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Food Security And Livelihoods (FSL) Coordinator At Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Date Posted: 11/Jun/2014
Deadline: Not Specified

Location (Country & Base): Abuja, Nigeria

Contract duration: 18 months

Starting date in-country: 15 July 2014

Direct Line Manager: Country Director

Technical Supervisor: FSL Technical Advisor

Objective 1: Ensure ongoing analysis of the overall humanitarian context and define ACF technical positioning

· Ensure the regular analysis and reporting of humanitarian needs, malnutrition causal factors and linkages at country level through regular high quality field assessments, participation in coordination forums, regular consultation with stakeholders and collection of secondary data

· Contribute to integrated surveillance activities as applicable through input on development of tools, analysis and interpretation, etc.

· Develop strategic positioning for the department as part of the ACF annual country strategy process and as needed, in close consultation with field teams and other technical departments
Identify new geographical areas of interest and or confirm existing areas according to humanitarian needs and the ACF strategic plan

· Identify, propose and develop new program orientations, strategies and activities

· Serve as lead on new proposal development

· Collaborate with other technical coordinators to develop an integrated technical strategy; and support integrated program definition and implementation

Objective 2: Coordinate FSL program implementation according to ACF strategy and technical protocols and effectively manage teams

·Ensure a close and regular coordination with other technical departments (nutrition, WASH) in overall program coherence; and support departments (logistics, administration and human resources) in procurement planning and follow-up, cash forecasts and budget follow-ups, human resources planning and overall staff management

·Motivate and coordinate the FSL staff and within the rest of the team

·Provide continuous technical and organizational support and capacity building to PMs and their technical teams

· Ensure harmonization and coherence of FSL approach and activities across all program bases with the development of project implementation plans and regular follow-up
Ensure the development and implementation of proper systems to reduce the risk of corruption and conflict of interest by program staff and local authorities; and increase accountability and transparency of operations.

·Identify training needs and work with HR department to develop and implement relevant training plans

· Ensure compliance of FSL program standards to achieve grant/funding objectives

· Work in close relation with FSL technical counterpart in HQ

· Promote an integrated approach among the WaSH, Nutrition and FSL sectors wherever feasible and justified

· Facilitate mainstreaming of DRM, gender and protection aspects

Objective 3: Ensure overall FSL program quality and accountability

· Ensure the appropriate development and implementation of high quality technical monitoring systems, indicators and supporting tools to monitor the impact and outcome of FSL programs; ensure their harmonization across bases and build capacity of field teams on their implementation and regular timely use

· Provide direct support to program managers on program planning and monitoring (procurement planning, budget design, forecast and follow-up, monthly reports, technical reports, etc.)

· Ensure the development and implementation of systems to reduce the risk of corruption and conflict of interest by program staff and local authorities; and increase accountability and transparency of operations.

· Ensure internal and external evaluation of current and previous programs in the operational area in a manner that facilitates organizational learning.

· Ensure high quality technical and donor reporting across all program activities to ACF and donor standards

· Support learning and application of innovative approaches at field level in collaboration with other ACF technical departments and external partners

· Ensure documentation and capitalization of lessons learnt and good practices; and contribute to the preparation of publications, where applicable

· Ensure accountability standards are mainstreamed across programs and build capacity among field staff where needed


Objective 4: Represent ACF externally in the Nigeria humanitarian community


· Represent ACF externally and coordinate with government authorities, NGOs, UN agencies and donor representatives as necessary

· Engage in outreach and advocacy with policymakers and practitioners at State and Federal government levels.

· Represent ACF Nigeria in key national or regional meetings and forums. Ensure active presence and participation in national FSL coordination meetings, cluster and technical working groups

· Develop a strong state and county level relationship with local authorities  and institutions related to Food Security and livelihood

· Create links with various FSL actors working in the same operational areas and develop partnerships where relevant and appropriate

· Ensure that relevant stakeholders have a clear understanding of ACF charter, background, program objectives and activities in the field




Masters of Arts or Science/Bac+5/6 (or higher) in International Development, Humanitarian Assistance, Rural Development, Geography, Food and Nutrition Policy, Economics or related; or in Livestock, Veterinary, Agronomy or Agricultural studies. 

Similar Bachelor’s degrees profiles to be considered with two additional years of work experience.

Minimum two years of work experience in the area of Food Security and Liveihoods in humanitarian or development contexts, with at least one year of FSL project management or coordination including team management.




Excellent communication, writing and analytical skills  in English

Excellent team management, budget management and representation competencies

Excellent influencing and negotiation skills

Experience and technical understanding of at least one of the following areas: cash transfers, market based programs, food assistance, agriculture, livestock, IGA or other livelihood based programming in humanitarian settings

Familiarity with at least one of the following: gender mainstreaming, DRM, urban, surveillance, MEAL, emergency preparedness and response

Experience designing and delivering capacity building for national teams

Experience leading assessments, monitoring and evaluation

Experience writing proposals for major donors in English

Familiarity with cash transfer, social protection or safety nets programming

Familiarity with statistical or data collection and analysis software (SPSS, SPHINX, STATA, EPI Info, ENA for SMART, GIS, etc.)

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