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Career Opportunities: Food Security Analyst (Statistician)

Contract Type: Service Contract

Contract Duration: 12 months


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.

Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity. 


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.The Food Security Analyst will work under the supervision of Head of VAM.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The analyst is expected to work in coordination with relevant units within the RBC regional bureau, VAM officers at the headquarters and other regional VAM teams. Within delegated authority, the Food Security Analyst will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Provides technical guidance for designing and conducting assessments/surveys, including questionnaire and sampling design, analysis plan, data collection, computation, interpretation, and presentation/reporting of results for food security and nutrition surveys and indicators.
  2. Conduct food and nutrition security analysis for selected countries using data collected though national household surveys (e.g. household budget surveys, income and expenditure surveys).
  3. Conduct statistical analysis of the necessary variables to develop food systems/economy zones, risk zones, and food insecure population/areas in support of WFP operation in the region.
  4. Review tools and methodologies used to analyse food and nutrition security in national data collection systems to standardize the WFP’s approach to food security analysis;
  5. Prepare guidance materials on food security data analysis to set a standard;
  6. Provide food security data analysis training for national statistical agencies in RBC countries, as well as WFP and VAM staff in country offices (COs);
  7. Lead the collection of primary and secondary data as appropriate.
  8. Participate in food security related coordination forums, Inter-Agency forums, working groups, technical meetings and training activities within as well as outside of WFP.
  9. Provide expert advice on key food and nutrition security indicators that best describe the vulnerability contexts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Central Asian countries;
  10. Explore opportunities for food security analysis to contribute to targeting and monitoring  national social safety-nets programmes;
  11. Provide expert advice on identifying key food and nutrition security indicators for emerging issues such as urban food insecurity and resilience;
  12. Contribute to other food-security related studies to enrich knowledge in key areas that would ultimately enhance WFP's contribution to food insecure and vulnerable population;
  13. Contribute to development of partnership with national and regional institutions;
  14. Perform other duties as required.


Results Expected

  • VAM analysis is to contribute to national food security policy and strategies, through working in partnership with national statistical agencies;
  • The standard approach to food security analysis using national household data collection system is documented;
  • RBC VAM relevant staff are trained to conduct high-level statistical analysis;
  • Partnerships with national statistical agencies in RBC countries are developed/strengthened;
  • Staff from national statistical agencies are sensitized and trained to conduct food security and vulnerability analysis.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Statistics , Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Fluency in both Spoken and Written Arabic & English Languages.


Advance knowledge of statistical analysis software (SPSS, Stata, R); familiarity with quantitative and qualitative survey techniques; practical knowledge on different types of research design in social research; a strong statistical background that will facilitate the use of relatively complex and rigorous analytical methods, including small area estimation, principal components analysis, different sampling strategies, etc.

More than five years of working experience with designing and conducting analysis. Experience in poverty or food security data analysis, or analysing national survey data such as household budget surveys, income and expenditure surveys, and demographic and health surveys, will be an advantage.

Deadline : 8th March 2017

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