Resilience Programme/Measurement Officer (Intl. Consultant Level I)
Application deadline in 8 days: Sunday 16 May 2021
WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
Are you interested in supporting the implementation and the roll-out of the resilience programme for Asia and the Pacific Region****? Are you ready to change and save the lives of the world's most vulnerable people? If yes, this opportunity is for you!
TERMS AND CONDITION
JOB TITLE: Resilience Programme/Measurement Officer TYPE OF CONTRACT: International Regular Consultancy Contract (Level I) UNIT: Programme - Research, Assessment& Monitoring (RAM) DUTY STATION: Bangkok, Thailand (Or remote work arrangement) DURATION: 06 months (Extendable)
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 2020 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to WFP is recognition that ending hunger is a critical first step towards global peace. WFP recognizes that one of the greatest contributions it can make to humanity is to provide a voice to the 690 million hungry people in the world. The Nobel Peace Prize gives us a platform to make their needs heard and to mobilize support for the assistance they need.
Today’s world is characterized by unprecedented development, but also by increasing risk and fragility. The risks include political instability, conflict, natural hazards, disease and volatile prices. Humanitarian responses to crises have saved lives and restored livelihoods but have not always addressed underlying vulnerabilities. Early evidence shows that adopting a resilience-building approach to programming increases cost-effectiveness by reducing the financial, administrative and resource burdens of responding to recurrent crises and of missed opportunities in development.
Drawing upon the findings of the 2019 Strategic Evaluation of WFP’s Support for Enhanced Resilience and a review commissioned to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), an inter-unit Resilience Measurement Steering Committee was established to ensure that WFP’s second generation of Country Strategic Plans (2G-CSP) include a harmonized resilience lens from design to result measurement.
The Resilience Measurement Steering Committee works with the different thematic areas, HQ technical teams, Regional Bureaux (RBx) and Country Offices (COs) on the following outcomes to achieve the overall objective:
- common vision of WFP’s contribution to enhance resilience capacities;
- consistent approach to design integrated resilience programmes and monitor its contribution to resilience capacities of households, communities, governments and systems in 2G-CSP;
- scaled-up approach at regional and country level.
To achieve these three objectives, the Resilience Building Blocks project for resilience programming and monitoring was initiated in May 2020. The project has six deliverables:
- Develop an analytical framework on the intended contribution of WFP thematic areas to resilience capacities to achieve food security and nutrition (SDG2);
- Corporate approach for monitoring WFP’s contribution to resilience
- Design guidance and tools for resilience programming;
- Analytical guidance for country context analysis with a resilience lens;
- Test and validation of the approach;
- Training developed on the common resilience approach for 2G-CSP.
Under the supervision of the Regional Monitoring Advisor and the Regional Resilience Advisor, the Resilience Programme / Measurement Officer will be responsible for the implementation and roll-out phase of the 'building blocks' pilot (Deliverable 5) in Asia and the Pacific. The Resilience Programme / Measurement Officer will focus on piloting and testing the analytical frameworks and tools (Deliverable 1), the corporate approach for monitoring WFP's contribution to resilience (Deliverable 2), and the resilience design support tool (Deliverable 3) in selected pilot countries.
The Resilience Programme/Measurement Officer will be a member of the global Resilience Building Blocks project team, comprising of members from the Asset Creation, Livelihoods and Resilience Unit (PRO-R) and the Research, Assessment and Monitoring Division (RAM). The position will work closely with resilience/M&E focal points in HQ PRO-R, RAM, and Country Offices. A working group comprising focal points from RBx and HQ technical units has been established as governance structure for oversight and coordination of the pilots and the Resilience Programme/Measurement Officer will contribute to this working group.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Coordinate the roll-out of the Resilience Building Blocks pilots in selected Country Offices (CO) in Asia Pacific;
- In collaboration with HQ, RB and CO teams develop joint workplans for each pilot CO. This may include identification of training needs, learning priorities, case studies, evidence generation priorities, etc;
- Develop and deliver training and/or collaborative virtual workshops for pilot COs on the resilience frameworks and tools. Indicative topics include: i) Resilience concepts and principles; ii) Developing a theory of change for an integrated resilience programme; iii) Contribution of WFP programme activities to resilience building; iv) Resilience design principles and how to use the resilience design support tool;
- Coordinate the testing and validation of the approaches and tools (Deliverables 1-3), and based on feedback, work with the HQ working group to update the approaches and tools;
- Coordinate mechanisms (or fora) for CO, RBx and HQ technical units to present feedback findings from the testing of the tools in pilot COs;
- Document learning from the pilots. As agreed with stakeholders, this may include: i) Brief feedback reports on the utility of each framework or tool; ii) Good practice notes or case studies; iii) Lessons learned notes and recommendations;
- Support other RBB COs (beyond Building Block pilot COs) to use the tools for designing, monitoring and measuring WFP's contribution to resilience for other ongoing resilience-building projects through the proposal development, baseline, monitoring, and evaluation stages;
- Support integration of Building Blocks into 2G-CSPs and other funding proposals;
- Support the development of communication materials related to resilience in the context of Asia and the Pacific.
DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT
Over a duration of six months (extendable), the Resilience Programme/Measurement Officer is expected to deliver the following outputs:
- The corporate approach for designing, monitoring and measuring WFP's contribution to resilience is
- externally tested and validated in selected pilot countries in Asia and the Pacific
- applied in other ongoing projects on resilience at the proposal development, baseline, monitoring, and evaluation stages
- A 2G CSP-informed implementation and training plan on WFP’s corporate approach for monitoring and measuring WFP’s contribution to resilience for 2G-CSP
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIRED EXPERIENCE
EDUCATION: Advanced degree in a field relevant to resilience measurement, monitoring and evaluation; or university degree with two additional years of professional experience.
EXPERIENCE: At least five years of international experience on similar initiatives on food security and resilience; including at least two years of which on measurement, monitoring and evaluation.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
- Working knowledge and technical experience on implementing, rolling out and updating measurement frameworks.
- Skills in developing training plans, developing training materials and conducting training.
- Relevant technical experience in resilience and/or Zero Hunger. This may include experience in food security, food systems, agriculture, social protection, cash-based transfer or nutrition programmes.
- A strong understanding of and experience in addressing structural vulnerabilities such as gender inequality and social exclusion.
- Experience of working in development or humanitarian contexts and working across cultures
- Strong report writing and communication skills.
- Skills and experience in developing theories of change and programme tools that are fit for purpose.
- Strong understanding of monitoring and evaluation.
- Understanding of resilience measurement is highly desirable.
- Skills and experience in training and staff capacity building. E.g. developing training plans, developing training materials and conducting training, including remotely.
- Prior experience in effectively chairing or coordinating working groups. E.g. setting agendas (based on bilateral consultation and negotiation), encouraging active engagement, ensuring effective use of time, and documenting meetings.
- Ability to form strong working relationships and a collaborative work culture while working remotely with colleagues. Openness to working on online collaborative work spaces, e.g. Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, etc.
LANGUAGE: Fluency in English. Working knowledge of other UN languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese) would be an advantage.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Sunday 16 May 2021, Midnight, Bangkok Time.
Female applicants, individuals with disabilities, and those from developing countries are encouraged to apply.
WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organisation. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection & recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. All selected candidates will, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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.