Food Security Advisor (All Nationalities)



Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)




Location Harrar, Ethiopia

Start Date Nov 2018 – Jan 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements English


Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only


The Volunteer’s Role


The overall purpose of this placement is to strengthen the community level livelihood, food security and nutrition service provision in East Hararghe Zone (EHZ) through capacity building and system strengthening in East Hararghe Government Sectors and community based organizations who are working with the Zonal Nutrition Coordination committee by assigning international volunteer in Haramaya University, which is a public university responsible for promoting problem-solving action researches and delivering coordinate community outreach activities in EHZ.

Specific objectives of the placement:

-Identification of the livelihood, food security, and nutrition mechanisms of the community

-Strengthening the livelihood, food security, and nutrition programming capacity of the development workers

-Developing the nutrition sensitive programming capacity of partners at institutional and community level

-Strengthening documentation and data system of the university

-Strengthening nutrition elements of the research projects at the university

-Linking gained experience across all partnerships for capacity building

As a volunteer, you will:

- Assist the assessment of project efficacy on the livelihoods, food security, and nutrition elements of the GROW intervention

- Support the capacity building activities for the GROW program for Zonal, District and Kebele level development workers

- Assist the design and implementation of GROW’s Y3 & Y4 program

- Support HU in designing relevant community development interventions with emphasis of food security and livelihood diversification

- Support HU in project proposals and scientific writing for various purposes

- Support the child health and nutrition elements of the CHAMPS project

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-MSs. / MA degree in the following fields of study:

-Community Nutrition/Rural Development/Public Health/Development Studies

Essential Professional Background:

-Minimum of four years work experience in designing development/food security/nutrition interventions;

-Demonstrated work experience in capacity development of nutrition and food security experts;

-Experience on nutrition and food security assessments

Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


  • Stipend Provided
  • Housing Available


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