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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.

WFP's regional bureau for the Middle East and North Africa provides strategic guidance, policy/technical support, and oversight to WFP's operations in 14 countries: Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.

The regional vision is to deliver on zero hunger and contribute to peace.  Robust and reliable data analytics on food security, nutrition, vulnerability and emergency needs are fundamental in achieving this vision.



This position is to provide leadership to a dedicated regional team of food security analysts and geographic information system (GIS) experts as well as technically overseeing and supporting country level vulnerability analysis and mapping efforts to ensure that the most reliable and up-to-date evidence is available at all times to inform WFP's portfolio of work.  Responsibility will include leadership and strategic guidance in areas such as emergency needs assessments, food security monitoring, climate analysis, context analysis, beneficiary targeting, market analysis, nutrition assessments, cost effectiveness and operational efficiency. 


The Senior Vulnerability Analysis & Mapping Officer will work under the direct supervision of the regional Head of Programme.  



The Senior Vulnerability Analysis & Mapping Officer will be responsible for delivering quality analytics in the following key areas:

Emergency need assessments

  • With the application of the latest technology and methods ensure that data and analysis on food assistance needs (who needs assistance, where, when and for how long) are available to WFP and partners at the right time to make key decisions for any required emergency response.
  • Ensure data readiness for the purpose of rapid emergency needs assessments to guide an initial emergency response.
  • Support country offices on the implementation and maintenance of WFP's Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and maintain current systems. Work with VAM advisors at WFP HQ in Rome to improve and expand the SDI.
  • Support Country Office surge requirements for assessments, vulnerability analysis and mapping, including emergency situations.  


Economic and market analysis

  • Ensure robust market analysis across the region as early warning for economic shocks and to adequately inform transfer modality choices (food, cash, vouchers).
  • Contribute to the refinement of cost-efficiency analysis especially for national social protection programme support.
  • Undertake market-related field missions to support operations –emergency, recovery and rehabilitation, development and capacity building, with emphasis on cash-based interventions.


Nutrition assessments

  • Initiate and guide state-of-the-art nutrition analyses such as Cost of Diet and cash/voucher expenditure patterns for recommendations for improved nutrition programming. 


Beneficiary targeting

  • Provide guidance and support to country offices on methodologies and procedures for beneficiary selection that minimize inclusion of non-eligible beneficiaries and exclusion of vulnerable and food insecure households and individuals.


Vulnerability and climate change impact analysis

  • Collect, manage, prepare and analyse remotely sensed climatological data. This includes supporting the efforts by country offices to conduct a Consolidated Livelihoods Exercise for Analysing Resilience (CLEAR) and rolling out 3PA that consist of an Integrated Context Analysis and Seasonal Livelihoods planning.
  • Conduct urban specific analyses that provide detailed data and analysis on food security situation in urban contexts.


Monitoring and evaluation systems:  Lead the regional VAM function to support country office outcome monitoring and the M&E function to support country office process and output monitoring.  


Partnership and representation:  Enhance WFP's leadership role in food security analysis by representing WFP in meetings with strategic partners, contributing to high-level technical discussions, exchanging knowledge and experience with other institutions and identifying areas of comparative advantage in both emergency and non-emergency settings.


Effective staff management:  Lead, motivate and manage a geographically dispersed team of technical staff, providing coaching and guidance to ensure appropriate career development and enable high performance. 

  • Build relationships and collaborate closely across the programme team and with other divisions, regional bureaux and country offices as required.
  • Ensure that gender perspectives will be incorporated in all areas of assessment and analysis.


The post-holder will be expected to perform other duties as required.  



Work experience & skills

  • Minimum of 11 years of relevant professional work experience in international development and/or humanitarian work, at least 4 of which in an international organisation within food security related domain(s)
  • Experience in managing complex activities in a humanitarian as well as in development context. 
  • Proven knowledge and ability to comprehend complex sets of data and generate analyses. Economic and market analysis as well as focus on food security/nutrition domain considered to be an added-value
  • Expertise in international financial institutions, including previous work experience, is an asset.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of new policies, processes, and vulnerability analysis systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness of assessment efforts.
  • Experience in creating and cultivating a broad range of relationships with key stakeholders including NGOs, national authorities, UN agencies, donors and academia. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and build multi-functional and cross-geography teams and to collaborate with others to achieve collective results.
  • Ability to deliver results through efficient planning and organisation and by enabling more junior colleagues to excel.
  • Proven ability to develop quality reports and analysis.
  • Experience in the Middle East and/or North Africa is preferable.   




Education: Advanced University degree in Economics or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.



  • Fluency (level C) in English language.  
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language).  Arabic is an advantage



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International Professional positions are open to all nationalities.  The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year.


Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. This position is based in Khartoum, Sudan, and would require the incumbent to relocate. After completing this assignment, you will be expected to apply internally for other assignments in WFP. 


WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days' annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance. For more details, please visit





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Data pubblicazione Pubblicato il: 13/08/2021.