EFSVL Advisor (INT5206)



The MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region implements and manages programmes in Yemen, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan.

Programmes within the MENA region reflect Oxfam’s approach to work across the globe. We support self-reliance, not dependency, and to complement our work on the ground we strive to secure lasting change through our campaigning.

We provide strategic and technical support to the EFSVL Programme Manager in the design, implementation and monitoring of Oxfam’s EFSVL programme in Syria. This will involve contextual analysis, EFSVL sector assessments, planning, internal and external coordination/representation, supporting the implementation/follow-up of Oxfam’s EFSVL programme in Syria and integrating EFSVL into multi-sectoral programming with WASH, gender and protection. The role will influence strategic decision-making within the EFSVL programme in line with the Oxfam’s overall strategy for Syria.

Oxfam therefore seeks to recruit an EFSVL Advisor to be based in Damascus.

The Role:

Reporting to the Deputy Country Director, Programmes, you will be responsible for providing:

  • Technical and advisory support to the EFSVL team and, as needed, to national partners to enhance a solid and systematic contextual understanding of programmatic areas, people’s needs and capacity as well as power dynamics.
  • In close coordination with other programme teams and based on assessment and contextual analysis support the development of context appropriate detailed operational plans and budgets for the delivery of humanitarian assistance
  • Provide technical inputs in project and proposal development, and provide support, where required, to write donor and programme reports
  • Provide strategic and technical advice to develop creative solutions to the delivery and monitoring of EFSVL services, in both accessible and inaccessible areas
  • Design or identify tools and approaches for use in food security, livelihoods and market monitoring, participate/lead in market assessments and in any other assessment
  • Support the EFSVL programme manager to recruit a strong national team, including field level volunteers, focal points and officers
  • Work closely with EFSVL programme manager to identify capacity building needs for EFSVL team members and partners
  • Support technical capacity building assessment, planning and initiatives of relevant stakeholders (Syrian NGOs etc.)
  • Provide technical advice and support for the implementation of EFSVL activities in Syria – including ensuring coherence, standardized approaches, programme quality, and integration with other sectors

What we’re looking for:

We are long for a dynamic and credible leader with the following:

  • Higher Education in a relevant field (Agriculture, Rural Development, Economics or Development Studies)
  • Minimum of 4-5 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector delivering EFSVL and cash programming in conflict settings
  • Experience working in an advisory and supportive capacity, providing effective support to a multidisciplinary and multicultural team
  • Knowledge of a wide range of methods and approaches that can be used for rights-based food security, livelihood, and market-based programming; including in-kind food aid, CTP in emergencies, early recovery activities in rural settings
  • Thorough understanding of cash transfer modalities and mechanisms, analysing feasibility and risk of CTP
  • Strong analytical and planning skills, including critical thinking beyond the programmatic but within the regional context; understanding of risks, power analysis and stakeholder mapping
  • Experience in food security, livelihood and market analysis and use of results to inform strategy and activities design; with the capacity to remotely lead assessments
  • Experience developing log frames, and robust M&E systems for EFSVL & cash programmes with clear indicators of success and putting in place accountability mechanisms
  • Strong coordination skills including the experience in representation with Government and other external actors, in a sensitive political environment. Diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills are essential

Additional Information:

Location: Syria – Damascus

Hours: 40 hours per week

Salary: Competitive

Job Type: Fixed Term, with travel to field sites and sub offices

Closing Date: 7th February 2019


This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional, with a strong commitment to Oxfam’s values and beliefs. If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please download the full job profile and apply online via the link below:


Oxfam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us.

Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity within the workplace.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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