Food Security & Livelihoods Programme Manager

The Opportunity – Emergency Food security and Livelihoods Program Manager

Post location: Lebanon – Beirut Head Office 

Contract Type: National 

Role Purpose: 
The Food Security and Livelihood Programme (FSL) Manager will be based in Beirut. He/she will lead on the implementation of the Regular and emergency FSL programmes in Beirut, and support programme assessment and design.
The Programme Manager will be under the technical supervision of the FSL Adviser and the day-to-day supervision under the Deputy Area Manager. He/She will ensure that the FSL intervention is of the highest technical quality, that monitoring processes are in place, that reporting is high-quality and timely, and that the programme is continually assessed and solutions quickly put in place for any changes in local context.
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Child Safeguarding: 
Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Reports to: Deputy Area Manager 
Staff directly reporting to this post: Cash coordinator, MSME coordinator 

Programme Management:
•    Responsible for the implementation of Save the Children’s FSL Regular and  emergency interventions (including youth livelihoods activities, Food for Training activities, cash-for-work, Community support projects, ,food kits distribution, provision of ready to eat packages, Multi-purpose cash assistance, cash grants to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), market linkages and support access to finance to entrepreneurs and other livelihoods activities) ensuring that the highest technical standards are respected and programs are implemented on time and with compliance.
•    Lead, manage and motivate staff under direct line management, ensuring that they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performances
•    Lead on recruitment, management and motivation of FSL staff under direct line management, ensuring that they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performances;
•    With the FSL Adviser and Deputy Area Manager, finalize implementation plans for each FSL project, and oversee weekly and monthly work plans in line with the implementation plan;
•    Liaise regularly with communities/municipalities and ensure community participation especially children, youth and women in all steps of project cycle, and grant acceptance of Save the Children’s FSL programming;
•    Participate in training of FSL staff (coordinators, officers and assistants) to ensure they have solid understanding of key programme documents and tools, including MEAL tools;
•    Oversee FSL budgets, financial reporting and forecasting;
•    Monitor budget/expenditure based on the implementation plans; and analyse Budget-versus-Actual reports to assess any discrepancies and ensure timely expenditure; 
•    Work with logistics/procurement, cash and finance team on regular basis;
•    Produce timely reports for internal use on the status of on-going programming; and contribute to donor reporting.

Programme development 
•    Lead local market assessments and in depth needs assessment to determine supply of essential goods for cash programming, MSMEs support and appropriate interventions entrepreneur’s linkage to market; 
•    Work with colleagues from other sectors to ensure regular coordination at strategic and programmatic level; and Ensure proper mainstreaming of protection, gender, inclusion and COVID-19;
•    With other team members (and communities), identify programme gaps and ensure appropriate action is taken 

Monitoring and Evaluation
•    With the support of the FSL adviser, develop and operationalize monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for Save the Children food security and livelihoods projects;
•    Ensure clear plans in place for monitoring and evaluating project activities in relation to Save the Children and donor objectives; and that lessons learnt are shared and capitalized on;
•    Ensure that projects are monitored regularly, and that data is collected on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis; 
•    Analyse and evaluate monitoring data to understand impact of project and identify lessons learned for future programming;
•    Regularly visit project sites to ensure that teams are appropriately supported.

External Relationships 
•    Maintain strategic links with key stakeholders such as governmental bodies, UN agencies, INGOs and other local NGOs and CBOs, identify opportunities and ensure Save the Children’s participation in key activities of the local level
•    Represent Save the Children at appropriate coordination meetings 

Partnership management 
•    Participate in partnership assessments as needed in coordination with partnership manager and Deputy area manager;
•    Work with partner to draft proposal and budget and revise as needed;
•    Develop partner agreement and liaise with Awards management unit for signatures;
•    Monitor and support partner outputs and spending; 
•    Review partner narrative and financial reports.

Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

•    Degree in Economics, Finance, International Relations, Development studies or similar field
•    Strong experience of humanitarian food security and & livelihoods programming; experience in cash, emergency distributions and MSMEs support
•    Demonstrated experience in managing a team in a humanitarian context
•    Excellent time management skills
•    Strong experience in data collection and analysis, experience in Emergency Market Mapping & Analysis is a plus. 
•    Strong experience in field work and community mobilization; and in training groups of beneficiaries
•    Fluency in written and spoken English
•    Computer skills (especially Excel)
•    Strength in interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Previous experience of liaising with the UN, national and donor governments and NGOs as advantage.
•    Flexibility and willingness to change work practices and hours, and capability to work in insecure environment  
•    Available and willing to travel throughout Lebanon

    Spoken and written Arabic
    Economic recovery programming in humanitarian response 

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.  

This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

The Organisation

Save the Children works in development and humanitarian contexts with children and partners to help families, communities, and governments identify and use innovations to ensure all children survive, learn and are protected. It’s a global humanitarian organization committed to diversity and inclusion, working towards empowering and protecting children worldwide and in the countries where it operates. Save the Children highly encourages and welcomes receiving applications from qualified candidates regardless of their diverse gender, orientation, disability, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origins, religion and beliefs. Save the Children has a global policy on anti-harassment as well as zero tolerance for discrimination, bullying, sexual exploitation and abuse. All applications will be looked at and treated with the strictest confidentiality and transparency regardless of the diversity of candidates

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.  
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
• No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday 
• All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
• Violence against children is no longer tolerated 
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued. 

Application Information:
Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.
Please note that only applications received through the above link will be accepted and applications received by emails will not be considered.
Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.


Date advertised: 17 Nov 2020

Closing date: 24 Nov 2020 - 23:59 EET

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-time

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