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Integrated Famine Risk Reduction (IFRR) Coordinator


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: sana%27a
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Conflict prevention
    • Environment
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Security policy
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-05

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization


Organizational Setting

To effectively address the immense humanitarian needs in Yemen, it is imperative to have scaled up, integrated, coherent, and well-coordinated multi-sectoral approaches, which combine interventions from FSAC, WASH, Nutrition, and Health Clusters due to their complex interactions. The integrated interventions are critical to address the threat of famine, while concurrently ensuring that the underlying determinants, such as access to nutritious foods, health, safe water and sanitation environments, and child care practices are addressed as well. Subsequently, the four clusters (FSAC, WASH, Nutrition, and Health) in collaboration with OCHA and donors have developed an Integrated Famine Risk Reduction (IFRR) strategy, which focuses on the implementation of an integrated minimum package of activities.

Reporting Lines

The IFRR Coordinator will work under the general supervision of the FAO Representative and the WFP Representative/Country Director in Yemen and the direct supervision of the FAO Senior Resilience Officer and the WFP Deputy Director. S/he will work impartially with all members of the four clusters (FSAC, WASH, Nutrition, and Health) and their sub-components, and partners and in collaboration with OCHA, and will serve and represent the group as a whole, and not as an agency officer.

The IFRR Coordinator reports to the Inter-Cluster Coordination Mechanism (ICCM). Reporting to the IFRR Coordinator are the Food Security Expert, Nutrition Expert, WASH Expert, Health Expert and Information Management Officer.

Technical Focus

Specific experience of working on food security and livelihoods, rural development, Nutrition, Health and WASH. Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of the IFRR approach.

Tasks and responsibilities

The incumbent will provide overall coordination and leadership of all IFRR activities (in close collaboration with the FSAC, WASH, Nutrition and Health Cluster Coordinators). S/he will also ensure that the IFRR technical team provides the requisite technical support to partners, closely monitor implementation, progress, quality and provide regular feedback on the implementation, challenges and recommend corrective action to the implementing partners and cluster coordination team.

In particular, the incumbent will perform the following\:
  • Manage all IFRR Staff under his/her supervision
  • Provide technical support to partners implementing the different components of IFRR as needed.
  • Undertake field visits and conduct on job training and mentoring of partners’ staff of the IFRR minimum package for respective components.
  • Monitor the implementation status of the integrated minimum package at the four platforms of response delivery (facility, community, household and individual levels)
  • Provide feedback to the OCHA, and the respective Cluster Coordinators at National and Sub National levels on the implementation of the minimum package in districts implementing the IFRR
  • Provide feedback to the implementing Partners on the identified gaps in response, challenges facing the staff on the ground.
  • Prepare an action plan for identified gaps and challenges and follow up its implementation accordingly and update OCHA, and the four clusters (at national and sub national levels) accordingly.
  • Review quality (completeness, accuracy, timeliness) of data routinely collected in the facilities/multiple sources and recommend improvement.
  • Attend and provide update on the implementation of the IFRR package at the ICCM, HCT and other relevant coordination meetings.
Key functions\:
  • Provides overall coordination and strategic leadership assistance on the development, the implementation and evaluation of IFRR activities; assists in the review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant stakeholders; identifies follow-up actions;
  • Assists/supervises preparation of various written IFRR outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, infographics etc.;
  • Contributes to IFRR consultative and other meetings, conferences, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
  • Participates in IFRR activities; structures training workshops, seminars, makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Undertakes regular field missions to provide support on IFRR implementation;
  • Provides advice to develop IFRR policies and strategies as well as national protocols and guidelines for projects with specific domains related to IFRR work
  • Provide regular updates to relevant stakeholders (ICCM, OCHA Access Unit, Donors, HCT, Authorities etc.) on the IFRRR implementation progress, key achievements/milestones, and key challenges faced
Specific functions
  • Enhances and maintains appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms with focus on the IFRR, integration, capacity strengthening on coordination if/as required at national and subnational levels;
  • Provides support to related coordination mechanisms on the IFRR approach (ICCM, HCT, FSAC, Nutrition Cluster, Health Cluster, and WASH cluster) and undertakes/ supports needs assessment and analysis;
  • Ensures appropriate participatory and community-based approaches;
  • Enhances working relationship between IFRR, FSAC, Nutrition, WASH, Health and other relevant clusters to harmonize and coordinate needs assessment and response for HNOs and HRPs;
  • In coordination with FSAC, Nutrition, WASH, and Health clusters, works on priority programming and coordinated integrated response in the 45 districts with populations in IPC phase 5 and where and when relevant;
  • Ensures appropriate attention to priority cross-cutting and cross-sectoral issues (e.g. Protection, Gender, AAP, Age, HIV and AIDS, and environment) by the IFRR partners;
  • Represents IFRR at the Inter-Cluster Coordination Mechanism (ICCM);
  • Coordinates IFRR related sector-wide emergency preparedness and Rapid Response Mechanisms with relevant partners and national authorities;
  • Establishes monitoring and reporting systems as needed through partners participation;
  • Provides supervision and coaching to IFRR team and revises IFRR team structure as required;
  • Includes key humanitarian partners and development partners to bridge the gap between the development and humanitarian responses;
  • Promotes and ensures preparedness, risk reduction and early recovery actions along the emergency responses;
  • Performs other duties as requested.
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced University Degree in any of the following fields\: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Rural Sociology, Economics, Rural Development, International Development, Social Sciences, Food Security, WASH, Nutrition, Health, Epidemiology, or related field;
  • At least seven years of relevant experience in technical and humanitarian work in either Food Security, Health, WASH, Nutrition, rural development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes; and at least seven years progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including program management and/or coordination in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the position;
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one other FAO official language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in Yemen
  • Extent and relevance of experience in humanitarian response at a mid- or senior-level including in emergency response programming, food security, WASH, Nutrition, or Health sectors
  • Extent and relevance of experience of high-level coordination and chairing of meetings; ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders and develop consensus and joint working and especially negotiating with multiple parties/stakeholders in a politically and culturally sensitive environment
  • Formal training in Cluster coordination or previous Cluster experience
Selection Criteria
  • Familiarity with the international humanitarian response architecture, including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform and action, and funding mechanisms (e.g. Consolidated Appeals Process, Central Emergency Response Fund and Flash Appeals);
  • Ability to work and plan at strategic as well as operational levels;
  • Good level of analytical and report consolidation/writing skills and experience;
  • Coping with pressure\: ability to work productively in a pressurized environment with long work hours, high workload, and to maintain visibly high levels of morale in difficult circumstances
  • Ability to motivate and develop staff capacity;
  • Tact and negotiation\: patience, diplomacy, and ability of negotiating with multiple parties/stakeholders in a politically and culturally sensitive environment.


Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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