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GOAL is an Irish international humanitarian organisation founded in 1977 and currently operational in 14 countries working across the crisis to resilience trajectory. GOAL stands with local populations and actors to assist them to overcome crises and on the journey to longer-term solutions. For GOAL, crises are defined as when local systems are unable to respond or continue to function when confronted with shocks and stresses. GOAL works to understand these shocks and stresses; including conflict, climate change, environmental degradation, rapid unplanned urbanisation, weak or unstable governance, inequality and forced displacement all of which interact and threaten the health, safety, security and well-being of affected populations.

Description of the role

The Food & Nutrition Security Advisor will contribute to the achievement of GOAL’s global strategy: From Crisis to Resilience, and is responsible for supporting GOAL’s global programme addressing food and nutrition insecurity using a systems approach. The position is based in any GOAL country of operation in which the applicant has the right to work, with up to 20% travel to support Country Offices (COs) and represent GOAL with key stakeholders. The Food & Nutrition Security Advisor position sits within GOAL’s global Programme Technical Team (PTT) and reports directly to the Head of Technical Team, working closely with the other PTT Advisors, COs, Head Office MEAL and GOAL’s Innovation Lab. The PTT has four key objectives, detailed below and as they apply to this position.

Key responsibilities

Objective 1. Strategy and Design for Food and Nutrition Security

The Food and Nutrition Security Advisor contributes to GOAL’s global strategy and supports country offices to undertake detailed understanding of context specific food & nutrition systems and to use this for design and adaptive management of programming, coherent with global best practice.

  • Guide global and country strategies on food and nutrition security, ensuring access to global best practice and evidence.
  • Support the use of learning and evidence to develop GOAL’s integrated food and nutrition programming for sustainable change.
  • Provide technical support for food and nutrition contextual analysis, emergency preparedness & response.
  • Engage technically with relevant external food and nutrition actors (including for-profit) in relation to strategy development & programme design.

Objective 2. Donor Positioning and Proposal Development

The Food and Nutrition Security Advisor works to position GOAL to identify, analyse and respond to funding opportunities and be able to develop strong technical proposals/bids which are coherent with both donors’ and GOAL’s organisational global goals.

  • Identify funding opportunities through technical networks and support analysis for go/no go decision making.
  • Lead/support the development of technical content for new proposals.
  • Liaise with donor technical advisors and respond to technical queries from donors
  • Engage with internal stakeholders on technical elements of funding opportunities


Objective 3. Quality Food and Nutrition Security Programme Delivery

The Food & Nutrition Security Advisor supports country offices to deliver high quality, innovative and adaptive food and nutrition security programming, including in emergencies.

  • Technical programme backstopping in food and nutrition security
  • Technical reviews and support on evaluations of food and nutrition security programming
  • Support country and global teams to use learning and best practice in adaptive management of food and nutrition security programming
  • In-country and remote technical support for emergency preparedness, anticipatory action and emergency response.
  • Support teams in understanding the linkages between food and nutrition security, gender equality and social inclusion, and integrating these considerations in programming.
  • Provision of training, mentoring and other support for country teams in specific areas relating to food and nutrition security.

Objective 4. Evidence & Learning

The Food and Nutrition Security Advisor will capture learning from programming and research and share internally and externally to contribute to the global food and nutrition security evidence base and communicate GOAL’s programmatic innovation and successes, in collaboration with the Programme Innovation Lab (PIL) and Global MEAL Team.

  • Supporting COs to capture, document and share learning and programme outcomes.
  • Support the development of a global research portfolio in food and Nutrition Security.
  • Technical representation and engagement with global food & nutrition networks including the Global Food Security Cluster Cash and Markets Working Group.
  • Interpreting and reflecting on data for re-design & progress towards programmatic goals

Requirements (Person Specification)

  • At least 7 years previous international NGO experience at a senior level, ideally including substantial periods implementing Food and Nutrition Security programming.
  • Broad food & nutrition programme sector experience
  • Formal training in M4P (markets for the poor) methodology or equivalent approach
  • At least 3 years’ experience in market systems programming
  • Experience in proposal and report writing with a proven ability to secure donor funding.
  • Experience incorporating gender equality and social inclusion in food and nutrition security programming, through integrated and targeted approaches.
  • Experience and knowledge in applying cash and/or voucher modalities to support food and nutrition security outcomes
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • A willingness to travel to programme sites.


  • Training and experience in market analysis in emergencies such as EMMA (Emergency market mapping), Rapid Market Assessment (RAM), 48 hour assessment etc.
  • PMSD (Participatory market systems development training)
  • Certified in M4P (market development for the poor) training and experience


General terms and conditions

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.


Important information about working with GOAL:

Accountability within GOAL

A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL's integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  1. Comply with GOAL's policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  2. Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area;
  3. Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff and partner.



Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as o result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate are inadvertent actions and failings that place them to risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shaws this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.


Equal Employer Statement

Consistent with GOAL's core values at humanitarianism; integrity; respect; partnership and courage, we place a significant emphasis on equality in our working environment.

GOAL is committed to treating all its employees with dignity and respect and values diversity, which it believes enriches an organisation. To reinforce this commitment, all company activities, policies, practices, and procedures are to be carried out in accordance with this global standard.


All employees share in the responsibility for fulfilling GOAL's commitment to equal employment opportunity and equal treatment.


GOAL does not discriminate against any employee or volunteer; or any applicant for employment or volunteering on the basis of age, gender identity, ancestry, political opinion, civil status, medical condition, ethnic background, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.


GOAL believes that our strong commitment to equal opportunity and equal treatment helps to ensure that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, compensation, benefits, retention, and discipline of staff and volunteers.


GOAL aims to provide o work environment thot fosters fairness, equity, and respect for social and cultural diversity, and thot is free from discrimination, harassment fand vilification] as determined by applicable laws.