VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (VA) NUMBER VA011/2018
Position Title: Food Security & Livelihood (FSL) Deputy Head of Department
Number of positions: One(1)
Duty Station: Somalia - Garowe
Type of contract: Fixed term
Contract duration: 1 year with possibility of extension
Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) has been conducting humanitarian programs in Somalia Since May 1992. Currently, AAH is conducting its humanitarian activities in Somalia focused on treating and preventing malnutrition, increasing access to clean water and appropriate sanitation, strengthening the food-security and the livelihoods and thus boosting the resilience of communities in Somalia as well as emergency response via program bases in Somalia.
The positions and responsibilities
AAH Somalia is looking for suitable candidate to fill Food Security & Livelihood (FSL) Deputy Head of Department, based in Somalia-Gawore. The role reports hierarchically to the Field Coordinator –Puntland & technically to the Food Security & Livelihood (FSL) Head of Department, the FSL Deputy Head of Department’s core responsibilities will include but not limited to the following:
This is a technical specialist position expected to support technical implementation of AAH’s programing including cash programming in Somalia. AAH programing in Somalia consists on providing unconditional and conditional cash transfers for drought affected population and livelihoods support to the most vulnerable households.
Objective 1: Support the FSL field team on setting up, implementing and reporting on FSL projects (including cash transfer activities)
In close collaboration with the FSL field staffs, supporting the setting up of the FSL programs taking into account the logical framework of the programs, the budget, and logistical and administrative processes of AAH (including safety and security)
Supporting the FSL field staffs defining the implementation methodology of FSL activities, and define realistic work plans
Ensuring the quality of the programs is established in conformity with the technical and project management standards of AAH in the location
Ensuring FSL field staffs are familiarizing with their projects, the issues involved, the logical framework and indicators ; retaining printed copies of all funding agency contractual documents
Supporting the FSL field staffs on identifying the technical risk and constraints associated with the implementation of the projects
Proposing innovative technical solutions in response to such constraints
Supporting the implementation of technical recommendations concerning the project
Supervising the implementation of the FSL programs upon the activities planning, and adjust or refine it with the FSL field staffs if necessary
Supporting the FSL field staffs on activity reporting: write internal Activity Progress Reports, maintenance of a timeline, monthly review of the budget
Preparing in time to meet deadlines the FSL components of external and internal reports relating to the FSL
projects with FSL field staffs
Identifying and support the implementing of safety & security measures for both the teams and the wider population (building sites, community based sites …) in closed coordination with the field coordinator
Raising any issue related to the program implementation to the FSL HoD and communicating regularly to the FSL HoD on the activity planning and achievement.
Objective 2: In close collaboration with the FSL HoD, identify needs and contribute to project elaboration
Identifying humanitarian needs in the field of FSL and Cash programing, this to include the submission of reports pertaining to such matters
Participation in defining FSL and cash transfer programs
Contributing to the writing of the FSL and Cash transfer sections of project proposals (Bill of quantities, budget).
Objective 3: In collaboration with field staffs and FSL HoD, contribute to the quality, accountability and impact measurement process of AAH FSL programing
Promoting and taking part in the evaluation of the impact of his/her project (external assessment)
Promoting and contributing to learning and improvement of quality (internal evaluation and joint visits)
Implementing complaints procedures for ethical and transparency reasons, particularly in respect of the beneficiary populations
Follow up price monitoring and supporting data analyzing on a monthly bases.
Objective 4: In the absence of the FSL HoD, Participate in the coordination, representation and partnerships of AAH in FSL and Cash area of intervention
Coordination of activities with other sectors and departments of AAH in order to ensure rational use of resources and optimum integration at national level
Participation in visits by funding bodies whenever requested by the FSL HoD
Representing AAH and ensuring coordination with partners, the authorities, agencies of the United Nations and NGOs in FSL sector, at national level
Contributing to the process of selecting partners, formalizing partnerships and enhancing their capabilities (Local NGOs, international NGOs, national authorities, private agencies etc.)
Reinforcing the capabilities of partners
Objective 5: Mentor FSL field staffs on quality, accountability and impact measurement process of the program and development of FSL field staffs’ skills in strategy and positioning of the FSL department
Supporting the FSL field staffs in controlling the quality of the programs established in conformity with the technical and project management standards of AAH;
Mentoring the FSL field staffs in identifying the technical constraints associated with the implementation of the projects;
Mentoring the FSL field staffs in proposing innovative technical solutions in response to such constraints;
Supporting the FSL field staffs in promoting and taking part in the evaluation of the impact of the project (external assessment);
Supporting the FSL field staffs in promoting and contributing to learning and improvement of quality (internal evaluation and joint visits);
Mentoring the FSL field staffs on the implementation and follow up of the monitoring tools and support the staffs on the data analyses and reporting.
Reinforcement of the capacities of the FSL field staffs on the analysis of the humanitarian situation in respect of FSL and of the context of intervention in the field of activity;
Mentoring of the FSL field staffs in taking part in the determination of strategy in the area of activity and sectorial strategy at national level;
Reinforcement of the capacities of the FSL field staffs in participating, as and when necessary, in the development of the FSL section of the emergency response plan in the area of activity;
Mentoring of the FSL field staffs in terms of transversal integration of the FSL sector with other sectors, in
collaboration with the Field Coordinator and transversal problems associated with FSL initiatives (HIV, Gender issues, Disaster Management, Environment, Handicap, etc.);
Objective 6: Contributing to capitalization and technical development in FSL and Cash sector
Capitalization of program-related data and documentation of the innovations achieved
Dissemination of the technical and operational expertise acquired in the course of the program
Contributing to the upward transmission of data from the ground the better to inform AAH communications
Qualifications, Experience and Competencies:
Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Agriculture or relevant field
At least 3 years’ experience in humanitarian context and project management.
Experience in Cash based intervention in emergency context
Experience on community based approach activities in an intercultural context.
Good organizational skills
Effective organizational representation at different levels
Easily integrate with remote areas living conditions.
Disciplined and able to work and arrive at decisions autonomously and with minimal guidance;
Fluent in English (professional English);
Excellent verbal and written skills;
Ability and willingness to travel regularly to the field sites and in Somalia.
Ideally, experience with new technology system (SCOPE, ODK, etc.)
Capacity to work on Remote area
Strong capacity to work in tense conditions and high insecure and volatile context
Reactivity, anticipation, adaptability, capacity to take initiatives.
Ability to re-evaluate objectives and implementation of activities linked with quick changes in the security context, and thus in the access to the beneficiaries
Ability to work and cooperate closely with other sector coordinators
Strict adherence to AAHIN security policies and procedures. Respect for local cultural norms and traditional and ability to live in Nigerian cultural environment
Initiative and problem solving skills
Adaptability and flexibility
Motivation and involvement
Professionalism and Management
Familiar with Somalia Context and Culture
How to apply
Applications, including CV with cover letter and 3 professional references to be sent via email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 20th April 2018 clearly mentioning the position on the subject line. e.g VA011/2018 Food Security & Livelihood (FSL) Deputy Head of Department –Somalia-Garowe. Only Shorlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.