Senior Advisor, Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Anywhere
Organization: Save the Children – US
Closing date: 29 Jul 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.


This position plays an important role in leading and contributing to the growth and technical quality of Save the Children US’s (SCUS) livelihoods and food security global portfolio. The Advisor plays a role in developing, implementing, and representing DHL’s strategy, identifying opportunities and developing proposals to increase resilience and build economic security of vulnerable households in some of the most food insecure and complex environments. You will actively engage in new business development (NBD) and leads on efforts to improve the quality and impact of livelihoods programs by providing technical assistance and building capacity of technical counterparts within Country Offices (COs), creating or updating tools and providing training. You’ll also play a substantial role in driving learning and knowledge management across the organization, contributing to thought leadership and representing SCUS in internal and external fora.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Technical Support (40%)

  • Stay abreast of technical developments in relevant communities of practice, disseminating information to team members as needed.
  • Provide technical support to ongoing 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 programming

Resource Mobilization (30%)

  • Serve as the technical lead on resilience, food security and economic growth 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 thematic 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.
  • Participate, in design workshops, assessments, team writing assignments, and other proposal processes. This participation will require international travel.
  • Participate in proposal after action reviews, ensuring that lessons learned are incorporated into subsequent efforts.
  • Develop and sustain technical relationships with donors (with a particular emphasis on United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), USAID/Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (BRFS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), corporate partners and academic institutions.

Knowledge Management and Learning (20%)

  • Lead or participate in the design of learning studies and the documentation and presentation of the same.
  • Contribute to an evidence base for effective FSL implementation modalities.
  • Lead or participate in maintaining updated capacity statements, program descriptions, or other documentation useful in articulating FSL approaches and achievements.
  • Ensure that technical tools and materials are saved so they are accessible to colleagues by maintaining them according to DHL knowledge management protocols.

Advocacy and External Representation (10%)

  • Participate in the development of resilience and economic development related policy and advocacy positions and support their dissemination.
  • Represent DHL on technical and coordination working groups in an area of expertise.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 7 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated technical depth and understanding of resilience and food security concepts and analysis.
  • In depth technical expertize in at least one of the following areas of work
    • Food production (agriculture- crops/livestock) and fisheries/aquaculture, natural resource management and climate change
    • Inclusive market systems development and private sector engagement
    • Financial inclusion
    • Household economic strengthening particularly in non farm/off-farm alternative livelihoods.
  • Proven success with USAID/BRFS, USDA Food For Progress and/or USAID/BHA (Resilience Integrated Food Security Activities) programs.
  • Proposal development experience, including experience leading the technical aspects of complex, large proposal efforts;
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally up to 25% time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional proficiency in French, Spanish or Portugese


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 $128,000/ year
  • Geo 2-Locations around the US National Labor Cost Average: Up to $116,000/ year
  • Geo 3-Locations significantly below the US National Labor Cost Average: Up to $104,000/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.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

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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