Advisor, IDEAL Emergency Food Security

  • Anywhere
Organization: Save the Children – US
Closing date: 30 Sep 2022

Staff whose work requires or potentially could require any in-person interaction with Save the Children colleagues, partners, or beneficiaries must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless otherwise required by law. Save the Children complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.


Led by Save the Children, the Implementer-Led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) Activity is a project funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) that aims to strengthen the capacity of BHA implementing partners to design and implement effective emergency and non-emergency food security programs. We expect to have two years remaining in this project.

The Emergency Food Security Advisor will support the design and delivery of capacity strengthening efforts across IDEAL’s three focus areas: monitoring, evaluation and learning; adaptive management; and humanitarian, development and peace assistance coherence. You will put priority focus on providing relevant, needed, and timely support and resources to emergency programming practitioners.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • Technical Support (50%)

    • Work with the Senior Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to identify emergency practitioner priorities and support the design and delivery of monitoring and evaluation activities.
    • Work with the Senior Advisor, Program Learning and Adaptive Management to identify emergency practitioner priorities and support the design and delivery of adaptive management.
    • Work with IDEAL Senior Advisors to provide the humanitarian perspective to IDEAL’s work on humanitarian, development, and peace coherence.
    • Provide technical oversight of IDEAL small grants that fund projects related to emergency food security programming.
  • Knowledge Management and Learning (35%)

    • Capture and apply implementation-level priorities and learning, as well as technical information on what is working and what is not with emergency food security programming implementing partners.
    • Leverage relationships with other food security knowledge management, coordination, and support mechanisms—for example, KDLT, FEWSNET, SCC, RLA, gFSC.
    • Coordinate IDEAL’s approach to building partner technical capacity for emergency food security programming within IDEAL’s strategic objectives.
    • Work with knowledge management/communications colleagues to gather ideas from the implementing community, identify presenters, and provide input to knowledge sharing meeting agenda items related to emergency food security programming.
  • Thought Leadership and Representation (15%)

    • Support facilitation of internal and external IDEAL events.
    • Support IDEAL’s Humanitarian M&E and Learning community of practice (HuMEL).
    • Engage with emergency food security programming practitioners and represent IDEAL in key fora.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 5 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in emergency food security programming
  • Familiarity with USAID/BHA and other donor programming priorities and technical requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Proven writing and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English

Preferred Qualifications

  • Implementation experience in BHA or legacy Food for Peace emergency food security programming
  • Familiarity with resilience-building or development food security interventions, including but not limited to BHA Resilience Food Security Programs (RFSAs) or Bureau for Resilience and Food Security livelihoods or nutrition interventions
  • Professional proficiency in French, Spanish, Arabic or Portuguese
  • Demonstrated understanding of USAID’s CLA approaches
  • Experience with BHA’s Emergency Application Guidelines


Save the Children is offering the following salary ranges for this position, dependent on candidate location:

  • Geo 1- NY Metro, DC, and other locations with labor costs significantly above national average: Up to $99,000/ year
  • Geo 2-Locations around the US National Labor Cost Average: Up to $90,000/ year
  • Geo 3-Locations significantly below the US National Labor Cost Average: Up to $81,000/year

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

No matter your role when you join Save the Children, each and every day you will challenge yourself to devote your skills, talent and expertise to changing the world for kids. It’s an ambitious goal, and a meaningful one no matter how you see yourself professionally: an accountant, a writer, a data analyst, a teacher, a driver, a designer, or any one of the hundreds of dozens of roles we’re looking to fill every day.

You see, Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

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Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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