FW: Food Security and Food Distribution Officer
- position in mozambique....
From: Jesse Freese [mailto:jfreese@...]
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2000 12:24 PM
Subject: Food Security and Food Distribution Officer
GlobalCorps is assisting Save the Children UK with some of their recruiting
Save the Children UK currently has an immediate need for ONE person for the
position of Food Security and Food Distribution Officer in Mozambique. This
will initially be a 6-month contract. Please respond no later than May
24th. U.S. Citizenship is not required.
The full scope of work can be seen below. If you are interested in this
position and consider yourself suitable to the tasks and qualifications of
the position please contact GlobalCorps by replying to this email or Jesse
C. Freese (extension 27) at (301) 770-0632. You can view this scope of
work, learn more about Save the Children UK, and get information on how to
apply at http://www.globalcorps.com/orgs/ngo/stcuk/stcuk.html
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Jesse C. Freese
The torrential rainfall that has affected Southern Mozambique in the period
since 30 January 2000 led to the worst flooding in 40 years. Cyclone Eline
caused further devastation to already badly affected areas. It is now
estimated that approximately 300,000 people were made homeless and over
800,000 people were affected. Water-born diseases such as cholera and
meningitis now pose a major threat, as does the increase in malaria,
diarrhoea and scabies. As with most emergency situations, children are the
most vulnerable, particularly those under five years old.
The flooding destroyed the homes and crops of populations living along the
Save river. It is estimated that approximately 20,000 persons east of Save
town, in the vicinity of Mambone town, and 5,000 west of Save town,
reaching as far as Covane town, have been affected.
While this population is able to plant a second crop immediately, there
will be no harvest for three to four months. In addition, the second
harvest in this area is not a traditionally large one. This population is
in serious danger of malnutrition, with children under five facing greatest
Save the Children undertook an assessment of the area south of the Save
river in early April and confirmed that communities living adjacent to the
river had lost all crops and shelter. SC-UK also found that the
populations living farther south - outside the immediate flood plain had
also had crops damaged. These communities, between the town of Mabote and
the Save river - had not lost their shelter, but were found to be foraging
for food and living off traditionally minimal reserves. These communities
do not have the opportunity for a second harvest. They are, therefore, at
significant risk in the coming months as they wait to plant in September.
The Government of Mozambique and the UN World Food Programme have confirmed
that the affected population requires emergency food aid until they are
next able to harvest - approximately 3 or 4 months from now. It is
projected that monthly requirements for communities adjacent to the Save
river will be approximately 470 MTs. Road access to commodities in the
Save river area is currently limited. The delivery of commodities by road
will not be possible for some time. Repairs to the road running adjacent
to the river will be critical to restoring markets in the area. Repairs to
roads running further south of the river are a secondary priority. It is
foreseen that delivery of food aid must initially be undertaken using
From the outset of this emergency, Save the Children began an emergency
relief programme targeted principally at the worst-hit provinces of Maputo
and Inhambane. We procured non-food item stocks for over 20,000 people and
have been flying these goods to affected populations in
northern Inhambane. Save the Children has also contributed essential
medicines for over 30,000 people to the provincial Ministry of Health in
Inhambane. These include oral rehydration salts, basic antibiotics, water
purification tablets and treatments for gastro-enteritis.
Save the Children has seconded a Health Advisor to the Ministry of Health
to assist in the government's national response and help develop plans
aimed at reducing the spread of communicable diseases. Save the Children
already has a close relationship with the Ministry, having provided support
for staff training for many years.
In Inhambane province, Save the Children has been distributing supplies to
camps in 'safe' areas that many families have been evacuated to, and we
have been working with other agencies to set up reception centres there.
The organisation is also working to quickly re-unite separated children
with their parents and to respond to public health and food security needs
as identified in recent assessments.
In terms of food distribution, Save the Children has made a commitment to
undertaking emergency related work in Inhambane province. There are few
NGOs working in the area with the capacity to undertake all that food
distribution entails. This includes negotiations with the Government and
WFP, management of delivery, monitoring and follow-up.
Save the Children has notified WFP of its willingness to undertake this
activity for 6-8 months, with the understanding that WFP would provide the
required food and logistical support for at least the initial 3-4 month
food distribution phase. Save the Children will be collaborating with the
NGO Jesus Alive in this undertaking. A consultant will establish a
distribution plan for emergency food rations and will explore mechanisms
that can be used by SC (UK) as we move from distress food distribution into
more rehabilitation activities.
This role of food security and food distribution officer is crucial to
work SC (UK) needs to undertake over the coming 8 months and recruitment to
this post is an urgent priority. This post will be line-managed by the
Emergency Programme Manager.
This position will be based in Save town but will operate in the Save River
Basin (from Covane to Mambone) & in northern Inhambane (north of Mabote
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Building on the work of the consultant sent out to establish the
distribution plan for emergency food rations, this post will:
· Recruit, train, manage and supervise the food aid monitors. These
monitors will initially assist in the registration of populations,
co-ordination and monitoring of on-site distributions, although their roles
could be expanded as we move from distress food distribution into
incentives used during the programme's rehabilitation phase. Given the
urgency of this situation, recruitment should be underway already.
· Have overall management and responsibility for the distribution
· Plan, through the Save the Children Senior Logistician, the air and
eventual road transport requirement for delivery of assistance from Save
· Ensure, in collaboration with WFP and the Save the Children Senior
Logistician, appropriate storage of WFP food aid.
· The feasibility of food procurement within Mozambique should be
explored and reported on given SC (UK)'s belief in the importance of
supporting and strengthening local markets in Mozambique. This follows an
SC (UK) food security assessment in March which identified the likelihood
of bumper crops in parts of Gaza, Manica and southern Inhambane
(Massinga). Findings on this issue need to be shared with other
organisations but especially WFP who will be providing food for SC (UK)'s
· Ensure the system for monitoring the delivery of food is
implemented. This system will include quality control and stock monitoring
and must include child-focused indicators.
· Provide regular reports on progress of the food distribution with
specific reference to its impact on children.
· Oversee the planning and management of the likely transition to
cash for work or other incentives suggested by the consultant for use
during the programme's rehabilitation phase and assist in rehabilitation
efforts as required.
· Liaise with government authorities in Save and Vilanculos as
· Liaise with WFP staff in Save and Vilanculos and other
organisations in Inhambane province as required.
1. Experience in planning and managing an emergency food distribution
2. Experience in, and understanding of, the full monitoring
requirements for such a project
3. Demonstrated ability to incorporate community and children's views
in the design and implementation of a food distribution programme
4. Familiarity with the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in
Disaster Response, and demonstrated ability to apply these in the planning
and design of a food aid programme
5. Ability to work with initiative, in close co-operation with other
colleagues (SC and counterparts)
6. Excellent communication and reporting skills (written and oral)
7. Proven experience in HR management to include recruitment,
training and supervision of staff.
8. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and
negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels is required. Tact and
diplomacy are essential.
1. Proficiency in Portuguese (or Spanish)
2. Previous experience in a flood emergency
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
Salary: Starting salary will be £20,072 p.a. (which is on
the salary scale linked to grade 4 rising by incremental steps to £21,948
p.a). Salaries include an element towards the cost of food related
expenses in country of posting. Salary will normally be tax free for UK
residents on contracts of 12 months plus duration.
Tax: Individuals are responsible for their own
tax in their country of domicile.
Contract Length: A 6 month contract is offered.
Post Status: This post is not eligible for accompanied
Holiday Entitlement: 4 working weeks local leave per annum, pro
1 week end of contract leave.
R & R: As per arrangements in place in country, if applicable.
Flights/baggage: Economy class air fare will be paid for the
employee from and to the country of domicile at the beginning and end of
contract and at mid contract leave time. Linked to each return flight is
an excess baggage allowance of up to 30kg per employee.
Insurance: SC (UK) has a medical insurance policy
covering all UK-appointed overseas staff. The scheme covers medical
expenses at country of posting, emergency evacuation costs and continuing
medical expenses in country of domicile in cases where free treatment is
In addition there is a personal accident
policy covering UK-appointed employees.
Full details of these policies are
available on request and will be provided on appointment.
Living expenses: Accommodation: SC (UK) will provide free
furnished and equipped
Other: SC (UK) will cover all other
reasonable in country living expenses, eg: utilities, domestic help etc for
the employee if appropriate.
Pensions scheme: Employees of SC (UK) who are under 55 years
of age on joining SC (UK) are eligible to join the SC (UK) final salary
pension scheme which is administered by the Pension Trust (this is
contracted out to SERPS).
Employees contributions are based on age
at entry: the percentage rate is: age at joining divided by 10 + 1%.
Pension fund members have life insurance
SC (UK) has a flexible retirement age for
all staff between 60 and 65 years.
CLOSING DATE: Urgently Required
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