Livelihoods and Food Security Specialist Syria Response Office

Norwegian Refugee Council

What we are looking for:

A highly qualified, experienced and dynamic Livelihoods and Food Security Specialist to support the design, development and implementation of the LFS programme in the areas of operation of the Syria Response Office.

The purpose of the LFS Specialist position is technical development of the specific CC, strategic direction and quality assurance. The CC Specialist is responsible for mentoring, training and capacity building of staff in CC technical capacity, as well as assisting the CC through the development of tools that can be used to implement CC projects. What you will do:

  1. Responsible for the development of Country Office-level LFS strategy and other programme development initiatives.
  2. Ensure that the LFS programme evolves to remain relevant to respond to the needs, changing context, conflict dynamics and opportunities for early recovery.
  3. Ensure that the LFS programme addresses both programmatic and relevant policy issues and continue strengthening synergies with the Advocacy Unit.
  4. Identify synergies between LFS and other NRC Core Competencies to ensure integrated programming is promoted, where relevant and feasible.
  5. Provide technical support and foster two-way collaborative relationships with the LFS Project Managers/Coordinators.
  6. Responsible for ensuring teams have access to appropriate implementation tools and relevant technical guidance.
  7. Responsible for quality assurance, with a focus on policies and procedures; technical standards, pilots, safe and inclusive programming and Monitoring and Evaluation, through harmonization and strengthening of tools and methodologies.
  8. Responsible for leading on the specific LFS CC quality inputs to proposal design and development and review of CC LFS inputs to donor reports.
  9. Contribute to global and regional programmes, including ensuring a constructive exchange with other NRC LFS programmes.
  10. Contribute to the institutionalization of cash-based interventions and market-based programmes though capacity building and interdepartmental engagement.
  11. Represent NRC’s LFS CC in sector specific coordination platforms and in any other meetings as requested by the line manager.
  12. Responsible for representation with donors or other stakeholders as requested by the Head of Programme.

Please download the detailed job description to learn more about the position.

What you will bring:

  • Strong background in economics, private sector development, business administration, statistics, or related fields is preferred.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in senior capacity within LFS in a humanitarian/ recovery context.
  • Experience working in complex and volatile contexts. Knowledge of the context in Syria is highly preferable.
  • Technical Livelihoods and Economics expertise with experience on developing and implementing cash-based programming.
  • Knowledge and skills in market analysis, cash-based interventions and market-based programmes
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile with documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Knowledge of Arabic is a strong added value.

What we offer:

  • Duty station: Amman Jordan
  • Contract: Until end of December (Renewal is subject to performance and funds availability)
  • Travel: Up to 20% international travel
  • Salary/benefits: grade 9 on NRC’s salary scale, with accompanying terms and conditions
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

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Important information about the application process

Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

NRC currently has over 3,000 staff across the Middle East dedicated to assisting people affected by conflict in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya and Palestine. Its humanitarian interventions are based upon its programming expertise in the Core Competencies of Shelter, Education, WASH, Livelihoods and Food Security, and Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) to vulnerable displaced people that were forced to flee.

Entering the thirteenth year of the conflict in 2023, more than half of the Syrian population remains displaced from their homes with 5.4 million refugees living abroad and another 6.8 million internally displaced persons inside Syria. Conflict and protracted mass population displacement, combined with severe economic downturn (fuelled among other things by the impact of the economic collapse in Lebanon, international sanctions and import control, etc.), depreciation of the Syrian pound, inflation with soaring food and fuel prices, loss of livelihoods, water crisis and drought and reduced food production have led to widespread poverty, food insecurity and increased deterioration of the humanitarian situation across Syria.

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We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts.
  • join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.
  • be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity.

Learn more about NRC’s operations in Syria here.


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.

NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

How to apply

  • Internal candidates: To apply as an internal candidate, log in with your official email or click on Opportunity MarketPlace.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your passport. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education.
  • Submit your application and CV in English, taking care to attach your latest CV.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • We receive many applications for each vacant position and so only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Send in your application here by latest March 31st, 2024.
  • If you have any questions about this role, please email [email protected]with the job title as the subject line.

Deadline: 31 Mar 2024