Save the Children Household Economic Strengthening Advisor Jobs in Kenya

Save the Children Household Economic Strengthening Advisor Jobs in Kenya

Role Purpose

  • Under the Health and Nutrition lead and the Health general guidance and direction of the Health System's Strengthening Advisor, the Economic Strengthening advisor will provide technical support to the implementation of all livelihood work including Household Economic Analysis (HEA) at field level.

  • In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

    Key Areas of Accountability

    Strategic Planning and Programme Development

  • Be fully aware of and actively participate in the development and review of the NAWIRI's implementation strategy as informed by phase 1(Learning and research phase). Specifically lead the operationalisation and implementation of the Livelihoods component of the NAWIRI strategy and ensure that nutrition-sensitive strategies and approaches are integrated into the component.

  • Build on technical knowledge and understanding of the operation of Livelihoods related policies and services in Kenya, and how these policies can best work for the needs and peculiarities of Samburu County.

    Advocacy and Policy Development

  • Be fully aware of and proactively engage in the development, review, dissemination and operationalisation of County level policies, legislation, strategies and other initiatives and developments by government and other stakeholders relating to food security and nutrition sensitive livelihoods programming.

  • Regularly assess and communicate the implications for NAWIRI project and Save the Children's programme and priorities of any changes in the operating environment relevant to food security and livelihoods.

  • Support the health and nutrition lead and system strengthening lead develop policy briefs and position papers as and when required related to the nutrition sensitive livelihoods programme in coordination with key programme staff. This may require technical support from Child Poverty Technical Specialist, Nutrition Specialist and Health Technical Specialist.

  • Represent and advocate for NAWIRI project with County Governments, NGOs and others at the county levels in both verbal and written communications to ensure that NAWIRI work is visible in terms of innovation and quality of implementation. Specifically ensure that evidence, learning and recommendations from NAWIRI programmes are shared through:

  • Active participation in monthly food security technical forums/working groups at the county level

  • Active participation in the nutrition multi-sectoral platform at the county level

  • Sharing information with Child poverty Technical Specialist to be used during Kenya Food Security Meeting and other coordination forums at national level.

  • Share information with Health &Nutrition Lead to be used during participation in the Nutrition Information Working Group or technical forums at national and county levels.

  • Advising field teams to ensure adequate field visibility through attendance of food security and livelihoods or multi-sectoral technical meetings at sub-county level.

    Programme Quality

  • Monitor and provide timely, relevant, accurate input on overall technical aspects of NAWIRI Livelihoods programme work in Samburu county

  • Liaise with Health and Nutrition lead and the HSSA to ensure all livelihoods and other programme staff receive the necessary and appropriate technical support. In consultation with Health and Nutrition lead agree on the range of advice, support, training and/or other assistance required by the other arms of NAWIRI to ensure sequencing, layering and integration as per the agreed model of poverty graduation component of NAWIRI programme.

  • Assist in the development of tools for project staff and partners to improve the quality of nutrition sensitive livelihoods work. Where necessary provide - or ensure the provision of - technical training for project staff and partners as required (such Household Economy Analysis (HEA), Livelihoods related surveys, other monitoring and evaluation).

  • Where external consultants (local or international) are required to technically support or monitor and evaluate projects, ensure the consultant adhere to the TOR and that quality is maintained throughout the work.

  • Generate quality donor reports to
    ensure that technical debates are well articulated and reports are of acceptable quality before submission.

  • Provide input on partner selection, and provide technical coaching of partners in Livelihoods.

    Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Lead team and participate in the design and implementation of Livelihoods related research or assessments work such as HEA baseline assessments, Cost of the Diet analysis, etc.

  • In collaboration with the project M&E Lead and engagement with field-based MEAL staff, ensure the project M&E frameworks are adhered to.

  • Participate in the design of the Collaborate, Learn and Adapt (CLA) methodology of the programme implementation to ensure NAWIRI interventions are working to address persistent acute malnutrition.

  • Regularly review and monitor programmes for child safeguarding issues. Take corrective action in modifying programme activities and/or report incidents.

  • Ensure the active dissemination of programme findings and lessons learned through the production of high quality materials and their effective dissemination to key stakeholders.


  • Participate actively in NAWIRI programme meetings, planning and review activities, providing enhanced insight into Livelihoods programming.

  • Ensure the recruitment and training of NAWIRI livelihoods programme staff (coordinators, officers and assistants) in technical areas of expertise as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities.

  • Provide feedback on the performance of key programme staff through regular consultation with, as well as through structured performance management processes.

    Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor degree in Agriculture, Social Sciences, Community Development or other discipline relevant to rural livelihoods.

  • At least 5 years demonstrated experience designing and implementing livelihoods programmes.

  • Excellent understanding of Household Economy Approach (HEA).

  • Excellent technical knowledge of policy and practice in the field of livelihoods, crop and livestock production as well as other cross cutting issues.

  • Understanding and experience in implementing nutrition security food security and livelihoods programmes.

  • Excellent understanding of system approach to ending persistent acute malnutrition.

  • Clear understanding of and proactive approach to nutrition resilience, hunger and food security issues in Kenya, particularly in the context of Turkana and Samburu counties.

  • Understanding and experience in child rights programming.

  • Proven representation and advocacy skills.

  • Strong commitment to capacity building of county staff and partners with willingness to adopt participatory and consultative approaches.

  • Experience with livelihoods programming in arid and semi-arid land (ASAL) settings preferred.

  • Experience writing donor reports especially USAID.

  • Strong writing skills, including experience in writing, capacity statements and position papers.

  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.

  • 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 mind-sets.

  • Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in.

  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.

  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.

  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.

  • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Save the Children Household Economic Strengthening Advisor Jobs in Kenya

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