Thematic Technical Director – Food Security, Livelihoods, and Resilience – NGO Jobs 2021

Job Title: Thematic Technical Director – Food Security, Livelihoods, and Resilience

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 3 Dec 2021

Internal/External Vacancy of Thematic Technical Director – Food Security, Livelihoods & Resilience

No of Positions: 1

Duty Station: Addis Ababa


The Thematic Director is responsible for technical development and quality of all Save the Children’s Food Security, Livelihoods and Resilience programs in Ethiopia in both humanitarian and development contexts. This includes developing a multi-year thematic strategy and annual plans; identifying and initiating innovative and technically sound project ideas, approaches and methodologies that can help the Country Office effectively achieve its strategic breakthrough goals; prepares high quality thematic technical briefs for internal and external uses; proactively engaging with Country Office’s (COs) business development team, SC members and donors in identifying funding opportunities through presenting and marketing of those ideas; playing a major/leading role in technical designs of new programs; developing and maintaining strong external relations with key stakeholders in particular with donors, relevant Government of Ethiopia at Federal level, clusters and coordination forums; ensuring the development and application of quality assurance standards/benchmarks, tools etc. across the programs of the CO and application of Save the Children’s Common Approaches related to the sector. The position also includes responsibilities of overseeing the provision of quality and timely technical assistance to all projects; leading/managing a team of Senior Technical Specialists; ensuring the production and utilization of high quality, well-articulated project evidence and research by working together with Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team of the CO; supporting and strengthening Communities of Practice forums to disseminate learning and knowledge; and supporting advocacy and campaign strategies.

The Thematic Director oversees the work of Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL) & Resilience Technical Specialists involved in in implementation of programs. As such s/he will ensure cross functionality, coordination, standardization of program implementation in different projects, and that quality of program are implemented according to nationally/internationally accepted and recommended standards. He/she represents SC values and principles in interactions with staff and external audiences. These values and principles include commitment to the mission of Save the Children, team orientation, quality management and leadership development, introducing systems and procedures to strengthen staff motivation and productivity. The Thematic Director will also have expected to provide hands on strategic and program quality support to operation by conducting regular filed travels. S/he is a member of Program Development and Quality (PDQ) Department Senior Leadership Team, CO’s Extended Senior Management and National Management Team.


Reports to: Director PDQI

Dimensions: Save the Children works in all regions in Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 1,700 staff and current expenditure of approximately US$90+ million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: Four direct reports and a team of approximately six Senior Technical Specialists.


In line with SCI’s full spectrum programming, the following key areas of accountability apply to SCI Ethiopia’s work in emergencies (acute and chronic) and in development settings.

Strategic Programme Development

  • Provide overall leadership for the strategic development and quality implementation of the FSL &Resilience programs, including development of strategic plans and supporting a portfolio of projects, research and initiatives required to achieve of strategic objectives.
  • Prepare high quality thematic technical briefs for internal and external uses.
  • Lead the thematic strategic planning, tracking and reporting processes of the sector.
  • Support Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) for the documentation of program achievements
  • Communicate program achievements against agreed strategic objectives and milestones, and any emerging new evidence for a wide range of internal and external audiences.
  • Actively communicate and coordinate with the other Thematic Directors, relevant technical specialists and project managers to ensure synergy and integrated approaches across themes that take into account current good practices.
  • Develop and maintain strong external relations with key stakeholders in particular donors, relevant Government offices of Ethiopia at Federal level, clusters and coordination forums
  • Ensure a deep understanding of Ethiopian Government’s priorities; communicate these to his/her team and relevant Program Operations team; and use these for program development and implementation.
  • Proactively establish, maintain and cultivate key external relationships including with the GOE, donors, multi-lateral organizations, and INGOs
  • Regularly coordinate with member technical staff. Identify technical support requirements, inclusive of field visits, as and when necessary.
  • Serve as the senior representative for all relevant external representation opportunities

Program Development

  • Contribute to the development and regular updating of an SCI Ethiopia fundraising opportunities matrix.
  • Identify and present innovative and technically sound project ideas, approaches and methodologies that can help the Country Office effectively achieve its strategic breakthrough goals in collaboration with PDU and SCI members including possible funding opportunities.
  • Work proactively by engaging with CO’s business development team, SC members and donors in identifying funding opportunities through presenting and marketing of technically viable ideas
  • Support pre-positioning for identified opportunities including understanding government and donor priorities, and identifying partners
  • Present compelling FSL& Resilience business cases through analytical assessment of donor and Ethiopia’s priorities in the sector
  • Develop and maintain contacts with current and potential donors, potential partners and key technical agencies, in coordination with the Program Development Unit (PDU) and DCD PDQ. Attend relevant donor meetings and visits.
  • Ensure that high quality technical inputs are provided while designing new FSL & Resilience project proposals
  • Ensure that technical proposals are relevant through application of Save the Children’s Programming Principles; proactively and systematically gathering information from beneficiaries and stakeholders in the field
  • In collaboration with MEAL ensure current technical knowledge, research and current/previous programming lessons learned and good practices are widely shared and used in proposals.

Staff and Budget Management

  • Lead and manage the FSL & Resilience team.
  • Provide ‘dashed-line’ technical leadership for all SC FSL & Resilience Program technical staff in Ethiopia.
  • Coaches, mentors and provides structured training as necessary to team members.
  • Develop and manage budgets for staff of the FSL &Resilience team.
  • Conduct regular, comprehensive performance management. This includes work plans and performance reviews and support of staff learning and development.
  • Identify succession plans and team members with high capacity for future promotion.


  • Relevant post graduate level education or extensive experience in relevant field.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a development and humanitarian environment leading and managing the development, implementation and technical quality of food security & resilience livelihood (including youth empowerment and employment) programs
  • Proven experience in developing sectoral or sub-sectoral strategy and technical documents
  • Track record in designing successful proposals and in developing donor relationships in the sector
  • Deep understanding of policy, practices, challenges and opportunities in Ethiopia in relation to the sector
  • Experience in research and policy analysis and communication
  • Proven representation, influencing and advocacy skills and experience
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with demonstrated ability to write technical briefing papers (ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner) and reports.
  • Proven ability to manage a networked team of professionals, with good communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to motivate staff.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Experience working with government partners, with partner agencies, including local partners, and in consortia and relevant to resilience programming.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload
  • Excellent spoken and written English

Very Good skills in using computer applications.


Technical competencies:

  • Drives multi-sectoral assessment to develop scenarios and plans based on forecasted stressors and shocks
  • Leads the design and implementation of sectoral and multi-sectoral approaches aimed at improving households’ economic resilience
  • Embeds best practice in the design of programmes and policies to ensure enhanced child-sensitivity and improved and equitable child outcomes

Generic Competencies

  • Being the Voice of Children: Promotes evidence-based policy and public engagement that includes the voices of children and their communities
  • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Displays a commitment to ensuring everything we do considers the most deprived and marginalised children
  • Building & Strengthening Partnerships: Promotes working with diverse partners as critical to delivery
  • Child Rights: Promotes the rights of children in own work and in work with colleagues and peers</span>

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI’s global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender Equality Policies, supported by relevant procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.


SC Values are: Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. To meet the value system the post holder is expected to demonstrate the following Competencies on ongoing bases (this varies according to the position please consider the below as example)

Leading: (align with Ambition, Integrity collaboration and creativity)

  • Delivering result: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/ organization.

Thinking: (align with Ambition, Creativity, Collaboration and Creativity)

  • Applying technical and professional expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside the organization.

Engaging: (align with Collaboration, Creativity)

  • Working effectively with others Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.
  • Communicating with Impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others.
  • We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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