Programme Policy Officer (FSCL VAM Food security Assessment Officer) CST I - Juba South Sudan

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The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. 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.


The food security and livelihood (FSL) cluster is co-led by both WFP and FAO and plays a key role in the coordination of FSLC partner activities, sharing information, needs assessment, strategy development, capacity building, ensuring technical standards, advocacy and promoting greater accountability to affected person (elements of the cluster core functions). This position plays a crucial role in supporting good quality food security & livelihood assessments requiring capacity building, quantitative and qualitative survey methods, working closely with the WFP VAM unit and the FAO AFIS unit on supporting IPC and the Food Security & Nutrition Monitoring System (FSNMS) and feeding into the cluster advocacy (based on field level findings) and information management and dissemination.

WFP’s Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) unit in South Sudan is recognized as a key source of food security and related information in the country. It is thus engaged in numerous activities including food security and nutrition monitoring system (FSNMS), market assessments, rapid assessments, baseline studies, integrated food security phase classification, and various interagency assessments.


The Food Security Assessment Officer’s role aims to: support the FSL cluster (WFP, FAO and NGO partners) and WFP/ VAM Unit to provide good quality food security information that can assist in supporting a more effective humanitarian response.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Support and lead quality needs assessments that are IPC compatible and that inform more appropriate responses
  • Work closely with OCHA and other partners to improve data collection tools, analysis, and response prioritization
  • Inform the allocation of response fund allocations (CERF, SSHF, RRF)
  • Support the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analyses
  • Support the Food Security & Nutrition Monitoring System data collection and analysis (FSNMS)
  • Provide inputs into the monthly Needs Analysis Working Group (NAWG)
  • Provide data analysis support to FSLC partners and improve tracking and monitoring of food insecure locations at the state level
  • Support and engagement with state and county level sub clusters
  • Training & capacity building: formal sessions, in-field coaching, mentoring of teams going to the field etc.
  • Advocacy through detailed and informative report writing & presentations


FSLC Rapid Response focal point: investigate hot spots, following up with focal persons on the ground (sub-cluster level) to triangulate primary data sources and to use their networks of local knowledge in understanding humanitarian events involving shocks, IDPs and returnees and provide all necessary information on response needs and gaps to inform a rapid response.

Quality needs assessment: using qualitative and quantitative food security & assessment tools, lead IRNA assessments, and build the capacity of the sub-clusters to conduct the assessments; improve the IRNA reporting to ensure that findings are granular, well triangulated, and can directly inform response interventions; work closely with OCHA to adjust and improve the data collection tool; work with FSLC partners, WFP and/ or FAO in leading specific commissioned research that adds to collective knowledge on food security and conflict, returns etc.; present findings at various forums; support FSLC partners in using the cluster IRNA tools; and when required adapt and tailor the tools to the context etc.

IPC: provide expert technical support to the FSLCC to represent the FSLC at the biannual analysis workshops; support State level teams especially through data analysis; participate in the vetting process; contribute to the writing of the key messages; continuously integrate an analysis of IPC assumptions (aggravating and mitigating factors) into the FSLC analysis, to understand where and how the FSL situation in different areas may have improved or worsened; support FSLC partners to translate the IPC findings to adapt their response and targeting to the changing context.

FSNMS: work closely with all stakeholders to support the process: reviewing the survey and provide feedback on new additions; lead 1 – 2 county teams; train enumerators; provide supervision, guidance and support; conduct related qualitative surveys (FGDs, KIIs etc.) in the clusters where the HH surveys are being conducted; support quality data collection.


NAWG: attend the monthly meetings providing technical advice and informed contributions to the NAWG members to determine prioritization; strengthen the role of the sub-clusters in providing contributions to the NAWG; utilize the NAWG analytical framework to inform cluster tracking and monitoring.

Data analysis: the analyst should have an understanding of nutrition in emergencies, nutrition assessment methodologies, and be able to interpret nutrition data; provide the capability in analyzing all quantitative and quantitative food security surveys conducted by partners, as either part of an IRNA team or when conducted independently (in the event that the partner does not have this capability themselves); provide data analysis support during the IPC workshop to analyze in depth data that can assist state teams to better justify classifications; support partners in the analysis of their qualitative data (collection/ structure/ presentation etc.). Liaise with Nutrition cluster to monitor nutrition trends and develop joint advocacy approaches.

Capacity building: provide the necessary training to FSLC partners on IRNA tools prior to the mission, including reporting language; this would involve the use of both quantitative and qualitative tools and the organization of data from FGDs and KIIs; when leading the mission provide on-the-job training and support; food security analysis training for senior M&E or FSL coordinators from cluster partners; and lead the training of a cadre of FSLC partners to support future IRNA or other multi sector needs assessment type missions.

Advocacy: provide quality reports that the FSLC can use for advocacy in launching responses; and present such findings to an array of different forums at CLAs, ICWG, NAWG, FSLC & other cluster meetings etc. Work closely with other clusters such as Nutrition, Health and WASH, to develop multisectoral advocacy messages and response recommendations.



Advanced University degree in Economics, Food Security, Statistics, Data Science, Public Health/Nutrition, Geography or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


  • Experience working in international humanitarian and/ or development field
    • Experience in designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative food security & livelihood assessments in developing countries
    • 3 years or more of relevant and progressive experience in food security analysis including IPC
    • Experience conducting field work in emergency contexts especially in South Sudan;


  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of several statistical tools and methods for food security analysis.

    • Developed practical expertise in food security analysis and mapping by participating in multiple assessments in countries, including the design, data collection and analysis.
    • Demonstrated technical knowledge and understanding of WFP vulnerability mapping systems and emergency assessment standards.

    Fluency (level C) in English language



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level Food Security Analysis Demonstrates ability to conduct structured food security analysis—Identify underlying macro and micro factors impacting food security of communities and countries. Provides findings and recommendations for the programmatic response. Food Security Monitoring Manages the implementation of food security monitoring systems. Investigates any observed anomalies in the datasets and informs program management for operational response. Technical Specialized Knowledge (e.g., Economics, Statistics, Public Health, Remote Sensing, GIS, etc.) Provides managerial and technical guidance for designing and conducting analyses, including computation, interpretation, and presentation of results for food security surveys and key indicators (comprehensive food security and vulnerability surveys, food security monitoring, implementing mobile surveys, market analysis, food consumption scores, coping strategies indices. data disaggregation, etc.) Food Security Assessment Leads all aspects of surveys including design, implementation, analysis, findings and reporting. Ensures that assessment findings are easily translated into operational programmatic response. Strategic Operational Understanding Demonstrates strong understanding of country operations to participate in response analysis exercises to improve the cohesion between analytical findings and programmatic response. Constructs evidence base underlying technical and policy advice given to stakeholders.


  1. Strategy and Plan to strengthen FSLC partners’ capacity on: use of IPC compatible IRNA tools (guidance and mentoring prior to the mission); both quantitative and qualitative tools and the organization of data from FGDs and KIIs; food security analysis training for senior M&E or FSL coordinators from cluster partners; lead the training of a cadre of FSLC partners to support future IRNA or other multi sector needs assessment type missions;
  2. Research assignments: Between IPC, commissioned specific research and field missions into key FSLC hot spot locations with specific TOR from WFP (VAM), FAO (AFIS) and/ or FSLC; presenting findings to the CLAs with a view on how they might better target or adapt programming for improved food security outcomes in complex protracted emergency situations;
  3. One end of contract report: outlining lessons learnt and recommendations to improve the overall purpose of the FSAO position in improving the quality of food security and livelihood assessments for more effective humanitarian response;


• Demonstrated proficiency in the use of several statistical tools and methods for food security analysis. • Developed practical expertise in food security analysis and mapping by participating in multiple assessments in countries, including the design, data collection and analysis. • Demonstrated technical knowledge and understanding of WFP vulnerability mapping systems and emergency assessment standards.



5th December 2023


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