NRC recruits 01 Livelihoods and Food Security (LFS) Specialis

NRC recruits 01 Livelihoods and Food Security (LFS) Specialis


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.

We protect displaced people and support them as they build a new future.

We started our relief efforts after World War Two. Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. We specialise in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

We stand up for people forced to flee.

NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend displaced people’s rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

We respond quickly to emergencies.

Our expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. Our experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.

Around 6,000 men and women work for the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Most of us are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes.


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is present in five regions in Ethiopia, providing refugees and internally displaced people with emergency relief and help them to rebuild their lives. NRC works within the sectors of Education, Shelter, WASH, Livelihood and Food Security, ICLA (Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance), and Child Protection.

The LFS Specialist will be under the management of the Head of Programmes, Ethiopia Country Programme, with technical support from the regional LFS adviser.

Job description

Develop the Livelihoods and Food Security strategy, technical guidance and Macro LFAs, in coordination with the other CCs Specialists.
Identify country programme priorities, problems and challenges from a food security perspective
Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
Contribute to fundraising, develop and revise funding proposals, budgets and donor reports
Identify trends, technical standards and donor priorities in the livelihoods and food security sector, and related issues such as resilience.
Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within the Livelihoods and Food Security Sector, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation
Provide technical direction and project implementation support
Ensure that key learnings are extracted from Livelihoods and Food Security implementation, and incorporate them in LFS CC and staff development processes
Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff
Influence senior managers at country, regional and global levels on needs and responses
Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities and donors
Promote the rights of Refugees/IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
Specific Responsibilities
Responsible for monitoring the sector specific situation in country and initiate relevant assessments to increase scope, respond to emergencies or adapt programmes to the context.
Design relevant assessments including market assessments and analyses, and recommend appropriate response options, in particular advocate for market based approaches
Promote and support innovation at all levels for increased programme efficiency and effectiveness
Support the development of multi-year and integrated proposals and long term funding strategies
Develop and support the implementation of resilience programmes in line with the response and resilience framework
Work with the AMs, HOP and M&E Coordinator on food security project monitoring and evaluation, including baselines, end-lines, midterm reviews, lesson learning exercises and evaluations, and ensure learning informs programming design and decisions.
Ensure high quality project implementation by working closely with the project managers and project coordinators in a technical capacity.
Provide relevant training to field level programme staff and other relevant staff in areas of gaps identified
Support the Emergency Programme Manager in developing Food Security (food assistance) emergency preparedness, contingency planning and response capacities and contribute to the emergency Food Security response in country.
Ensure Cash Based Intervention procedures, standards & operational guidelines are followed and updated in accordance with NRC policies, in collaboration with all other CCs


Relevant higher education Preferably in areas of Agriculture, Rural development, Economics or Natural Resource Management
Minimum 5 years of experience of designing and delivering food security and/or livelihoods programmes in a humanitarian or recovery context.
Minimum 5 years of Programme Management experience

Education field

  • Agricultural / Forestry / Aquaculture

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor’s degree

Personal qualities

Proven track record of setting up and implementing monitoring, documentation and learning systems
Experienced in cash based intervention in humanitarian contexts, particularly displacement contexts
Experience in Resilience programming, ideally related to resilient livelihoods
Experienced in food security monitoring and analysis
Experience from leading multi sector assessments and analysis
Strong capacity in writing proposals and ideally leading proposal development processes
Understanding of the dynamics of working in consortia, and some successful experience of this is essential.
Experience with cash programming in the development/ humanitarian field
Experience with market analysis in the humanitarian sector
Experience with inter-agency coordination in the development/ humanitarian field
Very strong analytical skills (experience in collecting and analysing data)
Strategic thinking
Planning and delivering results
Working with people
Communicating with impact and respect
Handling insecure environments


  • English

We offer

Commencement: ASAP, shortlisting and Interviews will continue as applications are received
Contract period: 12 Months
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions
Duty station: Addis Ababa with 50% travel to Area Offices
“Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as NRC offers attractive salary and benefit with on-the-job training opportunities!”

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: More than 100 days travel


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