Needs Assessments and SDG2 Monitoring Specialist

Closing date


Needs Assessments and SDG2 Monitoring Specialist

Job Posting


Closure Date

27/May/2020, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: PSE

Job Type

Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location


Duration: 6 months with possibility of extension

Post Number: N/A

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People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

Since its endorsement by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in December 2010 and its functional set-up in April 2011, the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) has been successful in creating a conducive environment for global partners to discuss food security operational and policy matters. It has been instrumental in developing tools and providing guidance and support to countries affected by humanitarian crisis.

The gFSC is led by FAO and WFP. Over 40 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are active members at global level. The cluster focuses on coordination of food assistance and livelihood humanitarian interventions.

Overall, food security is the largest sector in humanitarian response, as it represents 35% of funding requirements through the global humanitarian appeal. The average profile of a country food security cluster is a group of 68 partners targeting two million food insecure people and managing a sector appeal of US$ 250 million yearly.

Following the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the Global Network Against Food Crisis was established. FAO and WFP, with the support of the EU, aim at operationalizing the Global Network Against Food Crisis with a view at addressing food crises in a sustainable manner expected to have a catalytic effect for what concerns the humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus trough evidence-based, context specific actions and strategic partnerships at all levels. The component 3 of the project will particularly take care of the “strategic programming work-stream objective” supporting the generation of country level FSN/SDG2 coordinated action plan for West Africa. More specifically by capitalizing on a stronger evidence base and on strengthened existing coordination mechanisms (such as food security and nutrition clusters integration with national development coordination mechanisms - sectors – at national and sub-national level) this work stream aims at supporting joint planning.

Reporting Lines

The Needs assessments and Analysis Specialist reports to the global Food Security Cluster Coordinator. His/her work will be daily managed by the Global Food Security Cluster Officer in charge of the Partnership Programme pillar III. During field missions, the incumbent will work under the supervision of the Country Food Security Cluster Coordinator.

Technical Focus

Provide technical Output and Outcomes Monitoring Capacity at global level to facilitate the merging- integration and response analysis from Food Security and other relevant clusters such as Nutrition. The incumbent also provides required IM support to enable joint planning around the humanitarian, peace, development nexus in pilot countries.

Tasks and responsibilities

Needs assessments and SDG2 monitoring specialist will provide analytical and information management support to countries where the FSC is engaging in joint planning and integrated management of the response. By travelling in support to the preparation of specific technical joint analysis and joint planning workshops the FS Cluster IM support officer will enable and assist the integration of all analytical tools and reports provided, while setting the frame for integrated response analysis. Specifically, he/she will:

  • Advice and support the integration of diagnostic and analytical tools under the leadership of the FSC coordinator in country;
  • Provide technical advice, inputs and support to the definition of multi-sector response analysis frames and templates;
  • Technically support integration of other sectors (specially Nutrition, WASH and Health with Food Security) data bases and analysis tools in definition of common diagnostics and collective monitoring framework.
  • Undertake travel, when needed, to provide technical guidance, and IM services backstopping to the piloting of the joint planning protocol in country;
  • Provide backstopping IM services in country and at global level;
  • Proactively contribute to sharing information, preparing progress and technical reports and other information and advocacy products to be shared externally and internally;
  • Undertake regular travel to supported countries to provide backstopping support, gap-filling, scoping support missions whenever required. Up to 80% of the time is expected to be spent travelling in different countries.
  • Perform other related duties as required.CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in statistics, economics, relevant social or natural sciences or other related disciplines relevant to the mandate of the Organization;
  • Minimum 5 years of proven experience in food security and nutrition analysis, in response analysis and mapping and more generally in data management and in preparing analytical communication documents;
  • Working knowledge of English (level C) and French (level C).

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to an evolving and complex humanitarian context and within multidisciplinary and different cultural background teams;
  • Ability to assess damages and needs in the field and formulate appropriate response options;
  • Familiarity with Theory of Change approaches and capacity to guide groups along the ToC creation and testing process;
  • Familiarity with or training in the following assessment phases and tools included in the FAO Phased Assessment Framework: MIRA I and II, detailed/sector-specific needs assessments (household food security/livelihood, livestock, seeds, fishery, forestry), market analysis (e.g. EMMA or MIFIRA), Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and/or Damage and Loss Assessment (DaLA), Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA); and Livelihood Recovery Assessment (LRA);
  • Experience in formulation, coordination, implementation, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting for assessment and analysis processes;
  • Experience in using statistical software for data analysis such as Microsoft Excel, R, STATA and/or SPSS;
  • Experience in performing response analysis and intervention mapping;
  • Experience in coordinating needs/requests from a large number of stakeholders;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Effective team leadership and decision-making skills with strong individual planning capacity;
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications

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