FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOODS LEAD/DEPUTY CHIEF OF PARTY, SOMALIA
CARE seeks a Food Security and Livelihoods Lead/Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the anticipated USAID-funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) in Somalia to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations. This Activity will work at the individual, household, community, and institutional levels to address the underlying causes of food insecurity and malnutrition and strengthen transformative opportunities. The Activity is intended to strengthen resilience in populations vulnerable to acute, chronic hunger, and malnutrition; recurrent shocks, stresses, and crises; and to reduce the need for ongoing or future emergency food assistance.
The DCOP will work closely with the Chief of Party (COP) to ensure quality, efficiency, integrity, and learning throughout project duration. The DCOP will provide strategic oversight and technical guidance, address implementation challenges, and support integration of cross-sectoral activities reflective of the program’s theory of change, logical framework, monitoring and evaluation, and relevant work plans.
This position is pending donor approval and funding.
Location: Mogadishu, Somalia. This is an unaccompanied post location. National and international candidates are encouraged to apply.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
· Provide technical leadership in the design, implementation, and monitoring of food security and livelihoods interventions in alignment with project objectives and USAID guidelines.
· Collaborate with project partners, government agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure the integration of food security and livelihoods initiatives into broader resilience strategies.
· Contribute to the development of innovative approaches, methodologies, and tools to enhance project impact and sustainability.
· Lead capacity-building efforts for project staff, partners, and beneficiaries, ensuring the transfer of technical knowledge and skills.
· Promote gender equality and social inclusion in the design and implementation of program activities.
· Support the Chief of Party in project management, coordination, and reporting, including budget management and performance monitoring.
· Foster strong relationships with local communities, government counterparts, and implementing partners to promote collaboration and synergies.
· Oversee data collection, analysis, and reporting on food security and livelihoods indicators to track project progress and inform adaptive management.
· University degree required. Master’s degree or equivalent in agriculture, economics, or food security preferred.
· Minimum of ten (10) years of senior-level professional experience designing, implementing, and managing food security and livelihood projects in complex, resource-constrained environments.
· Proven expertise in assessing food security needs, livelihood systems, and resilience-building strategies.
· Strong understanding of gender-sensitive and community-driven approaches to development.
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders.
· Proficiency in data analysis and project monitoring, including the use of relevant tools and software.
· Experience managing USAID cooperative agreements and/or contracts.
· At least 3 years’ experience working in/on fragile or post-conflict states, Somalia experience strongly preferred.
· Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and manage time effectively.
· Familiarity with the socio-economic context and livelihoods challenges of Somalia or similar contexts is highly desirable.
· Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity, Diversity, Belonging and Inclusion.
· Demonstrated commitment to Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Harassment (PSEAH).
· Experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams.
· Fluency in English required; Somali language skills strongly preferred.
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