Vacancy Announcement

Published on: 13 May 2018
  Deadline for Application: 20 May 2018

The FAO Representation in Bangladesh is inviting applications from qualified national candidates to the following vacant position under the project “GCP/BGD/059/USA and GCP/BGD/063/EU: Meeting the Undernutrition Challenges (MUCH), to be filled as soon as possible:

Position: National Food Security Analysis Adviser (Early Warning and IPC)

Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge (MUCH) is the follow-up project of the National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP) and based in the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) of the Ministry of Food (MoFood) in Bangladesh. The MUCH project broadens the scope of NFPCSP’s interventions extending support to other core ministries, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector, seeking to achieve a strengthened enabling environment for eradicating food insecurity and malnutrition, in particular, by improving: (i) cross-sectoral and sectoral policies and investment frameworks and programmes for food security and nutrition (FSN) that are gender sensitive; (ii) human and organizational resource development for FSN; (iii) financial resource allocation for FSN; (iv) inclusiveness of governance and coordination mechanisms for FSN; and (v) comprehensiveness of information generation to support FSN policy formulation, programming and implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh, the overall technical supervision of the MUCH Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), the direct supervision of the MUCH Economist (Poverty and social protection) and Economist (Food Security Information Systems), and in close consultation and collaboration with the MUCH Technical Assistance Team (TAT), government counterparts, especially the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU), Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) analysts at FAO Headquarters, Global and Regional Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Coordinators, as well as development partners, including civil society and the private sector, the incumbent will:

  • Coordinate and provide necessary technical assistance to government counterparts engaged in early warning and to IPC stakeholders and collaborators;
  • Contribute to the revitalization of national food and agriculture early warning capacity and to resilience building in the government system, especially the early warning group of FPMU, including the support for setting up a network of information and data providers;
  • Support the effective delivery of meetings, workshops and training programmes on early warning and IPC, and provide in-service training and guidance to FPMU as well as policy and planning units of other core ministries;
  • Undertake acute and chronic analyses, including nutrition analyses, in collaboration with certified IPC analysts and in close consultation with / with support from Global and Regional IPC Coordinator as appropriate;
  • Assist in disseminating early warnings of imminent food shortages, acute food and nutrition insecurity, and IPC findings, including sub-national level food insecurity maps indicating hot spots and vulnerable areas;
  • Keep senior- and high-level policy/decision makers, donors and IPC partners updated and sensitized on latest chronic and acute food insecurity situations, causes of food and nutrition insecurity and vulnerability, and remedial actions and strategies to improve the situations;
  • Facilitate mobilizing and aiming assistance and resources to targeted populations, hot spots and vulnerable areas;
  • Assist in the preparation of early warning reports, IPC briefs, and other related policy materials in English and Bangla, including Monitoring Reports of the Ministry of Food;
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the Food Security and Nutrition Information System of FPMU through the provision and maintenance of sub-national level food security and nutrition data; and
  • Contribute to project planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting related to the tasks defined above.

Academic/Technical Competencies/Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree in agricultural economics, public policy, food security, development study, science, statistics or other relevant field
  • Minimum five years of relevant experience
  • Working knowledge of English and fluency in Bangla in both writing and speaking
  • Experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, especially between government, civil society and the private sector
  • Degree of understanding of food and nutrition security analysis, early warning and / or IPC chronic and acute analysis
  • Extent of experience in training and capacity development
  • Strong network of collaboration and coordination with relevant stakeholders and ability to foster such

Office Location: MUCH Project Office, Food Planning and Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Food, Khaddy Bhaban, 16 Abdul Gani Road, Dhaka-1000

Duration: 12 months (extendable)

Application Guidelines:
All applicants will have to send their PPF to the following address: only by close of business on 20 May, 2018.

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Subject must refer “Application for the position of National Food Security Analysis Adviser (Early Warning and IPC)”

Applications from qualified women are encouraged to apply.

Application not submitted through the filled PPF will be discarded. Please do not submit any certificates/documents with your application.

Candidates not possessing the essential qualifications should not apply as their application will not be considered. Any persuasion will disqualify the candidate; only short listed candidates will be invited for the interview.