The Food Security and Livelihoods Adviser is an experienced technical specialist and is part of the International Medical Corps Technical Division team. The position will provide technical leadership and support in the areas of food security, livelihoods, women’s economic empowerment, nutrition-oriented agriculture, and resilience programs with a focus on the humanitarian context, recovery and development. This position will work closely with the technical department sectors (nutrition, WASH, health, GBV, NUTRITION, psychosocial support, etc.) as well as colleagues from the New Business Development, Resource Development and Programs divisions to ensure the development and implementation of holistic programs.

The Adviser will contribute and play an important role in the development of proposals related to food security, agriculture and nutrition-related livelihoods, food aid and other issues related to market-based approaches.

To successfully perform this job, a person must be able to perform all basic functions with or without reasonable accommodation:


Technical Leadership

  • Guide the International Medical Corps on food security and livelihood activities, nutrition-focused agricultural programs, and formulate strategies and recommendations for responsible disaster risk reduction, recovery and long-term development.
  • Provide guidance to field offices and headquarters on integrating food security, livelihoods, nutrition-sensitive agriculture into other sectors (health, WASH, protection, etc.) as needed.
  • Conduct initial sector-specific assessments and provide technical advice on relevant programs for both initial disaster response and longer-term disaster risk reduction or livelihood restoration.
  • Assistance in the development or provision of a technical review of proposals to ensure that proposed activities and programs are in line with best practices in food security and livelihoods and are in line with internationally recognized standards and country guidelines.

Country mission support

  • Write, publish case studies, share success stories, and share lessons learned internally and externally.
  • Together with national coordinators, establish and strengthen food security and livelihood monitoring activities and link food security and livelihood early warning to prevent malnutrition.
  • Enhance the skills of field staff on market-based approaches to food security and livelihood programming and innovative approaches to food security and livelihood interventions.
  • Provide technical support to track, improve the quality and effectiveness of food security and livelihood programs with a focus on integrating with other sectors, deepening impact, increasing sustainability and improving outcomes.

New business development

  • Provide technical guidance for the new business proposal/development process, including development of scopes of work for consultants, approval/feasibility study, review of evaluation reports and concept notes including food security and livelihoods.

Emergency response

  • Coordinate International Medical Corps food security, recovery and development activities with a wide range of International Medical Corps members, donors, host governments, UN partners and NGOs to ensure program coherence.
  • Provide food security and livelihood support to the International Medical Corps Emergency Response Team by deploying it to conduct assessments, design appropriate responses, and launch life-saving food security and livelihood activities.


  • Actively represent the International Medical Corps and serve as a technical advisor to food security and livelihood sector networks, technical working groups and the global food security cluster.

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document reflect the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

Code of Conduct As applied to this position, the individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of and adherence to the standards of compliance and ethics of the International Medical Corps and donors.

If it is a management position, the person should set an example of ethical behavior by their own behavior and supervision of the work of others; make sure that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to comply with the standards set out in the Code of Conduct and Ethics; monitor compliance by the people you supervise; consistently and fairly enforce the Code of Conduct and Ethics and the policies of the International Medical Corps, including the Safeguards Policy and the Workplace Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Harassment Policy; support employees who ask questions or have concerns in good faith.

Protection All employees have a joint responsibility and duty to protect and protect the public with whom we work, including adults, who may be particularly vulnerable, and children. This includes protection from the following practices by our employees or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect or abuse of children, adults at risk or LGBTI persons; and any form of human trafficking. Employees are also responsible for preventing violations of our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may include conflicts of interest, fraud, corruption, or harassment. If you see, hear or become aware of any violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethics or the Safety Policy, you must report it.

equal opportunity The International Medical Corps prides itself on providing 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. A 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 accordingly.
  • Typically more than 10 years experience in international development or humanitarian assistance with at least 3 years field experience in food security, livelihoods, women’s economic empowerment, emergency food aid, livestock, agriculture nutrition.
  • Ability to work across sectors including health care, WASH, nutrition, GBV prevention, psychosocial support, new business development and support functions.
  • First-hand experience in conducting market assessments, designing and implementing food aid, and cash transfers in crisis-affected communities is a plus.
  • Strong communication skills in English such as authoring sections of sentences, opportunity statements, SitReps; and others
  • Experience with donors such as USG, EU, DFID and other private donors.
  • Ability to travel at least 75%


Misconduct Disclosure Scheme

All offers of employment in the International Medical Corps are subject to satisfactory references and background checks. The International Medical Corps participates in the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. Accordingly, we will seek information from the applicant’s previous employers about any instances of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment while on the job or about incidents under investigation in which the applicant quit their job. By submitting an application, the applicant confirms his understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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