Fellowship Number: 
Field Location: 
Lilongwe, Malawi
Policy Location: 
Washington, DC
General Scope of Work: 
Capacity building for food security
Description of Organization: 

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in education, health, nutrition, economic development, civil society, environment, gender, youth, research and technology – creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

Project Description: 

The USAID Global Health Bureau’s Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) established the Livelihood and Food Security Technical Assistance (LIFT) project as an Associate Award under the FIELD-Support Leader with Associates (LWA) Cooperative Agreement, managed and led by FHI 360. The project draws on leading organizations with expertise in the areas of economic strengthening, livelihoods support and food security.

The LIFT project is designed to work in close collaboration with US Government (USG) agencies, implementing partners and other key players to improve their capacity to design, implement and integrate sustainable, market-driven interventions to strengthen livelihoods, food and nutritional security. LIFT aims to heighten the impact of work done through USAID, PEPFAR, Feed the Future, USDA, CDC and the Peace Corps, as well as national governments, civil society and the private sector. LIFT’s ultimate goal is to support the food security of vulnerable households, particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS, by improving their livelihoods and economic circumstances.

Field Placement: 

The Leland Fellow will work at FHI 360 in Malawi on one critical aspect of LIFT’s work that involves rolling out models that extend the continuum of care for persons living with HIV/AIDS beyond facility based nutrition and HIV/AIDS services to include linkages to community economic strengthening, livelihoods and food security interventions (ES/L/FS). The entry point for LIFT’s work on these linkages is the Nutrition Assessment Counseling and Support (NACS)approach. Based in Lilongwe, the fellow will support the rollout of LIFT’s facilitation based approach in close coordination with local partners through the piloting and implementation of an ES/L/FS diagnostic tool as well as strengthened community ES/L/FS service networks, referral mechanisms and ES/L/FS interventions in two model sites.

The Leland fellow will support LIFT in working with partners through provision of technical assistance; capacity building in the form of peer to peer assistance and formal trainings; contributions to monitoring, data analysis and reporting; project coordination and support analyzing, synthesizing and documenting learning from the NACS model sites.

The LIFT fellow will have responsibility around discrete activities associated with the rollout, monitoring and provision of technical support in the two pilot sites. The fellow will gain experience and provide technical input into this model so that it can be scaled up for Malawi and learning applied to other countries as well as more broadly during the second year of the fellowship. 

Policy Placement: 

During the policy year in Washington DC with FHI 360, the fellow will use their experience integrating ES/L/FS into NACS at the local level in Malawi to provide technical input into the design, planning and rollout of these types of models in other countries. They will also provide support on the knowledge management and learning agenda side of LIFT, supporting the documentation and dissemination through a number of different venues. These will include representation at meetings and conferences with both implementer as well as donor audiences as well as different methods of communication including briefs, concept notes, papers, blog entries, and other potential social media pathways. The fellow will also support LIFT coordination efforts though support to joint activities with three other USAID projects working on aspects of NACS including FANTA-3, HCI, and SPRING.

In line with FHI 360’s focus on evidence, the fellow will contribute to not only enhancing understanding about the state of practice related to this model, but also help inform ongoing and future work of donors and technical practitioners to better understand success factors and facilitation models for integrating community based ES/L/FS support into NACS for improved food security, nutrition and HIV care, treatment and support outcomes. The Leland Fellow will be engaged across the two years in work that aims to improve understanding, establish proof of concept and evidence to inform programmatic and policy direction. Through LIFT the fellow will actively contribute to this important and evolving knowledge base and help shape how the field experiences can be used and applied by different development actors, including USG global initiatives (PEPFAR, Feed the Future), other donor and technical practitioners. 

Education/Experience Required: 
  • Masters degree in Agricultural or International Development Economics, Food Security, Development Studies or related fields.
  • Experience with or knowledge of programmatic approaches used in one or more of the following areas: market-driven small and micro enterprise development; rural and urban livelihoods; orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) well-being; agricultural production, value chains and marketing; informal financial services and microfinance; safety net programs and/ or food security.
  • Experience working and/or volunteering in developing country
  • Strong interpersonal skills will be required to build solid professional relationships, effectively collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholder and make this work successful.


  • Understanding of household economics for vulnerable households and the impact of hazards and shocks such as HIV/AIDS is preferred.
  • Experience working with community level activities and institutions will be useful.
  • Experience working with populations of compromised health and nutrition or affected by HIV/AIDS will be strong candidates but is not essential.