The Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor is an experienced technical specialist and is part of the Technical Unit team within the International Medical Corps. This position will provide technical leadership and support in the areas of food security, livelihoods, women’s economic empowerment, food-sensitive agriculture and resilience programming with a focus on humanitarian, recovery and development contexts. This position will work closely with sectors in the Technical Unit (Nutrition, WASH, Health, GBV, MEAL, Psychosocial Support, etc.) as well as with colleagues in New Business Development, Resource Development and Program Units to ensure the development and implementation of more holistic programs .

The consultant will contribute and play an important role in developing proposals related to food security, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and livelihoods, nutritional assistance and others with market-based approaches

To perform this work successfully, a person must be able to perform any essential function, with or without reasonable accommodation:


Technical leadership

  • Lead the thinking of the International Medical Corps on food security and livelihood activities, nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs, and formulate strategies and recommendations for responsible disaster risk reduction, recovery, and long-term development.
  • Provide guidance to field and departmental departments on how to integrate food security, livelihoods and food-sensitive agriculture with other sectors (health, WASH, shelter, etc.) as appropriate.
  • Conduct initial sectoral assessments and provide technical recommendations for appropriate programming, both for the initial disaster response phase and for longer-term disaster risk reduction or livelihood recovery.
  • Assisting in the development of proposals or providing a technical review of proposals to ensure proposed activities and programs are consistent with food security and livelihoods best practices and conform to internationally recognized standards and country guidelines

support of the national missions

  • Write and publish case studies, disseminate success stories and share lessons learned internally and externally.
  • With the country priorities, ensure the establishment and strengthening of food security and livelihoods surveillance activities and link early warning on food security and livelihoods to prevent malnutrition.
  • Building the capacity of field workers on market-based approaches in food and livelihood programming and on innovative food security and livelihood intervention approaches.
  • Provide technical assistance to track and improve the quality and performance of food security and livelihood programs with a focus on integration with other sectors, deepening impact, building resilience and improving outcomes

new business development

  • Provide technical leadership for the proposal/new business development process, including development of consultant work scopes, approval/business case, review of assessment reports and concept notes that include food security and livelihoods.

emergency measures

  • Coordinate International Medical Corps food security, recovery and development activities across a broad spectrum of stakeholders within the International Medical Corps, donors, host governments, UN and NGO partners to ensure programming consistency.
  • Provide food security and livelihood increase support for International Medical Corps Emergency Response Team, deploy to conduct assessments, develop appropriate responses and begin life-saving food security and livelihood activities.


  • Actively represent the International Medical Corps and serve as a technical resource for food security and livelihood networks, technical working groups and the global food security cluster

Perform other tasks as assigned. The duties and responsibilities set out in this document are representative of the nature and scope of the work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Code of Conduct In relation to this position, an individual must foster and promote a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of, and adhere to, the International Medical Corps and donor compliance and ethics standards.

If it is a supervisory position, one must set an example of ethical behavior through one’s own behavior and supervising the work of others; ensuring that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to comply with the standards outlined in the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics; monitor compliance with those you supervise; consistently and fairly enforce the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and policies of the International Medical Corps, including the Safeguards Policy and the Safeguarding Against Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct Policy in the Workplace Policy; Support employees who raise questions or concerns in good faith.

fuse It is the shared responsibility and obligation of all employees to protect and protect the communities we work with, including adults who may be at particular risk and children. This includes protecting against the following behaviors by our employees or partners: sexual exploitation and sexual abuse; exploitation, neglect or abuse of children, vulnerable adults or LGBTI people; and any form of human trafficking. Employees are also responsible for preventing violations of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, which may involve conflicts of interest, fraud, corruption or harassment. If you see, hear, or are made aware of any violations of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics or the Safety Policy, you have a responsibility to report it.

equal opportunity International Medical Corps is proud to offer equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.



  • Typically a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Master’s degree in Public Health, Agriculture, Development Economics, International Development or International Relations is preferred. An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted where appropriate.
  • Typically 10+ years experience in international development or humanitarian assistance with experience of direct field experience, at least 3 years, in the areas of food security, livelihoods, women’s economic empowerment, emergency food relief, livestock, nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
  • Ability to work across sectors including health, WASH, nutrition, gender-based violence prevention, psychosocial support, new business development and support functions.
  • Direct experience in conducting market assessments, food aid design and implementation, and cash transfers in crisis-affected communities is an asset.
  • Strong communication skills in English such as drafting sections of Proposals, Capability Statements, SitReps; and other
  • Experience working with donors such as USG, EU, DFID and other private donors.
  • Ability to travel at least 75%


Misconduct Disclosure System

All job openings at International Medical Corps are subject to satisfactory references and background checks. The International Medical Corps participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR). Accordingly, we request information from an applicant’s previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment or incidents being investigated when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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