Action Against Hunger is an international non-governmental, private, apolitical, non-religious and non-profit organization created in 1979. Its goal is to combat hunger and dangerous situations that threaten men, women and children. Currently 500 expats and more than 5,000 employees are working for Action Against Hunger in more than forty-six countries working in projects concerning four areas of focus: nutrition, health, food security and water and sanitation.
Action Against Hunger is recruiting for its Gaza office a
Food Security and Livelihood (FSL) Program Manager
The FSL Program Manager, in close collaboration with the Head of Base and Deputy Country Director, will ensure regular oversight, monitoring, and support to the management of Gaza Base’s FSL department and grant portfolio, throughout the entire Project lifecycle, from early discussions with the donor (if requested) and/or organizational partners, proposal preparation, technical design and quality implementation oversight, to donor requirements and reporting.
The FSL Program Manager will oversee the FSL Department in Gaza Base, ensure the overall management and supervision of the department’s staff (comprised of Heads of Projects, Field Officer and Field Assistants as well as Business Coaches) and take the lead and coordinate the process of development of high-quality funding proposal and concept notes in compliance with Action Against Hunger oPt standards and deadlines, in coordination with the Grant Manager and Deputy Country Director. It is also expected that the FSL Program Manager will work with the Advocacy coordinator to identify topics in line with FSL and Advocacy strategies.
The FSL Program Manager is responsible for ensuring quality implementation within the FSL Department, following up on building the capacities of the Heads of Projects and Field Staff, as well as ensuring that Sources of Verification and collected and archived according to Action Against Hunger and Donor standards.
This is an extremely dynamic and rigorous role, requiring strong coordination and organization skills, to ensure that all deliverables are produced in a timely manner, which can be a challenge at times. The FSL Program Manager is required to keep in regular contact with other departments including Wash (to ensure programmatic integration), MEAL, logistics and administration.
The FSL Program Manager will develop capacity-building initiatives, such as workshops or short training sessions, for staff in the FSL department, and that they hold regular coordination meetings within their team.
The FSL Program Manager will be required to represent Action Against Hunger in the relevant for a, which include, but is not limited to: the Food Security Sector in Gaza, the Cash Working Group, and the relevant working groups of the consortium.
Objective 1: Consolidation of Action Against Hunger’s technical network and food security and livelihoods strategy in the Gaza base
- Review and update the FSL strategy 2021-2023 and FSL action plan in collaboration with FSL team and DCD.
- Understand the challenges associated to the livelihood and food security sector by identifying areas and participating in the collection and analysis of data related to the Food Security and Livelihoods sector in the Gaza Strip; this undertaken in close coordination with the MEAL department and the clusters.
- Analyze the potential relevant FSL activities in the Gaza Strip and ensure participation in the relevant coordination forums (FSS, CWG, etc.).
- Identify the needs of the most vulnerable populations through regular visits and literature review, and through the design and implementation of relevant needs assessments.
- Propose cost-effective and high-impact responses to identified needs.
- Proactive participation in the implementation and revision of Action Against Hunger’s Food Security Strategy for oPt in general and the Gaza Strip specifically.
- Develop Food Security and Livelihoods projects in coordination with WASH, MEAL, Administration and Logistics departments under the programmatic guidance of the Deputy Country Director.
- Propose an integrated approach for protection, gender and nutritional security to be included in Action Against Hunger programming.
- Ensure effective communication with stakeholders involved in food security (data sharing and brainstorming); involved in project definition and/or implementation;
- Analyze and develop effective operational partnerships and oversight on the implementation and monitoring of programmes to ensure timely and effective implementation and financial management.
- Work closely with the Advocacy Coordinator on defining and identifying key advocacy products and messaging for the FSL Department in the Gaza Strip
- Participate in the development of all technical tools related to FSL projects (ToRs for consultants and evaluators, ad hoc reports, research & studies, monitoring tools, implementation SOPs, capitalization reports…).
- Participate in workshops and ad hoc meetings related to FSL areas of intervention and report systematically to the HoB and Deputy Country Director.
Objective 2: Project implementation & quality, follow-up and monitoring:
- Organize and supervise the effective implementation of Action Against Hunger Food Security and Livelihoods project activities, in close coordination with MEAL, administration, logistics, finance and HR departments.
- Define program implementation modalities and methodologies (including, but not limited to technical specifications, identification and registration of beneficiaries, distribution and sensitization) based on existing approaches and SoPs.
- Analyze the appropriateness, adequacy and potential impact of all interventions based on known contexts and needs.
- Revise as necessary internal and external reports.
- Follow up of project budgets and expenditure with FSL head of projects to ensure the effective and appropriate utilization of funds for each project within specified timeframes and donor regulations.
- Follow up of project logistical planning and procurement with FSL head of projects to ensure adequate forward planning and adherence to Action Against Hunger and donor timeframes, rules and regulations.
- Identify program constraints and problems during implementation, propose solutions and implement after validation if necessary.
- Participate in the development of an adequate MEAL plans linked with the relevant project indicators in coordination with the MEAL department in Gaza; formalize the results in a report to be shared with supervisory staff.
- Report on protection issues observed in the course of implementation of AAH projects in Gaza.
- Report activities achievements both internally (to supervisory staff and team members) and externally (donors).
Objective 3: Food Security and Livelihoods team management
- Ensure good communication with team members and coach team staff for positive growth and development.
- Plan and follow up the recruitment of new members of the Gaza FSL team.
- Participate in the yearly revision of the HR FSL team structure.
- Follow up the staff allocation in collaboration with HR department.
- Plan and coordinate team members’ activities through weekly and monthly work schedules.
- Identify the FSL team members training needs and follow up with the HR officer.
- Evaluate each team member’s performance following Action Against Hunger appraisal procedures, in collaboration with the Admin/HR Department and Head of Base.
- Bachelor’s and/or Masters degree in international cooperation and development, economics, political sciences or agriculture.
- Livelihoods program design, implementation and follow-up, preferably in the Middle East.
- Knowledge of business and employability programming and Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) required.
- At least 7 years field humanitarian experience. Experience on conflict affected areas would be an asset.
- Experience working in complex humanitarian contexts and recovery.
- Experience in integrated approach of livelihood programming and protection an asset.
- Excellent oral and written English. Basic level of Arabic would be an asset.
- Fully proficiency in MS-Office and Outlook.
- Familiarity with analytical tool such as PowerBI and ODK an asset.
- Formal work contract: 12 months
- Base: Gaza, with regular visits to Jerusalem and occasionally to Hebron. The work can be remote/ home-based depending on possibilities of travel in COVID-19 context and on candidates’ availability.
- Compensation package: 29,647 € gross/year divided in 12 payments.
- In addition, there will be living expenses and per diem paid in local currency, corresponding to approx. 750 Euros per month at today’s exchange rate, for a fully worked month (*).
- Extra per month and per child (Under 18 years old): from 100€ to 225€ monthly (according to standard list of Action against Hunger -Spain).
- Break: 5 working days every 4 months, break per diem: 215 EUR, break travel allowance: up to 360 EUR.
- 25 working days of paid leave per year.
- Accommodation in guest house or payment of an allowance covering partially an individual rent.
- Travel costs to and from the mission.
- Expatriate health, repatriation, travel, and life insurance covered by the organization.
(*) in local currency subject to unexpected changes in currency exchange
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PACKAGE IS APPLICABLE FOR FOREIGN APPLICATIONS ONLY. NATIONAL APPLICATIONS WILL FOLLOW DIFFERENT CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO AAH POLICIES.