Regional Food Security & Livelihood Technical Advisor At Save the Children

Regional Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL) Technical Advisor ESARO

The Senior Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Advisor will use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic ambition and direction for Food Security and Livelihoods. In addition, the Advisor will play a critical role in growing the funding portfolio for FSL, including supporting Country Offices in identifying and positioning for key opportunities and developing proposals to ensure resilient food systems and improved economic outcomes for vulnerable households. The Advisor will also provide technical assistance and capacity building to their Country Office counterparts to ensure the implementation of high quality and high impact FSL programmes, and supports the generation of evidence to demonstrate impact and sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners. This role includes representing Save the Children in internal and external fora and contributing to thought leadership on priority issues including nutrition-sensitive programming, financial inclusion, market-based programming, youth and women economic empowerment, Household Economy Approach (HEA), and economic resilience building.

In order to be successful, you will bring/have:


* Masters degree in in a relevant social science, natural science, agricultural economics, economics, development studies or equivalent experience.


  • At least 7 years’ experience of leading the design and implementation of humanitarian and development programmes in the field of food security and livelihoods, preferably in countries in the East and Southern Africa region
  • In-depth technical expertise in at least one of the following areas of work: food production (agriculture- crops/livestock – and fisheries/aquaculture), natural resource management and climate change, inclusive market systems development and private sector engagement, financial inclusion, household economic resilience/strengthening particularly in non farm/off-farm alternative livelihoods.
  • Experience working on one or more of the following cross cutting issues: Migration and rural-urban linkages in food security; gender-sensitive programming/women’s economic empowerment; youth livelihoods particularly in the context of rural economies; integrated multi-sectoral programming, especially nutrition-sensitive programming; and/or nexus programs straddling humanitarian and development needs.
  • Proven familiarity and success in business development/fundraising with one or more of the major donors for FSL funding including: FCDO, European Commission, USAID/Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (formerly the Offices of Food for Peace and Foreign Disaster Assistance), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food For Progress.
  • Experience of context and policy analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise children’s rights (e.g. Food Security/Nutrition assessments, Household Economy Analysis, market assessment (PCMA, EMMA), labour market assessments, market system/value chain analysis, gender analysis, Cost of the Diet, cost barrier analysis, Hazard Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment – non-exhaustive list)
  • Demonstrated experience of strategy development and planning, program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale, and able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for children
  • Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources
  • Experience of supporting humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery
  • Significant experience in training, capacity building, and mentoring
  • Fluent in English and high level of English writing skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally up to 25% time
  • Committed to Save the Children’s values and to work in an international agency that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion and fights racism, gender inequality and discrimination in all forms, including model positive behaviours that demonstrate a commitment to equality and respect to all colleagues, partners and communities

Contract duration: 2 year

Location: A suitable location in the East & Southern Africa region where there is a SC presence

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 careers.

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.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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