The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking to fill a consultant position of Senior 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 early warning, preparedness planning, crisis support and information management. The Branch provides normative guidance, technical 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 is an important part of preparedness, and building WFP’s early warning capacity as an important part for preparedness and early action planning is a strategic priority for the Division. To fulfill these responsibilities the Analysis and Early Warning (AEW) unit collaborate 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. The AEW also leads the Early Warning Early Action and Readiness (EWEAR) Report process of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group on Preparedness and Resilience. This Early Warning Report is a critical component of coordinated inter-agency preparedness, and the internal preparedness actions of humanitarian actors, including WFP, FAO, OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF and OHCHR, as well as NGO partners.
Description of tasks
The Senior Risk Analyst will report to the Head of the AEW Unit and be responsible for the following key duties:
- Oversee, guide and mentor a team of conflict, economic and climate risk analysts;
- Coordinate the production of anticipatory warning for emerging contextual risks, ensuring high quality of content and integration of conflict, economic and climate risk analysis, in close coordination with other relevant internal stakeholders (e.g. VAM/food security analysis, field security, programme/nutrition etc.);
- Oversee production of probability-of-impact assessments and preparation of anticipatory warnings for emerging contextual risks that could affect WFP’s operations or cause additional people requiring humanitarian assistance;
- Coordinate the preparation of inputs to WFP’s Corporate Alert System and Watch Lists and proactively initiate and oversee the drafting of specialized analysis briefs on “hot-spot” countries;
- Ensure close coordination with relevant OSE-unit to trigger support to operational readiness and early actions, where required;
- Coordinate the IASC Early Warning Early Action Analyst Group; coordinate the compilation and drafting of the EWEAR Report, bi-annually, and the report production process; contribute to risk assessments of the early warning processes for the EDG and liaise with the IASC Emergency Preparedness work stream;
- Lead the development and refining of WFP and IASC risk assessment methodologies, incl. integrated impact analysis; coordinate with technical partners to communicate technical and interface requirements for monitoring and risk assessment tools;
- 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 other partnership opportunities to strengthen OSE’s analysis on early warning.
- Oversee review of WFP Country Strategic Plan concept notes and provision of comments on contextual risks where 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;
- Streamline communication and partnerships with WFP Regional Bureaux (RBs) and Country Offices (COs) to smoothen the process of risk identification, and strengthen decentralization of risk assessment;
- Support COs and RBs in risk identification and indicator selection as a part of the EPRP/Annual Performance Planning process;
- Deputy to the Head of AEW Unit and act as the OIC during his/her absence;
- Perform other related duties as required.
- Production of CAS Risk Briefs and presentation, Watchlist, Flash Alerts, the IASC EWEAR Report, analytical briefs for WFP senior management, and case-specific ad-hoc research and analysis regarding contextual risks and impact on WFP operations.
- On-demand analytical and technical support and training to Country Offices.
Education: University degree, preferably at the advanced level, in Political Science, International Relations, International Development, Conflict Analysis or other relevant fields;
Experience: A minimum of six years of professional experience in humanitarian analysis, risk assessment, early warning or a related relevant field in the humanitarian environment;
- Demonstrated strong supervisory and team management skills and experience;
- Strong writing skills with a demonstrated ability to research and draft clear, concise risk analysis briefs;
- Good analytical and conceptual skills;
- Experience in food security analysis is an additional asset;
- Experience in humanitarian field operations is desirable;
- Ability to work both with minimal supervision and as part of a team;
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