Livelihood and Food Security Assistant – new job vacancy (Food Distribution)

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Category: Agriculture, Natural Sciences

Location: Semera, Afar 

Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ – 5 years experience)

Employment Type: Full time

Job Description

Role and responsibilities

The purpose of the LFS Assistant(Food Distribution) position is to implement delegated LFS project portfolio activities. The following is a brief description of the role.

Community Mobilization

  • Sensitize local authorities and communities to the project’s objectives, activities, and selection criteria.
  • Ensure beneficiary selection criteria are understood by local authorities and community members and that project beneficiaries have been identified according to NRC’s economic, vulnerability, and target criteria.
  • Assist in running community meetings and workshops in a participatory and inclusive manner, to ensure that project activities are developed in consultation with communities and consider vulnerable groups.
  • Conduct training with community members or target groups on various topics, as required.
  • Collect and maintain lists of all beneficiaries with each distribution, to be input by Beneficiary verifier/Biometrician

Activity Implementation

  • Responsible for general Food Distribution implementation in specific refugee camp and reports to the relevant Coordinator for that location
  • Responsible for overseeing the work and ensuring quality in their specific refugee camp.
  • Support community feedback on beneficiary selection criteria with LFS Coordinator to update and finalize selection criteria.
  • Oversee beneficiary selection and verification process to ensure the correct procedures are followed and relevant documentation is completed.
  • Ensure basic information on target beneficiaries is collected and recorded and shared with LFS Coordinators in a timely manner
  • Manage and supervise the food distribution points staff in the areas of interventions.
  • Support the M&E team to collect, respond, and report beneficiaries’ complaints and feedback.
  • Support the project Coordinator in building the training for community committees at Food Distribution Points.
  • Keep accurate records of all project documents related to food dispatch and distribution in areas of supervision.
  • Follow up on food delivery to ensure receiving enough food ration as planned and the quantity shown in the waybill list.
  • With support from LFS Coordinator, coordinate with other field actors to ensure there is no beneficiary overlap in the finalized list of beneficiaries.
  • With support from LFS Coordinator, responsible for preparing an appropriate monthly work plan for distribution and sharing with beneficiaries, and community committees prior to each cycle of distribution.
  • Oversee the distribution process, ensuring NRC standards and security procedures are followed.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Follow-up on feedback from M&E Coordinator and Accountability Assistants to ensure that all findings are addressed, and adjustments made to projects throughout implementation.
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor and troubleshoot, submitting reports to the Project coordinator.
  • Assist in FSL assessments, surveys, data collection, and analysis as required by Project Coordinators.
  • Assist Project supervisor and project coordinator in compiling regular progress reports (narrative and data), food distribution reconciliations.
  • Any additional tasks as requested by the line manager.

Job Requirements


Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organization to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

Value driven competencies

Values are aspirational attitudes and beliefs that influence the way people conduct themselves. NRC’s values are: Dedicated, Innovated, Inclusive and Accountable.

Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies for this position:

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Two years of experience working with International NGOs.
  • Experience in food security and livelihood interventions especially General Food Distribution (GFD)/Commodity distribution,
  • Ability to organize time and manage multiple tasks on different activities at one time.
  • Good attitude, hardworking, and able to take initiative and problem-solve independently.
  • Ability to verbally communicate with rural populations (in English) and resolve conflicts.
  • Knowledge of the areas of intervention in Afar and the ability to relate with stakeholders is advantageous.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively to the field, sometimes in difficult circumstances.
  • Computer skills to create and input into Word and Excel documents and navigate the internet and email.

Additional job responsibilities

  • Apart from the duties and responsibilities as set out above, the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Behavioral competencies

  • Handling insecure environment
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Communicating with impact and respect

How to Apply

Application procedure

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to send in their application letters including updated curriculum vitae with day-time telephone number and contact details of three work-related referees only using this Application Link . Please attach photocopies of the most relevant educational certificates/testimonials and work experience documents. Applications should reach NRC latest by 08 August 2023 at 5:00 pm. 

NB: only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

“Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and on-the-job training will be provided!”

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