FOOD SECURITY CLUSTER/SECTOR COORDINATOR
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People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply
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The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
This VA is to be included officially in the Food Security Cluster roster. Successful candidates will be eligible to be selected for deployment in various countries.
Since its endorsement by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in December 2010 and its functional set-up in April 2011, the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) has been successful in creating a conducive environment for global partners to discuss food security operational and policy matters. It has been instrumental in developing tools and providing guidance and support to countries affected by humanitarian crisis.
The gFSC is led by FAO and WFP. Over 40 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are active members at global level. The cluster focuses on coordination of food assistance and livelihood humanitarian interventions.
Overall, food security is the largest sector in humanitarian response, as it represents 35% of funding requirements through the global humanitarian appeal. The average profile of a country food security cluster is a group of 68 partners targeting two million food insecure people and managing a sector appeal of US$ 250 million yearly.
The Consultant reports jointly and equally to the FAO Representative and WFP Country Director
The Food Security Cluster/Sector Coordinator (CC) is one of the core Food Security Cluster (FSC) Coordination team members and plays a vital role in ensuring timely, coherent and effective food security interventions by mobilizing stakeholders to respond in a coordinated and strategic manner to a humanitarian crisis.
Tasks and responsibilities
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- University degree in food security, agriculture, economics, humanitarian affairs or related field;
- Minimum 5 years of professional experience in humanitarian response at a mid or senior level. Experience in food security related topics is mandatory and experience in the FSC is desirable;
- Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Ability to work and plan at strategic and operational levels;
- Understanding of the international humanitarian response architecture, including humanitarian principles, coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform and action, and funding mechanisms (e.g. Humanitarian Programme Cycle - HPC, Central Emergency Response Fund and Flash Appeals, Pooled funds);
- Ability to express and summarise ideas orally and in writing in a diplomatic and inclusive manner;
- Ability to organise workshops, meetings and to present outcomes in behalf of a group of stakeholders;
- Assessment, Survey, and Monitoring and Evaluation;
- Willingness and ability to work in difficult environments, in often stressful time- critical situations;
- Formal training in Cluster CC or previous Cluster experience is strongly desirable;
- Knowledge of and experience in using advanced Excel
- Experience of the country or region of deployment is desirable.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency