Job Information Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihood Assistant NGO Information
NGO Name Oxfam
Contact Name
Contact Email
Job Information
Contract Duration 6 Months
Governorate Salah Al-Din
Job Shift
Nationality National
Working Hours Full Time
Posted 2019-05-16
Minimum Education Bachelor Degree
Degree Title
Minimum Experience 2 Year
Required Travel
Job Status
No Of Jobs 3
Published Date 2019-05-16
Deadline Date 2019-05-29
[Tikrit,Iraq ]

Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihood Assistant

Reporting to:   EFSVL officer                         

Job Grade:      E1                   

Contract type: Fixed Term                            

Location:         Tikrit, Iraq - with frequent travel to field locations in Salah al-Din Governorate

Staff reporting to this post:  None     

Total Workforce:                    

Annual Budget:

Iraq Context

Oxfam’s programme has been established in 2014 in response to the ISIS conflict in Iraq. Oxfam implemented activities during the past few years was built around the delivery of 3 main areas: A) Lifesaving humanitarian assistance b) Recovery assistance, and C) Promotion of Women Rights.


  • Lifesaving humanitarian assistance: to newly displaced populations residing in camps or host communities. The bulk of this work was done around the Mosul Operation with activities implemented in the governorates of Erbil, Salah Al Din and Ninewa. Activities included: Establishment/rehabilitation of safe water (boreholes, repair of infrastructure); Emergency water supply (distribution of water through trucking and bottled water); Setting up water tanks and networks in camps; Distribution of hygiene items; construction of latrines; Cash for Work opportunities inside the camps to allow construction work and solid waste management; and Distribution of emergency winterisation kits.


  • Recovery assistance: to returnees, local host communities and IDPs to recover from the post-conflict and to cope with protracted displacement. The main activities implemented under these areas of work include: Rehabilitation of water infrastructure; Supporting local authorities to rehabilitate essential public services (schools and hospitals); Grants to returnees to recover damaged businesses; Provision of livestock to support farmers; Cash for Work opportunities contributing to income for vulnerable families and supporting rehabilitation of infrastructure of public interest (irrigation canals, main roads).


  • Promotion of Women Rights: through contributing to the implementation of the National Plan for 1325 UN Resolution, and economic empowerment of women through provision of training and grants to establish/rehabilitate businesses.


In order to serve these three objectives, Oxfam work aimed to integrate the following key sectors together for every intervention in a given location:

  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods
  • Non-food-Items and Shelter
  • Protection of lives and rights of civilians
  • Gender Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
  • Advocacy and Media work


Team Purpose

To support conflict-affected populations access appropriate and equitable assistance that meets humanitarian needs and reduces underlying drivers of conflict at all levels.

Job Purpose

Implementing emergency food security, livelihood and cash transfer programs under the supervision of EFSVL Officer.  To implement activities in programs under Emergency Food Security, Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL) and Cash Programming as key member of the EFSVL & Cash team in Oxfam’s areas of operation in Salah al-Din, Iraq.  Key areas of intervention include, but not limited to, EFSVL activities, small business grants for assets recovery, and micro businesses activities for vulnerable communities.


Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Implementation of emergency food security, livelihood and cash programming activities within the project time-frame and quality standards, and using different modalities that includes in-kind distribution, micro grants, cash for work and multi-purpose cash for IDPs, host communities, returnees in the selected sites.
  • Conduct community mobilization and sensitization activities in targeted location considering the strict adherence to DO NO HARM principle.
  • Ensure community participation at each stage of project implementation and their input and feedback are incorporated in activities implementation.
  • Participate in field level assessments including, but not limited to, need assessment, HH vulnerability assessment, and other type of assessment as assigned by the team leader.
  • Identification, registration and verification of vulnerable households and individual as per the approved selection criteria.
  • vendor/shops identification and market actors to participate in the food security, livelihoods and Cash and Voucher activities as per the standard market/vendor identification tools.
  • Follow the standard procedures for cash and voucher interventions, including compliance with relevant policies and criteria relating to Emergency Food Security, Vulnerable Livelihoods, Cash and Voucher programming, including best practices and donors’ policies.
  • Ensure proper community engagement and clear communication with community.
  • Strict compliance to cash transfers SOPs and policies as per the Oxfam’s internal standards, donors and international humanitarian standards.
  • Maintain the records of all the activities under EFSVL and Cash Programs: Master Beneficiary List, Actual Beneficiary Distribution Lists, Community Meeting Minutes, Cash for Work (Contracts, worksheets), Traders Contracts, Traders assessments, vouchers records (ledger etc.)
  • Distribution of in-kind goods, micro grants/cash/ vouchers to participants are accurate and according to the criteria.
  • Work closely with MEAL staff, conduct monitoring of all activities post-distribution, and collate information to share with other staff.
  • Capacity building of the enumerators.
  • Keep safe the passwords/accounts of the Cash Based Programming electronic platforms.
  • Visit vendors for data collection and other cash based programming related activities.
Qualifications & Preferred Skills

Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge

  • Diploma in economics, sociology, business management, development studies, or equivalent to that.
  • At least 1 years of experience working in food security, livelihood and cash transfer programming.
  • Proven experience of working in humanitarian projects/programs.
  • Strong understanding of local culture, and context for target communities.
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and the promotion of gender equity in all aspects of Oxfam’s work.
  • High Skills of personal organization, self-sufficiency-Competent and initiative.
  • Strong ability to work within team and consult with a wide range of colleagues.
  • Flexibility and ability to manage work stress and to work under highly pressure.
  • Pro-active and with excellent communication skills.
  • MS Office operating skills (Word, Excel, Power point)
  • Good spoken and written English is preferred.
  • Strong spoken and written Arabic skill is essential.



  • Good knowledge of supervision techniques
  • Able to travel and work in conflict affected areas.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s mission, aims & objectives.


Behavioural competencies (based on Oxfam’s Leadership Model)

Practice Category

Leadership Practice




We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviours to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.  We self-moderate appropriately to different context thereby optimizing our ability to achieve goals.


We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organisation.  We work to achieve goals together not just individually.

Seeing the ‘big picture’

Vision Setting

We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organisation and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organisation and diverse external stakeholders. Clarity in our communication of vision allows others to focus on delivery and their contribution to the wider changes we seek.

Systems Thinking

We view problems as parts of an overall system and our contributions to change in relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage intended and unintended consequences of organisational decisions and actions.

Strategic Thinking and Judgment

We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organisational strategies and values

Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity

We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways. We develop strategies to maximise adaptability and agility, encourage forward thinking, new ideas and learning from experience.

Relationship Skills



We are good active listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.


We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organisation We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.

Relationship Building

We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organisation. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.



We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organisations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job.  We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.

Ability to Deliver results

Mutual Accountability

We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organisational values.  We are ready to be held to account for our actions and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.


We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision-making modes to the context and needs. We recognize that decisions may not always lead to the results we seek but enable us to continually learn and improve.


How To Apply

OXFAM is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.



Please submit your CV in English detailing your experience for the post and include a daytime telephone contacts to Subject line should be Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihood Assistant .


Shortlisting will be on rolling basis.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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