Food Security Program Manager

Mercy Corps, Taiz, Yemen

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th April, 2016

Job Description


Leadership and Strategy

  • Participate in strategic planning for the Yemen response; ensure linkages into overall Yemen programming;
  • Assist with proposal development in the food security sector in coordination with the CO and HQ support teams.
  • Work closely with partner organization to make sure program activities done as per the proposal and give guidance in this regard.

Program Management

  • Oversee program start-up and ongoing program management and administration of the teams across the various field locations;
  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan;
  • Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria;
  • Develop MOUs & oversee a training program for vendors that will participate in the program;
  • Work closely with teams to ensure vendors plan appropriately to meet commodity demands required for successful program implementation;
  • Ensure that commodities purchased with vouchers meet established food quality standards;
  • Ensure that mix of commodities provided by vouchers meet targets for calories, micronutrients and dietary diversity;
  • Take a lead role in the partner relationship to be developed with a financial institution for redemption of vouchers, working closely with that institution to develop efficient redemption and other strategies designed to manage voucher in a way that eliminates counterfeiting possibilities;
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate;
  • Ensure market analysis is used in program design and appropriate consultation is held with the community and local government on project roll-out and implementation;
  • Establish and maintain effective program reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems for both internal and external use in coordination with the program staff, including end-user monitoring to ensure that designated households are receiving quantity of food intended;
  • Ensure MC has up-to-date information on the affected and targeted community and coordinates beneficiary lists and numbers with different stakeholders such as WFP, Government of Yemen, INGOs, NGOs, as well as other stakeholders;
  • Adhere to all MC area of operations and transport/ logistics information related to programming;
  • Ensure monitoring systems are in place to voucher programming including gathering data for case studies.

Team Management

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews;
  • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary;
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives;
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Finance & Compliance Management

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming;
  • Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership;
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.


  • Maintain internal and external relationships to ensure program success including contacts with government office and country program offices, international and local NGOs working in the emergency sector, related to emergency programming, beneficiaries and the general public;
  • Identify, coordinate and partner with local and international partners;
  • Coordinate closely with the Food Security & Agriculture Cluster and other clusters as required.


  • A BA or equivalent in business, economics, international studies or related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in a relief setting with management responsibility.
  • Experience supervising national staff, starting up programs and working in emergency and transitional programming.
  • High level of proficiency in English is required.
  • Proficiency in Arabic would be an asset;
  • Experience managing complex and complicated activities with time sensitive deliverables in unstable environments.
  • Experience with programs with focus on cash transfers or voucher programming, cash-for-work, and market infrastructure rehabilitation, preferably in disaster or conflict-affected contexts.

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