Save The Children

Social Protection, Food Security and Livelihoods Specialist

Save The Children

Job Description

  The Social Protection, Food Security, and Livelihoods (FSL) Specialist will play a leadership role in the technical program quality of a national portfolio, particularly through providing technical advice and mentorship, and supporting project staff to ensure programming objectives are successfully achieved. They will also contribute to achieving high program quality through evidence-based work, and/or supporting new evidence around Social Protection and FSL programming, including all sub-thematic priorities within Save the Children's Child Poverty global theme.


Level 3 - The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3.

As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis. The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.


Reports to: Social Protection, Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Adviser KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Strategic Planning - Contribute to the development of Social Protection and FSL strategy and sector road maps, in line with the sector Coordination mechanisms where applicable.

- Support the growth of Save the Children's Social Protection and FSL portfolio.

Program Quality and Standards: - Support the assessment of Social Protection and FSL needs and collect lessons learned from field teams to ensure that these are appropriately reflected in sectoral strategies and improvements on approaches.

  • Lead on the delivery of technical Capacity Development for Save the Children's Social Protection and FSL programming, including the full spectrum of humanitarian and long term development programming.
  • Attend and represent SC Lebanon at Regional and/or Global technical meetings and workshops on Social Protection and FSL as needed.
- Work collaboratively with other sectors on ways to integrate Social Protection and FSL with other programs, in particular with regard to cash and nutrition, in order to maximize impact for children and families.

- Support in the assessment, selection, and monitoring of Social Protection and FSL implementing partners.

- Conduct regular visits to the field offices to coordinate with field managers and senior field staff, including to support technical development objectives.

- Contribute to project reporting to ensure reports to donors are of the highest quality, that there is alignment between the narrative and financial, and that they are submitted in a timely fashion.

- Analyze and provide feedback on program implementation to ensure gender equity and adequate child participation.

- Ensure that programming supports and demonstrates good practice in child safeguarding and gender and inclusion mainstreaming.

Program Development and Resource Mobilization - Supported by the Social Protection and FSL Advisor, contribute to proposal development including lessons learned from existing projects.

- Work with colleagues from other sectors to coordinate on and integrate programing to ensure all children's needs are met.

- Identify key learning opportunities and gaps in knowledge, and lead research initiatives to ensure SC's programme is rooted in evidence.

- Maintain a gender sensitive lens and work towards gender equity in programs.

Advocacy and representation
  • Engage with representatives from relevant Departments of the GoL (e.g. MoSA and MoL) to develop and maintain positive relationships and potential collaborations.
  • Represent Save the Children in technical area to government and other agencies.
  • Represent Save the Children in sector working group meetings and other sector coordination forums in Lebanon, in absence of SPFSL Adviser.
  • Contribute to development of advocacy messages and materials in conjunction with SC's Policy & Advocacy unit.
General Management
  • As a member of the Lebanon Head Office demonstrate behaviors that are consistent with Save the Children's Mission, Vision and Values and ensure their broader application by staff across the program.
  • Contribute to a conducive and productive work environment typified by teamwork and collaboration.
  • Support the effective implementation the Save the Children Program Quality Framework.
  • Participate in any donor visit to project(s) within the country office portfolio, as required.
  • Comply with and promote 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.
  • Support in the strategic leadership direction, guidance and Technical Support to development of thematic sectors and projects in the Lebanon office.

Essential - Development professional with a relevant Masters' Degree or equivalent professional experience. -Recommended 5 years' experience in FSL or social protection, with experience in humanitarian and developmental contexts
  • Excellent understanding of household level economics and market dynamics in Lebanon
  • Prior experience in assessment, Design, and implementation of social protection, Cash Transfer, food distribution, and livelihood programs; familiarity with nutrition programming is a plus
  • Experience monitoring and supporting partner organizations
  • Ability to link micro-level impacts on children with macro trends at national and regional level
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels
  • Excellent writing/editing and presentation/communication skills. Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively to field sites and work independently
  • Fluency in Arabic and English, both verbal and written, required
  • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy
Highly Desirable
  • Experience in Household Economy Approach (HEA), Cost of Diet (CoD), Integrated Food Security
Phased Classification (IPC), Cash Transfer Programming (CTP), Emergency Markets Mapping and Assessment (EMMA), and/or Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS)
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