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Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Officer @ World Food Programme, SL

WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME – VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

VA 15/05/03

Position Title: Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Officer

Location: Freetown

Grade:     NOA

Contract Type: Fixed Term

DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND OUTPUT EXPECTATIONS

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, the VAM Officer will perform the following tasks:

Key Tasks:

  • Liaise with national and international organizations with respect to periodic data acquisition, establish sound relationship with different agencies for effective collaboration and common understanding of food security and vulnerability analysis.
  • Support VAM unit in developing a framework for systematically linking early warning data with other food security monitoring information to achieve comprehensive and timely vulnerability analysis and needs assessment for the whole country.
  • Lead/participate in various types of needs assessment exercises including rolling assessments, emergency assessments and the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission.
  • Liaise with national and international organizations with respect to periodic data acquisition; establish sound relationship with different agencies for effective collaboration and common understanding of food security and vulnerability analysis.
  • Develop a framework for systematically linking early warning data with other food security monitoring information systems to achieve comprehensive and timely vulnerability analysis and needs assessment;
  • Undertake analysis and prepare reports and maps based on the lowest administrative units where reliable and comparative data exists.
  • Develop information products to support decision-making during the pre-intervention period such as contingency planning and emergency needs assessments as well as support operational planning including project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation phases of the WFP Programming;
  • Develop data collection instruments (e.g., questionnaires) to be used by field staff and counterparts to obtain monthly updates on relevant food security indicators.
  • Develop a geo-referenced population database incorporating elements of risk, socio-economic factors, entitlements, coping mechanisms, projects, and logistics information.
  • Undertake capacity building activities for staff from Government and NGO partners on the technical aspects of using GIS and Remote Sensing as a tool for enhancing food security and livelihood analysis.
  • Act as a resource person for designing and implementing periodic rapid and In-depth vulnerability needs assessments.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned by the Head of Programme.

QUALIFICATIONS

Master degree (MSc degree) in geographic information systems, remote sensing, agriculture, social sciences, economics, and/or similar fields or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.

EXPERIENCE 

3 years of working experience in the field of food security and livelihoods including field experience in planning and conducting multi-Sectoral vulnerability and need assessments.

  • Relevant country experience in early warning/food security information systems and food security analysis;
  • Excellent computer skills in Remote Sensing and GIS applications;
  • GIS applications and mapping skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-working skills in a multicultural environment;
  • Excellent analytical and report-writing skills

Specific knowledge and skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of image processing and GIS software
  • Previous emergency needs assessment experience, understanding of nutrition, knowledge of food security analysis and data collection methods;
  • Good statistical analysis
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-working skills in a multicultural environment;
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Excellent computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets and database applications; and
  • Ability to write reports in English.

Application Procedure:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest including the names of at least three referees (kindly indicate referees’ e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) in a sealed envelop marked “Confidential” to the:

Human Resources Manager

World Food Programme

69 B Smart Farm

Off Wilkinson Road

Freetown and drop it in the WFP Tender Box  or send as email with attachments to: Vacancies.SierraLeone@wfp.org

Please mark all envelopes in the top right hand corner and label email subject lines with VA 15/05/03 – VAM Officer

Deadline for receipt of applications “Close of business 27th of May 2015”

Only short listed applicants will be contacted for written tests and interview.

WFP is committed to gender balance in all functions and at all levels.  Female candidates are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

For further information about UN salary, please click on the link below:

http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salaries/sieleone

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