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Food Security Program Manager Job in Adaado, Central Somalia

Position: Food Security Program Manager

Line Manager:
 Field Coordinator

 Adaado, Central Somalia

 7 months with possibility of extension

Solidarites International is an international humanitarian aid organisation which provides assistance to populations who are victims of armed conflict or natural disaster.

For 29 years, Solidarites International has concentrated its action on meeting three vital needs: water, food and shelter. By carrying out emergency programmes, Solidarites International acquired an extensive experiences expertise in the fields of promoting access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

The joint Kenya / Somalia mission is relatively young (started in March 2007) and includes 3 projects in Somalia, and 2 projects in Kenya. In Somalia, Solidarites International has one project in Bardera district (Gedo region), another one in Afmadow district (Lower Juba) and one project in Adaado District (Central Somalia). In Adaado District, the main activities that are implementing are Watsan and Food Security.

1/ Objective of the position

The Food Security Program Manager is a key person who will be responsible in managing the whole food-security component of the program.

2/ Hierarchy

Under the authority of the Field Coordinator, the Food Security Program Manager will be responsible for all locally recruited staff working in the food security component.

3/ Keys responsibilities

Note: This list gives the framework of your activities but it is not exhaustive. You may be asked to complete other duties.

Strong capacity building of local staff is necessary to be able to implement the proposed activities.

Program realization

  • To assess the political, social and security context in the region, identify the key trends
  • To be responsible of the coherence of the Program in regards to the population needs and logical framework proposed.
  • contribute to a Program strategy adapted to the organisation strategy and the context
  • To plan activities and resources in time, according to the objectives of the Program
  • To ensure adherence to the budgets with objectives and activities settled jointly with the financial staff in the field on in the headquarters
  • To recruit and train the staff under its direct responsibility.
  • Recruitment will be organized under the supervision of the Field Coordinator.
  • To motivate and manage the team.
  • To prepare job descriptions of the team under his responsibility.
  • To evaluate skills and performances of the staff under his responsibility, every 6 months.
  • To organize with his team a detailed planning of activities.
  • To organize the collection of information with his team.
Follow up of current program
  • To implement the proposed Food Security activities.
  • To undertake an initial assessment of the feasibility of the proposed activities, when required.
  • To propose alternative appropriate and cost effective activities relevant to the area.
  • To be responsible of the progress and the quality of the work for the food security activities.
  • To control the evolution of the food security component (progress indicator, relevance and efficiency) and to adjust activities and processes (see sections about budget account and human resources management).
  • To ensure periodic assessments of the food security component and to adjust if necessary to the needs in collaboration with the Watsan Officer.
  • To contribute to the capitalisation of tools and reports.
Logistic / Administration
  • To prepare purchases’ requests for his field (tools and materials) in link with the Administrator, concerning food security activities.
  • To schedule movement and transport needs.
  • To validate access to working places in the intervention area in terms of security, for his staff and himself, in link with the field coordinator.
  • To validate movements in and out of stocks, concerning food security activities.
  • To follow the program budget lines, prepare Food Security budget forecast and insure budget is matching with expenses
  • To set and follow up needs in terms of cashflow forecast for the food security component.

 This list will evolve during the course of the project

The Food Security Program Manager will be responsible for the following activities:
  • Livestock Production vaccination and de-worming campaigns
  • Support to alternative livelihoods including poultry production, honey production, donkey carts and cash-for work programs
  • Nutrition awareness program
  • Training/ capacity building
Evaluation / reporting 
  • Make sure indicators as specified in the logical frame are used according to the sources specified
  • Participate to need assessments
  • Propose new activities according to need assessments for the area covered
  • Monitor regularly the nutritional and food security situation in the area and develop monitoring tools
  • Evaluate success of project and its impact at the end of all projects.
4/ Required Qualifications
  • University degree in relevant sectors including Agriculture, Animal Health, Food Security.
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience in international NGOs, in Somalia context.
  • Experience in program management (managing activities, managing teams, managing budget)
  • Report drafting skills required
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Good English spoken and written
  • Very good knowledge of Somali language
  • Good command of MS Office and other computer programs
5/ Person Specification:
  • Mature personality with ability to cope with high stress levels.
  • Flexible and willing to perform tasks outside of core duties.
  • Ability to respect and abide rules and regulations.
  • Ability to react with maturity and adapt to fast changing context.
6/ How to apply:

Kindly send your cover letter, CV and contact details for 3 referees to the following email address: by closing date, 13th July 2011.

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

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

Highly qualified Somali nationals are encouraged to apply for these positions.

Solidarites International is an equal opportunity employer

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