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Vacancy Announcement: Sierra Leone - Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) Adviser - Closing date: 05 June 2017


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Contract length: 6 months

The role

As a member of the Programme Development & Quality (PDQ) Team, the FSL adviser will be responsible for the FSL (child poverty) strategy development and implementation, while continuously monitoring community needs and market assessments. The FSL Adviser will ensure that FSL staff have the capacity to address humanitarian and development needs on an ongoing basis. The FSL adviser will be responsible for providing technical guidance to staff and ensuring that high-quality activities are implemented in a timely manner. The FSL adviser will be a lead on developing proposals and securing funding for FSL programming. The FSL adviser will ensure the coordination of all FSL activities through active participation in coordination meetings and working groups which includes food security coordination, cash working group, Cadre Harmonise and MAFFS/NGO meetings. The adviser will also be responsible for maintaining working relationships internally and externally with donors, government ministries (MAFFS and NaCSA), regional and centre child poverty teams and the members.

Qualifications and experience

  • Master's Degree in agronomy, development economics, food security or any relevant field. Extensive and substantive relevant practical experience may be considered in lieu of a Master's Degree


  • Postgraduate qualification in discipline related to agronomy, development economics, food security or other relevant discipline or commensurate work experience in lieu of postgraduate qualification.
  • Significant international experience (at least 5+ years) in food security and livelihoods programming in at least one country of the Sahel (ideally in SL) with specific experience and/or advanced understanding of at least three of the following

  • social protection systems for vulnerable populations

  • experience of running and monitoring cash transfer programmes
  • designing and implementing market assessments and analysis of data collected
  • relevant training and expertise in using Household Economy Analysis

  • Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative management approach.

  • Significant international experience in relief and rehabilitation programmes in developing countries, with a focus on food security and livelihoods.
  • Experience designing and managing USAID funded programs is a must
  • Develop market based programming promoting a better nutrition for children and livelihoods development in an integrated approach
  • Strong report writing skills, including experience in writing proposals and donor reports. For this excellent analytical skills and computer literacy is required.
  • Extensive experience in data management and analysis, including electronic data collection tools design, database design and management and data quality checks.
  • Sound and mature understanding of rights-based approaches to development and participatory concepts and practical experience in similar context.
  • Experience in establishing and working in partnership with civil society actors, government and international organisations.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties. Tact and diplomacy are essential.
  • Ability to communicate and maintain tactful relations with relevant local authorities in politically sensitive environments.
  • The ability to work closely in a team, be patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and work in an environment that is often stressful and potentially volatile.
  • Experience of working in insecure/conflict situations and security management.
  • Willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances.
  • Sensitive to issues affecting children and committed to Save the Children Child Safeguarding Policy.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English


  • Knowledge and understanding of SPHERE Standard and other principles of humanitarian work.
  • Experience in promoting children's participation in programme design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Good understanding of poverty reduction strategy framework and related processes.
  • Knowledge and experience in Child Rights Based Programming approach.
  • Working experience in planning and response to large-scale food insecurity situations

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

How to apply:

Application Email: Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to: ''

Country: Sierra Leone
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