Food Security and Livelihoods Program Officer

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Posted on 20 Jun, 2022
Closing on 04 Jul, 2022

Job Description

TITLE:   Food Security and Livelihoods ( FSL ) Program Officer
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Food Security and Livelihoods    
CONTRACT LENGTH: 12 Months, Fixed Term  
CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people.


The Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL) Program Officer will implement activities in an effort to address food insecurity and poor nutrition levels in the governorate, S/he will oversee program activities in the targeted areas and will implement a high quality of day to day implementation of the project. With a focus towards FSL disaster risk reduction and natural resource management. S/he will ensure timely implementation, monitor work progress, and complete the handover process. The Program Officer will represent SCI during community meetings and ensure high quality projects are delivered. S/he will identify gaps for training and skills transfer to enhance the future employability of (FA, CFW ,UCT or livelihood’s activities) beneficiaries, and ensure good success stories and case studies are developed regularly. This position will work closely with Program Manager/Coordinator in reporting.


Reports to: FSL Program Manager 
Staff reporting to this post: FSL Assistants
Budget Responsibilities: NA 
Role Dimensions: NA


Programme Support:

  • Responsible for FSL activities implementation in the targeted districts and supervise FSL assistants to carry a high quality implementation.
  • Assisting in review and develop beneficiary selection criteria with local authorities, and community members to identify project beneficiaries according to SCI’s and food insecure vulnerability and target criteria.
  • Ensure all field staff are aware of beneficiary selection criteria and process.
  • Support project officers with their day-to-day task delivery. 
  • Assisting in compilation of project data and sharing regular reports and updates to the FSL Coordinator and Program Manager.
  • Assisting in coordinattion with Logistic, Finance, Security, and MEAL teams to make sure they know exact distribution timetable and beneficiary numbers so that cash/vouchers are available / redeemed in the required locations at the required times.
  • Support the integration and communication with other sectors: WASH, CP, Health & Nutrition activities.
  • Assisting in coordinatation with liaison team to finalize the implementation plans and ensure proper procedures are in place with support of FSL Manager and Coordinator.
  • Support other officers in raising BoQs for CFW tools and materials.
  • Track all spendings and oversee under and over expenditures and consult FSL Coordinator/ Program Manager on the best solutions for budget spending issues. 
  • Revise all PRs and make sure they match the procurement plans, budgets, and actual need on the ground. Work with procurement and finance on FWAs preparation since the PR and selection criteria to the final analysis and selction of suppliers/ service providers. 
  • Monthly revision of BvA to do the necessary reclasses, acruals, adjustments to the budget forecasts. 
  • Assist in compiling and writing weekly and monthly progress reports (quantitive and qualitative) in English.
  • Responsible for generating lessons learned and success stories as per AMC procudures. 
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the line manager.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for FSL staff and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
  • Work on identifying areas of stenghths and areas of weekness in FSL team; and cosult FSL Coordinator and Program Manager on the best trainings and training modules appropriate for each staff. 

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning

  • Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within coordination meeting in the area, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.


  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities, fraud and other relevant policies and procedures.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
  • Holds the team accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance.
  • Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.
  • Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust. 
  • Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realise their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future. 


  • Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside the organization. 
  • Develops and implements innovative solutions to adapt and succeed in ever-changing and uncertain global and working environments. 
  • Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organization. 


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence.
  • Displays consistent excellent judgement.


  • Proven track record of supporting management team.
  • At least three years of relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. 


  • Field level representation with key stakeholders and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN agencies.
  • Very good administrative , communication and negotiation skills.
  • Background in Food Security Activities (Voucher/cash transfer, Food distribution, livelihoods, Monitoring, cash for work, etc).
  • Good knowledge of the culture and dialect of the area of intervention.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • Very good knolwdge of written and spoken English. 
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult working circumstances.
  • Ability to represent SCI in meetings with local authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus; and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.

Additional job responsibilities

  • The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities 

  • The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

  • We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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