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Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator Job in Wajir East - Save the Children UK

Save the Children UK is a leading international child rights organization, fighting to improve the lives of children in the UK and 50 countries around the world.

Together with children, we are helping to build a better world for present and future generations by making a reality of children’s rights.

Save the Children UK in Kenya works in the North Eastern Province (Dadaab, Wajir and Mandera) with Programmes in Child Protection, Nutrition, Livelihoods and Health.

We are seeking qualified candidates to fill the following position:

Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator – Wajir East 

Job Purpose

The Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator will ensure the coordination of the Save the Children’s Voucher programme in Wajir.

He will support the Programme Manager in the management of staff, follow up, reporting, and monitoring of the activities. He/She will provide technical expertise to the team and staff from partner agencies.

Key Responsibilities

Team Management
  • Be responsible for EC Food Facility Voucher project coordination and line manage voucher project SCUK staff as advised by the Food Security and Livelihood programme Manager.
  • To coordinate the implementation of the proposed project accordingly to high standards of quality, transparency and accountability.
  • Identify capacity gaps and provide capacity building and technical support to SCUK and partner staff.
  • Supervise the recruitment of SCUK staff.
  • Supervise SCUK staff performance in Wajir as per SCUK procedures.
  • Supervise team building and coordination of activities of different staff.
  • Work with local partner agencies ALDEF and WASDA to coordinate the planning of the activities according to needs and resources, and follow-up planned activities.
  • Coordinate your team in the way that the security is considered at all time. Be especially proactive in terms of security procedures during tensed periods and during cash payments.
  • Coordinate local partner agencies ALDEF and WASDA and other SCUK departments to ensure proper project implementation.
  • Coordinate your team to achieve a constructive planning with other technical departments to ensure an integrated approach where possible.
  • Coordinate with support team and other technical teams to ensure a proper management of resources (weekly planning for cars, cash forecasts, budget follow-up…).
  • Supervise that the activities of the Voucher project are fully integrated in SC UK local strategy and when possible linked with other departments’ projects.
  • Link with your line managers to ensure proper implementation, and ensure timely communication of any relevant issue regarding security, HR, implementation, budget or donor reporting.
Monitoring and Reporting
  • Coordinate the monitoring and documentation of all the project activities to ensure transparency and accountability.
  • Coordinate staff and activities to ensure that indicators are collected and reported against during monthly reports.
  • Ensure a relevant monitoring of the food security and livelihood situation in your areas of interventions, through the formally agreed monitoring system.
  • Provide technical expertise and analysis on the food security and livelihood situation in your area of intervention. Lead and coordinate any FS&L assessment in your area of intervention to ensure quality data and reporting.
  • To play an active role in the Food Security & Livelihoods meetings at district level actively coordinate with government agencies, and other key livelihood stakeholders at provincial and district level.
  • To initiate and develop a livelihood network at district level, ensuring that Save the Children UK is represented at key technical discussions.
Personal Specification

  • University Degree in Agriculture/ livestock production or socio-economic development related fields.
  • Demonstrated experience with at least three years at coordination level.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing partnerships with NGOs / CBOs and government.
  • Demonstrated experience in cash/voucher based approach.
  • Good understanding of livelihoods concepts and issues in emergency and development context.
  • Representational skills.
  • Excellent skills in monitoring implementation of programme activities.
  • Ability to work as team leader and part of teams (multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and inter-agency).
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively to the field, under sometimes difficult and occasionally insecure circumstances.
  • Very self-motivated and proactive.
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy.
If you meet the above requirements, please send your detailed CV together with a cover letter and current contacts of three referees including immediate supervisor addressed to:

Head of Human Resources,
Save the Children UK, Kenya Programme

Not later than 15th April, 2011.

Quote the job title on the subject line.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Save the Children (UK) recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to equal employment opportunities and the protection of children from abuse.

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