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.
With a committed government, rich natural resources, and a young and diverse population, Afghanistan has the potential to make significant progress on the 2030 Agenda. However, a complex and protracted conflict, combined with challenges related to climate change, demographics, gender inequalities, underemployment, and transparency issues, has dramatically impeded its efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 2 on Zero Hunger. The 2017 Afghanistan Zero Hunger Strategic Review (ZHSR) found that the country suffers from high, and in some cases rapidly rising, levels of food insecurity and undernutrition, and outlines a series of recommendations to address the problem.
WFP is well placed to help Afghanistan implement several of the key recommendations through their new Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022). The overarching goal of the WFP Afghanistan CSP is to support the country to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 in a manner that also contributes, wherever possible, to the broader, longer-term transition to peace and development. Mainstreaming the cross-cutting issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment, protection, and accountability to affected populations, the CSP will focus on six, highly interrelated outcomes that span both SDG 2 and 17 (partnering for the goals).
Extensive consultations with government, partners, and affected communities, helped to guide this approach which entails shifts that will allow WFP to more effectively support the country to achieve SDG 2, including a shift to a more comprehensive, national-led framing of all strategic result areas, by supporting policy coherence. This will help the Afghanistan Unity Government to build trust and enhance its legitimacy. These shifts will also permit WFP to contribute to the broader, long-term goals of the country by operationalizing the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. This approach is directly aligned with the government’s commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and with its five-year plan – the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) – for making progress on the SDGs.
Implementing the activities under the CSP collaboration across all functions. The functional role of the VAME team is to provide the most relevant and updated information from multiple sources, both primary and secondary, to serve internal WFP requirements and guide the broader evidence agenda as well as for decision makers such as Government, donors, and other partners to support their response plans and resource allocation. Key outputs from the VAME team guide operational and strategic decisions.
To lead and/or manage the generation of the VAM evidence base that supports food security and nutrition policies and programmes (e.g. needs assessment and situation analyses, programme design, targeting, cost effectiveness, and operational efficiency).
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (Part 1)
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, the Head of VAM/M&E is responsible for:
Tasks and accountabilities on vulnerability assessments:
- Provide expert advice and support WFP and its partners on matters pertaining to food security and nutrition strategies, policies, programmes, and ensure the timely and productive use of analysis and other knowledge products to understand vulnerabilities, inform WFP’s decision-making and action.
- Lead and support the further development of systems and tools at country level for the assessment and monitoring of food and livelihood vulnerabilities assistance needs in line with innovative methodologies, technologies and global best practice.
- Lead technical partnerships for the enhancement of systems and tool using remote sensing, geospatial information systems, cloud-based databases and impact-based forecast and modelling.
- Lead/conduct complex food security, nutrition, markets, urban, climate and resilience analysis and prepare timely reports on food and livelihood vulnerability assessment needs in line with wider VAM policies, processes and guidance to enable effective decision-making on the development of country strategy, policies and programmes.
- Lead and support in collaboration with the monitoring team the coordination of data gathering, management and visualisation from monitoring systems, VAM assessment and other sources ensuring rigorous quality standards.
- Lead and support the development of effective food security and vulnerability information products at regional and country level to support early action, emergency preparedness and response, targeting and programme design as well as advocate for the people of Afghanistan that are vulnerable to food insecurity.
- Lead/participate in food security, vulnerability and market assessments and other types of joint assessments in the region.
- Keep up to date with and advise on WFP assistance developments and issues and the potential impact upon WFP activities to enable timely and appropriate programme evolution and intervention.
- Provide advice and guidance on the development of programme activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation and recommendations to enable food and livelihood vulnerabilities assistance needs to be met effectively.
- Coordinate and/or provide technical support on global/regional/country initiatives to implement VAM activities.
- Lead operational partnerships, specifically with the food security and agriculture cluster NGOs engaged in assessments, to ensure a solid VAM support in both emergency and non-emergency settings.
- Represent WFP during meetings with partners to contribute to technical discussions, exchange of knowledge and experience, advocate for appropriate interventions based on evidence and identify areas for potential collaboration.
- Provide management, coaching and guidance as required to the VAM team to ensure professional development and enable high performance.
- Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national government to conduct food security, livelihood vulnerabilities, nutrition, markets and resilience analysis to effectively inform preparedness and response activities.
- Provide leadership and support to relevant partners that are focusing on food security, nutrition and livelihood vulnerabilities to enable sharing of experience, lessons learned and best practice.
- Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men in vulnerability analysis.
- Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required in the areas of assessments, vulnerability analysis and mapping.
- Other as required.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (Part 2)
Tasks and accountabilities on monitoring and evaluation:
- Oversee the development of M&E work plans, coordinate planning and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities on effectiveness of all food assistance interventions (e.g. beneficiary needs and status, food security status, programme modalities, implementation challenges, etc.).
- Lead and oversee the implementation and maintenance of robust M&E systems. This includes ensuring pre-assistance baseline, distribution, post-distribution, and food security outcome monitoring tools, targets, sampling, are being carried out as per the highest quality standards.
- Lead the M&E unit and provide coaching and guidance as required to ensure professional development and enable high performance.
- Maintain strong relationships with programme leaders in the country office by conducting regular presentation and feedback sessions
- Develop and review monitoring and evaluation plans/protocols for existing and new projects and programmes to ensure that plans focus on measuring results throughout the results chain (activity-output-outcome-impact).
- Lead and ensure quality of the analysis of outcome and process monitoring data and recommend improvements to programme interventions and to enhance WFPs ability to demonstrate higher-level results.
- Lead and oversee the production of monthly monitoring reports together with the field offices and communicate the results to internal stakeholders.
- Ensure follow-up on monitoring and evaluation findings (internal and via partners) by tracking corrective action taken and adjustments made to programmes.
- Represent WFP (e.g. at inter-agency meetings with other NGOs and government agencies) to exchange knowledge and experience, promote the importance of monitoring and evaluation, and build partnerships that enhance inter-agency results-based management systems.
- Work in close collaboration with internal M&E staff as well as third party monitoring companies to strengthen the quality and consistency of monitoring and evaluation activities in the field and strengthen the data quality, accuracy and consistency to build credible performance evidence.
- Provide monitoring and evaluation findings and recommendations to support performance planning and risk analysis, emergency preparedness, security risk management and risk mitigation activities.
- Manage the mid-term review of the country strategic plan, manage a country office led thematic evaluation, and support WFP headquarters in the evaluation of the country strategic plan.
- Other as required.
Cross-cutting tasks and accountabilities:
- Strategically position the assessment, monitoring and evaluation unit as a client-oriented service provider of analytical products in the country office.
- Formulate and communicate assessment, monitoring and evaluation strategies and manage expectations from country office senior management.
- Lead a team of both experienced and junior analysts, facilitate their professional development by creating opportunities for growth and provide regular feedback, and ensure a harmonious team environment that enables high performance.
- Further facilitate the gradual integration of approaches and methodologies used across the assessment, monitoring and evaluation spectrum.
- Manage change processes while maintaining a high degree of integrity and fairness, while focusing on the consistent delivery of excellent products.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Master’s degree in Economics, Food Security, Statistics, Data Science, Public Health/Nutrition, Geography or other related fields.Education:
- At least 8 years of continuously progressive work experience in the field of international development or humanitarian assistance, in various field locations, with at least 4 years of direct relevant experience in VAME activities at policy and operational levels.
- Has in-country operational experience in fragile/emergency contexts.
- Gained valuable experience in collecting geospatial and socioeconomic food security data or monitoring and evaluation data, conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, and reporting findings to senior leaders.
- Has led surveys, multiple assessments in countries, including the design, data collection and analysis. Strong technical skills are essential for high performance in this role.
- Strong client orientation is essential, ensuring that analysis functions are performed to support programme design or adjustment
- Has participated in design and implementation of WFP programmes focusing in food security.
- Proven experience in leading, motivating and developing high-performing teams.
- Ability to quickly develop and cultivate networks and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
- Driven to continuously improve processes, systems and products expected from the unit.
Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. Additional UN language proficiency desirable.