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Solidarités International Food Security / Livelihoods Program Manager Job Vacancy in Kenya

Position: Food Security / Livelihoods Program Manager 
(several positions – depending on funding)

Line Manager:
 Field Coordinator

 Various ASAL zones of Kenya

Starting date:
 After Nov 2010

Duration of the contract:
 12 months

Solidarités International is a humanitarian aid organization which provides assistance to populations who are victims of armed conflict or natural disasters.

For 30 years, Solidarités International has concentrated its action on meeting vital needs of disaster affected populations in the areas of WASH, Food Security and Shelter.

In the Horn of Africa, Solidarités is currently implementing WASH, Food Security/Livelihoods projects in Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia.

1/ Objective of the position

The Food Security/Livelihoods Program Manager is a key person who will be responsible in managing the WASH operational component of the program:
  • To ensure achievement of the Food Security/Livelihoods objectives within the timeframe of the program
  • To manage the Food Security/Livelihoods field team
  • To prepare regular activity monitoring reports
  • To plan and manage the Food Security/Livelihoods program budget
  • To assess others needs in terms of Food Security/Livelihoods in the area of intervention
2/ Hierarchy
  • Under the authority of the Field Coordinator
  • The Food Security/Livelihoods program manager will typically oversee the activities of the following types of staff:
  1. Food Security/Livelihoods program assistant
  2. Veterinary field officers
  3. Fisheries field officers
  4. Agriculture field officers
3/ Keys responsibilities

Program realisation
  • To design Food Security/Livelihoods Programming in coherence with beneficiary needs and overall program objectives.
  • When designing projects, the Food Security/Livelihoods PM will be expected to develop innovative solutions to overcome technical and social constraints.
  • To plan Food Security/Livelihoods activities in a realistic and achievable timeframe.
  • To design Food Security/Livelihoods programming with accurate budgeting, agreed jointly with financial staff in the field at Nairobi coordination level.
Staff Management
  • To recruit and train the staff under his/her direct responsibility
  • To motivate and manage the team
  • To prepare job description of the team under his/her responsibility
  • To evaluate skills and performances of the staff under his/her responsibility, every 6 months
  • To organize with the team the detailed planning of activities
  • To organize the collection of information with the team
Implementation of program
  • To be responsible for the progress and the quality of the work for all Food Security/Livelihoods activities of the program
  • To monitor the development of Food Security/Livelihoods activities (progress indicators, relevance and efficiency) and to adjust activities and processes where necessary.
  • To ensure periodic assessments of the Food Security/Livelihoods context and if necessary to adjust to changing needs in collaboration with the Field Coordinator, the WASH Program Manager and the Food Security/Livelihoods Coordinator (Nairobi).
  • To be responsible for Food Security/Livelihoods program reporting to the Field Coordinator, Food Security/Livelihoods Coordinator and the Assistant Country Director.
  • To contribute to the capitalisation of tools and reports
  • To follow the advice and recommendations of the Food Security/Livelihoods Coordinator.
Logistic / Administration
  • To prepare Food Security/Livelihoods purchase requests (services, tools and materials) in collaboration with the Logistics/Administration Manager.
  • To schedule movement and transport needs an agree these needs with the Logistics Manager on a weekly basis
  • To constantly monitor access to working zones in term of security, for his/her staff and him/herself, in link with the Field Coordinator and Logistic/Administrator.
  • To validate movements of Food Security/Livelihoods materials in and out of stock.
  • To manage the relevant Food Security/Livelihoods program budget lines; prepare budget forecast and ensure expenditure matches with forcast budgeting.
Evaluation / reporting 
  • Make sure indicators as specified in each project logframe are measured according to the sources specified in the logframe and the methodology specified in the M&E plan for each project
  • Participate in need assessments as requested by the Field Coordinator
  • Monitor regularly the Food Security/Livelihoods situation in the area and contribute to the monthly context analysis report for the zone of intervention.

Internal Communication:
  • Share with the team all information about security, activities, logistic or administrative needs
  • In charge of the formulation of weekly situation report for Food Security/Livelihoods activities
  • Contribute to intermediary and final project reports for Donors
  • Participate in weekly Field Management Team meeting
  • Participate in ad hoc team security meetings
External Communication:
  • Share and discuss Food Security/Livelihoods related issues with donor representatives.
  • Participate in local Food Security/Livelihoods Clusters /forums whenever possible.
  • Participate and organize bilateral meetings with different Food Security/Livelihoods sector actors (GoK, UN, NGOs etc..) active in the area of intervention
5/ Required Qualifications and Experience

  • At a minimum, must hold a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, or other technical field relevant to Food Security/Livelihoods.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in Food Security/Livelihoods project management in a similar position
  • Minimum 2 years of experience within an NGO or similar agencies
  • Proven experience in project cycle management in the NGO context
  • Proven experience of working directly with communities and developing community driven projects
  • Experience in team management and planning
6/ Required Skills

Skills and competences:
  • Excellent knowledge of Food Security/Livelihoods technologies and approaches used in humanitarian contexts
  • Good knowledge of the project management cycle and methodology
  • Understanding and interest in emergency humanitarian response
  • Knowledge and understanding of the main humanitarian actors
  • Team leadership and coordination ability
  • Ability to propose and develop new ideas and approaches
  • Ability to understand and prioritize the perspective of beneficiary communities during the planning and implementation of project activities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent writing capacity
  • Fluent English.
  • Excellent Computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook)
Personal traits:
  • Calm and diplomatic
  • Good stress management skills
  • Strong capacity to work with initiative and without close supervision
  • Appetite for very challenging situations
  • Acceptance of harsh living conditions
  • Acceptance of Security rules and behavior guidelines
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural team
7/ How to apply

Please send your cover letter, CV and contact details for 3 referees to the following email address:

Closing Date:
 22nd October 2010

Please indicate the position you are applying for in the title of your email.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Solidarités international is an equal opportunity employer

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

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