Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager (FS&L PM)

In emergency situations or where recovery is required, the Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager is responsible for activities that can improve people’s food situation (access, availability and usage) and strengthen their ability to withstand crises.


The Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager’s activities may be as follows:
– in emergency conditions, to counter the risks of malnutrition by ensuring that food is distributed or money transferred (cash or food vouchers)
– where recovery is required, to help revive the economic activities of those affected by the distribution of production means (agriculture, livestock, income-generating activities, etc.), support in the form of technical training, etc.
– over the long term, to promote more resilient livelihoods in order to increase people’s autonomy, enabling them to generate income that meets their basic needs, even in times of crisis.

In order to bring these missions to fruition, the FS & L program manager must have a wide range of technical knowledge, both for assessing people’s needs and for implementing FS&L activities, in sectors as diverse as food distribution, money transfers, agriculture/livestock/fishing, trade, etc.
Operating with a large degree of autonomy, he/she is also responsible for general activities that are indispensable when it comes to project implementation, such as diagnostics, planning, activity management, team supervision, and financial and logistical management of activities.

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have professional experience in one of the technical areas (food distribution, money transfers, agricultural revival, support for trade and small businesses, etc.) and/or an approved qualification linked to this role.
International experience is an added advantage for this position.

Core skills

Common skills :

Is able to analyse the specific situation where FS&L activities are being carried out, taking into account the geopolitical circumstances of the country and area of intervention, as well as the humanitarian situation faced by local communities. To do this, it is important to identify those involved locally (NGOs, associations, international organizations/UN) and the bodies linked to FS&L operating within the area of intervention (Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the WFP, the FAO, etc.).

Is able to identify and assess people’s needs and abilities to meet their quantitative and qualitative food requirements (analyse access, availability and usage)

Is able to identify people’s socio-economic vulnerabilities in order to better target the most at risk

Is able to plan, manage and evaluate actions in the field of Food Security, by:
– identifying and formalizing intervention objectives in conjunction with other teams and departments (logistics, finance, human resources)
– studying the various possibilities for action, forming assumptions and identifying risks / drawing up and adhering to his/her own activity timeframe
– coordinating activities by the various teams and departments, and ensuring that his/her actions are properly reported internally to the relevant bodies
– identifying qualitative areas for improving programs and implementing adjustment measures
– capitalizing on actions, an important aspect of each program.

Specific technical skills :

Depending on the project activities:
– Knowledge of tropical agronomy in developing countries (depending on the mission assigned)
– Knowledge of household economy in rural and urban contexts, income-generating activities and small business management
– Skills in market research (tenders) and cash transfers
– Skills in the distribution mechanism for food-related goods and services in volatile contexts (storage conditions, nutritional value of foodstuffs)
– Skills in assessing/diagnosing vulnerabilities and food security
– Knowledge of protection (Do No Harm, social cohesion)
– Knowledge of analytical tools in sociology and/or anthropology, as well as in malnutrition, is an advantage

Cross-disciplinary skills are also required

As no field positions are required to work in isolation, the Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager will be working in conjunction with the logistics, HR and finance departments: when drawing up FS&L activity budgets (project inputs, storage, project HR, secondary transport) and when writing the monthly cash flow forecasts.
He/she must apply the organization’s own administrative and financial procedures (purchasing procedures, contract
management for partners / service providers, etc.)
In conjunction with the logistics specialist, he/she must identify the logistical and technical resources required to carry out FS&L-related activities.
He/she is also involved in relations with donors and in drawing up reports and updates destined for donors (report writing).

– The FS&L PM must be able to lead, supervise and train their team, incorporating an intercultural focus.

– He/she should also be able to implement measures designed to monitor program quality

Additional skills


– Expresses him/herself in a manner easy to understand both verbally and in writing in both of these languages, and can adapt his/her level depending on who he/she is talking to
– Easily understands the people he/she is speaking to.


– Proficient in basic IT functions (Office).
– Proficient in computerized communication tools (email, internet, communication software, etc.)
– The ability to use mobile data collection software (kobo, ONA, etc.) and geographic information management software is an added advantage.


– They are the same as required for any field position:
– He/she must possess adaptability and flexibility, reliability and resolve, discernment and initiative, and a considerable capacity for work.
– Common sense is however your key tool, along with empathy and listening skills.

Possible career paths


After several missions, a Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager can apply for a FS&L Coordinator or Program Coordinator position. 
To this end, he/she will help draw up the SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL strategy in the country of intervention, by putting forward a sectorial strategy. He/she will represent the association when liaising with technical partners and in sector-specific working and coordination groups (food security clusters, cash working groups, etc.)
He/she will have particular responsibility for the quality and relevance of technical strategies put forward and ensures that the association’s FS&L activities are suitable for the needs of the populations. He/she will coordinate the project cycle and, more particularly, operational follow-up for programs implemented in the country of intervention. He/she will also be responsible for providing teams with technical supervision and training.
He/she will play a part in the strategy to capitalize on and improve FS&L activity methods and techniques for SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL.


As we offer the option to swap between working on the ground and working at head office, or should your personal circumstances require you to return to France, we can offer roles at head office that are a logical extension of our field staff positions:
– FS&L technical officer in the Program Quality and Technical Department
– Programs Manager on one of our operational desks