FOOD SECURITY AND RESILIENCE ADVISOR
CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in 100 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from disaster response to food and nutrition to education and work for women and girls to healthy mothers and children. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because when they have equal access to resources, they lift their families and communities out of poverty. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for 75 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and Fight with CARE.
Work Location : US- Washington, DC Type of Post : Not Applicable
Other Possible Location : Funding : APPROVED
Expected Travel : up to 30% Type of Contract :
Language Requirement : ENGLISH Application Deadline :
Employee Duration : Active Full-Time
CARE is a leading humanitarian and development organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice with a special emphasis on rights programming, gender equality, and women and girls. CARE works in a variety of contexts from protracted crises to stable development settings, as well as contexts in the nexus between these two types, and recognizes that the underlying drivers of food and nutrition insecurity are poverty, gender inequity, non-inclusive governance, poor adaptation to climate change and the inability to manage other economic and political shocks and stressors. To address these underlying drivers of poverty, the CARE Food and Water Systems Unit has developed the “She Feeds the World” (SFtW) framework, which underlies all CARE FWS programming. The SFtW framework leverages CARE’s experience and tools to bring about access to productive assets and resources to women and vulnerable groups, build their capacity to improve their productivity and increase their incomes through agriculture and other livelihoods, increase their awareness of the negative impacts of climate change and how to mitigate them, increase access to critical nutrients and adoption of effective behaviors to reduce malnutrition and ensure healthy lives for all members of society and increase the capacity of women, men, boys and girls to adapt to and absorb shocks and stressors so that they can effectively manage their food and nutrition security. Achievement of gender quality and empowerment of women and girls is at the center of achieving all of these outcomes in our programs, and all participants must be able to express their views and influence the quality of service delivery and assistance regardless of the context. Wherever possible, CARE also works at the systems level to develop responsive governance systems that address the immediate and longer term needs of food insecure populations. At the same time, CARE works with market actors and systems to build their responsiveness to poor households, women and youth to enable their full participation and benefits from these systems. CARE FWS programming worldwide integrates these elements to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition and increase gender equality and women’s empowerment, inclusive governance and resilience.
The CARE Food Security and Resilience Team (FSR) is a key contributor to CARE’s global Food and Water Systems programs. The team designs and manages USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance Title II Development Food Security Activities (DFSAs) and USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education programs in accordance with the SFtW framework. The Food Security and Resilience Advisor’s role is as follows:
- The FSR Advisor will devote 50% or more of her/his time to working with the SHOUHARDO III (CARE Bangladesh) and Titukulane (CARE Malawi) DFSA programs. The incumbent will be deeply involved in programmatic and administrative issues and will deploy up to three times per year to support these programs in-county. These visits will focus on development of annual PREPs (i.e. workplans and budgets), Annual Results Reports, national learning events or major donor visits. In addition, during transitions and lengthy periods of absence of the COP, DCOP, or other key staff, the position will step in and oversee program activities, if needed. The position will, with limited consultation, fully represent these programs in meetings in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and elsewhere as required, with a focus on both strategic and operational issues;
- Provide expert strategic and operational support to other existing DFSA and McGovern-Dole (MGD) programs as necessary. Work closely with Program Officers and Global Coordinators to ensure that programs receive needed support and effective representation to BHA, the Center for Resilience, other USAID offices, and USDA. This may involve attending meetings with BHA or USDA when other staff are unable to attend;
- Attend external meetings, consultations with BHA or USDA, and other meetings relevant to DFSA and/or MGD programs in Washington, DC organized by the donor, IDEAL, NGO groups, or other entities. Share key lessons from these programs with DFSA and MGD programs.
- Assist the FSR Director in raising the profile of CARE’s DFSA and MGD programs in Washington, D.C., especially for SHOUHARDO III and Titukulane; and
- Supervise one or more Program Officers and/or interns
- Strategic, management, and operational support to assigned projects/programs
- Provide backstopping support for DFSAs and McGovern-Dole programs
- Support the design and start-up of new DFSA and/or USDA programs
- Representation, partnership, learning, and dissemination
- Manage Food Security Program Officers and Interns
- Other responsibilities, as assigned by the FSR Director or her deputy
- Master’s degree in food security related fields (Agriculture, Nutrition, Anthropology, Hydrology, etc.) or in Management related fields (Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, Program Implementation, etc.) or equivalent education and experience;
- Minimum 5 years’ experience working with USG BHA (formerly the Office of Food for Peace), McGovern-Dole, or similar programs or equivalent experience;
- Familiarity with USAID BHA regulations and guidance and development/management of food security projects in developing countries;
- Experience working with CARE and/or other non-profit organizations;
- Solid writing, oral communication, internet, spreadsheet, and organizational skills; sound judgement; discretion; strong finance and accounting skills. Ability to function in complex, changing environments, and to manage and work with diverse groups;
- Experience backstopping grants of significant scope and value;
- Experience with implementation or management of large multisectoral programs;
- Ability to advocate effectively to donor staff for the adoption of actions in support of the program;
- Flexibility to step in and manage a large program effectively in the absence of the COP/DCOP; and
- Ability to prioritize competing tasks, compose advanced-level communication, contribute strategic and operational input to improve the quality of submissions, work corroboratively with various teams, and speak in public.
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