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Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Antananarivo
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives

Le PAM est, dans le système des Nations Unies, l’organe chargé de l’aide alimentaire. Cette aide est un des nombreux instruments qui peut contribuer à améliorer la sécurité alimentaire, laquelle se définit comme l’accès pour tous, quelles que soient les circonstances, aux aliments nécessaires pour mener une vie saine et active. L’objectif des politiques régissant l’utilisation de l’aide alimentaire du Programme alimentaire mondial doit être l’éradication de la faim et de la pauvreté. L’aide alimentaire doit, en définitive, viser à supprimer sa propre raison d’être. Des interventions ciblées sont nécessaires pour contribuer à améliorer directement le sort des plus pauvres - de ceux qui, soit de façon chronique, soit en période de crise, sont incapables de produire de quoi se nourrir ou n’ont pas les moyens de se procurer autrement les aliments nécessaires pour que leur famille puisse mener une vie saine et active. Conformément à son mandat, qui s’inspire aussi du principe d’universalité, le PAM continuera à: - utiliser l’aide alimentaire à l’appui du développement économique et social; - répondre aux besoins alimentaires d’urgence (réfugiés et autres) et fournir l’appui logistique connexe; - promouvoir la sécurité alimentaire dans le monde, conformément aux recommandations de l’ONU et de la FAO.


Madagascar – a low-income country and the world’s fourth largest island – faces endemic poverty, food insecurity, inequality, rapid population growth and urbanization, and significant dependence on subsistence agriculture, which employs around 80 percent of its population. Agriculture is hindered by lack of access to inputs, land degradation, water scarcity, unsustainable utilization of natural resources and persistently low productivity. Infrastructure deficiencies further hinder market access. Madagascar is highly exposed to the impacts of climate change as well as stressors and shocks such as tropical cyclones, recurrent droughts and flooding. Within the Programme Unit, the Emergency Team coordinates all activities under the Strategic Objective (SO) 1 of the CSP 2024-2028: “People in Madagascar affected by seasonal or other shocks are prepared and able to meet their immediate food and nutrition needs throughout the year”, and support the implementation of the SO5: “Government, humanitarian and development actors in Madagascar have improved access to mandated and on demand services, and benefit from innovative solutions to deliver timely and cost-efficient assistance”. Through the emergency response pathway, WFP will improve access to healthy food and enhance resilience to shocks, including those exacerbated by climate change; support national and subnational emergency preparedness, anticipatory and early action; and provide the Government with robust food security analysis for decision-making. The Emergency Team works towards these objectives in close collaboration with all units of the Country Office, WFP Field Offices, implementing partners and key external stakeholders (BNGRC, CPGU, BCR, UN Agencies, Ministries, etc).

Task description

Under the supervision of the Head of emergency and preparedness section, the UNV will undertake the following tasks: Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities ; Contribute towards the development of a limited number of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance. In this perspective, support the development, distribution and use of key operational documents (including Standard Operations Procedures and operational plans) for Emergency Response functions to ensure the effective delivery of food/cash assistance to beneficiaries ; Support the development, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of internal emergency preparedness measures ; Assist with the design, implementation and documentation of capacity-strengthening activities in the field of emergency preparedness and response ; Support content creation for a diversified audience (donors, regional bureau, HQ, government, etc) ; Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders ; Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages ; Monitor and provide guidance on the progress and implementation of preparedness and operational readiness activities in alignment with the national action plans and throughout the full cycle of the emergency ; Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives ; Represent occasionally WFP to external stakeholders, including national and local authorities, UN agencies partners, international, governmental and nongovernmental organizations/institutions donors and partners.

This vacancy is now closed.