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Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.
In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year. The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 11 Southern Africa countries including, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Malawi, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville.
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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
Angola is a resource rich country that has made substantial economic and political progress since the end of civil war in 2002. It continues to face significant challenges however, including heavy dependence on oil, macroeconomic instability, gender inequality and large pockets of people mired in poverty and lacking access to basic social services. Angola also faces significant humanitarian challenges as the host of more than 70,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mostly from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo and close to 600,000 people facing severe food insecurity (IPC phase 3 and 4) in the southern provinces. With a new reform-oriented government, Angola now has a window of opportunity to begin a period of more inclusive and sustainable growth that supports equitable outcomes.
There is a consensus amongst decision makers and stakeholders that more comprehensive and sustainable approaches are required, along with a robust and coordinated development plan. This should be complemented by adequate social assistance programmes and disaster response interventions to effectively address long standing issues of poverty and undernutrition in Angola. Although substantial efforts have been made to generate information useful for programming and planning purpose, important gaps remain for development priorities, social assistance and disaster response interventions. There remains a need to fully understand the drivers of vulnerabilities, capacities of government and capacities of systems to respond and cope with the ongoing and future challenges. Coordinating information in Angola is complex due to diverse agro-climatic and socio-economic conditions, regional imbalances, inconsistencies in data collection methodologies, limited geographic focus of assessments and a difficulty of disseminating information. Furthermore, there is a general lack of baseline information to inform current assessments.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT continued
Across the country the quality and quantity of credible, timely and decision-focused food security information remains extremely variable in terms of coverage and frequency. Limited information and inability to provide systematic analysis at the sectoral level continue to hinder evidence-based programming. Under the current tight financial and budgetary policies, it is increasingly important to ensure that programming is results-oriented and evidence-based. In order to achieve this, it is imperative that a comprehensive and more regular inter-sectoral analysis be made available at the national and local level through frequent reports that can guide programming needs. Without a systematic food security information system, it is challenging to assess local food security situation and its evolution, making it difficult to identify the severity and magnitude of food insecurity and its causes, and to develop sound action plans together with proper impact evaluation of the activities and programmes implemented. As resources for responding to these challenges are limited in relation to the needs, it is imperative for Government, Financial institutions, UN agencies and NGOs to strategically target programmes with consideration for levels of food insecurity and underlying causes of vulnerability.
Timely food security information products are essential to guide these efforts and will assist in the creation of solid evidence for decision making regarding the level and type of action required to respond to those needs.
In May 2019, the Government of Angola signed an MoU with WFP requesting technical support for strengthening capacity for vulnerability analysis, food security and nutrition monitoring. With extensive proven experience in food security analysis evidenced through the integrated food security phase classification (IPC), and Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping, as well as with the support that WFP is currently providing to the SADC-Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis programme (RVAA), WFP is well suited to lead this project aiming at improving the technical coordination and the provision of detailed systematic food security analysis in Angola.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under overall supervision and the technical guidance of the VAM Officer in Angola, the Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Consultant (VAM) and with certain degree of independence provides well prepared, analytical work, manages projects with focus on food security and vulnerability issues. Provides effective technical support in conducting assessments, food security monitoring, maintains databases, etc; builds effective collaboration with other WFP units; supports, trains staff on food security and vulnerability; guides and/or supervises General Service staff.
- Contribute to the development of VAM projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider WFP Angola VAM policies and guidance.
- Support the development of systems and tools for the food security and nutrition monitoring and various type of assessments of food assistance needs in line with VAM methodologies and best practice.
- Support the preparation of timely reports on various food security and nutrition assessment needs in line with wider VAM policies, processes and guidance to enable effective decision-making.
- Provide assistance on the coordination of data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
- Co-facilitate training of enumerators for food security and nutrition assessments in the province and municipality level.
- Data entry and maintain databases on food security, market prices, acute malnutrition and relevant macro-economic indicators on regular basis.
- Analyze geographic patterns of food insecurity and vulnerability by integrating primary food security data with other sources of data in the Geography Information Systems (GIS) environment.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
- Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
- Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.
- Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
- Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
- Create an ‘I will’/’We will’ spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
- Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
- Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.
- Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
- Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
- Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.
Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance
Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers)
Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas
Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government
Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: High school certificate plus a Diploma/training in the related field.
Experience: At least five years of work experience in food security and/or nutrition assessments and analysis or a closely related area, such as food security or early warning system.
Knowledge & Skills: Households data collection, processing and analysis, report writing. Working knowledge of SPSS and GIS is highly desirable.
Language: Fluent in English and Portuguese
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
- Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
- Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
- Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.
SALARY & BENEFITS
- Gross Monthly Salary Range: $3,542-00 to $5,625-00
- Benefits: Medical Insurance
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
This vacancy announcement will close on Thursday, 24 September 2020 at 11:59pm
Female applicants and qualified applicants who are Angolan Citizens are especially encouraged to apply.
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.
- Job City Luanda, Angola