WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles
Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance
Background (including a description of reporting lines)
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking to fill a position of Senior Early Warning and Risk Analyst to be based in the Emergency Preparedness and Support Response Division (OSE) at WFP Headquarters in Rome, Italy.
The Emergency Preparedness and Support Division (OSE) is responsible for enhancing WFP’s preparedness and response capacity in emergencies, including risk analysis and early warning, preparedness planning, crisis support and information management. The Branch provides analytical and research support, normative guidance, technical operational support and capacity building to field offices and regional bureaux, as well as inter-agency coordination.
Analysis and early warning for emerging climate, economic and political risks that may lead to humanitarian or operational implications is an important part of preparedness. Building WFP’s early warning capacity as an important part for preparedness and early action planning is a strategic priority for the Division.
To fulfil these responsibilities the Analysis and Early Warning (AEW) unit undertakes research and analysis, and collaborates with other units within OSE, WFP’s Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping division, WFP’s Field Security analytical unit, other WFP divisions, humanitarian agencies, and partners in academic and research institutions, as well as WFP Regional Bureaux and Country Offices. The AEW unit also leads the Early Warning Early Action and Readiness (EWEAR) Report process of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC). This Early Warning Report is a critical component of a coordinated inter-agency early warning analysis to activate preparedness actions of different humanitarian actors, including various UN agencies, Red Cross movement, as well as INGO partners.
The Senior Early Warning and Risk Analyst (economic and natural hazard risks) will report to the Head of the AEW Unit and, in close collaboration with the Senior Early Warning Risk analyst (conflict risks), be responsible for the following key duties:
Description of tasks
Conduct systematic horizon-scanning, research and analysis on economic risks, and issue early warnings on economic events or trends that are likely to lead to humanitarian impact or an impact on WFP operations;
Ensure rigorous data collection and validation of economic risk analysis and outlooks; develop analytical methods and guidelines related to economic risk assessment, including manuals, training and guidelines on risk indicators, triggers and thresholds; ensure the use of information management tools and other tools to support rigorous and consistent monitoring and analysis;
In close collaboration with the Senior Early Warning Analyst (conflict risks), ensure integration of analysis and research between economic and climate risks with conflict/political risks to identify interactions and cumulative effects;
Oversee production of probability-of-impact assessments and preparation of anticipatory warnings for emerging economic and natural hazard risks that could cause additional needs for humanitarian assistance or affect WFP’s operations;
Coordinate and review the preparation of related inputs to WFP’s Early Warning Watch List, Corporate Alert System, the IASC EWEAR Report, natural hazard flash alerts and Seasonal Outlooks; proactively initiate and oversee the drafting of specialized analysis briefs on “hot-spot” countries;
Identify needs for and lead strategic, cross-cutting and thematic economic risk analysis;
Support field offices as required with analytical in-country missions, scenario-building, scenarios for Concept of Operations (CONOPs) or related analytical services;
Ensure close coordination with relevant OSE-unit on field support on operational readiness and early actions, where required, and OSZIR on anticipatory actions;
Strengthen economic and natural hazard analysis through coordination and data integration with relevant stakeholders (incl. GIS unit, OSC, OSZ, VAM Economic Analysis and Climate and Earth Observation Units, OSZIR, as well as RB VAM advisors);
Ensure food security analysis and projections are solidly embedded throughout the risk impact analysis;
Supervise, guide, mentor and coach the Economic Risk Analyst and the Meteorological Forecaster/Climate Risk Analyst and ensure appropriate prioritisation, risk and impact analysis;
Support external OSE partnerships through the establishment of working level contacts and routine liaison on early warning and risk analysis, including information sharing and risk assessments across areas of common interest; pro-actively identify partnership opportunities to strengthen OSE’s analysis on economic and natural hard risk early warnings;
Maintain close communication and collaboration with WFP Regional Bureaux (RBs) and Country Offices (COs) on risk identification, and strengthen decentralization and integration of risk assessments;
Support Country Offices with relevant contextual analysis to develop WFP Country Strategic Plans/CSPs as required;
Coordinate with other WFP teams and non-WFP contacts to promote the use of AEW tools and services and assist in the harmonization of risk assessment methodologies within WFP and within the IASC Early Warning community;
Contribute to training and institutional capacity building products including supporting through facilitation;
Perform other related duties as required.
Production of CAS Risk Briefs, Watchlist, Flash Alerts, Seasonal Outlooks, the IASC EWEAR Report, analytical briefs for WFP senior management, and case-specific thematic research and risk and impact analysis regarding economic and natural hazard risks;
On-demand analytical and technical support to Regional Bureaux and Country Offices, incl. field missions.
Required qualifications and experience
Advanced University degree in Macroeconomics, International Economics, Development Economics, Political Economics, Agroeconomics, or other relevant fields;
A minimum of eight years of professional experience in the field of analysis and research on macroeconomics, development economics, monetary economics, financial economics and international political economics;
Professional experience in risk analysis and early warning, possibly related to food assistance, humanitarian response planning, or humanitarian action;
Knowledge of and experience in humanitarian field operations, emergency response, preparedness and planning, ideally incl. WFP operations;
Experience in research on interlinks between macroeconomics and food security is highly desired.
Demonstrated strong supervisory and team management skills and experience;
Excellent research, analytical and communication skills. Capacity to convey effectively complex technical concepts to varied audiences. Strong proven ability to produce high-quality analytical products (reports, briefs, alerts, scenarios)
Ability to work both with minimal supervision and as part of a team;
Ability to establish collaborative and fruitful collaboration with colleagues and external partners.
Resilient to stress and capacity to maintain attention to details under tight deadlines.
Fluent written and spoken English (proficiency/level C);
Working knowledge (proficiency/level B) of a second UN language, preferably French, Spanish or Arabic.
Terms and Conditions
WFP offers a competitive compensation package that will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.
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Deadline for applications: 21 January 2020
Ref.: VA No. 110103
Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially 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.