YEMEN- FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOOD COORDINATOR -ADEN
Desired start date: asap
Duration of the mission: 9 months (with possible extension depending on funding available)
ABOUT THE MISSION IN YEMEN
After three years of conflict, Yemen experienced a collapse of its economy and public services’ provision. Human losses directly caused by the armed conflict are dramatic, and in particular the amount of civilian casualties. In addition, the indirect impact of this conflict is beyond imagination with 22 million of people considered in needs of humanitarian assistance (around 70% of the total national population) and the biggest known cholera outbreak in the modern history (1,020,179 suspected cases registered from April 2017 until January 2018).
In late 2017, the situation worsened again with two major events: In November, the coalition imposed a total blockade on Yemen. Taking into account that Yemen imports about 90% of its staple food and nearly all its fuel and medicine, this blockade caused a massive inflation of vital supplies’ prices and led 8.4 million Yemeni people on the brink of famine. In December, heavy fights within Saana city ended up with the death of Saleh and led to an increase of coalition’s airstrikes and frontlines’ activities as Hadi’s government tried to benefit from the confusion in Sanaa to gain territory.
Furthermore, the political vacuum created by the armed conflict in the city of Aden between southern forces led by STC (Southern Transitional Council) and Hadi’s Presidential Guard Units at the end of January 2018, hampered even more the state services provision. Nonetheless, the recent ceasefire agreed between parties end 2018/beginning 2019, and more or less respected, provide a window to access to most vulnerable and hard to reach peoples.
The mission is currently implementing two projects funded by the French Centre de Crise et de Soutien (CDCS) and the Humanitarian Fund for Yemen. They consist in an integrated emergency assistance for displaced populations and host communities in Al Qabbaytah district (Lahj Governorate), with activities in WaSH (rehabilitation of water supply facilities, construction and rehabilitation of latrines notably) and Food Security & Livelihoods (cash & vouchers, access to agricultural inputs).The mission’s current budget is about 2.5 million USD but a significant increase is expected in the coming weeks and months with proposals currently in discussion.
The coordination team is comprised of Country Director, Logistics Coordinator, Admin Coordinator, HR Coordinator, FSL Coordinator, WASH Coordinator, Grant Coordinator and a MEAL Coordinator. SI have 3 operational bases, supervised by 9 international managers and 70 national staff are currently based in Aden, Al Turbah and al Mokha and new recruitments are ongoing.
ABOUT THE JOB
The mission is looking for a Food Security and Livelihood Coordinator, based in Aden with regular field visits. The FSL Coordinator will support the FSL PMs in the implementation of an emergency food answer on the West Coast and a recovery agricultural linked answer in Taizz governorate. SI is looking for a recovery-focus (cash, livelihood and agriculture), proactive and intuitive collaborator able to lead operations in highly insecure environments.
The FSL Coo will initiate, lead and support new assessments in the FSL sector to develop new approaches and adapt responses.
The FSL Coo will handle external relations linked to the implementation of food security projects (FSAC, CMWG, donors).
He/she will be involved in the development of the mission, of proposals and in its overall strategy.
According to funding availability, the FSL Coordinator will manage two FSL Program Managers related to two different projects.
- Strategic orientation
- Relevance and quality of projects
- Coordination, technical support and operational monitoring
- Personnel management
- Reporting / communication / representation
Education and experience
- Masters’ degree or equivalent in related sectors;
- Previous experience as FSL Coordinator (at least 1 year) a prerequisite;
- Experience in small sized mission, preferably with SI, is an asset;
- Experience in in tensed context in terms of security;
- Experience in semi-remote management is an asset.
Knowledge and technical skills
- Good and proven writing and spoken English are required;
- Knowledge about cash based programs and livelihood;
- Experience in Yemen or Middle East countries appreciated;
- Arabic speaking is an asset;
- Organizational and analytical skills;
- Experience in delivering training and capacity building of staff;
- Knowledge of project cycle management, and project reporting;
- Multi-project support experience;
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Skill transfer ability highly appreciated;
- Anticipation and self-organization capacities;
- Great work and stress management capacities;
- Willingness to work in complex and volatile environments.
SI WILL OFFER YOU…
A salaried post:
According to experience, starting from 2640 euros gross per month (2400 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem rate of 750 USD a month in Aden. SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.
During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time-off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 750 USD allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).
Social and medical cover:
Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
[LIVING CONDITIONS : ]
The situation in terms of security remains tense in Aden and its surrounding Lahj governorate, due to the proximity of the frontline, the political unrest and the presence of armed opposition groups such as IS and AQAP. Main identified threats for Aden are crossfire (wrong location at the wrong moment), kidnapping or hostage taking (even though there is no proven history of kidnapping of expatriates), crowd mob and road accidents.
Ash Shamaytayn district, Taizz governorate, is currently bordering frontlines at the east and west parts of the district. Al-Turbah city remains out of reach of pro-Houthi fighters, the nearest frontline at Hifan is at 25 km, however there is no easy road access due to the mountains. Nowadays, based near Al Turbah city, military forces pro-Hadi (national army) secure the district and are comprised of 1,100 soldiers, and 500 additional soldiers part of the central security forces.
The Saudi Led Coalition and the Yemeni west coast forces liberated Al Mokha city in February 2017. Displacement of population occurred in December 2017 with the liberation of Al Khokha (100 km north of Al Mokha) and the heavy fighting in Hays in February 2018. Al Mokha and Dhubab districts are not anymore close from the frontline. However there are some risks of landmines.
There is no formal civil authorities in Al Mokha, nevertheless the city is controlled by the Security Belt – southern forces backed by the Emiratis. All shops are open and people carrying out business as usual. Currently, there are 37 road checkpoints between Aden and Mokha cities.
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