Technical Specialist - Livelihoods & Resilience (IMARA)

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Company:World Vision International
Category:NGO, Community & Social Devt
Job Type:Contract
Location:Laikipia

Job details

Reports to: Program Manager, iMARA

Grade Level: 13

Location: Laikipia /Marsabit County

 

 

Major Responsibilities:

 

Project Planning and Implementation, 50%

  • Lead implementation of an innovative Food security and Livelihoods Project, through community based systems, addressing the needs of the most vulnerable members of society;

  • Implement operational work plans in accordance with the budget, results framework and administrative guidelines approved by the Project Steering Committee (PSC);

  • Under the guidance of the Project manager, ensure the Project operates efficiently and effectively;

  • Participate in budget processes and periodic budget reviews for Food security, Livelihoods and Resilience, Economic Development related activities;

  • Stay abreast of new developments in Food security and Livelihoods and participate actively in related technical working groups and forums;

  • Provide technical assistance in the areas of agricultural/ livestock productivity, seed systems and agricultural/livestock value chains

  • Coordinate the adoption of new products and/or approaches in Food security integrating nutrition and Livelihoods development and marketing;

  • Implement decisions made by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and the County Project Steering Committee (CPSC);

  • Select intervention sites, expansion areas and (new) Project partners based on set criteria by the county and after consultation with all stakeholders;

  • Technical support to the project team in launching tenders and calls for proposal; contract service providers and implementing entities;

  • Monitor progress of work plan implementation, identifying issues (technical and coordination) and formulate solutions to address the identified issues and;

  • Monitor compliance of all contract service providers, consultants and implementing entities contracted by the project team.

 

Project DME (quality assurance): 20%

Ensure development and roll out of County Project, policies, guidelines and strategies

 

  • Participate in formulation of food security and livelihoods related guidelines, regulations and plans for IMARA operations at the county level;

  • In consultation with the Project manager, develop operational work plans (AOPs) and detailed implementation plans (DIPs) in accordance with the budget, results framework, and administrative guidelines approved by the Project Steering Committee (PSC);

  • In consultation with the Project manager and MEAL Officer develop a MEAL plan for the Livelihood activities in the Project and actively participate in all project design, monitoring and evaluation initiatives

  • Lead in development of a contextual analysis of economic policy, food and nutrition security and livelihoods issues affecting the county and particularly the target groups;

  • Participate in the county development of detailed food and nutrition security and livelihoods strategy that aligns with the county integrated development plans

  • Support the IMARA project manager and MEAL officer to develop annual learning agenda, data analysis from the field and producing customized reports for various applications/interventions and;

  • Support the County Project Steering Team in compiling monthly, semi-annual and annual reports to be provided to the Secretariat that summarizes Project achievements, key challenges, lessons learned to date and detailing budget expenditures and investment plans from all stakeholders.

Capacity Building: Lead capacity building to ensure understanding and facilitate support to implementation, 10%

  • Facilitate training needs identification for community producer and S4T groups, county staff and other public and private partners;

  • Facilitate capacity building for the producer groups, S4T groups, county staff and other public and private partners and;

  • Organize for Project staff to participate in relevant FS and Livelihood trainings.

 

Program Networking: Ensure engagement and networks, 15%

  • Strengthen Program linkages and foster good working relations with consortium peers, civil society organizations, government representatives, private sector and community based organizations;

  • Identify and document strategic needs/agenda for country engagement

  • Respond to queries from Program donors and stakeholders in a timely and sound manner on all Food Security and Livelihood related issues from the county

 

 

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal and prior experience or on-the-job training:

  • A degree in Agriculture and Extension, Agronomy, Dryland Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Production, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, or any other related discipline.

  • At least 4 years’ experience in designing, planning, implementing, supervising and reporting on integrated Food security in ASAL, Livelihoods and Resilience Program

  • A broad grasp of socio - economic policy issues with respect to food and nutrition security , and livelihood development in rural and ASAL settings

  • Technical knowledge and facilitation skills in Food security, Livestock and other Livelihoods, Value Chain Development, Savings Groups, Social Protection, Gender issues and Environment

  • Experience in working with consortium partners, county governments, civil society, donors and local communities;

  • Diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills;

  • Training/coaching skills

  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills

  • The ability to work independently, think innovatively and strategically and work effectively within a team

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Detailed understanding and experience of gender and diversity issues and commitment to addressing inequalities in all the key areas of responsibility

  • Demonstrate high levels of initiative

  • Flexibility in tasks undertaken

  • Ability to work under pressure and strict deadlines

  • Extensive knowledge of participatory approaches

  • Understanding of development/relief issues

  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and action

  • Needs good strategic thinking and vision

  • Strong financial/budget management skills required

 

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