Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis Consultant

Contract type : Regular Consultant

Duration : 11 Months

Duty Station : Gabarone, Botswana

Salary : As per UN Consultancy scales

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is recognized as the leading solution provider and partner in the struggle to end hunger and malnutrition and particularly for its efforts to reach those furthest behind first.

Being the frontline agency of the United Nations system that delivers innovative hunger solutions to 81 countries each day worldwide; WFP’s 14,800+ strong staff share a vision and commitment to end hunger by 2030. Tackling the causes – not just the symptoms – and operating in the remotest corners of the world, with all logistical means necessary, WFP’s results-focussed team provides nutritious and life-saving food and cash assistance when necessary. Bringing unrivalled experience and operating in the world’s most high profile, difficult environments, WFP upholds the humanitarian principles of humanity, integrity impartiality and neutrality.

In successfully achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) i.e Zero Hunger by 2030, the WFP team actively fosters partnerships with governments, communities, local authorities, civil societies, other UN agencies and the private sector.

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The Department for International Development (DFID) and Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) have requested WFP to provide services to SADC in order to implement the regional vulnerability assessment and analysis (RVAA) Strategic Plan 2017-2021. The five-year project was approved by DFID/SDC and SADC in April 2017. WFP will provide technical assistance to VAA in SADC and Member States (MS) to achieve the following outcomes: 1) Regional VAC structures strengthened and incorporated into SADC administrative and financial structures; 2) VAA approaches and methods strengthened, harmonised and integrated; 3) RVAA information products visible, accessible and influential to regional and national policies, strategies and programmes; 4) Enhanced regional learning, innovation and resilience building.

The overall objective of the technical service provision over the next 2-3 years is to: 1) Strengthen the technical capacity of VACs to broaden/integrate complex and emerging issues into the VAA (chronic vulnerability, poverty and resilience) and 2) add value to VAA by increasing technical rigor, coordination, quality and comparability of the analysis. In the longer term and by 2021, the programme seeks to contribute to the institutionalisation of the RVAC and NVAC system resources, and capacity to integrate various VAA tools and approaches for national planning processes and programme responses.

Job Context & Supervision:

Under the overall supervision of the SADC DRR Senior Programme Officer (SADC SPO DRR) and the direct supervision of the Technical Services Manager the Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis Officer is responsible for the coordination and provision of VAA technical backstopping services to NVACs in all 15 SADC countries. The Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (VAA) Officer will report to the Technical Services Manager (TSM) with overall accountability to the SADC SPO DRR.

Key activities:

  • Support NVACs in the co-ordination and technical oversight of VAA activities in all 15 MS, including completion of activities initiated in the 2012-2016 programme.
  • Coordinate food and nutrition security monitoring activities and work with MS to strengthen monitoring systems.
  • Provide training and technical leadership to NVACs based on each MS need, with particular emphasis on those at an early stage of development or requiring technical reinforcement or reorientation.
  • Prepare a regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (VAA) synthesis report (which includes meta-analysis, minimum data set, menu of methodologies and approaches)
  • Develop an annual updated VAA harmonization reports
  • Prepare quarterly regional vulnerability bulletins
  • Consolidate NVAC annual assessments and other technical documents ensure that they are uploaded to the SADC website and disseminated to partners and users
  • Guide and support in deepening existing menu of tools and methods used by NVACs to sufficiently capture acute and chronic vulnerability in the context of climate change.
  • Provide overall guidance on integrated analytical frameworks and methodologies to sufficiently integrate acute VAA into the analysis of emerging issues (climate change, resilience analysis, markets, integration of HIV, nutrition and gender in VAA)
  • Support meta and trend analysis of NVAC data on various aspects or rural and urban vulnerability, nutrition, HIV and gender.
  • Promote knowledge sharing and best practices in VAA at MS and regional levels.
  • Manage the documentation (consultancy reports, lessons learned, etc.) and maintenance of the repository of best practices generated during the programme.
  • Help in the production of guidance and toolkits and their dissemination to the NVACs
  • Contribute to the update of the technical content of the SADC website

Standard Minimum Academic Qualifications:

Advanced university degree in natural resources, social sciences, agriculture, development policy or a related field with some specialization in climate change

Experience: 6-10 years’ experience in food security and vulnerability assessments and analysis.

Knowledge and Skills: Technically familiar with common food and nutrition security, early warning, nutrition, and health, climate change information. Knowledgeable in the main menu of VAA tools and approaches used by the NVACs (HEA, IPC, Household Surveys, food and nutrition security monitoring systems). Familiarity with key issues affecting the food and nutrition insecurity in the SADC region. Proven analytical, writing and oral skills. Familiar with SADC Secretariat procedures. Ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-ethic environments.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is essential. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese, an asset.


Interested individuals meeting the above requirements are requested to apply on the WFP Career Website using the following link.

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