Programme Associate (Market Analyst), Fixed Term G6, Lilongwe (1) Re-advertised
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Job Title: Programme Associate (Market Analyst) - Re-advertised
No. Position/s: 1 (One)
VA No.: 135121
Contract Type: Fixed Term Grade: G6
Date of Issue: 13 January 2021 Deadline: 26 January 2021
Functional Unit: Programme and Policy, Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Unit
Duty Stations: Lilongwe (1), with field-based duty travel as required
Position/s Duration: One year with a possibility of extension.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty. For its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.
Malawi is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa. With a population expanding rapidly at 3 percent per year and the majority of livelihoods dependent on agriculture, the population is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate-related disasters. Poverty is experienced by most rural families, with those headed by women suffering the most. Relying on small parcels of densely cultivated land for their livelihoods, rural Malawians are highly affected by climate change. Episodes of drought as well as severe flooding are increasing in frequency, intensity and unpredictability, giving the most vulnerable households inadequate time to recover.
Malawi’s challenges are also compounded by high rates of HIV infection (at 9.6 percent), low primary school completion rate (at 51 percent) and chronic under-nutrition (at 37 percent for children under 5). WFP continues to partner with the government, other UN agencies, NGOs, civil society and the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular emphasis on reaching Zero Hunger (SDG 2), addressing structural drivers of hunger wherever possible.
This job is found in WFP Malawi Country office based in Lilongwe. Jobholders typically report to the Knowledge Management Officer and under the overall supervision of the VAM/M&E manager, or the designate.
At this level, job holders are expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen operational problems on a daily basis. Job holders are expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff.
The Programme Associate is an integral part of the WFP Malawi Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) team. The primary mandate of VAM is to identify food insecure populations and their needs, provide early warning and generate information/knowledge to guide in formulating durable and better targeted food security and livelihood solutions at the regional level. The Associate will be responsible for collating and organizing datasets related to markets; producing analyses that look at market integration, market self-sufficiency, and market prices (among other variables), and understanding Malawi’s socio-economic context.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Conduct in-depth analysis of data derived from mVAM price data, Government datasets, and other price data sets to understand market price trends,
- Contribute to the provision of timely, effective, and quality market information to support vulnerability profiling, targeting, programme decisions, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks.
- Undertake market-related field missions to support WFP Malawi operations, including the provision of the analytical basis for the identification, design, and implementation of market-based interventions (i.e., for cash and vouchers, local procurement purchases, etc.).
- Plan, design, and conduct market and trader surveys and analysis to assess food security and local market conditions.
- Contribute to the integration of market-based information into inter-agency food security assessments (CFSVA, EFSA, FSMS, CFSAM, JAM, MIRA, etc.).
- Serve as the country-level focal point for fostering partnerships around market assessments and analysis.
- Strengthen Country Office market intelligence through the maintenance of relevant market and socio-economic data, regular monitoring and reporting on market and economic conditions, and their implications for market functioning and food security.
- Provide technical support, including capacity building, to Country Office staff and National Government counterparts as required.
- Perform other related duties as required.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Completion of secondary school education with a post-secondary certificate in the related functional area. OR a first-level university degree in GIS, Statistics, Data Science, Geography, Economics, and Food security-related social sciences or related functional area. Completion of specialized training in quantitative analysis and data management is an added advantage.
Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in data analysis management or relevant field. Experience with the National Statistics Office or other analysis/research-based institution focusing on markets/prices strongly preferred.
Knowledge & Skills:
- Proven knowledge and experience in SQL, GIS Mapping software (ArcGIS, QGIS), Statistical analysis package (SPSS, R, Python etc)
- Knowledge of desktop publishing software such as Illustrator, Ms Publisher and report writing skills.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of the local language or UN official language is an added advantage.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
- Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
- Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.
- Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
- Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
- Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
- Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
- Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.
- Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
- Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
- Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.
|Capability Name||Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level|
|Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance||Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.|
|Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers)||Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.|
|Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas||Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.|
|Emergency Programming||Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.|
|Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government||Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.|
WFP is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly females are strongly encouraged to apply.
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.