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13 Mar 2019

Food Security and Livelihood Manager

Job Description

Job description

Position:                   Food Security and Livelihood Manager

Location:                  Mogadishu, Somaliawith frequent travel to project locations

Reports to:               Country Director

Background:           Relief International is a leading non-profit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Overall role of the position:

As Food Security and Livelihood (FSL) Manager, you will be responsible for overseeing and monitoring all FSL activities as part of Relief International’s program. Currently the program is implemented in South/Central Somalia Province. As such, you will travel frequently to field sites as roving FSL Manager to provide guidance, technical inputs and oversight on current FSL activities as well as design and implement programs in new locations. You will provide technical inputs to new proposals and the overall RI strategy. You will design and carry out an implementation plan for FSL in new areas, as needed. You will directly manage a team of national staff and build their capacity to carry out the program activities according to RI’s and FSL program guidelines.


Program Management

  • Manage quality program implementation, including allocation of resources and ensuring that appropriate controls are maintained at all levels by working with field staff;
  • Ensure all FSL interventions are completed on time, within budget, and that they achieve their objectives.
  • Provide adequate support to FSL program including, but not limited to, strategic vision and technical inputs and advice;
  • Ensure the proper allocation of resources and maintenance of appropriate controls by working with field staff to ensure understanding and 100% compliance of RI and donor policy;
  • Monitor project implementation, communications and reporting both internally and externally;
  • Ensure that you and your team understand and comply with relevant donor rules and regulations;
  • Support the timely delivery of program activities (for example, monitoring against logframes, individual performance management work plans) and oversee delivery of the project objectives;
  • Conduct regular visits to the field office project sites to coordinate with field staff and/or monitor activities.

Team Management

  • Manage, coordinate, and lead the FSL technical team;
  • Manage and build the capacity of the FSL team to ensure that team members are effective and efficient; provide feedback to staff to ensure optimal performance;
  • Provide technical guidance to the national staff, through coaching, and promote and organize national staff capacity building and development.
  • Identify learning and training opportunities for staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model.

Reporting and data management

  • Ensure quality and timely reports to the donors are prepared and submitted. Maintain linkages with donors and provide, as needed, informal updates.
  • Ensure compliance with RI policies and regulations.
  • Provide internal program reports and regular situation reports that are timely, professionally written, and meet information requirements as needed by RI and as required by donors.

Program planning and development

  • Provide technical inputs on FSL to RI short-, medium-, and long-range strategic plans, in line with RI’s program objectives;
  • Assess other implementing agencies activities to identify gaps and overlap, as needed;
  • Identify opportunities and program partnerships with external agencies;
  • Provide technical inputs on FSL in the design of new relevant programs;
  • Ensure FSL program products and lessons learned are maintained within the Relief International country program;
  • Build staff capacity on food security in emergencies;
  • Backstop other program managers, as necessary.


  • Understand and adhere to Relief International established policies and procedures for administration, finance, procurement, data management and beneficiary data protection, child protection, Code of Conduct (including Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Harassment) and security management;
  • Reinforcing and ensuring compliance to policies and procedures and support of Child protection Focal Point;
  • Be flexible and willing to support the team as is needed.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • At least 3 years’ experience implementing FSL programs
  • University degree in Agriculture preferred (or relevant FSL technical qualifications)
  • Experience designing and supervising FSL programs
  • Ability to live and function as a leader and team player at a high capacity within a collaborative organizational structure
  • Logistical planning and problem-solving skills
  • Highly organized and systems-oriented
  • Good security and safety management skills preferred
  • Willingness to live in a challenging setting
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated report writing and donor relations skills
  • Demonstrated budget and expense management skills
  • Demonstrated project cycle management skills, inclusive of work plan, timeline, deliverables, and budget tracking and course correction
  • Excellent command of English (both written and spoken)

Relief international’s values:

Relief International (RI) is committed to upholding the rights of all children and vulnerable adults that we serve and those that we interact with in the course of our work to be protected from all forms of abuse and exploitation as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) six core principles on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). RI has zero tolerance to beneficiaries’ and staff abuse and exploitation.

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability


Applicants should send their applications (CV and cover letter with 3 referees) to indicatethetitle as “FSL Manager, Mogadishu”in thesubjectline.

The closing date for applications is March 19, 2019. Only qualified and shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

RI is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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