Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator

Main Objective

The FSL coordinator is responsible for coordinating, consolidating, and ensuring smooth implementation of FSL programmes through support to the FSL teams and ensuring adherence to ACF and donor guidelines and standards. The FSL coordinator is in charge of building the capacity of the FSL team and ACF internal and external representation and coordination. Depending on size and structure of the mission, the FSL coordinator reports to Programme Coordinator or Head of Mission.


  • Identify geographical areas of interest to the organisation according to humanitarian needs and vulnerable population context.
  • Analyse and report the humanitarian needs and provide clear and detailed recommendations for interventions.
  • Develop appropriate targeting criteria and mechanisms to ensure the needs of identified vulnerable groups are met.
  • Plan and implement food security and livelihood activities such as:
    • Assessments and surveillance interventions.
    • Agro-sylvo-pastoral interventions.
    • Cash based interventions.
    • Food aid interventions.
    • Income Generating Activities interventions.
    • Research an innovative interventions to fight hunger.
  • Ensure technical guidance of programme implementation in multiple operational bases through regular field visits (30 to 50% of the time) and according to donors requirements and ACF-IN internal procedures and programme standards.
  • Ensure monitoring of food security and livelihood projects (field visit, regular programme monitoring, budget forecast, staff evaluation and planning, donors reports, monthly reports, etc.).
  • Ensure the preparation and writing of food security and livelihood proposals and donor reports (log frame, narrative, budget) together with the FSL team and in link with the support team.
  • Support the organisation and facilitation of training sessions for technical teams and assisted communities.
  • Supervise and evaluate the Food security and livelihoods programme managers and subordinates.
  • Closely coordinate and collaborate with other technical departments (nutrition, water and sanitation) and support departments (log-admin, Human resources).
  • Liaising with donors, authorities, research institutes, partner organizations, NGOs, government bodies, and clusters at sub-regional/country level.


Initiative and Problem Solving Skills

  • Ability to capitalise on past experience and information available within the organisation in order to become self-sufficient and autonomous quickly.
  • Ability to take initiative where appropriate to deal with difficulties encountered in daily work.

Adaptability and Flexibility

  • Ability to adapt or change priorities according to the changing situation within a mission or the organisation itself.
  • Ability to work within a fluid situation (changes within the team, location of programmes).
  • Ability to live and work within a team and respect the rules of collective living.

Motivation and Involvement

  • Motivation and commitment to humanitarian ideals.
  • Interest in involvement beyond the job assigned i.e. active involvement in the ethos of the organisation itself.
  • Ability to integrate into the local environment including awareness of political and economic aspects of the country.
  • Energy and stamina to withstand long working hours and often stressful conditions.

Professionalism and Management

  • Ability to conduct work in a professional and mature manner.
  • Ability to deal with relations with local authorities as a representative of Action Against Hunger.
  • Ability to manage local staff in a mature and impartial manner.

Additional Qualifications

  • Masters degree in agronomy, veterinary, socio-economic, rural development, anthropology, geography, international development.
  • Further qualification in tropical agriculture or related subject preferred.
  • Working knowledge of at least English or French necessary, preferably both.


  • Two years relevant work experience essential.
  • Previous experience with ACFIN preferred.
  • Minimum 4 years humanitarian experience.
  • Management of international and national multi-cultural team.
  • Open, creative, experienced, mature, responsible, flexible, culturally sensitive, energetic, interested.
  • Dedicated to ACF values.
  • Coordination with other international actors (i.e: donors, UN, INGO, local authorities).
  • Knowledge of donors policies and guidelines.
  • Good stress management in tense and difficult environment.

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger.