Norwegian Refugee Council Food Security Specialist Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Norwegian Refugee Council

Food Security Specialist

Kenya Nationals Only

Job Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Ref. nr.: 3366646828

Full time

Number of positions: 1

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people.

NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents.

In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability.

These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.

Job Description

  • Develop Food Security strategy, technical guidance and Macro LFAs
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Contribute to fundraising, develop and revise funding proposal, budgets and donor reports
  • Identify trends technical standards and donor priorities
  • Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within Food Security Core Competency, ensure high technical quality and synergies in programme
  • Provide technical direction and project implementation support
  • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from CC implementation, and incorporate them in CC and staff development processes
  • Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff
  • Represent NRC in relevant forums/working group and clusters, including with national authorities and donors
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Develop a country Food Security strategy technical guidance and Macro LFAs, identifying country programme priorities, problems and challenges from a food security perspective
  • Responsible for monitoring the sector specific situation in country and initiate relevant assessments to increase scope, respond to emergencies or adapt programmes to the context.
  • Develop Food Security (food assistance) emergency preparedness, contingency planning and response capacities and contribute to emergency Food Security response in country.
  • Support the development of a Livelihood strategy in coordination with the other CCs Specialists.
  • Contribute to assess, design and lead the analysis of current livelihood coping strategies of refugees (and vulnerable local populations) in targeted areas
  • Develop Cash Based Intervention procedures and standards operational guidance’s in accordance with NRC policies (which type, when and where NRC should apply Cash Based Intervention in targeted areas, consulting key stakeholders at each stage).
  • Ensure that M&E procedures for CBIs are, understood followed and adapted to the context: review and adaptation of assessment and monitoring tools for the CBI (pre intervention, during and post intervention), contributing to the development of systems to improve targeting, appropriateness and to reduce the risk of aid diversion and conflict of interest by program staff, local authorities and local partners.
  • Identify multipurpose cash and vouchers program modalities suitable for Core Competencies integration (beneficiary targeting criteria, community mobilization approaches, transfer mechanisms and local partnerships).
  • Contribute to fundraising, develop and revise funding proposal, budgets and donor reports
    Identify trends technical standards and donor priorities
  • Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within Food Security, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience of food security programme in a humanitarian or recovery context
  • Minimum 5 years of Programme Management experience
  • University degree in food security, socio-economics, rural development
  • Proven track record of setting up and implementing monitoring, documentation and learning systems
  • Experienced in emergency food security / food assistance operations
  • Experienced in cash based intervention in humanitarian context
  • Experienced in food security monitoring and analysis
  • Experience from leading multi sector assessments and analysis
  • Strong capacity in leading proposal development
  • Documented experience working with donors and conversant with their technical frameworks, strategic priorities and reporting requirements (e.g. ECHO, DFID, OFDA, WFP, UNHCR, Unicef)

Education field: Social studies

Education level: College / University, Bachelor’s degree

Personal qualities

  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Knowledge of food security refugee’s context
  • Experience with integrated programming, enabling the development of livelihoods strategies
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills

Language: English

We Offer

Duty station: Nairobi

Contract period is for 12 months with possibility of extension.

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions, The candidate will observe NRC’s code of conduct and working hours for the NRC Office in Nairobi.

Miscellaneous info

Travel: Some travelling must be expected

How to Apply

Go to to apply online

Search criteria:

  • Location: Kenya
  • Industry: Emergency Relief
  • Special field: Food Security
  • Role: Middle / line manager

Deadline for application: 23/03/2017

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Updated: March 9, 2017 — 9:04 pm