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Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Lead (1756)

Job Location: Eastern DRC, TBD

Job Type: Unaccompanied international contract

Reports to: Chief of Party. You will also work closely with the Programmes Director, Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion Lead; M&E Lead; Strategic Learning Advisor (SLA); Commodity Manager; and Nutrition Lead, Systems Director, Desk Officer as well as other technical advisors and consortium members.

About the role: This is a 60-month, new role with unaccompanied terms based in Eastern DRC with a salary of Grade 4 – €44,133 – €49,038.

*This position is contingent on upon successful agreement award and USAID approval*

We would like you to start in August 2023 (dependent on funding approval).

Concern Worldwide has operated in the DRC since 1994, successfully implementing programs in emergency response, livelihoods, protection, and health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) throughout the country. Concern DRC has nine offices with over 300 staff throughout the country. The head office is in Kinshasa with coordination offices in Goma (North Kivu), and Kalemie (Tanganyika).  

Your purpose: Concern Worldwide seeks a Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Lead for an anticipated USAID project “Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA)” in Eastern DRC. RFSAs work to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations through multi-year resilience food and nutrition security activities. These activities work at the individual, household, community, and institutional levels to address the underlying causes of food insecurity and malnutrition and strengthen transformative opportunities. RFSAs are intended to strengthen resilience in populations vulnerable to acute, chronic hunger, and malnutrition; recurrent shocks, stresses, and crises; and to reduce the need for ongoing or future emergency food assistance.

The Technical Lead will take a leadership role, providing oversight and guidance to the design and implementation of activity interventions. This person will manage staff in programs and technical units, to ensure the successful implementation and adaptive management of the program. The candidate will play a significant role in coordination with consortium partners and other stakeholders, including program participants, local partners, and the private sector. The successful candidate should possess substantial experience in livelihoods as well as managing complex, multi-year USAID or other international donor-funded programs.

The Technical Lead will be required to:

  1. Programme Planning, Management, and Development
  • Develop a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to strengthening livelihoods and increase incomes that ensures vulnerable households are able to meet basic food and nutrition needs in addition to becoming more economically secure.
  • Lead and design innovative, market-based approaches that engage both the public and private sector in addressing critical barriers to consistently profitable livelihoods. These approaches should build the food and income generating capacity of populations, limit or eliminate subsidies, and increase the likelihood of sustained outcomes. Interventions should address on-farm, off-farm, and/or non-farm livelihoods, specifically prioritizing vulnerable groups.
  • Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and local issues that may impact programming, in close coordination with Concern program staff. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to Concern staff safety and security policies and plans.
  • Manage key functions of the project to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, ensuring coordination between program and operations leads.
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with donor grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to the donor.
  • Integrate data analysis, reflection, interpretation and use with ongoing project activities, as needed and in coordination with the M&E Lead and SLA.
  1. Coordination and Outreach
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party; Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion Lead; M&E Lead; Strategic Learning Advisor (SLA); Commodity Manager; and Nutrition Lead to ensure technical and administrative implementation of high impact, proven interventions, while ensuring that the project meets stated goals and reporting requirements.
  • Maintain relationships with key staff of consortium partner organizations in related areas of responsibility. Coordinate with key staff and consortium partners to carry out activities in accordance with the work plan and timelines for deliverables.
  • Manage partnerships and foster a positive and collaborative working environment inclusive of both local and international, public and private staff and stakeholders working towards program objectives.
  • Collaborate with senior management team to achieve activity objectives, while evaluating program effectiveness and determining corrective actions needed to achieve objectives.
  1. Human Resource and Capacity Building
  • Effectively manage, supervise and mentor program teams and staff. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports.
  • Coach and mentor staff to plan and implement food security activities, including budgeting allocations, procurement, and coordination with relevant stakeholders.
  • Create and maintain a staff environment that promotes learning, sharing ideas, solutions, and challenges. Promote staff capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for Concern and consortia staff members, recommending trainings and technical assistance needed.

Education Requirements:

The candidate must have either:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant academic area—including agrobusiness, agronomy, food security, development studies, etc. —plus five years of relevant experience with increasing technical responsibility leading to senior level expertise are required.
  • An undergraduate degree in a related field and eight years of relevant work experience with increasing technical responsibility leading to senior level expertise are required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience effectively leading large-scale agriculture and livelihood programming intended to improve food, nutrition, and economic security through agricultural production and household resilience.
  • Technical familiarity with the RFSA sub-purpose themes, including: savings and capita, income-generating activities, and agricultural production. The candidate must be considered a technical expert in at least two thematic areas, one of which must be agriculture.
  • Demonstrated experience creating effective private sector linkages.
  • Demonstrated experience and in-depth understanding of all components of livelihoods sector technical expertise, including selection, planning and management of small business; livelihood resilience and diversification strategies; market linkages; and private sector engagement.
  • Experience in agriculture (crop and livestock) including seed systems, market systems, and environmental and cultural constraints to agriculture.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing interventions for the development and enhancement of sustainable livelihood interventions including on-farm, off-farm, and/or non-farm livelihoods, from self-employment to small business creation, and demonstrate capacity to lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of sources.
  • Demonstrated experience providing technical guidance and support to the development of livelihood strategies/approaches, and developing modules and programming on livelihood creation and expansion.
  • Excellent leadership, program, organizational management and oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well within a team, and to complete multiple tasks effectively and efficiently.
  • Demonstrated ability to network and engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including program participants, project staff, donors, partners, and the private sector.
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to working in a changing environment.
  • Experience working on USAID or other donor-funded programs.
  • Deep knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of DRC required.
  • Experience working in conflict-affected or insecure areas, with DRC experience preferred. This includes experience implementing programs for fragile contexts and experience working with humanitarian coordination mechanisms.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in written and spoken French is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with USAID’s approaches to resilience and food security; the state of food security and nutrition sectors in DRC; understand and demonstrate commitment to the importance of gender and youth dynamics in food security programming and within staff and management.
  • Understanding and knowledge of USAID and U.S. Government regulations and program administration, management, and reporting procedures and systems is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Core Humanitarian Standards, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols.
  • Professional proficiency in Swahili.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short-listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date. Highly qualified DRC nationals strongly encouraged to apply.


Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.


Concern has an organizational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy accessible here. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards of behavior expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, working or volunteering with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking. 

If you have any concerns about our recruitment process and need particular assistance – for example if you have a visual impairment or are neurodivergent – please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

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