September 08, 2006

Emergency Assessment Officer, Cairo

The World Food Programme is recruiting an Emergency Assessment Officer, Cairo.

The World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations frontline agency fighting the global
war on hunger, is seeking an Emergency Food Market Specialist to be based in its Regional
Bureau in Cairo.

Further to a major consultative process including a series of technical meetings with humanitarian stakeholders such as non governmental organizations, donors and research
institutes, WFP embarked on a comprehensive three year programme (2005-2007) for
strengthening its competencies and capacities in assessing emergency need in food security

The two main components are:
(i) emergency needs assessment methodologies and capacities; and (ii) improved crisis information in crisis prone countries.

Duties and activities
Overall functions of the specialist would include:
• Contributing to the refinement of emergency needs assessment methodologies through field testing;
• Being rapidly deployed to new emergencies in collaboration with the Emergency Response Team members;
• Assisting the regional and country offices in the academic design of in-depth
• Serving as team leaders and representing the emergency food security sector in inter-agency assessment mission;
• Serving as emergency needs assessment trainer during ‘down-times’;
• Planning support and backstopping for assessment missions, as required;
• Participating in the consultation process of the Advisory Group (composed of external
technical advisors to the project) and reflect their inputs in the testing of the
methodologies; and
• Performing other duties and responsibilities as will be assigned to the Specialist.

Specific functions:
• Assessing levels of food insecurity in relation to market mechanisms;
• Analyzing the causes of food insecurity from both macro and micro economic
• Estimating the role of markets in food security, with special attention to government
versus commercial import, domestic and international trade, formal and informal trade
(in particular, cross-boarder trade);
• Identifying possible market intervention options that support lives and livelihoods to
cope with food insecurity;
• Determining the level and duration of possible food assistance to different groups and
geographic areas;
• Identifying logistical capacity and institutional means to support appropriate intervention strategies; and
• Presenting emergency food security assessment findings to the national authorities
and the humanitarian community.

The Emergency Food Market Specialist will provide WFP staff in the Regional Bureau and
Country Offices with reliable information needed to make well informed decisions on needed
responses to national and household level food insecurity in emergency situations.

Advanced degree (MSc) in agricultural economics or economics, or similar relevant discipline.
PhD is desirable.
• Working knowledge (proficiency / Level C) of English;
• Intermediate knowledge (Level B) of another official UN language (preferably Arabic
or Russian).
Required experience:
At least 5 years of professional progressively responsible experience in the field of macro and
micro economics (preferably in the Middle East and/or Central Asia), food security,
vulnerability analysis, emergency needs assessment, humanitarian operations, or a closely
related area. Field experience with organizations dealing with food security and emergency
operations; and experience in management and inter-agency coordination.

Knowledge and skills:
• Excellent knowledge of and field experience related to food aid and non-food aid
• Excellent skills in both macro and micro economic analysis of food security, as well
as experience in incorporating economic analysis in needs assessment processes;
• Excellent interpersonal and team-working skills and experience in coping with issues
in a multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary manner;
• Experience in designing, planning and implementing emergency needs assessments;
• Experience in optimizing the utility of assessment information for advising on
programming appropriate response in crisis and post-crisis;
• Good understanding of nutrition and public health issues;
• Proven ability to select, train and supervise people of varying educational
• Practical experience in programme formulation, logistics and planning of emergency
operations are an asset;
• Resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact and negotiating skills and the
ability to cope with situations which may threaten health or safety;
• Good presentation skills for different audiences; and writing and editing skills.

Websites to visit before applying: Click on: UN Common System data >
Salaries Allowances and Benefits, to view salary scales Click on ‘Operations’ to learn about WFP’s
operations Learn more about countries
where the UN operates

To apply:
Go to
Step 1: Create your Online CV
Step 2: Click on the Vacancy title and confirm with
your username and password to submit
your application.
NOTE: You must complete Step 2 in order for your
application to be considered for this

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of
HIV/AIDS status.
Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
REF: 06-0006869

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