Food Security Coordinator for MCC Kenya/Tanzania

Food Security Coordinator for MCC Kenya/Tanzania
MCC cover all basic needs; Travel expenses to and from assignment, local transportation related to assignment, food & household allowance, housing, personal Allowance, vacation allowance, Education for children, Retirement Plan, Life Insurance and Death Benefits, Student Loan reimbursement, and Resettlement Allowance.
Nairobi (with significant travel to Makueni and Machakos counties)
Nairobi is a large, vibrant, and multi-cultural city with many things to do. High-quality healthcare is available in Nairobi, with many private and public hospitals that can easily respond to emergencies as well as provide routine care. Cell reception and internet service are good, and one can access the internet via cellular service.

All major religions are represented, and the majority of people are Christian, so there are many churches representing many different denominations of Protestants and Catholics. We anticipate the SWer will be able to find a congregation to join.

While traffic jams can be a challenge in Nairobi, the roads are good with many public transportation options including Uber, buses, and motorcycles. In addition, there is an expressway that significantly speeds up travel between Westlands and Machakos County.

In general, Kenyans are hospitable and friendly, and English is spoken by many, especially in urban areas. Kenya is home to more than forty ethnic and language groups, with rich and diverse cultural, religious, and social practices. The country’s geography encompasses savannah, lake lands, the Great Rift Valley, mountain highlands, desert, and the Indian Ocean coast, and has many national parks.

May 22, 2023
Jul 03, 2023
3 years

All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active participation in a Christian church or Christian community; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

•  Master’s degree in agriculture, international development, environmental studies, agricultural economics, community development, or a related field preferred
•    Relevant experience (2-5 years) in conservation agriculture, international development, nature-based solutions to climate change, or a related field required
•    Experience with data collection and analysis for monitoring and evaluation of projects, specific experience with data collection on agricultural/environmental projects preferred
•    Critical thinking skills and detail-oriented with training and/or experience in project management
•    Strong inter-personal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
•    Experience working in a cross-cultural setting
•    Self-starter with ability to work independently
•    Ability and willingness to travel in rural areas and drive in off-road conditions
•    Strong English language skills, both oral and written
•    Enthusiasm for learning a local language

​Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).

The Food Security Coordinator (FSC) will manage Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting (PMER) processes with MCC-supported food-security projects in Kenya and Tanzania. The FSC will primarily relate with a partner organization implementing a new Nature-Based Solutions project as well as an ongoing food security project, both funded by Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). MCC and the implementing partner organization are part of a consortium in the Athi River basin in Makueni county. Work will also include accompanying three other partners with food security and livelihoods projects in Kajiado and Turkana counties in Kenya and Hanang District in Tanzania.

Assignment Narrative:

Utooni Development Organization (UDO) is a Kenyan NGO that began as Utooni Self-Help Group in 1978 with six families, under the leadership of Joshua Mukusya, focused on alleviating water shortages in the arid and semi-arid (ASAL) of Ukambani in Eastern Kenya. UDO’s mission is to assist communities to sustainably transform their environment, enabling farmers to improve water supplies, food production, health, and incomes. MCC has partnered with UDO since 2004 to build terraces and hundreds of sand dams, to plant trees, and to train farmers in conservation agriculture and other climate-smart agricultural practices. More information can be found at

UDO and MCC Kenya are part of a consortium of four pairs of CFGB-member and local partner organizations implementing the CFGB-funded Nature+ Food Systems project, which is in a design phase from April through September 2023 with implementation of activities beginning between October and December 2023. Immediate planning is through December 2025, but the vision is for what can be achieved over 20 years.

MCC has been working in Kenya since 1962 and supports projects run by local partner organizations in food-security, health, education, and peacebuilding. MCC Kenya offers capacity building support and funding to help local partner organizations implement their programs. Currently, the MCC Kenya staff composition is five Kenyan program/admin staff, two international service workers (the MCC Representatives), and three to four young-adult volunteers on 11-month terms. The main MCC office is in Nairobi, but the team is spread out, meeting online weekly and in-person quarterly. There is also an annual partner gathering as well as an annual retreat where the MCC team and families go to a relaxing location within Kenya for team building and to rejuvenate and reflect on the year.

The service worker in this position will be based in Nairobi and work out of the office in Westlands, Nairobi, with frequent travel to UDO project sites, particularly Makueni and Machakos counties but with some additional travel to Kajiado County where MIDI works and less frequently to Hanang District in Tanzania and Turkana County in northwestern Kenya. Travel will be significant, up to 40% of the work time of this position.

Manage MCC’s PMER processes with partner organizations for food-security projects supported by MCC in Kenya and Tanzania. This work will be done in coordination with the MCC K/T Food-Security Field Officer and under the supervision of the MCC K/T Representatives.

Accompany Utooni Development Organization (UDO) in food-security projects (80%)
• Divide time between the new CFGB-funded Nature+ Food Systems (NPFS) food-security project (75%) and the ongoing CFGB-funded Climate Smart Agriculture and Livelihood Project (25%)
• Accompany UDO on the above projects with planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting requirements. Work will include engaging with staff on data collection, analysis, reporting, all to support ongoing learning for incorporation into project activities for positive impact with project participants.
• Participate in the Nature+ Kenya Steering Committee and other networks, connecting with other organizations doing similar food-security work, with the goal of collaborating and learning.
• Identify opportunities for capacity-building support and support partner strengthening as needed.
• Liaise with MCC Canada and CFGB.

Accompany other MCC Kenya/Tanzania partners with food-security projects (20%)
• Provide PMER and technical support as needed to other partner organizations with food-security/livelihoods projects supported by MCC Kenya/Tanzania including:
o Maasai Integrated Development Initiatives (MIDI) in Kajiado County
o One World Sustainable Livelihoods in Hanang District in Tanzania
o NCCK conservation agriculture and resiliency project in Turkana


•    The CFGB-funded projects UDO implements are large and complex and involve multiple stakeholders.
•    Kenya has experienced numerous droughts in recent years.
•    Local area not supportive to  LGBTQ+ persons

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