Position: Food Security and Livelihoods Officer
Location: Gaziantep, Turkey
Start Date: ASAP
Global Communities’ Office of Humanitarian Assistance (OHA) has developed a strategy for the organization’s response to the Syria crisis, anchored in a field presence. Specifically, OHA is responding directly in Syria, intensifying GC’s assistance to Syrian IDP’s. This is being carried out through an approach to programming where projects focus on both sustainability and relief delivery.
GC is a fully registered organization in Turkey and are currently building its humanitarian response professionals in Turkey. GC intends to hire a full-time Food Security Officer (SOW herein) to implement projects, while based in Gaziantep through humanitarian assistance programming.
GC is seeking a professional for the position of Food Security and Livelihood Officer to be based in Gaziantep.
The FSL Officer reports to the Sr. Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Advisor.
The FSL Officer is responsible for the following:
- Ensures that all program activities and program operations comply with donor policies/regulations and Global Communities policies with regards to program, logistics, safety, HR, and administration.
- Assist the food security team in the planning, coordination and execution of the FSL programs activities.
- Support food security team to coordinate with partners for successful roll out of the FSL programs. This include maintain verified beneficiary lists based on established selection criteria, observe and advise partner to construct distribution and construction mechanism that are contextually appropriate and efficient.
- Assist the FSL team in launching new assessments, work plan and/or new proposals.
- Assist the FSL team in conducting training sessions for partners and beneficiaries both inside Syria and/or in Turkey.
- Implement and manage project changes and interventions to achieve project outputs/outcomes.
- Suggest new methods and approaches in order to improve the quality of the activities implementation.
- Work with FSL team to maintain and update project files and administrative documents.
- Attend team, partner, organization and clusters meetings as required.
- Represents Global Communities at the local level including general meetings with stakeholders and other implementing organizations inside Syria as needed.
- Work with M&E team on developing systems for screening and selecting beneficiaries, including assisting in the design of relevant tools when necessary.
- Work with other members of the GC team to design relevant monitoring forms and conduct training for staff on the correct use of such forms.
- Maintenance of the MS Access/Excel database/s and other/s as required.
- Oversee GC’s efforts to document success stories, including working with members of the partner’s team, field staff and beneficiaries.
- Ensures that all information needed for internal and external bi-weekly, monthly and quarterly reports are provided on time from the relevant staff and partners, review and submitted to the program focal point and ensure compliance with plans and Global Communities standards.
- Work with the line manager on preparing SOPs, SoWs, RFPs, technical specifications and work plans for FSL department’s related activities (Transportation, Procurement, Quality Control ...etc.), and follow with the relevant department to complete these activities
- Ensure compliance with plans and Global Communities standards and relevant donor regulations.
- Carry out site visits and quality tests for contracted items (food, seeds, fertilizers, fodder … etc.) as needed prepare quality control reports.
- Track and follow up the goods distribution, implementation incidents, complaints and ensure timely reporting for such issues and the appropriate corrective action and preventative controls are established when incidents occur.
- Propose adequate measures to improve quality and mitigate goods losses (i.e. situation analysis, sampling, food/seeds/fertilizers analysis and salvage operation procedures).
- Ability and willingness to travel inside Syria is required for this position, frequent field program visits are required to project sites to monitor project activities, provide technical assistance and troubleshoot along with the partner’s team.
- Any other assignment by the supervisor.
Education and Training
- A university degree in a relevant field or a combination of experience and education working in Agriculture, food sciences and Food security and livelihoods sector is preferable.
- A post graduate degree is highly preferred.
- At least five years’ experience in agriculture and food security field
- A minimum of 2 years’ experience in running FSL projects with NGOs (INGO is desirable),
- At least one year of supervisory experience, prior experience in remote management strongly preferred
- Prior experience in data analysis; program and M&E reporting also preferred.
- Proven track record of implementing quality FSL projects
- Ability to create a pipelines for project activities
- Ability to solve problems in the field.
- Good report writing skills in English
- Excellent Microsoft Office skills and ability to use software for database design
- Good command of spoken and written English and Arabic.
The following are essential personal qualities for this position:
- Handling insecure environments
- Working within a team
- Planning and delivering results
- Communicate with impact and respect
- Ability to work under pressure
- Knowledge of basic protection concepts, human rights, and IHL is highly desirable
- Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
This position is open to candidates authorized to work in Turkey as local employees.
To apply please send your CV and Cover Letter no later than 26 July, 2019. Please, make sure to put the Job Title and Vacancy Number in the subject section, otherwise the application will not be considered. Applications in languages other than English will not be reviewed. Please be advised that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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