Senior Specialist – Food Security

Job Type
Full Time
Job ID
Date Posted
Washington, DC
Company Information
Save the Children US

The Program Cycle Support (PCS) Associate Award is a five year, global activity that supports implementing partners (IP) efforts to design and implement evidence-based, effective, efficient and sustainable food development activities funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance that result in substantial food and nutrition security gains. In the Senior Specialist – Food Security role, you will provide a range of support to PCS’ communication, event facilitation, and data collection efforts, serving as back-up to touchpoint team leaders in interactions with IPs and USAID staff. You will also be responsible for implementation of feedback mechanisms designed to adapt and improve PCS’ approach, virtual and in-person event facilitation support, and PCS’ internal monitoring efforts related to quarterly and annual reporting.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Activity Implementation 70%
• Coordinate with USAID and IP staff to ensure alignment of expectations regarding PCS’s touchpoint activities, including workshop preparation, agenda and session planning and adaptation, and after action review processes
• Lead qualitative outreach with stakeholders (USAID staff, partners, USAID support mechanisms) to collect information to inform the design of PCS’s technical support and events/workshops.
• Provide technical support to development food security activities to review data and information collected during the Refine and Implement (R&I) year and support teams to make adjustments to implementation plans and activities’ Theories of Change
• Support facilitation of workshops as part of the Refine and Implement approach, as well as other PCS touchpoint activities, including End-of-Activity learning events
• Design workshop evaluations to capture feedback
• Lead qualitative outreach with stakeholders (USAID staff, partners, other USAID support mechanism) to collect information that informs the design of PCS’s technical support and events/workshops.
• Working with the PCS Strategy and Technical Director, develop tools and materials to support effective implementation of PCS’ technical assistance and touchpoint events
• Adapt traditional in-person workshop sessions for virtual delivery, drawing on the extensive experience of the IDEAL leader award in online workshops and capacity strengthening activities
Monitoring and Evaluation Support 30%
• Develop systems to track PCS’ indicators and progress towards its goals
• Share routine monitoring data with PCS leadership along with recommendations for any needed adjustments to program activities based on data
• Draft quarterly progress reports and support the annual results reporting process
• Support implementation of PCS’s adaptive management approach, conducting stakeholder outreach to feed qualitative data into quarterly pause and reflect sessions
• Collaborate regularly with the M&E staff from the IDEAL leader award to prepare for the development food security activities’ M&E workshops and ensure continuity of M&E support from the activities’ inception, through end of the refine and implement year (culmination), and mid-term as appropriate

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Required Qualifications
  • Minimum 5-7 years' experience in supporting international food security program delivery
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent relevant experience required
  • Experience in the INGO field supporting USAID or other government-funded program and coordinating with large stakeholder groups
  • A proven track record of providing capacity strengthening assistance to a range of staff levels from Chiefs of Parties to front line workers
  • Experience facilitating workshops and participatory learning and knowledge sharing events
  • Experience leading monitoring and evaluation processes, including qualitative survey development, conducting key informant interviews and assessing data for programmatic decision-making
  • Experience in providing input to strategic and operational plans and organizing resources to achieve results
  • Ability to work independently, with little or no supervision, but also as part of a team. Effective at building relationships across the organization and with partners.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, primarily to low-resource settings, up to 50% of the time
Preferred Qualifications
  • Professional fluency in French
  • Experience working directly on or supporting USAID-funded food security programs, preferably those funded by the former Office of Food for Peace