[EFSL Officer]

Somaliland National

Fulltime/ 40 hours a week

Based in Burao, Somaliland with frequency travel to the field

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The Role

To ensure implementation of emergency food security, cash grants, restocking, seeds and fodder distribution and food security activities as well as contribute to livelihoods recovery of the Somaliland population affected by drought emergency crises

JOB PURPOSE:  The EFSL Officer is responsible supervising, guiding and advising EFSL Assistants/Enumerators and communities in the selection, registration and verification of beneficiaries based on agreed set criteria and maintain accurate records of all registered beneficiaries for coordination, management and implementation of Oxfam’s cash transfer, livestock health, agricultural input conducted in Sool Sanaag with possible of expansion.

The EFSL Officer is responsible to field monitoring and technically supporting partners implementing rapid response to people in need of lifesaving assistance which may include: timely, orderly and effective food distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Host Communities; implementing high quality intervention, monitoring, accurate data collection and record keeping according to Oxfam policy and guidelines. The EFSL Officer is also responsible for regular project reporting and must ensure effective implementation of project activities in liaison the relevant stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  1. Partner capacity building and field monitoring
  • Mobilization and sensitization of communities on registration and distribution plans and other project modalities as guided by line manager
  • Facilitating the Targeting and Selection of unconditional cash grants for food Insecure and Vulnerable households using contextually relevant targeting  methodologies
  • Provide capacity building support to partner EFSL officers and assistances
  • Undertake continuous monitoring partners implementation of field work in SOOL and SANAG to ensure accountability, transparency and participative program delivery
  • To put in place working mechanisms, structures, schedules, norms, monitoring tools and guidelines of the EFSL interventions with support from EFSL advisor
  • Ensure Registration and verification of beneficiaries with relevant implementing partners in the field including CTP, agricultural tools and input beneficiaries
  1. Oxfam direct implementation responsibilities
  • Undertake beneficiaries registration, verification of seeds and fodder beneficiaries in collaboration with local authorities in the target areas
  • Responsible in ensuring routine market mapping including price is collected to inform to program review as necessary
  • Ensure implementation of livestock support activities in carried out timely and in professional manner that meets minimum standards of the organisation
  • Compilation of daily registration and distribution summaries/updates and submitting to line manager
  • Facilitating the distribution of vet nary drugs, shoats and emergency fodder to registered beneficiaries adhering to minimum standards
  • Training of partner EFSL assistance, enumerators and other casuals on registration and distribution,
  • Training of seeds distribution committees on distribution modalities and training potential CFW Committees in monitoring and supervision of agreed activities
  • Filling of registration, distribution records
  • Participate in food security assessments and surveys amongst emergency affected populations to contribute to appropriate EFSL programming and promote effective coordination
  • Contribute to response recommendations based on findings in EFSL assessments
  • Produce regular reports to line manager and contribute to donor monthly reporting and submit to the EFSL advisor on unconditional cash transfer, seeds, fodder and other FSL activities
  • Represent Oxfam  in community meetings involving local leaders
  • Request and organise received programme stationery and material for registrations and distributions
  • Supervision of EFSL assistants(when available), enumerators, crowd controllers and other casual labourers
  • Any other work related duties assigned by line manager

Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge


  • At least 4-years experience of working in Somaliland, of which a substantial part should involve recent emergency food security and livelihoods work. This includes proven practical experience in two or more of the following – food security assessments and surveys, agriculture and livestock interventions, cash/vouchers based interventions, general food distribution and targeting as well as an understanding of relief and development issues relating to risks to livelihoods and livelihoods support, food security in natural and  drought  related disasters
  • Sensitivity, diplomacy, tact, good communication skills, and ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Ability to understand complex food insecurity situations and adjust operations accordingly.
  • Ability and willingness to live and work in remote with limited facilities field locations under basic conditions
  • Experience of implementing new programmes.
  • Experience of capacity building of communities
  • Have good knowledge of Sphere standards, Humanitarian Accountability Principles, and Humanitarian needs assessment
  • Ability to train partners field staff at the field
  • Excellent experience in undertaking monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning of food security and livelihoods program run through local partner
  • Strong attention to detail. The ability to present concise reports, sometimes at short notice, reflecting the problems and possible solutions for particular situations.
  • Proven experience as a team player and demonstrably cooperative with members of other teams, responding flexibly, with speed and accurately to queries and issues
  • High level of computer literacy especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s principles and values of accountability, inclusiveness and empowerment.  This includes demonstrated experience of integrating gender and diversity issues into programmes.
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Familiar with and abide by the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, the People in Aid Code, Oxfam International procedures and other regulatory codes (e.g. Interaction Field Co-operation Protocol).
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrates commitment and drive and ability to work in stressful and difficult conditions.


  • Experience in cash grant, agricultural inputs(seeds distribution) would be a significant advantage.
  • Experience with capacity building to local partners staff and ability to strong monitoring is highly desirable.
  • Previous experience in working Sool, Sanag and Awdal is an asset
  • First degree in disaster risk reduction/sustainable development, food security and nutrition is desirable
  • Language, English and local Somali language.

Application Procedure:

Please apply the position by clicking the Apply button. Application Deadline on 21st July 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted