Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Officer (Multiple Locations - English Caribbean) (133569)

WFP , Palau
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Job Description

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

The selection will be competitive; WFP is committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


We are the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Our mission is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every single day, we work worldwide to make sure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable can access the nutritious food they need.


This position is within WFP Caribbean, established to implement a multi-country technical assistance and capacity-strengthening programme in the Caribbean region (covering 22 countries and territories), supporting emergency preparedness and response (EPR) functions. The jobholder will have a Vulnerability, Analysis and Mapping Officer profile with relevant experience in food security and/or livelihoods analysis, needs assessment, targeting, EPR, food security and livelihoods interventions (cash, in-kind), social protection and safety nets, and/or disaster risk management.


WFP Caribbean is supporting the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and national governments in minimising the impact of shocks on vulnerable populations by strengthening regional and national capacities for a more effective, cost-efficient and predictable response to emergencies.

WFP is applying its global mandate and expertise in food security, logistics and emergency telecommunications to a programme of cross-functional activities designed to address identified gaps in response capacity, improve regional and national preparedness and strengthen systems to deliver rapid and appropriate assistance to shock affected populations. These include technical assistance in disaster risk and vulnerability analysis, integrated supply chain management, shock-responsive social protection, climate change adaptation and risk financing. WFP Caribbean is also working with governments, bi-lateral organisations, UN agencies and other stakeholders to coordinate efforts and design responses to mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on affected populations.

It is in this context that the VAM Officer will support the analysis, design, implementation and monitoring of EPR programmes and strategies, COVID-19 response plans and other capacity strengthening initiatives across a variety of programmatic functions under WFP's Caribbean EPR strategy, including food security and livelihoods, shock-responsive social protection, vulnerability analysis and mapping, risk financing and climate change adaptation. TORs will be adapted to individual candidates experiences.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

• Provide technical assistance in support of governments' emergency preparedness and response efforts including on assessments and analysis, programme design, definition of modalities of assistance, deployment and testing of innovative approaches, training and knowledge management;

• Support governments and other counterparts in identifying strategies and implementing programmes in response to COVID-19 including through national social protection programmes and other types of food security and livelihoods interventions;

• Provide technical advice and support WFP and its national government counterparts on matters pertaining to food security and nutrition strategies, policies, programmes, and facilitate the timely and productive use of related outputs in a manner that complies with WFP standards and processes.

• Contribute to the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of basic assistance needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practice.

• Manage and/or conduct vulnerability, food security, nutrition, markets and resilience analysis and prepare timely reports on assessment needs in line with wider VAM policies, processes and guidance to enable effective decision-making on the development of country strategy, policies and programmes.

• Contribute to the development of programme activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation and recommendations to facilitate governments to ensure needs are met effectively.

• Provide coaching and guidance to VAM staff as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.

• Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation and information as required to support the assessment of activity impact.

• Represent WFP during meetings with partners to contribute to technical discussions, exchange of knowledge and experience, and seek for appropriate interventions (based on an evidence base), and areas for potential collaboration.

• Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national government to conduct analysis on food security, nutrition, markets, resilience, and related topics to effectively inform policies and programmes.

• Contribute towards the development of projects and provide project management support, ensuring alignment with WFP programme policies, standards and procedures;

• Provide support in ensuring alignment of WFP's programme and initiatives with national strategies and priorities, and promote coherence of approaches, in coordination and collaboration with UN agencies and other key stakeholders;

• Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities;

• Deploy as needed to support emergency response activates (direct WFP responses or as technical assistance to CDEMA and participating states) as required; Other as required.


• Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, Food Security, Statistics, Data Science, Public Health/Nutrition, GIS, Geography or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

• Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language.


• Minimum of 6 years postgraduate, progressively responsible, job-related experience in development assistance projects, public sector management.

Gained valuable experience in collecting geospatial and socioeconomic food security data, conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, and reporting findings to senior leaders.

Has led surveys, multiple assessments in countries, including the design, data collection and analysis. Experience in government partnership implementation and in technical assistance areas will be considered as a strong asset.

General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration. Experience in responding to emergencies is an added advantage as is prior experience working for WFP. Knowledge and experience in the Caribbean is also an added advantage.


• Ability to interpret and analyse a wide variety of needs, partners' requirements etc.

• Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relations with internal and external counterparts, partners and stakeholders with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.

• Ability to participate and promote open dialogue with the team, valuing the diverse opinion of others to achieve common goals.

• Result oriented attitude.

• Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.

• Resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, excellent communication skills both orally and in writing;

• Self-starter and able to work with minimum supervision;

• Good analytical skills and experience in report writing;

• Sound negotiation skills and ability to accept responsibility;

• Experience in the use of computer software (particularly MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and GIS) and understanding of data collection and analysis methods;

• Supervisory skills required.


• Position: Vulnerability, Analysis and Mapping Officer

• Unit: Barbados Office

• Based in: Various locations in the English Caribbean

Type of Contract: International Consultancy

• Duration: 6-11 months with possibility of extension Timeline: beginning immediately


5 February, 2021

"Qualified applicants, especially female applicants, are encouraged to apply"

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.