Conflict Analyst Consultant

World Food Programme
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  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Oct 04

Position description

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide.In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. To learn more about WFP's operations, please visit our website at:

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

Job title: Conflict Analyst

Functional Area: Analysis and Early Warning Unit

CST level / STP grade: Short-Term Consultancy

CO/Division-Unit: Emergency Preparedness and Support Response Division

Duty Station: Rome (HQ)

Period of assignment: ASAP starting in November (for 11 months)

Background (including description of reporting lines)

The Emergency Preparedness and Support Response Division (OSE) is responsible for enhancing the World Food Programme’s (WFP) preparedness and response capacity in emergencies, including early warning, preparedness planning, crisis support and information management. The division provides normative guidance, technical support and capacity building to field offices and regional bureaux, as well as inter-agency coordination.

The Analysis and Early Warning (AEW) Team within OSE assesses and provides early warnings for natural, conflict and economic risks as an important part for preparedness planning. To fulfil these responsibilities the AEW collaborates with other units within OSE, WFP’s Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping division, WFP’s Field Security analytical unit, other humanitarian agencies, and partners in academic and research institutions. The AEW also leads the Early Warning Early Action and Readiness (EWEAR) Report process of the Inter Agency Standing Committee EWEAR Analyst Group (IASC EWEAR). The Conflict Analyst will report to the Senior Conflict Analyst.

Description of tasks

As part of WFP’s quarterly Corporate Alert System (CAS), Monthly Watchlist, Country Risk Outlooks, bi-annual Election map and ad-hoc Flash Alerts, conduct probability-of-impact assessments for conflict risks in collaboration with other team members, relevant units in OSE and WFP more broadly. 

As part of AEW’s daily activities, provide anticipatory warning for conflicts that could affect WFP’s operations and create additional caseloads.

Monitor national and regional political developments in Asia-Pacific (RBB) and Latin America and Caribbean (RBP) regions in order to suggest and draft forward-looking conflict analysis briefs, risk assessments and on-demand analytical briefs for the Director of Emergencies and senior Divisional and WFP management.

Support the AEW team’s input to the bi-annual Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) Reference Group for Risks, Early Warning and Preparedness. Contribute to the drafting and coordination of the Early Warning Early Action and Readiness (EWEAR) Report.

As part of AEW’s technical support to COs, and in collaboration with the Readiness Unit, contribute to the identification of COs that would benefit from support in risk and indicator identification, in particular in the APP process.  

Contribute to CO/RB support missions in the RBB/RBP region to identified CO/RB to provide technical trainings to improve risk identification, risk analysis and indicator monitoring.

Support OSE partnerships by establishing working level contacts and routine liaison on early warning and conflict analysis including information sharing and risk assessments across areas of common interest. 

Ensure integrated risk analysis through close coordination with economic and natural hazard experts within the unit and WFP.

Review Country Strategic Plans and provide comments on contextual risks.

Perform other related duties as required.


Production of the AEW Early Warning monthly Watchlist, the quarterly CAS, the AEW Electoral Calendar, the IASC EWEAR Report, analytical briefs for the Emergency Director and Strategic Task Force meetings.

Scheduled and on-demand analytical briefs, and case-specific ad-hoc research and analysis regarding conflict risks and food security impact.

 Analytical and technical support to Regional Bureaux and Country Offices, from the HQ and as a mission member.

Contribute to the development of the training package on risk analysis and risk assessments.

Effective working relationships and information sharing with internal and external partners on early warning and risk assessments in common areas of shared interest. 


  • Required qualifications and experienc
  • Advanced University degree in International Relations, Political Science, Conflict Analysis or other relevant field
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in conflict monitoring, conflict risk assessment and early warning. Experience in political risk assessment is an advantage
  • Knowledge of humanitarian operations, particularly food security assessments, methods and systems is an advantage.
  • Strong writing skills with a demonstrated ability to research and draft clear, concise conflict analysis briefs.
  • Excellent analytical and conceptual skills
  • Ability to work both with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Ability to deliver outputs by agreed deadlines, sometimes at very short notice.
  • Ability to establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Fluent in English, including clear and concise writing skills; working knowledge (level B) of French, Spanish or Arabic is an advantage.
  • Strong ability with MS Word and Excel. Knowledge of design or graphic software is an advantage.

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