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Senior Food Security/Livelihoods and Resilience Specialist

Job Description


The Senior Specialist will work closely with teams of livelihoods specialists and responsible for the design and development of high-quality programs (including proposal development), policy engagement, and advocacy outcomes of SC’s Livelihoods and Resilience work in Ethiopia. The Senior Specialist is also responsible for contributing to strong Monitoring and Evaluations systems (M&E) to measure the impact of the programs, for providing technical advice (in close co-ordination with the Programme Implementation department) and capacity support to staff in the field to ensure the Livelihoods work is of high quality and achieves the program objectives.

The ability of Senior Food Security and Resilience Specialist is to push forward innovative/new ideas in all stages of programming will be one of the position’s three success factors. The second will be the degree to which that person promotes and captures learning by her/his team, institutionalizing activity reviews, identifying and evaluating preconceptions, and promoting a culture of inquisition. The third success factor will be the degree to which that person drives results, making critical decisions, and producing scheduled outputs at the deadline and to expected quality.


In line with SCI’s dual mandate, these key areas of accountability apply to SCI Ethiopia’s work in emergencies (acute and chronic) and in development settings.

Strategic Programme Development

  • Be responsible for leading the development of technical strategies and projects, and jointly plan and implement advocacy activities.
  • Through external contact with relevant counterparts across agencies, identify new potential partners for strategic engagement and negotiate strategic priorities.
  • Document content of internal/external technical meetings and disseminate to relevant staff.
  • Support the development of annual operational plans and the regular internal program planning and review meetings for the Livelihoods theme, as well as related inputs to quarterly and annual SC UK reports.

Strategic Fundraising

  • Build on technical knowledge, research and current/previous programming to lead development of proposals for new programme initiatives in close coordination with the relevant staff.  This includes all aspects of proposal development, such as concept notes, grant amendments, etc.  In developing new proposals, close consultation with programme staff in the field, other technical specialists/advisors and senior managers is essential.
  • Through external contact with relevant counterparts in donor/research agencies, identify new potential funding sources and share with managers.
  • Ensure that each proposal and annual implementation plan contains a (funded) research and policy dimension to it that directly feeds into the agreed Thematic Advocacy Plan and lead the implementation of research necessary for evidence based advocacy.
  • Accompany and facilitate donor visits and provide relevant background materials, as required

Policy Analysis, Policy Engagement and Advocacy for Policy Change

  • Be fully aware of national policies, strategies and other initiatives and developments by government and other stakeholders in the sector or thematic area covered.
  • Represent SCI at all relevant technical external task forces, working groups, seminars or other meetings / forums which have been identified and  approved by the Head and use these meetings to negotiate strategic, and advocacy positions.
  • Develop policy and advocacy briefs (or related material) based on technical learning from projects, and the development of best practices.
  • Identify and develop good relations with all key stakeholders in the sector, particularly those government departments and donors identified as key in achieving agreed SC advocacy outcomes.
  • Develop good relations with other NGOs, development and UN agencies etc working in the sector and where possible forge alliances to influence key actors around advocacy objectives.
  • Ensure that the voices of children guide advocacy and policy change objectives and related activities.
  • Ensure an integrated approach to program implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between the staff and different MC programs where relevant and feasible.

Livelihoods  Technical Advisory Support and Programme Quality

  • Provide technical support in the development of livelihood project proposals and identify appropriate innovative approaches
  • Work closely with colleagues in Programme Implementation Department to identify and provide, as requested, specific technical support.
  • Technically advise on the design of Livelihoods  projects ensuring the projects are of high quality and contribute to improved Livelihoods  and hunger reduction targets
  • Together with other Livelihoods Specialists/Advisors, support the development and implementation of a training program on Livelihoods, Resilience related topics.
  • Provide technical advice and mentoring to increase use of Livelihoods analysis to inform design of livelihood emergency projects.

·       In cooperation with PDQ Learning and Knowledge Management, ensure proper documentation of experiences and lessons learned during Child Participation projects under supervision

·       In cooperation with Member Service, provide information and inputs to be used for SCI Livelihoods  information and communication materials

·       Ensure an integrated approach to program implementation

·       Provide direct and ongoing field supervision to provide quality advise and technical review

  • Recommend program priorities and explore, evaluate and present new opportunities that leverage impact and/ or complement core activities.
  • Analyse project implementation strategies to identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations;
  • Coordinate, manage and motivate program teams through ensuring that they have clear objectives/individual work plans as part of performance management) and receive meaningful feedback on their performance.
  • Provide regular and consistent field level technical backstopping to livelihoods and resilience focused projects to ensure quality of four programming
  • Lead in the development and roll out of FSL and Resilience related quality benchmarks and ensure this is fully internalized by project staff at all levels;
  • Provide technical support in the roll out of Save the Children’s common approaches such as HEA, Resourcing families with better Nutrition etc…

Representation and Coordination

  • Establish and maintain productive working relationships with relevant stakeholders;
  • Represent SCI in important forums or platforms, at national level, relevant to the livelihoods and food security agenda

·        Share livelihoods related information with relevant stakeholders such as local government departments, NGO’s and local authorities, as appropriate and advised by the line manager


  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to SCI and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor;

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


·       Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

·       Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


·       Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same

·       Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

·       Future orientated, thinks strategically


·       Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters

·       Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

·       Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


·       Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

·       Willing to take disciplined risks


·       Honest, encourages openness and transparency


Job Requirements


In order to be successful you will bring/have:


§ BSC Degree in Agriculture, Food Security, Rural Development, Development Studies, climate change, natural resources or related fields with a minimum of 10-12 years related work experience in the area of Livelihoods, Food Security, Resilience, Early Warning, etc. BSc degree with exceptional and relevant work experience may be considered in lieu.

§  Experience in working with government counterparts and other partners at various levels – federal to district.  This includes technical support, capacity-building and coordination.

§  Excellent understanding of Livelihoods, Food Security and Resilience issues in Ethiopia at both field and policy levels.

§  Practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities in realising children’s rights in Ethiopia, in relation to thematic area.

§  Experience in designing Livelihoods strategies and proposals.

§  Sound understanding of market systems development or M4P approach, climate adaptation strategies, early warning and early actions;

§  Good experience in working with private sectors.

§  Robust understanding of the pastoralist livelihoods strategy and related policies and work experience is a plus

§  Excellent understanding of the Household Economic Approach [HEA] is an advantage

§  Strong data collection, analysis and report writing skills.

§  Strong analysis of Livelihoods data and ability to summarise and communicate this to a range of audiences.

§  Proven advocacy and representation skills

§  Demonstrable experience in M&E

§  Good presentation, training and facilitation skills

§  Proven conceptual skills and an ability to think and plan strategically

§  Good communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to train and mentor staff

§  Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload

§  Good spoken and written English,

§  Good computer skills (particularly Excel, Word and databases)

§  Commitment to Save the Children child protection policies.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Gode. This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

The Organization
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.

How to Apply

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.