Food Security/Nutrition Proposal Writer - UMCOR, Harare

Closing date:  30 Nov 2011
Position Title: Food Security/Nutrition Proposal Writer (Consultant) Company Name: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR-NGO) Position Location: Zimbabwe
Purpose: The Food Security/Nutrition Proposal Writer will work directly alongside the Head of Mission in Zimbabwe to take the lead in writing a highly competitive USAID Food for Peace proposal for an Emergency Food Security Program for Zimbabwe.

This person will play a critical role in supporting the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) mission to remedy the human suffering surrounding emergency food needs and to address the root causes of food instability in Zimbabwe.

This is a consultancy assignment for approximately 30 days.

Essential Functions:
• Consult with all relevant stakeholders, including country government ministries, international agencies and NGOs, and community leaders to develop program ideas and identify/select implementation sites; •
• Consult closely with UMCOR’s local and HQ staff to produce/develop a sound proposal according to the USAID format for a cash for assets and food for assets program; • Research the current and projected food conditions within Zimbabwe to develop and design a thorough needs assessment; • Liaise on an ongoing basis with the UMCOR Field and HQ staff to resolve proposal questions; • Work with UMCOR’s Finance Director in Zimbabwe to help develop a budget for the proposed program; • Specific component pieces the consultant will be responsible for writing/producing are: o All requirements for proposal submission as outlined in the Food for Peace EFSP Guidelines including, but not limited to: o Detailed program design that provides an in-depth analysis of the geographic targeting, ration size and development of objectives, as well as the implementation plan for these objectives as well as the indicators; o
A plan of operation that includes a detailed methodology describing the cash and food distribution methodology, the interventions/activities that will be undertaken, the market impact, exit strategy; and o A rigorous monitoring and evaluation plan to examine the effectiveness of both the quantitative and qualitative impacts of the project.

Requirements: The position requires a Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations, Agriculture an MBA or related field and at least 5 years of experience with food for assets programs, emergency food aid and/or local/regional food aid procurement, agricultural development, food security, private sector agriculture development, agricultural marketing and value chain strengthening. Candidates will also have experience in effective evidence-based methodologies for the above sectors within short-/long-onset crises and emergency situations in developing countries.

At a minimum, the candidate must have successful program development experience (specifically in the field of food aid) and excellent writing skills; proven knowledge and ability to provide leadership in US Government proposal writing and pre-award management; and in-depth knowledge of the food aid situation in Zimbabwe or the region. In addition, the candidate must possess highly developed organizational skills, NGO experience (Food for Peace program management and/or Food for Assets programming a plus) and knowledge of food aid in developing countries. Knowledge of faith based organizations and successful applications for USAID’s Office of Food for Peace a plus. Fluency in English is required.
How to apply: 

To Apply: Submit your cover letter (notes) and resume through our website Application deadline ongoing and will terminate once an acceptable candidate has been selected. No telephone inquiries please. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Thanks for your interest in UMCOR. The United Methodist Committee on Relief, NGO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.