Career Opportunities: Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Officer NOB (100624)

Requisition # 100624 – Posted 19/10/2018 – Fixed Term – Asia, Central & Eastern – Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek 


Opened on 19 October 2018 – Closing on 9 November 2018

The 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.

Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Supervision received: The Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Officer (VAM) will be directly supervised by the Head of VAM and under the general supervision of the Deputy Country Director.

Accountabilities: Within delegated authority, the Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Officer (VAM) will be responsible for the following duties:

Under the WFP Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2018-2022, VAM plays dual role-one is to inform WFP’s programming and the other is to strengthen the national food and nutrition security information systems.

Advise and inform WFP management decision making and implementation of Country Strategic Plan 2018-2022 through:

  1. Establishing food security and vulnerability information management system to inform WFP on evidence-based activity design and implementation and regularly providing analysis and visualization of food security, nutrition and overall socio-economic situation. This includes preparation of quantitative and qualitative analysis and mapping of geographic, seasonal, historical patterns of food insecurity, nutrition, poverty, natural, climatic and economic (market supply, trade and prices) threats and shocks and related vulnerability issues concerning food availability, food access, food utilization and stability to food security, preparation of thematic analytical maps and profiles.
  2. Identifying key problems and root causes of food insecurity/vulnerability and recommending the entry points for WFP to rightly position the provided support to the Government in addressing food insecurity risks and shocks in an effective way,
  3. Analysing and advising on geographical and individual targeting principles to address food insecurity based on application of vulnerability/food insecurity indexes, geographic profiling and household-level food insecurity/vulnerability prevalence; identifying the consumption gap at individual level, assess labour market situation in targeted areas and recommend the transfer value to be provided by WFP-Government food assistance interventions.
  4. Providing recommendations to WFP management on food security and vulnerability strategy formulation, sector planning and partnering, policy and institutional innovation, technology dissemination and capacity strengthening.
  5. Supporting WFP’s bi-annual Food Security Outcome Monitoring with analysis and evidences on food security shocks and threats in WFP-targeted areas to inform Monitoring and Evaluation unit with analysis of reasons of achieving / not achieving the expected results at outcome / impact levels.   
  6. Developing and maintaining WFP’s emergency preparedness system through risk analysis, early warning and contingency planning to inform WFP on the potential role and engagement in emergency preparedness/response activities; lead and conduct emergency needs assessments (including rapid emergency food security assessments), in case of the medium/large-scale emergencies
  7. Raise relevant WFP staff capacity in food security management and analysis. .
  8. Liaise with WFP’s Headquarters and Regional Bureau technical divisions on methodological techniques and developments and strategic food security visioning and regional and global priorities.

Lead and implement the capacity strengthening of the National institutions for improved food security and vulnerability information systems through introduction/optimization of the relevant tools, systems and practices, specifically:

  1. Support Food Security and Nutrition Governance Reviews (once in two years) with the Government to identify and track institutional level gaps and opportunities to inform and plan WFP’s support in strengthening institutional food security governance capacity under the SDG 2 umbrella.
  2. Contribute to WFP positioning in the country through advocating the issue of food security and the SDG agenda, facilitating multi-dimensional and multi-stakeholder approach through its food security and vulnerability analysis and situation updates in partnership with FAO and other relevant UN agencies.
  3. Develop and implement capacity strengthening training plan on FSN for Government jointly with relevant UN agencies.
  4. Develop and implement the plan in maintaining and sustaining the Online National Food Security Atlas jointly with relevant Government partners, Research institutes and UN agencies.
  5. Lead and implement the final phase of the Safety-Nets Alert Platform project (SNAP) jointly with the Government (see more at https://snap.vam.wfp.org/main/), including the optimized national price monitoring and analysis in collaboration with platforms of other partners, such as World Bank and/or others, and handover the tool to the identified national partner for further use and maintenance.
  6. Provide technical support to relevant Government partners on strengthening their vulnerability analysis, targeting and visualization methods and tools.
  7. Lead WFP’s contributions to the formulation and reviews of the National Food Security and Nutrition Programme 2018-2022 as member of technical working group, representing WFP.
  8. Coordinate and foster the multi-stakeholder partnership for food security, nutrition, vulnerability analysis and advocacy and lead WFP’s contributions in joint food security and vulnerability assessments and monitoring;
  9. Support formulation of WFP’s position and inputs to the formulation, reporting, review and re-design of the national and UNCT strategic frameworks (SDG adaptation and monitoring, UNDAF, MAPS and other strategic documents) through providing food security and vulnerability analysis and evidences;
  10. Perform other related duties as required.

Expected Results:

Under overall guidance of the supervisor and with certain degree of independence provides well prepared, analytical work, manages projects with focus on food security and vulnerability issues; Provides effective technical support in conducting assessments, food security monitoring, targets and adjusts food assistance requirements, maintains databases, etc.; builds effective collaboration with other WFP offices as well as colleagues outside WFP, including Government officials; supports and guides Professional staff on food security and vulnerability data and guides and/or supervises General Service staff.

Critical Success Factors:

Ability to compile, maintain and analyze data, prepare reports and draw initial conclusions and recommendations; ability to work in a team, excellent presentation skills; effective and timely interaction with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally; flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk description; ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.


University degree in economics, econometrics, statistics, sociology or similar relevant discipline in vulnerability analysis.


At least five (with relevant MA) to seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in food security, nutrition, poverty, climate change, vulnerability statistics and analysis or a closely related area, such as early warning.

Knowledge and skills:

Strong knowledge of food security and nutrition analysis, including design and management of household surveys, quantitative and qualitative data management techniques.

Good understanding of National Statistics Committee’s household surveys and existing food security, nutrition, poverty related statistics and information produced by national agencies.

Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of statistics concepts and methodologies, econometrics, modeling and predictive analysis, including at least intermediate skills in statistics software and database management (SPSS, R, STATA or equivalent).

At least intermediate level of use of GIS application and familiarity with data visualization tools.

Experience in early warning and remote sensing and familiarity with the specialty software applications associated with them. At least basic experience in remote sensing interpretation and analysis, NDVI methodology.


Fluency in English and Russian and Kyrgyz.

“Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply”



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