Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager

Main Objective

The FSL program manager is responsible for planning and implementing of food security and livelihood program in adherence with ACF and donor guidelines and standards, at an ACF base in an ACF mission. The FSL program manager is in charge of building the capacity of the local FSL team in the base. Depending on size and structure of the mission, the FSL program manager reports to Head of Base or FSL Coordinator.


  • Analyse and report the humanitarian needs and provide clear and detailed recommendations for intervention.
  • 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.
    • Manage a food security and livelihood national team for programme implementation and achievement of the fixed results.
  • Ensure monitoring of food security and livelihood projects (field visit, regular program monitoring, budget forecast, staff evaluation and planning, donors reports, monthly reports, etc.)
  • Organize and facilitate training sessions for technical teams and assisted communities.
  • Liaise with local authorities, research institutes, partner organizations, NGOs, government bodies and clusters at base level.
  • Coordinate with other technical departments (nutrition, water and sanitation) and support departments (log-admin, human resources).


Initiative and Problem Solving Skills

  • Ability to capitalize on past experience and information available within the organization 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 organization itself.
  • Ability to work within a fluid situation (changes within the team, location of programs).
  • 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.

Further Qualifications

  • Masters degree in agronomy, veterinary, socio-economic, rural development, anthropology, geography, international development, etc.
  • Further qualification in tropical agriculture or related subject preferred.
  • Working knowledge of at least English or French necessary, preferably both.
  • Open, creative, experienced, mature, responsible, flexible, culturally sensitive.


  • Two years relevant work experience essential.
  • Some previous overseas experience essential.
  • Experience in managing people essential.

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.