Job Description



JOB TITLE: FSL Project Officer *2

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Food Security and LivelihoodsLOCATION:  Buraos with frequent travel to remote locations
GRADE:  4POST TYPE: National

Child Safeguarding:

Level 4 – the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff


The primary purpose of the –FSL officer is to assist the FSL PM in managing in FSL projects in eastern regions of Somaliland The post-holder will support the PM and the DPM in planning, implementation and coordination for FSL project activities such as cash based interventions for save the children’s future resilience and humanitarian projects. S/he will contribute to programme strategy, ensure close co -ordination and integration with other projects and foster good working relationships between all sections of the team and with communities, local leaders and counterparts. S/he will work closely with the FSL PM and DPM, Program Manager, Field Managers, other Sector managers, Finance, Human Resource and Logistic staff.


Reports to: FSL Project Coordinator, Burao

Country Dimensions: Save the Children works in various locations within Somaliland, Puntland and Central SouthSomalia with a current staff complement of approximately 450 staff and current expenditure of approximately GBP 48 million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: 2 but can increase


Internal: FSL Program Manager, DPM, PC, Project Officers, Assistant Project Officers, Support Staff and other Sectors

External: Communities, Elders, local authorities and line ministries and partners


Program Management & Support:

  • Provide managerial support to the projects in SL for the line management of the PROJECT MANAGER, who will be responsible for the day to day management of FSL activities .
  • In collaboration with the PM, PROJECT MANAGER, develop Monthly/quarterly/annual work plan, phased budget, cash forecasts and procurement plans for all FSL projects. All these should be submitted to the FSL PROJECT MANAGER in timely manner
  • Assist the FSL PROJECT MANAGER in the development of thorough analysis of the food security and livelihoods situation through primary and secondary assessment and with due consideration for child rights and objective of the programme
  • With close consultation with the PROJECT MANAGER, ensure all FSL staff adheres to the security protocol and are sensitized to child safeguarding policy, child protection and code of conduct.
  • Working closely with the PC, implement resilience activities ensuring that resources transfers are delivered on time and on budget



  • Support the project coordinator in managing program budget lines and ensure proper and effective use of program resources
  • In coordination with the MEAL staff, monitor program progress against both programmatic and budgetary targets.
  • Identify FSL program supply needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan
  • Contribute to the development of a further project proposals for Save the Children’s FSL and resilience response in Somalia to develop the programme to more appropriately mitigate against the causes of food insecurity and livelihoods failure

Budget Management & Monitoring:

  • Support the FSL PROJECT MANAGER to monitor expenditures related to the FSL project budgets.
  • Assist the PROJECT MANAGER in developing phased budgets and cash forecasts.
  • Assist the PROJECT MANAGER in doing thorough analysis month financial reports before BVA meetings to identify under spent/overspent project budget lines and draw up comprehensive plan to utilize allocated budget as per the project work plan

Staff Capacity building:

  • Develop staff capacity to ensure that all FSL staff can:
    • Target the most vulnerable beneficiary households
  • Design, implement, monitor and report on all FSL, especially cash transfer, IGA, Micro credit schemes and DRR activities.
  • Conduct trainings to build the capacity of staff/volunteers and the community at large in best practice of food security and Livelihood practices

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL):

  • In collaboration with the MEAL staff, contribute the creation of M&E and accountability plans; put in place accountability activities for the FSL projects, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in program design.
  • Monitor project performance against the protocols designed for the program and ensure action points are addressed in their respective timeframe.
  • Assist the FSL Program Manager and the PM in the dissemination of the findings and results of surveys and ongoing analysis both within Save the Children and the wider community
  • Ensure the implementation of sufficient monthly monitoring and evaluation of FSL projects.

Reporting & Documentation:

  • Prepare timely program updates and draft donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal Save the Children requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Conduct systematic documentation of the FSL projects in the form of case studies, video clips, photos, lessons learnt etc.
  • Ensure proper filling and data storage for all the projects.




Developing Self and Others (Accomplished)

  • Gives regular positive and constructive feedback to others
  • Identifies clear development needs and development plans through regular constructive reviews of their own performance (and their team’s where appropriate)
  • Creates space for others to learn and provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments when people are ready for them
  • Coaches others to learn from their experiences on the job and to use the resources available to them
  • Uses data and evidence to drive decision making for quality improvement
  • Analyses and exercises judgment in challenging situations in the absence of specific guidance or knowledge of the full facts
  • Evaluates the opportunities and risks of each idea and solution to make informed strategic decisions
  • Takes decisions when decisions are due and is prepared to account for them.
  • Makes decisions based on professional expertise and experience without deferring unnecessarily to others
  • Shares knowledge and best practice on technical solutions so that others can make best use of that expertise
  • Actively seeks new ways to develop the application of technical and professional standards within the team


  • Builds trust with contacts through openness and honesty
  • Participates effectively in sensitive, complex and/or high impact relationships and networks
  • Builds strong relationships with a broad range of stakeholders
  • Spots opportunities to bring together partnerships/working alliances that have not been used before


  • University Degree in development studies, economics or any other social sciences
  • A minimum of least 3 years management experience in the INGO environment, including exposure to field operations in both emergency and development programs
  • Good understanding of livelihoods concepts and issues in both emergency and development context.
  • Experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary management of projects over USD 1 Million.
  • Experience of INGO program cycle management, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organization structure
  • Solid project management skills and a proven history of delivering results
  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and implement project plans

•   An  in-depth  understanding  of  national  development  issues  in particular in relation to children

  • Previous experience of managing and developing small teams and the ability to motivate and develop others
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams in the event of major emergencies
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
  • Good understanding and experience of working in South Somalia a definite advantage




Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for. SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.


Save the Children is committed to supporting performance based career progression for female employees.


Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

Application procedures:

Interested candidates are required to apply through below link:


Date of Closure: 10- December 2019

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.