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Food Security and Livelihood Specialist

Job title: Food Security and Livelihood Specialist

Company: CESVI (Pakistan)

Job description: Terms of Reference

Position: Food Security & Livelihood Specialist (Mid-Level Position)

Reporting To: Head of Program

1. Primary Roles:

  • Focusing on project management and technical quality assurance as per assigned responsibilities.
  • Managing a local NGO partner implemented a major long-term consortium project’s food security and livelihoods component. The project focuses on enhancing the climate resilience of vulnerable households in the province of KP district Charsada through an integrated approach encompassing Livelihood, Food Security, Agriculture, and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
  • Supervise and support the implementation of the activities and maintain partnerships through a gender-responsive and nutrition-sensitive lens while mainstreaming protection, accountability, and Do No Harm principles.
  • Coordinating between CESVI, consortium lead, consortium partners, implementing partners, and major government stakeholders on agriculture and livelihood-related interventions.
  • Ensuring smooth project implementation and donor compliance.
  • Providing the implementing partner with technical and managerial agriculture and food security support.
  • The position will be based in Islamabad or Peshawar and constant coordination with the Islamabad Country Office.

2. Key Responsibilities:

  • Climate Smart Agriculture:
  • Conservation Agriculture:
  • Innovation and Research:
  • Agroforestry and Water Management:
  • Eco-DRR and Nature-Based Solutions:
  • Economic Development and Livelihoods:
  • Implement strategies for crop improvements using Climate Smart Agriculture practices.
  • Pilot and scale-up Climate Smart homestead vegetable gardening plots.
  • Promote Conservation Agriculture Practices using the Farmer Field School (FFS) approach.
  • Demonstrate climate-resilient crops, vegetables, fruits, and agroforestry methods.
  • Collaborate with research institutes, academia, and FSCR&D to pilot local seed banks and hermetic storage technologies.
  • Conduct policy research on Climate Smart Agriculture, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and watershed management.
  • Implement the Government’s Clean Green Pakistan agroforestry models (Miyawaki).
  • Manage watershed projects and pilot water conservation models, including Highly Efficient Irrigation Systems (HEIS) with private sector engagement.
  • Lead community-level Eco-DRR and nature-based Solutions aligned with COP 28 commitments.
  • Establish Business Hubs at union council and district levels.
  • Identify and develop market-driven value chains for economic viability.
  • Train women and landless men in market-oriented livelihood skills.
  • Facilitate the placement of trainees with the private sector for hands-on experience as per the Graduation model.
  • Create linkages for skilled women trainees with national and international markets through Local Social Enterprises (LSEs).
  • Promote Climate Resilient value chains for sustainable development.

3. Qualifications:

  • A degree in Agriculture, Environmental Science, or a related field.
  • 7 to 8 years of experience implementing Climate Smart Agriculture and Conservation Agriculture practices.
  • Knowledge of agroforestry, seed banking, and hermetic technology.
  • Familiarity with watershed management and water conservation techniques.
  • Experience with market analysis and value chain development, especially women’s economic empowerment.
  • Proven ability to engage with the private sector and research institutions.

4. Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong technical expertise in agriculture and food security interventions.
  • Ability to manage projects with multiple stakeholders and adapt to changing scenarios.
  • Excellent coordination and facilitation skills for training and capacity building.
  • Proficiency in English, Urdu, and Pashto (preferably).

CESVI values diversity and ensures an inclusive, non-discriminatory working environment. We welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all community sections. Top of Form

Contract Duration


Salary Range

250,000 – 300,000, (Per month

Applications received by 11:59 P.m. hrs. (PST) on 28th January 2024 will be considered for further evaluations/shortlisting. Positions will be filled on a first come first basis.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only the shortlisted will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be held in Islamabad. TA/DA for the interview will not be admissible by Cesvi. Cesvi is an equal-opportunity employer. To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at

Expected salary: 250000 – 300000 per year

Location: Islamabad – Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Job date: Sun, 21 Jan 2024 00:24:46 GMT

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