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Research Consultant (SSA-9): 4 months (50 days) contract duration. Duty Station- Harare

Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)

  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-20

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP Zimbabwe works in partnership with the Government and other stakeholders through the direct implementation of integrated programmes targeting the most vulnerable people and will progressively shift towards building national capacity to formulate, manage and implement programmes for achieving zero hunger. In implementing its activities, WFP will bridge the humanitarian–development nexus and leverage its extensive experience and the contributions it has made in Zimbabwe over many decades in order to achieve four strategic outcomes outlined in the WFP Country Strategic Plan (CSP).

Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) aims to address the most food-insecure people’s immediate food needs with cash, vouchers, or food transfers while improving their long-term food security and resilience. People receive cash or food-based transfers to address their immediate food needs, while they build or boost assets, such as constructing a road or rehabilitating degraded land, that will improve their livelihoods by creating healthier natural environments, reducing risks and impact of shocks, increasing food productivity, and strengthening resilience to natural disasters.


WFP is conducting cost benefit analyses (CbA) of its FFA programmes in four countries, including Zimbabwe, to assess, characterize and quantify the benefits accrued against the costs of the selected FFA programmes focused on soil/water conservation, dams/water infrastructures, income generating activities/market support and complementary activities. These CbA will address the following study questions:

  • What are the main tangible/intangible benefits of the FFA programmes in the selected study areas (qualitative/quantitative)? What is the monetary value of these benefits?
  • What level of investments are required to deliver FFA? What is the monetary value of these investments?
  • What is the Economic Rate of Return (ERR), the Net Present Value (NPV), and the Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of FFA?

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Resilience, the incumbent will undertake respective data collection for the Cost Benefit study, which requires field travel and close coordination with the field office to feed into the study conducted by WFP’s consultant at HQ level. The research consultant will liaise with the HQ Consultant closely to be advised on methodology, ways of working and analysis of the data collected.  The reports as part of the deliverables will be reviewed and approved by the Head of Resilience.

Specific responsibilities and timelines include:

  1. Get familiar with the CbA approach implemented by WFP and its international CbA partners, seek clarifications as required, and share any technical inputs or perspectives with regards to the CbA methodological itinerary.
  2. Collect available secondary data, organizing them into a well-structured data catalog; carry out data cleaning and quality checks as required, and synthesize available information.
  3. Oversee additional primary data collection for CbA (as required, depending upon secondary data gaps), making use of qualitative techniques (such as focus group discussions or key informant discussions in selected communities, or interview of technical experts and WFP partners); organize primary data into a well-structured data catalog, and produce synthetic reports on primary data collection exercises.
  4. Provide support to analyze available data and produce synthetic reports, in close collaboration with CbA international experts.
  5. Document the lessons learned in the frame of the FFA CbA, in close collaboration with CbA international experts.
  6. Travel to WFP’s field offices for additional data collection as needed.


The consultant will define his/her own methodology in order to clearly and profoundly respond to the objective of the assignment laid out above in line however and in consultation with the HQ CbA experts.

The incumbent will carry out secondary data collection from the project reports and external sources. Also, the incumbent will carry out primary data collection in the field, including key informant interview and focus group discussions to fill the secondary data gap.


The main deliverables for this study are:

  • Inception report in which the consultant provides technical inputs on the FFA CbA methodological itinerary.
  • A production of a synthetic report, which presents the findings of the collection of primary data and secondary data (including data cleaning and quality check).
  • Final report outlining the lessons learned in the frame of the FFA CbA.


Education:Tertiary qualification in Economics, Social Sciences, Statistics, Development Studies, or other relevant fields of study. Advanced degree is an asset.

Languages: Fluency in English.



A minimum of 5-7 years of solid, proven experience in relevant areas

Experience in conducting and/or managing applied research with experience in, or knowledge of, econometrics highly desirable.

Ability to develop strong working relationships with a diverse range of individuals and organisations.

Demonstrated skills in presenting information in a clear and simple way with high-level written communication skills.

Strong communication and analytical skills, with ability to convey (both verbally and in writing) complex information to stakeholders of varying levels of experience or ability.

Excellent IT(Word, Excel, Power Point) skills.

Excellent time management skills.


Qualified candidates are requested to submit their application via E- Recruitment attaching a signed application letter and a signed Personal History Form (P11) available at

In addition, interested applicants must attach the following documents/information (in PDF format) to demonstrate their qualifications and suitability for the post:

• Letter of interest explaining why they are the most suitable for the work;

• Technical proposal of no more than 3 pages outlining the applicants understanding of the issue to be addressed in the study and proposed methodology for the assignment, including stakeholders to be met;

• Financial proposal to be included;

• Curriculum Vitae (CV) showing name, address, email and telephone numbers of three referees  and 3 clients for whom you have rendered similar services;

• Three Samples of similar work/ products.



The consultant will work on a ‘when actually employed’ (WAE) basis for a period of 4 months. The assignments must be completed by 31 December 2021 at the latest.


Payment will be made in three instalments according to the following schedule:

· 10% upon submission of inception report

· 40% upon submission of approved synthetic report

· 50% upon submission of approved lessons learned report of the FFA CbA


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the recruitment processes.

Only nationals of Zimbabwe can be considered for this vacancy.



The closing date is 20 October 2021.


Female applicants who are qualified and experienced are especially 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.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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