership with the regional and country office advocacy leads to identify and develop regional advocacy issues related to LFS and relevant cross-cutting issues.
  • Responsible for the identification of pilot projects for the further development of the LFS core competency in the region. Contribute to the communication of results and the development of recommendations.
  • Act as the focal point within the Region on learning and development initiatives as an integral part of capacity building for the LFS CC within the COs; and design and implement a capacity building strategy for national staff relevant to country office needs.
  • Contribute to the institutionalisation of appropriate market-based programming, linked to food systems, business development and employment.
  • Responsible for regional contextual analysis on food insecurity trends in the region and produce regular updates and information products.
  • Work in partnership with the HO Programme department to contribute to specific areas of innovation and development.
  • Contribute to the resource mobilization and fundraising for regional programme development related to Livelihoods & Food Security.
  • Provide technical support to recruitment of technical staff accross the region, and contribute to the development and delivery of induction and training.
  • Please see the Job Description below for full details of the role and responsibilities

Required competencies, skills and experience:

  • Master’s degree or similar in relevant field of food systems development, economic recovery or related field of expertise
  • Minimum 5 years of documented experience working within Livelihoods & Food Security and Economic Inclusion
  • In-depth knowledge and expertise of Livelihoods & Food Security and Economic Inclusion
  • Extensive experience in programming in complex and volatile contexts
  • Experience of strategic approaches to programme development
  • Experience of developing practical tools and resources
  • Experience of programme quality assessments, programme development and delivery
  • Understanding of and commitment to organisational learning, and the role and contribution of M&E to quality management and development
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts, with preference for previous experience in the Asia and Latin America
  • Understanding of, and commitment to working collaboratively with technical and operational colleagues within a matrix structure, including capacity building
  • Experience of delivering learning and development as part of quality improvement and capacity building
  • Knowledge, experience and skills with market-based programming, is required
  • Knowledge and experience with both household food security and livelihoods analysis is required
  • Experience designing relevant assessments and multisectoral needs assessments and analysis is required
  • Contextual knowledge or previous experience in Central-south Asia and/or Latin America (experience from both is an asset)
  • Understanding of and commitment to integrated programming approaches
  • Fluency in English, written and verbal
  • Spanish language skills are highly advantageous

What we offer

  • Duty station: Head Office based in Oslo, Norway. (Other locations where NRC has a presence may be discussed)
  • Contract Duration: 24 months
  • Travel: Up to 40% travel
  • Salary/benefits: Grade 9 in NRC’s Salary Scale. NRC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package
  • Please see the full Job Description here
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