Livelihoods Program Development Specialist

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Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Community
Addis Ababa 

Job Description


Working within the Gatepath, the Livelihoods Advisor will play an important role in leading and contributing to the growth and technical quality of the humanitarian program of livelihoods and food security portfolio, and in particular to the development of food security and livelihoods programming. The Advisor will play a role in developing, feasibility studies, implementing and representing Gatepaths’s services, identifying opportunities, and supporting developing proposals to increase food and economic security of households for clients. The Advisor will improve the quality and impact of livelihoods programs by providing technical assistance and building capacity within Country Offices (COs) in research, baseline studies, implementing livelihoods programming, creating or updating tools, and providing training as required. The position will also play a role in documenting Gatepath’s food security and livelihood technical capacities and achievements while carrying out learning events and external representation related to the same.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact

Resource Mobilization

  • Function as the technical lead on food security and livelihoods M and E systems, proposals, including but not limited to capture planning, positioning, information gathering, partnership brokering, program design facilitation and decision-making; and, technical writing.
  • For interdisciplinary programs, coordinate with other Gatepath departments – as well as external partners – to fashion a coherent, high-impact integrated approach.
  • Support CO team members in analyzing information and formulating effective technical strategies, integrating best practices and, where appropriate, innovations.
  • Conduct training and orientation for program design team members to ensure that all relevant information is on hand to inform a sound design process.
  • Travel to the field to participate in design workshops, assessments, team writing assignments, and other proposal processes.
  • Participate in proposal after action reviews, ensuring that lessons learned are incorporated into subsequent efforts.
  • Develop and sustain food security and livelihoods-related relationships with donors, partners and academic institutions.

Technical Support

  • Assess progress towards the achievement of the project objectives and outcomes as specified in the Project Document, and assess early signs of project success or failure with the goal of identifying the necessary changes to be made in order to set the project on-track to achieve its intended results.
  • Review overall effectiveness of project management as outlined in the Project Document.  Have changes been made and are they effective?  Are responsibilities and reporting lines clear?  Is decision-making transparent and undertaken in a timely manner?  Recommend areas for improvement.
  • Stay abreast of technical developments in the food security and livelihoods field, disseminating information to team members as needed.
  • Provide technical support to ongoing food security and livelihoods programs as assigned.
  • Design and deliver trainings to program team members.
  • Produce technical guidelines and tools as required to facilitate technically sound implementation.
  • Provide direction and support to the design, testing, and evaluation of innovations to advance food security and livelihoods programming
  • Participate in the development of livelihoods related policy and advocacy positions and support their dissemination.
  • Represent Gatepaths on technical and coordination working groups in an area of expertise.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Lead or participate in the design of learning studies and the documentation and presentation of the same.
  • Contribute to an evidence base for effective food security and livelihoods implementation modalities.
  • Lead or participate in maintaining updated capacity statements, program descriptions, or other documentation useful in articulating food security and livelihoods approaches and achievements.
  • Ensure that technical tools and materials are filed in a shareable manner according to Gatepath knowledge management protocols.

Location: Home-based

Job Requirements

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

  • Master in food security and social science or natural science required; advanced degree preferred;
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in food security and livelihoods;
  • Overseas experience preferably in Africa and/or Asia required;
  • Advanced skills in developing and implementing value chain and/or microenterprise, microfinance, or livelihoods programs in developing countries, including with gender-sensitive, nutrition-sensitive and resilience frameworks, a plus;
  • Innovative and visionary approach to household economic security programming;
  • Significant experience dealing with public and private donors;
  • Experience with program assessment and design;
  • Training skills;
  • Proposal development experience, including experience leading the technical aspects of complex, large proposal efforts;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English;
  • Ability to travel and to work independently, even in harsh environments

How to Apply

Interested and qualified applicants can share theirCV , cover letter, and 2 samples of any assessment/feasibility study report to: [email protected]

Note: Use "Livelihoods Program Development Specialist" as the subject of your email!

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