Senior Food Security Security Analyst

FEWS NET

About the organization

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) Early Warning Team (EWT) seeks a full-time senior food security analyst (SFSA) based in Washington, D.C. This position is part of the Decision Support Group (DSG), a unit within the Washington DC-based FEWS NET team. The SFSA works closely with other FEWS NET EWT colleagues in the corporate, regional, and project offices to accomplish the DSG’s two primary objectives: 1) facilitate development and communication of timely, high-quality, actionable decision support at the country, regional, and global levels and 2) build FEWS NET staff and partners' food security analysis and strategic communications capacity. In addition to contributing to the two primary objectives noted above, the senior FSA will also take on leadership roles in the DSG, serving as lead analysts for select geographic regions and/or specified thematic areas.

Duties

As a regional lead, senior FSAs will carry out the following illustrative tasks related to their region of focus:
• Regular collaboration with regional technical managers and regional specialists for coordination of regional activities
• Taking the lead in developing regional reports and presentations
• Coordinating cross-border analyses
• Serving as a focal point for special and ad hoc requests

As a thematic lead, senior FSAs will carry out the following illustrative tasks related to their sector of focus:
• Serving as a thematic focal point within the DSG
• Assisting with the development and implementation of guidance and training
• Collaborating with sector specialists on joint activities

All senior FSAs will carry out the following additional illustrative tasks:
• Leading technical training or otherwise providing lead technical support on best practices in integrated food security analysis, including efforts to enhance forecast consistency and accuracy
• Delivering integrated analysis briefings and other high-level, public-facing integrated decision support
• Liaising directly with external partners on select topics of relevance to the integrated analysis of, and early warning for, acute food insecurity

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in a discipline relevant to the work of FEWS NET, such as economics, agricultural economics, agronomy, nutrition, climatology, anthropology, or social geography is required; an advanced university degree (Master's degree or higher) in a discipline relevant to the work of FEWS NET, such as economics, agricultural economics, agronomy, nutrition, climatology, anthropology, or social geography is desirable
• At least two years of relevant experience (with PhD), four years of relevant experience (with Master’s degree), or six years of relevant experience (with Bachelor’s degree) is required. Relevant experience includes working on food security information systems, food security analysis, early warning, or other related fields; experience working with UN agencies and/or NGOs is desirable.
• At least two years of work experience that is directly relevant to the senior food security analyst position (e.g., supporting acute food insecurity or other humanitarian assessment, integrated analysis, and associated decision support across multiple geographies) is required
• Experience using large datasets to analyze trends through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods is required
• Familiarity with the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) and/or Cadre Harmonisé (CH) protocols, analytical tools, and processes is required

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

All application materials, including responses to the general information form, CVs, and cover letters, should be provided in English. No telephone inquiries. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. A full scope of work for this position can be found at www.fews.net/vacancies.

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