Livelihoods and Food Security Specialist

Norwegian Refugee Council

The purpose of the LFS Specialist position is technical development of the LFS Core Competency, strategic direction, and quality assurance. The LFS Specialist is responsible for mentoring, training, and capacity building of staff within livelihoods, food security, and markets technical capacity. The position will provide technical guidance to integrated programming, utilizing market-based approaches, working with shelter, WaSH, education, addressing multi-sectoral needs.

Specific responsibilities

  1. Lead development of the Yemen’s Livelihoods and Food Security (LFS) Core Competency Strategy including theories of change, contributions to and other integrated programming initiatives.
  2. Contribute to the review of NRC Yemen Country Programme Strategy.
  3. Provide technical leadership to the CMG & Area programmes in line with the country CC strategies.
  4. Support the consideration and inclusion of CVA and MBA within (and across) NRC core competency responses, where appropriate. The LFS Specialist will not be accountable for CVA programming undertaken by other CCs (WASH, Shelter and Education, for example). The Specialist will be an advisory resource (especially when designing Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance), with other CC Specialists responsible for their CVA and MBAs programming.
  5. Develop Programme SOPs for assessments, targeting, verification, distribution, and monitoring for both cash and voucher, and in-kind LFS modalities.

Please download the detailed job description to learn more about the position. As the above responsibilities are just a snapshot from the Job description.

What you will bring

  • Minimum 7 years of experience within Livelihood and Food Security area of work in a humanitarian/ recovery context, preferable with displacement affected communities
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • LFS Core competency expertise (Food assistance, food and agriculture systems, business, entrepreneurship and employment etc)
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Context/specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Political and cultural awareness
  • Context knowledge and/or prior experience in the Horn of Africa and in Ethiopia particularly is an asset
  • Experience working in a similar position or role in similar contexts is an asset.
  • Experience with both Humanitarian and Development work, and the transition between the two ends of the spectrum would be an asset.
  • Solid experience in leading livelihoods and food security assessments particularly in protracted crises is required
  • Experience of leading multi-sectoral market assessments and analysing the findings will be an asset
  • Experience in designing and implementing innovative market-driven income-generation activities in both urban and rural contexts.
  • Strong experience in resilience programming including natural resource management and nutrition sensitive programming is required
  • Experience working in financial inclusion, including small business support, value chain analysis, private sector engagement, M4P approaches and savings groups will be an asset
  • Experience establishing innovative partnerships with external actors
  • Excellent engagement and representation skills at all levels both internally and externally is required.

What we offer

  • Duty station: Sana’a, Yemen
  • Contract: national contract for 1 year with possibility of extension
  • Travel: 50%
  • 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

  • Internal candidates only: 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.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.
  • This position is only open for candidates holding the Yemeni nationality
  • If you have any questions about this role, please email [email protected] with the job title as the subject line.

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.

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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.

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Deadline: 8 Feb 2024