Food Security and Nutrition Specialist

Food Security and Nutrition Specialist

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Rome, Italy

Reporting Lines

The Food Security and Nutrition Specialist reports to the global Food Security Cluster Coordinator. His/her work will be daily managed by the Global Food Security Cluster Officer in charge of the Partnership Programme pillar III. During field missions, the incumbent will work under the supervision of the Country Food Security Cluster Coordinator.

Technical Focus

Compile and analyze food security and nutrition existing analytical tools and programmatic practices, to provide exhaustive guidance for use and identify opportunities for tools along with practice integration that will ease integrated use in the field.

The incumbent also provides required IM support to enable joint planning around the humanitarian, peace, development nexus in pilot countries.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Food Security and Nutrition Specialist, with the support of WFP and FAO technical service as well with other FSC and Nutrition Cluster partners, will lead a comprehensive review of analytical tools and programming and monitoring practice aimed at supporting coherent and technically sound program integration. Specifically, he/she will:
  • Identify and compile food security emergency and development response activities for different humanitarian context.
  • Provide technical analysis and classification of the food security emergency and development response activities and analytical tools to include humanitarian, development and peace approach in the food security response plan.
  • Work in a participatory manner with all available food security and nutrition actors to integrate technical advices from specialists and products owners.
  • Develop an integrating framework to orient/guide action integration in food security action plan
  • Proactively contribute to sharing information, preparing progress and technical reports and other information and advocacy products.
  • Test and support programmatic integration during field travel mission, as requested.
  • Support consolidation of lessons learning coming from piloting countries and support the generation of a protocol for collective planning.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in statistics, economics, relevant social or natural sciences or other related disciplines relevant to the mandate of the Organization;
  • Minimum 5 years of proven experience in food security and nutrition analysis, in response analysis and mapping and more generally in data management and in preparing analytical communication documents;
  • Working knowledge of English (level C) and French (level C).

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus;
  • Teamwork;
  • Communication;
  • Building Effective Relationships;
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement.

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to an evolving and complex humanitarian context and within multidisciplinary and different cultural background teams;
  • Ability to assess damages and needs in the field and formulate appropriate response options;
  • Familiarity with Theory of Change approaches and capacity to guide groups along the ToC creation and testing process;
  • Familiarity with or training in the following assessment phases and tools included in the FAO Phased Assessment Framework: MIRA I and II, detailed/sector-specific needs assessments (household food security/livelihood, livestock, seeds, fishery, forestry), market analysis (e.g. EMMA or MIFIRA), Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and/or Damage and Loss Assessment (DaLA), Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA); and Livelihood Recovery Assessment (LRA).
  • Experience in formulation, coordination, implementation, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting for assessment and analysis processes;
  • Experience in using statistical software for data analysis such as Microsoft Excel, R, STATA and/or SPSS;
  • Experience in performing response analysis and intervention mapping;
  • Experience in coordinating needs/requests from a large number of stakeholders;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Effective team leadership and decision-making skills with strong individual planning capacity;
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles.

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