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19-165: Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods Officer
Department:Humanitarian Response
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Position Summary:

Working under the supervision of the Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor, the Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods Officer will be part of a team to be deployed in response to a crisis and will assist in assessing the food and livelihoods needs of crisis-affected populations and contribute to the analysis and design of appropriate responses. S/he will closely work in partnership with other sectors within the Emergency Response Unit to ensure that food security and livelihoods assistance are effective in meeting needs.

The Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods Officer will work to ensure the implementation of emergency food security, cash transfers, restocking, seeds and other food assistance activities as well as contribute to the livelihoods recovery of the disaster-affected populations. The Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods Officer will be responsible for participating in sector-specific and multi-sectoral assessments, supervising, guiding and advising FSL assistants in the selection, registration and verification of beneficiaries. S/he will draft Situational Reports and contribute to the overall response by International Medical Corps to the crisis. S/he will liaise with partners and communities to ensure the timely provision of food security and livelihood assistance and will be deployed as part of an initial team following the onset of a disaster.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.

Emergency Response

  1. Be deployed as part of a team following the onset of disaster to undertake rapid sector-specific assessments and surveys.
  2. Participate in the initial response analysis, mapping and monitoring as necessary to contribute to appropriate emergency food security and livelihood programming.
  3. Recommend appropriate food security and livelihoods interventions and modalities that in response to identified needs.
  4. Identify communities and persons affected by crisis sensitize same on assistance modalities.
  5. Facilitate the targeting and selection of beneficiaries for assistance using context-appropriate methodologies.
  6. Participate in the recruitment of enumerators and field assistants and supervise same.

Project Management

  1. Provide technical oversight of field activities with support from the supervision of the Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor.
  2. Maintain accurate records of beneficiaries, daily distribution summaries, market data.
  3. Produce regular routine and ad hoc reports on food security and livelihoods interventions.
  4. Support the Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor as required.


  1. Liaise with key stakeholders including the FSL Cluster, humanitarian actors, state agencies and community leaders to ensure effective collaboration and support for programs.
  2. Represent International Medical Corps at relevant fora including meetings a to create greater visibility for programs.
  3. In partnership with other sectors within International Medical Corps, ensure that logistics are harmonized and interventions are coordinated to ensure an effective response.

Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 


• Advanced degree required in rural development, agriculture, economics, social development or other relevant fields
• At least 6 years or more of international experience ;or equivalent combination of education and experience with specific focus on food security and livelihoods program, cash transfer and vouchers program, and food aid management, including experience in emergency response, recovery, and long term-development following natural and manmade disasters. Experience and Knowledge Required
• Demonstrates understanding of the role of food security in preventative nutrition interventions
• An up-to date understanding of food security, risk reduction, emergency response, sustainable development and livelihoods concepts.
• Knowledge in designing and implementing appropriate and effective safety nets, including cash and/or food transfer programming.
• Familiarity with design and programming processes of different donors especially USAID/FFP and a general familiarity with recent initiatives such as Feed the Future.
• Professional experience in areas of global food policy and food security with demonstrated knowledge of global trends in food security and the ability to analyze implications for regions and countries, through publications, work experience, or other means.
• Proficient analytical skills that demonstrate an understanding of the current concepts, priorities, and issues in program monitoring, data collection and evaluation.
• Skills in technical proposal writing, designing and implementing food security and livelihood programs.
• Ability to exhibit tact, diplomacy, and resourcefulness in dealing with high level officials from donor agencies, international organizations, and other foreign and domestic government officials and partners. • Must have excellent English written and oral communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other departments within International Medical Corps, donors, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.