Save the Children is seeking a Food Security Technical Director/ Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Zimbabwe. The DFSA will seek to sustainably improve food and nutrition security and resilience among poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities in the selected regions. The estimated implementation timeframe for the DFSA is 2020-2025.
Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the project and USAID approval of the candidate.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
The proposed program will be an integrated, multi-sectoral food and nutrition security intervention. The Food Security Technical Director, who will also function as the programmatic DCoP, will establish and manage systems to ensure a coherent and high-impact approach across all program activities and themes. The Director will ensure that activities are layered and sequenced appropriately at all stages of the intervention. The Director will develop tools and procedures to guide the implementation of food and nutrition security programming, monitoring outputs and outcomes and ensuring course corrections as required. They will oversee thematic leads and ensure the quality of their – and their teams’ – work.
- Establish an integration framework such that all sectoral interventions and thematic areas and approaches align at the household and community levels to maximize food and nutrition security impacts, with a particular emphasis on improvements in nutrition status, building resilience and reductions in extreme poverty and chronic food insecurity. This applies not only to technical sectors such as agricultural livelihoods and, non-agricultural livelihoods, natural resource management and conservation, nutrition, maternal-child health, disaster risk management, and WASH, but also to cross-cutting considerations and program approaches such as gender, youth, social cohesion, resilience, and social accountability.
- Institute practices that are consistent with global best practices and especially as they relate to sustainable, system-based approaches that are inclusive and achieve impact for the most vulnerable groups.
- Create, and monitor the use of, tools to ensure integration, cohesion, and alignment with food security and nutrition security and resilience best practices. Train and coach team members in the use of the same.
- Establish and implement a targeting, layering and sequencing strategy to ensure that each activity in the intervention is timed and implemented in a way that builds towards overall desired food and nutrition security and resilience impacts. Manage activities to achieve this layering and sequencing plan. Ensure that external activities and investments in the intervention area are considered, and that appropriate linkages are created.
- Work closely with the Community Visioning Lead to ensure that implementation meets the needs of the people in the targeted communities and aligns with participant aspirations.
- Establish a culture of rigorous data driven decision making to adapt and refine program strategies and implementation approaches for responsive and high quality programming. Seek to encourage and facilitate adaptive management principals and innovation.
- Ensure that all members of the program consortium are contributing technical inputs in a coordinated fashion that leverages the expertise of each organization.
- Assist the CoP in overall program quality assurance, and the MEAL Manager in the measurement of the program impacts.
- Ensure that team members are provided with learning opportunities that support the technical quality of field interventions.
- Provide day-to-day assistance, guidance and support to thematic team leaders to ensure quality implementation and integration.
- Lead the technical aspects of routine and ad hoc program reporting.
- Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in a relevant field and at least five years of relevant field-based program and operational management experience; or, a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and at least seven years of relevant field-based experience
- Demonstrated technical expertise in food and nutrition security and resilience programming. Familiarity with USAID food security and resilience programming, especially Food for Peace programming, is preferred. Previous experience in Zimbabwe is a plus.
- Demonstrated experience in developing- and ensuring quality control over- technically rigorous food security activity integration and collaboration.
- Strong tool/ curriculum development and training skills.
- Demonstrated experience with food security-related MEAL tools, best practices and analytics required.
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently.
- Excellent written communication and presentation skills in English. Knowledge of local languages is an asset.
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