Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor

Save the Children

The Opportunity

The Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL) Advisor provides strategic direction and technical oversight to the country office (CO) programs in areas of food security and livelihoods. Under the general direction and guidance of the PDQ director, ensures all food security and livelihoods programming is of excellent technical quality, coherent and aligned with SC and cluster strategies, attracts significant donor funding and contributes significantly to national/global learning, advocacy and program development. The post holder is expected to provide technical advice and support to project staff to ensure program quality is maintained and programming objectives are successfully achieved.

The post-holder shall also contribute to the development and/review of the country strategic direction and actively lead in the development of food security and livelihood policy and programme formulation. S/he represents SC in food security and agriculture cluster (FSAC), participates in cash and market working group and other relevant forums. S/he undertakes regular assessment to understand capacity gaps and initiates capacity strengthening efforts.



Postgraduate qualification in discipline related to agricultural economics, development economics, agriculture, food security or other relevant discipline or commensurate work experience in lieu of postgraduate qualification.

  • Significant international experience in food security and livelihoods programming in developing countries with specific experience and/or advanced understanding of at least three of the following
  • social protection systems for vulnerable populations especially pastoral and agro-pastoral populations
    • experience of running and monitoring cash transfer programmes
    • designing and implementing market assessments and analysis of data collected
    • relevant training and expertise in using Save the Children Household Economy Analysis
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative management approach.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties. Tact and diplomacy are essential
  • Experience of working in insecure/conflict situations and security management.
  • Willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances
  • Fluent in spoken and written English


  • Knowledge and understanding of SPHERE Standard and other principles of humanitarian work.
  • Experience in promoting children’s participation in programme design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Good understanding of poverty reduction strategy framework and related processes.
  • High knowledge of database management tools and data analysis tools (VBA programming, MySQL, Access, Advanced Excel functions)
  • Working experience in planning and response to large-scale food insecurity situations.

Fluent in Arabic

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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