VAM OFFICER NOB Job Req 149451 Location Antananarivo
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JOB TITLE: VAM Officer, Job requisition 149451
TYPE OF CONTRACT: NOB/FT
DUTY STATION (City, Country): Antananarivo, Madagascar
DURATION: One year
Closing / 06 October 2021
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help th Id 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 nutrition food they need.
Before intervening on the ground, WFP I s first priority is to understand the food security situation of the population. Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) is WFP's flexible operational tool that applies appropriate methods of data collection and strategic analysis to provide information that can be used to assist the decision-making process.
The objective of the VAM is to provide a trend analysis of vulnerability and basic and current food security conditions, and to geographically locate the distribution of the vulnerable population, highlighting the underlying and immediate root causes of vulnerability and food insecurity.
In parallel, VAM with M&E ensures that WFP programs generate quality evidence on the outcomes and effects of WFP food assistance activities on the lives of beneficiaries to inform operational decision making and strategic orientations.
In addition, for effective management, WFP has a COMET platform that is structured to support the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting processes. COMET is designed to record planning documents and partnerships, and to facilita ficiary counting and reporting. The COMET tool was developed to serve as a single platform for integrating operational data, providing quality evidence of program performance, and facilitating informed and efficient decision making in a standardized format.
The purpose of this position is to generate and/or contribute to the VAM evidence base that supports food security and null ition policies and programmes (e.g. needs assessment and situation analyses, programme design, targeting, cost effectiveness, and operational efflclency) and provide visibility Of WFP VAM in Madagascar in-country assessment and coordination facilities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direct supervision of the Head of VAM, and in close coordination with the Madagascar Deputy Country Director, the national VAM Officer will be responsible for the following activities:
- Contribute to the development of VAM projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider WFP policies and guidance.
- Support the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of food assistance needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practice.
- Support the development of food security and vulnerability analysis and the preparation of timely reports on food assessment needs in line with wider VAM policies, processes and guidance to enable effective decision-making on the development of country strategy, policies and programmes.
- Provide assistance on the coordination of data gathering and food security monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
Liaise with implementing partners (internal and external) to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
Engage with Government, partners to develop a joint strategy for food security assessment, monitoring, early warning and reporting.
Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to conduct vulnerability analysis to effectively inform preparedness and response activities.
- Provide support to relevant partners that are focusing on food security and nutrition issues to enable sharing of experience, lessons learned and best practice.
- Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries.
- Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
- Other as required.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
• Advanced University degree in Economics, Demographics, 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.
At least 5 years mixed experience in the following:
- Managing partnership for food security analysis, early warning and reporting
- Conducting food security and nutrition assessments (e.g. CFSAM, SMART, market assessments, baseline surveys and rapid household FS assessments) from survey design, implementation, and analysis to reporting of findings in a way that they easily translate into operational programmatic response;
- Conducting structured food security, livelihood and resilience analysis through various frameworks (e.g. IPC, HEA, ICA);
- Multi-criteria targeting and prioritization processes which contribute to programmatic objectives;
- Managing the implementation of food security monitoring systems, such as remote mobile monitoring systems and price monitoring.
Hands-on experience in assessment and data analysis to inform
humanitarian/development programme design, including targeting, early warning and partnership building;
Strong skills in conducting quantitative analysis using statistical software (spss required, STATA);
Strong skills in conducting and overseeing participatory qualitative data collection, including through Focus Group Discussions, Key Informant
Interviews etc. Experience working in a food and nutrition coordination and IPC analysis is an advantage;
Experience working in diverse, dynamic and innovative teams Ability to work independently, interacting with technical and non-technical internal and external stakeholders including decision-makers; Willingness to travel to hardship duty stations;
Competencies: Cognitive Capacity, Teamwork, Action Management,
Innovation, Partnerships, Client Orientation
Fluency (level C) in French and English.
QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
CLOSING DATE 06 October 2021