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2 Feb 2021

Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator

Job Description


Programme Support, Implementation and Management

  • Prepare and oversee programme implementation to ensure timely delivery of project activities, including identification of project areas and priority needs.
  • Assume indirect (technical) management of the FSL team, with a strong focus on coaching, mentoring and capacity building to develop technical and operational expertise.
  • Support the formation and effective operation of the new FSL team and contribute to a positive working environment.
  • Oversee the implementation of the Livelihood & Food Security projects in South Sudan, ensuring timeliness and delivery according to the activity plan and results frameworks.
  • Manage the Livelihoods and Food Security activities ensuring that it is meeting its intended aims and objectives and achieving impact.
  • Assure full compliance of operations with IRW’s principles, rules, regulations and policies, operational strategies and relevant reference documents and policies (Sphere, Do no harm).


Technical Leadership, Strategy and Fundraising

  • Provide technical expertise and knowledge to ensure that food security and livelihoods interventions, including cash-based interventions, voucher programming, and in-kind food basket distribution and economic strengthening interventions meets appropriate minimum and technical quality standards.
  • Coordinate and/or lead relevant assessments including the Household Economic Assessment (HEA) approach (needs and baseline assessments) and emergency market assessments.
  • Create and refine operational planning and supportive budgets and develop future FSL programme strategy in close coordination with the FSL national team.
  • Working closely with the programme development and quality (PDQ) and other sector Managers, support fundraising, including development of high-quality concept notes and proposals, and country level donor engagement.
  • Identify and support opportunities for cross-sector and integrated programming.


Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

  • In consultation with the MEAL team, maintain an M&E plan which links to programme development and reporting requirements and ensure capacity building of field staff to carry out the work.
  • Lead analysis of field assessment and monitoring data, ensuring that lessons learnt are documented and integrated into ongoing programming.
  • In collaboration with IRW’s Regional FSL colleagues, maintain links to networks of technical expertise for sharing learning, experiences, and evidence relevant to increasing impact.
  • Ensure relevant progress and donor reporting (narrative and financial) are delivered on time.

Capacity Building

  • Lead the identification and facilitation of capacity building measures for IR staff and partners in relation to food security and livelihoods work.
  • Provide leadership, coaching and mentoring to staff under indirect management, ensuring that they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performance and development.
  • Contribute to situational analysis for identifying livelihoods protection and recovery needs, with due consideration for cross cutting issues within all interventions.

Collaboration and Representation

  • Along with other staff members, represent IR in coordination among donors, government authorities, relevant cluster and working groups and other stakeholders at national level.
  • Work with other sector managers, staff, and partners to incorporate FSL considerations in their programme activities, and to incorporate other programme considerations in FSL activities.
  • Assist with development and implementation of an effective FSL advocacy strategy at national and field levels, including clear internal and external messaging and dissemination of information.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative and effective partnerships with NGOs/CSOs and government partners.
  • Ensure, together with field management, that agreements and MoU’s are in place with government, non-government, and local civil society stakeholders to enable timely project execution.


Administrative and Financial Support

  • Responsible for overseeing the sound management and development of human, financial, and material resources related to the FSL sector.
  • Ensure that administrative processes relating to the running of the sector run smoothly, and that issues are resolved with engagement of the FSL team and field management.
  • Responsible for FSL sector budget management, financial reporting, and forecasting.

Experience / Education/Skills- Essential


  • University degree in social sciences/agriculture/economics or equivalent.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of progressive responsibility for projects management in relevant field.




  • Strong knowledge of Food security and livelihoods issues in emergency / recovery context.
  • Good skill of designing the projects related to food security, agriculture, income generation etc.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal & technical skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively as well as display professionalism and confidence.
  • Ability to work under pressure, with short time frames, and in risky situations.
  • Ability to travel to all field locations in South Sudan and other hardship areas for project implementation.
  • Able to visit and network with other sectors and partners in South Sudan.





English (written and spoken) is a must, Arabic and other local languages are desirable.

IT skills

  • Very Good computer skills.
  • Proficiency on the internet and search tools.
  • Proficiency in MS office and the ability to use software necessary for project management and reporting. (excel and word is a must)

Deadline: February 12, 2021

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