Anticipatory Action Specialist

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Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through its Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems, and through four Betters (Better production, Better nutrition, a Better environment and a Better life) and leaving no one behind.

FAO, through the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) partnership, developed a regional project for increasing capacities and scale for Anticipatory Action including through Social Protection systems. The project is being implemented in five countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Lao PDR, Viet Nam.

In Lao PDR, the Anticipatory Action agenda is relatively new and a growing portfolio. Anticipatory Action is an innovative approach which systematically links early warnings to actions designed to protect families and their assets ahead of a hazard. Acting before a disaster is crucial – it can safeguard lives and livelihoods, build resilience to future shocks, and ease pressure on strained humanitarian resources. This initiative is supported by several resource partners including the European Union, Germany, Belgium, and Sweden.

Reporting Lines

The Anticipatory Action Specialist reports to the Operations Specialist of FAO in Lao PDR. The Specialist will further work in close collaboration with the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) Anticipatory Action team.

Technical Focus

Support the implementation and technical matters of the Anticipatory Action approach in Lao PDR.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Anticipatory Action Specialist will:

  1. Lead the development of Anticipatory Action Protocols
  • Analyse existing vulnerability and disaster risk information to identify risks to agriculture and food security, priority areas and livelihoods.
  • Consolidate early warning information on the priority risks and support the selection of key indicators for primary climate risks.
  • Identify early warning triggers, i.e. the risk level thresholds beyond which financial resources should be rapidly allocated to prevent and mitigate the impact of a forecast hazard on agriculture and food security.
  • Formulate crisis timelines overlaying seasonality, livelihood impacts information to identify timings for early warning and anticipatory action.
  • Define, with support of international Anticipatory Action consultants, the protocols and standard operating procedures for linking early warning to anticipatory action, including precise roles and responsibilities for risk monitoring and implementation.
  • Support the operational and timely implementation of anticipatory action at country level by conducting field missions, advising on appropriate actions and operational arrangements as well as accessing the Anticipatory Action Fund.
  • Lead efforts to embed Anticipatory Action into the national and local disaster risk management (DRM) systems.
  • Support the Anticipatory Action Impact Assessment including Return on Investment (ROI).
  1. Support linking Anticipatory Action and Shock-Responsive Social Protection including cash preparedness
  • Liaise with social protection and cash preparedness experts to further explore the link with Anticipatory Action and how these systems can be streamlined into Anticipatory Action approaches.
  • Provide technical support and advice to social protection and cash preparedness experts to carry out feasibility studies and establish recommendations to move forward with linking these thematic areas to Anticipatory Action.
  1. Lead collaboration efforts both with key partners and potential donors
  • Strengthen partnerships and inter-agency efforts on Anticipatory Action at country level. This includes fostering collaboration on early warning (e.g. common triggers, joint alerts and appeals) as well as coordinated anticipatory action implementation on the ground.
  • Support efforts to engage donors and new partners on the Anticipatory Action agenda.
  • Externally represent and advocate AA with donors, government counterparts, technical partners and UN Agencies.
  1. Lead Anticipatory Action capacity building and communication efforts
  • Support efforts to institutionalize Anticipatory Action with key government partners.
  • Support capacity building activities at country level, including the delivery of FAO Anticipatory Action learning programme.
  • Support communication efforts through tailored products and different means including web, photo/video, social media and press releases.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced degree in one of the following: Development Studies, Humanitarian Assistance, Natural Resource Management, Early Warning and Risk analysis, Climatology, Disaster Risk Management, Social/Political Science, Food Security or related fields of the organization.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in humanitarian and agricultural/rural development sectors including work experience with national and international NGO’s, UN agencies, governments and donors.
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Be Lao nationals.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Good written communication skills, including in emergency settings;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse problems, make appropriate recommendations, effective decisions, including in emergency settings;
  • Strong foundation in programme formulation, planning, implementation, management and evaluation.


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