£39,100 - £46,000
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The job of a Save the Children's UK Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Advisor is varied and rewarding.

  • Do you have experience in the design, implementation and management of Food Security and Livelihoods programmes in an international development context?
  • Do you have substantial level of technical expertise and knowledge of the debates surrounding at least one of these technical areas (anticipatory action, poverty graduation, private sector engagement, climate resilient livelihoods)?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

We are Save the Children. Together, we fight for children every single day so that they can make their mark on the world and build a better future. We stand side by side with children in the toughest places to be a child. We do whatever it takes to make sure they survive, get protection when they're in danger, and have the chance to learn.

Job Purpose

We are looking for a committed and experienced individual to join us as a Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) Technical Advisor, playing an exciting role in strengthening our programmes and driving sector wide change through supporting our teams in Country Offices to design, implement and learn from high quality programmes.

You will be part of the Hunger Reduction and Livelihoods Team, which sits within the Programme Policy and Quality (PPQ) Department and is dedicated to delivering quality, evidence-based programme design and implementation support, as well as influencing broader change across the development sector. The department is key to delivering Save the Children UK’s goals on ensuring children survive, learn and are protected and to demonstrate what works to achieve this impact at scale.

As FSL Technical Advisor you will work with colleagues across the Save the Children movement to support organisational learning and capacity building initiatives which aim to improve the quality of our programming. You will also be expected to provide thought leadership in a key thematic area (anticipatory action, poverty graduation, private sector engagment, climate resilient livelihoods, etc.) and will influence decision-makers both internally and externally.

Main Accountabilities

Programme and strategy design and implementation:

  • Provide technical support to the design and implementation of FSL projects and programmes, ensuring they are based upon high-quality needs assessments, are in line with Save the Children’s theory of change and that they contribute towards national policies and international best practice;
  • Provide technical support the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation tools and frameworks, and support the generation and sharing of learning and evidence;
  • Contribute to the implementation of the hunger reduction and livelihoods strategy through supporting its development, delivery, monitoring and review;
  • Ensure integration of FSL programmes and other initiatives with other sectors (e.g. nutrition, child protection) as part of Save the Children’s Child Poverty framework which aims to ensure FSL programming contributes to outcomes for children.

Technical leadership

  • Provide technical and thought leadership in a key theamatic areas such as anticipatory action, poverty graduation, private sector engagment, climate resilient livelihoods, etc. through developing tools and guidance materials, participating in relevant internal and external forums and groups, and coordinating with relevant stakeholders throughout the organization;

Portfolio development

  • Support fundraising efforts by contributing to the development of high-quality concept notes and proposals, participate in donor meetings and ensure that gender, climate change, systems change, disability and inclusion, and child participation are mainstreamed into FSL programmes.

Person Profile


  • A high and substantial level of technical expertise and knowledge of the debates surrounding at least one of the technical areas (anticipatory action, poverty graduation, private sector engagment, climate resilient livelihoods)
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, implementation and management of FSL programmes in an international development context;
  • Knowledge of institutional donors and a proven track record in developing funding proposals and reports for a range of institutional and other donors;
  • Proven experience of developing effective working relationships with a range of senior stakeholders e.g. government, donors, academics including successful influencing.


  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills, with the ability to think and plan strategically
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships, with colleagues, Members, and external partners and supporters
  • Ability to travel within the region and globally up to 30%


  • A proven understanding of broader livelihoods programming e.g. resilience building, cash and voucher assistance, gender-sensitive livelihoods, VSLAs and IGAs
  • Familiarity with various analytical tools related to FSL e.g. Household Economy Analysis, the Cadre Harmonise/Integrated Phase Classification (IPC)

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: 

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. 

To apply please visit our website. 

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Posted on: 11 May 2022
Closed date: 10 June 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Intl Development, Advocacy