FTA-Fixed Term Appointment
Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator
Region West Africa
Department Regional Programme & Operations
Position Type Fixed Term
Job Family Programme Technical
Salary: £24,245 - £30,853 net p/a (net = take-home pay. Oxfam will meet any tax and social security liabilities of the post holder in addition to the net salary)
Hours per week: 40 hours
Contract type: Fixed term
Please be aware that due to the rapid scale up of our programme in Niger, we will short list applications as they are received, and may contact applicants for interviews or appoint suitable candidates prior to the closing date.
This advertisment is a call for applications for the position of Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator to be based in Niamey.
In 2009 - 2010, Niger experienced a severe food crisis. Oxfam and its partners responded positively and made significant impact in the lives of men and women in the country.
It was expected that the following year will be a better one for farmers and herdsmen. Unfortunately, erratic rainfall, natural calamities, flooding etc. led the harvest season to be poor and a food crisis was announced in December 2011.
According to the Niger Government, the country has a cereal deficit of 692.000 tons. A total of 228 zones were declared vulnerable. 6.981 villages among the 12.036 were identified as the most vulnerable one.
The vulnerability assessment conducted by the Government and its partners revealed that around 5.500.000 people were in food insecurity.
Oxfam has been operating in Niger since 2002 and it is present in six (6) regions (Tillabéry, Tahoua, Zinder, Maradi, Dosso, Agadez).
To be able to respond appropriately to the food crisis, we are looking for an experienced EFSL Coordinator to implement and supervise our food security projects set up in the framework of the humanitarian response.
Provide leadership in managing the programme at the technical level
Liaise with external technical actors involved in the intervention to the food crisis in Niger.
Promote integration between Oxfam GB food security work and advocacy on key livelihood/food security issues
Participate into reporting to donors on the current grants and participate in the research of new grants (technical design of response, proposal writing).
Work closely with partners implementing the response on the field.
Ensure that gender is mainstreamed in the response.
Analysis of food & livelihood context:
*Establish base level food security information tracking systems and indicator monitoring systems that feed into national level information systems
*Develop links and build capacity of key actors and stakeholders in order to monitor and assess the food security and livelihood situation at local and national levels.
*Review, forecast and maintain an ongoing barometer of the food security situation and needs within Niger through internal monitoring and information sharing with other stakeholders.
*Prepare regular reports highlighting major trends, challenges and achievements for circulation.
Proposals and Programme Development:
*Establish solid understanding of food insecurity drivers in Niger and contribute to programme conceptualisation aiming to improve the depth of humanitarian and development programme impact.
*Development new country projects and proposals in conjunction with country team members and appropriate regional support.
*Develop programme implementation plans based on longer-term development issues, but that incorporates the flexibility to scale up and mitigate short-term humanitarian needs.
*Guarantee a solid country level M&E system is in place to assess programme impact, completing feedback loop between program impact monitoring, implementation and strategic development.
*Inform the development of Oxfam's national advocacy strategy related to food security
*Ensure country strategy consider OGB food security policy and overall food security principles.
Humanitarian response and recovery:
*Implement, manage, the overall technical part of the food security preparation, response to the food crisis in Niger and accompanying partners implementing the emergency crisis
*Technical support Increase the current capacity of teams in terms of their capacity to design, implement, monitor and evaluate the emergency food security and emergency programmes in response to a crisis.
*Ensure emergency food security & livelihoods programmes are consistent with Oxfam policies and quality standards (e.g. SPHERE, LEGS)
Coordination, Advocacy and Reporting:
*Develop and maintain active contacts and relations with key players involved in food security at the national level and represent Oxfam at country level food security related meetings.
*Feed into national dialogue on appropriate food security indicators and methodology of monitoring, analysing and reporting the severity of national food insecurity.
*Provide analytical up-dates to the region on the severity, scale and causes of food security crises in Niger.
*Advise on the technical content of media, communications, advocacy and public awareness work
*Report on the various grants to donors (through the Funding Coordinator and the Humanitarian Programme Manager)
Skills and Competence
*Proven expertise in food, nutrition and livelihoods issues with a relevant post-graduate level qualification and knowledge of community based programmes.
*At least 3 years field experience in food, nutrition and livelihoods programmes in humanitarian and development programmes preferably with non-governmental organisations and in more than one country.
*Good assessment, analytical, planning and project management skills to enable programme delivery.
*Good written and spoken French and English.
*Ability to work with diplomacy, tact and sensitivity and experience in working within different cultural contexts requiring cultural sensitivity
*Training / counterpart skills development
*Well developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situations and ability to work under pressure and in response to changing needs.
To be familiar with and abide by the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct and with the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum standards, and LEGS
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