Economic & Market Analyst

World Food Programme, Egypt

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th December, 2019

Job Description

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.

Are you passionate about Monitoring & Evaluation and are your keen to apply your knowledge and skills in a humanitarian context and contribute to our mandate of achieving Zero Hunger?


The WFP Cairo Regional Bureau provides strategic guidance, policy/technical support and direction to WFP operations and activities in 17 countries: Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.

The Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Unit is a core area of the World Food Programme’s work and forms the basis for the design of all of its operations. VAM provides geospatial and economic analysis, food security monitoring and assessments, post shock assessments and thematic analysis. The information VAM supplies allows WFP to perform effective targeting, determine the most appropriate type and scale of intervention and ensure the most efficient use of humanitarian resources by allocating funding according to needs. VAM’s economic analysis and monitoring provides critical information on food availability and on the functioning of markets that households depend upon to acquire food. It also helps WFP identify the most appropriate forms of assistance (cash, food, or vouchers), evaluate the impact of food assistance on markets, and optimize the efficiency and value for money to those receiving food assistance.

The Regional VAM team is providing technical support, strategic and normative guidance, capacity building and oversight to 17 countries in the region during their implementation of the Country Strategic Plans (CSP).

The Economic & Market Analyst will be involved in operational activities and related analytical work and will operate and report under technical guidance from the Head of Vulnerabilty Analysis & Mapping unit. Job holder is likely to be part of a team where senior support is readily available and may supervise a small number of junior staff to ensure that activities and project objectives are achieved in full.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within delegated authority, the National Economic & Market Analyst (Vulnerability & Mapping Officer) will be responsible for the following duties. The incumbent is expected to work in coordination with relevant units within the Regioanl Bureau in Cairo, Vulnerability & Mapping Officers (VAM Officers) at the headquarter as well as Country Offices (COs).

  • Support the completion of the standardization of market and price monitoring in country offices
  • Produce/adapt market monitoring tools for Country Offices to facilitate the monitoring and reporting in a standardized and comparable manner;
  • Advise on Country Offices’ food security and market monitoring information products;
  • Assist COs with regular and standard market monitoring in L2/L3 countries and where capacity is limited;
  • Conduct socio-economic studies in coordination with Headquarter and Country Offices.
  • Participate in market assessments in Country Offices to assess feasibility of cash-based transfer programmes;
  • Support the Cash Working Group at the Regional Bureau and Country Offices level with ad hoc analyses, including food and minimum expenditure basket calculation, supply chain and inter-sectorial assessments, etc.
  • Support in augmenting capacity of governments partners and Country Offices staff in socio-economic analysis
  • Conduct training on economic analysis for Country Offices staff, to conduct advanced studies and analyses relevant to their Country Office.
  • Provide on-the-job training to Country Office VAM Officers/focal points for effective market monitoring and market assessments;
  • Conduct training and information sessions for government staff to augment their capacity, foster the partnership and build up on each other’s comparative advantages.
  • Contribute to the scale-up of SNAP implementation, setting it up for the Phase 2, by carrying out the below activities:
  • Manage information and data inputted to and disseminated through SNAP, ensure data quality;
  • Revise the methodology and create of scenarios using SISMod (Shock Impact Simulation Model), testing its validity;
  • Explore further applications of SISMod for program and policy informing in the contexts of countries in the region.
  • Contribute to technical discussions on the application and scalability of the SNAP with partners, governments and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Coach and technically support a team of SNAP analysts in targeted Country Offices and the Regional Bureau in Cairo.
  • Support the development and adaptation of SNAP platform for each country context, in coordination with Country Offices.
  • Technically advise and support the SNAP Coordinator
  • Contribute to Food Security and Nutrition Analysis
  • Provide technical support to VAM colleagues in designing and analyzing food security assessments and analysis;
  • Provide technical support to Nutrition unit in designing and analyzing Nutrition studies/initiatives (e.g. Cost of Diet/Cost of Hunger).
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • EducationAdvanced University degree in Economics, Food Security, Econometrics, Statistics or other related fields.
  • ExperienceAt least three years of progressively responsible experience, of which at least one year closely related to food security and market analysis functions.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Very advanced knowledge of STATA and Excel.
  • Knowledge of programming languages as R or Python is advantage.
  • Experience abroad highly desirable / high multicultural skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, courtesy, tact and ability to effectively deal with people of different nationals and culture.
  • Able to interact and analyze wide varieties of programme issues and statistical information.
  • Able to work systematically, use initiatives and good judgment and to communicate complex matters both oral and in writing.
  • Hard worker and fast-learner.
  • Can work with minimum supervision; supervise and train support staff; and to communicate in a team spirit with different people with cultural and ethnic background.
  • Can work under pressure and in hectic environment.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • UN experience is preferred.

Language: Fluency in oral and written communication in both English and Arabic. Knowledge of other UN languages (especially Russian and French) is an advantage.


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