Food Security Officer – Mercy-USA

Food Security Officer – Mercy-USA

Position: Food Security Officer
Department: Programs
Reports to: Food Security Coordinator
Place of work: Elwak/Hiran Gedo region


Assist in developing and proposing sector-based strategies in the field of food security and livelihoods. He/she specifically guarantees the quality and suitability of proposed technical approaches and ensures the appropriateness of FSL activities and general Mercy USA objectives to the needs of the local populations. The positions reports to the FSL Coordinator.


 Assist the FSL Coordinator in developing appropriate targeting criteria and mechanisms to ensure the needs of identified vulnerable groups are met.

 Plan and implement food security and livelihood activities in their specified regions

 Organize and facilitate training sessions for technical teams and assisted communities.

 Liaise with local authorities, research institutes, partner organizations, NGOs, government bodies and clusters at base level.

 Coordinate with other technical departments (nutrition, water and sanitation) and support departments (log-admin, human resources).

 Be the driving force for putting new activities into place in their specified regions

 Validate the relevance of any assessments carried out

 Support the other officers in setting up a technical approach and assessing the financial, human, and logistical elements of programs to be implemented

 Provide technical and methodological support to program managers for program planning and implementation

 Ensure the relevance and consistency of the programs vis-à-vis the needs of the populations.

 Ensure that the programs in his/ her region reaches the required results

 Ensure that monitoring indicators are in place and relevant.

 Develop team capacities with techniques and new methodologies; Coordination, technical support and operational monitoring

 With the field team, take part in a weekly program review (budgetary, operational, logistical)

 Provide support and advice to logistics for program material purchasing



 Diploma in Food Security, Livelihoods or another technical relevant technical discipline

 Professional qualification will be an added advantage


Degree in Food Security, livelihoods o another technical relevant discipline

 2-3 years in similar position

 Experience working in Somalia

 Experience of implementing USAID funded projects

 Experience of implementing UN funded (UNICEF/WFP) projects

 Experience working with budgets, including managing financial outlays and expenditures


Previous work experience managing remote field teams
Work related skills  

 Strong knowledge of the programme management cycle, and related process and structures for quality programme management

 Good organizational skills

 Good time management skills

 Strong communication skills, including ability to lead and manage remote

 Ability to work in harsh conditions

 Strategic thinking

 Aggressive and Result Oriented

 Able to meet set own targets and meet own targets on a monthly basis and follow up targets of reporting colleagues

 Able to meet deadlines

 Knowledge of local Language- Somali

 Able to identify programme challenges and plan and communicate alternatives for smooth programme implementation


Courses or skills related to program management (such as PMP)

This job description is meant to be only a representative summary of the duties and responsibilities performed by the jobholder. The jobholder may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those stated in this description.

The incumbents should send their cover letters and CV’s to and The closing date for the above position will be 1st December 2015, the position will be based in Somalia. September 2015 Controlled Document

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