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Save the Children is a leading international child rights-based organisation, which puts the reality of children’s lives at the heart of everything it does.  Together with children, we are helping to build a better world for present and future generations by making a reality of children’s rights.

 

Programe Officer

Location – Kailahun (10 Months)

No.of person – 2 (Two) 

ROLE PURPOSE

The Food Security and Livelihoods Program Officer will be responsible for the day to day implementation of the FEEDS project based in Kailahun. Key responsibilities include leading beneficiary targeting processes, oversee regular market monitoring, lead the selection and training of women in agriculture groups, lead the planning and implementation of cash distributions, post-distribution monitoring, document project implementation processes, provide regular updates to the Program Manager and Project director, prepare weekly/monthly plans, prepare monthly and quarterly reports and provide day to day and direct technical support to Assistant Program Officers. The program officer will also represent Save the Children in various coordination forums at district and community level and ensure smooth working relationship with district level stakeholders. Internally, the FEEDS Program Officer will closely coordinate with other Save the Children Sector Programs;

 

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for FEEDS project activity implementation in Kailahun district (based in the town of Kailahun with frequent travel to the Chiefdoms);
  • Responsible for compilation of project information and sharing regular reports and updates to the Program manager and Project Director timely and at expected quality standards;
  • Ensure appropriate beneficiary selection procedure and criteria are followed by Assistant Program Officers (APOs) and the project committees; support review of beneficiary selection criteria as needed;
  • Ensure appropriate selection and training (agronomic and marketing training) of Women in Agriculture groups.
  • Ensure any feedback from beneficiaries or target communities shared by APOs are responded to appropriately or raised with the Project Director or Field Manager if needed;
  • Support Assistant Program Officers in targeting activities and ensure that overlap of beneficiaries with other actors avoided; 
  • Oversee regular market monitoring in key target locations; analyze and share information to the Program Manager and Project Director for timely decision-making;
  • Coordinate with finance staff and security focal points in the field offices on Cash Transfer Program (CTP) and ensure that cash distributions are conducted timely and in line with SC security policies and procedures;
  • Ensure Assistant Program Officers understand post-distribution monitoring and market price monitoring tools and processes and check the quality of information collected regularly. Compile data and share with relevant staff in a timely manner
  • Support sectoral assessment where needed and contribute to project planning:
  • Support the recruitment of staff;
  • Preparation and compilation of weekly and monthly plans;
  • Supervise APOs who will be working under her or him;
  • Works closely with government partners to ensure their ownership and participation in the implementation and monitoring activities; 

 

  • QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

Essential

Minimum of Bachelor Degree in Agriculture (crop science or economics) or other relevant fields;

  • Organization, management and negotiation skills;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Previous experience in implementing food security and livelihoods programs, preferably agriculture and natural resources and cash transfer programs;
  • Previous experience in humanitarian setting, preferably with humanitarian organizations
  • Prepared to work under pressure;
  • Honest and motivated;
  • Knowledge of the program areas;

At least 4 years of previous experience managing people;

    • Able to use Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point etc);
    • Good command of English: speaking and writing;

Desirable

Experience working on cash, voucher or other food security and livelihoods programming;

Able to work with minimum level of supervision; 

 

Information you need to know before you apply:

Applicants should address their applications to the HR/Admin manager, Save the Children, 5H Old Railway Line, Tengbeh Town, Freetown or 2 Beudu Road, Kailahun Town and send a copy of their application addressed to the NGO Desk Officer, Ministry of Labour, New England, Freetown.

Please indicate on the envelop which location you are applying for as started below.

Applications can be hand-delivered to the addresses above or sent by email to vacancy.sl@savethechildren.org

Applicants should attach a copy of a valid Labour Card to their applications.

Applicants should collect the Job Description & Child Safeguarding Policy from the nearest Save the Children office from Monday to Friday between 0900hrs and 1700hrs

CLOSING DATE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS IS 20th January, 2017.

 

Please note: Before applying, please read the Job Profile, ensuring you meet the Essential Criteria

Recruitment and selection procedures and checks reflect our commitment to protect children from abuse.  Save the Children aims to be an equal opportunities employer

Physically Challenged and Women are highly encouraged to apply.

 

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