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 Systems Global Team has developed the “She Feeds the World” (SFtW) framework, which underlies all CARE FNS 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 equality 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 FNS 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 Systems programs worldwide. The team designs and manages USAID/Food for Peace Title II Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) and USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education programs in accordance with the SFtW framework. The FSR Advisor must speak excellent French and English and will play the following roles:
- The FSR Advisor will devote 60% of his/her time to working with the DFSA programs in Francophone countries and will be deeply involved in programmatic issues and will frequently travel to support focus on development of annual PREPs, Annual Results Reports, national learning events or major donor visits. During transitions and lengthy periods of absence of the COP, DCOP or other key staff, the position will step in and oversee the program if needed. The position will, with limited consultation, fully represent the programs in meetings in Atlanta, Washington, DC, and elsewhere as required, with a focus on both strategic and operational issues. Additional activities will include:
- 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 & effective representation to donors.
- Attend external meetings, consultations with FFP 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;
- In coordination with CBU, Food Systems and CARE Francophone country offices provide technical leadership for the design and submission of DFSA, USDA and other relevant proposals;
- Assist the FSR Director in raising the profile of CARE’s DFSA and MGD programs in Atlanta/Washington DC; and
- Supervise one or more Program Officers and/or Interns.
- Strategic, Management and Operational Support to DFSAs in Francophone Countries
- Backstop start-up, extension and close out of DFSAs in Francophone countries
- Support the design of new DFSA programs:
- Representation, Partnership, Learning and Dissemination
- Manage Food Security Program Officers and Interns
- Other responsibilities as assigned by the FSR Director
- Excellent working proficiency in both French and English;
- Masters 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
- Strong Proficiency in both French and English;
- Minimum 5 years experience working with USG Food for Peace, McGovern-Dole or similar programs or equivalent experience;
- Familiarity with USAID Food for Peace regulations and guidance and development/management of food security projects in developing countries;
- Experience working with CARE and/or other similar 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 multi-sectoral programs;
- Ability to advocate effectively to donor staff for the adoption of actions in support of programs;
- 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.