Senior Food Assistance Advisor
Food Security & Livelihood
International Role – Yes
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Senior Food Assistance Advisor for Eastern Africa takes a leadership role in expanding the food assistance portfolio by providing strategic guidance to the region in how to use food as a resource for responding to the needs facing the vulnerable communities that have resulted from a rise in malnutrition across the region. With growing conflicts across the globe, the need for food assistance continues to rise. This role provides a strong advisory role and guidance to NO’s aimed at the targeting the use of food as a resource.
Additionally, this role is tasked with advising, guiding and providing direction around the implementation of food assistance that is both food and cash. It calculates the risks and guides offices to ensure accountability to donors and communities. Thus the intent of the role is to assist offices in pre-positioning funding opportunities from various donors through the technical oversight of quality food assistance designs, implementation and close-out of projects promoting food assistance across the globe.
The Senior Food Assistance Adviser is also expected to provide technical, macro-level thought-leadership on Emergency Response, Talent Management, Sustainable Livelihood Programming and Capacity Building in all areas of food assistance programming including Local and Regional Purchase and procurement. The position also requires leveraging WV’s influence and excellence in programming to advocate for increased assistance to the needy. The position further focuses on substantive donor engagement in close collaboration with respective Support Offices and other regional sector staff (e.g. HEA, Food & Livelihoods Security, and Nutrition.
Enhance and maintain excellent performance in the management of food assistance projects in compliance with Donor Standards by providing techinical oversight to the NOs through periodic monitoring visits, overseeing the establishment and implementation of compliance systems and procedures and ensuring that audit risks are identified and minimised in a timely manager.
Work with National Offices in the design and implementation of food assistance program during emergency response, focus on Eastern Africa Region and in Cat 3 Global Emergencies when there is a need.
Technical Capacity Development:
Ensuring that East Africa Region have adequate food assistance staff capacity to design and implement quality food assistance program.
Strategic Positioning and Engagement:
Promoting the WV Way – more working with others integration of activities and plans.
Engagement with GC Sector Teams and TSO.
Supporting Advocacy, Research and Policy.
Lessons learnt, Best Practice and Adaptive Learning.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Bachelor degree required in the field of Business, International Management, Economics or equivalent and 15 years experience in humanitarian work (ten of which must be in food assistance management) as a manager or director in a national office food programming unit. Familiarity with both relief and development settings is a requirement.
Formal training and specialist knowledge in Food Assistance Programming and related systems strongly preferred strong knowledge of major food assistance donors and regulations ( WFP, USAID. USDA, EC, ECHO etc) and Training in community mobilization, Train of Trainers/ facilitators recommended.
Requires ability to analyze and express ideas in a sensitive manner within the context of a humanitarian approach and must have excellent presentation skills.
Candidates must be aware of emergency response guidelines for Category 1, 2 and 3 responses and how they are applied.
Effective in written and verbal English communications.
Experience in setting up and operationalizing Food Programs in emergency relief environments.
A proven ability networking in donor relations. Developed skills to ensure rapport amongst donors, other NGOs, counterparts and government agencies.
Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.
Ability to be deployed in short notice and at a length of up to three months.
Computer literacy in MS Office and database programs.
A commitment to capacity building and people development.
The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 50% of the time.