Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Unit is currently establishing a roster of consultants to provide support to Regional Bureaus and Country Offices in risk transfer activities.
WFP is opening a roster of insurance experts to contribute to the expansion, scale-up, improvement and graduation and provide support to country offices and regional bureaus. Consultants may be assigned to any of the following WFP Regional Bureau: Nairobi, Johannesburg, Panama, Dakar/Abidjan and Bangkok. Profiles of consultants who are not selected for these posts will be kept in a roster and be considered for assignments in WFP country offices or possibly in Rome HQ. Irrespective of the location of their assignment, consultants are likely to be required to travel extensively to the field to perform their duties. Assignments will be based on demand and funding, and the level of expertise required will depend on a range of factors, including the nature and size of the portfolio and the specific tasks that will be demanded to the consultant. Duration of individual assignments may last between six and a maximum of eleven months.
WFP has recognized insurance as a transfer modality and an efficient tool to build resilience against climate shocks and fight against hunger. Microinsurance has predominantly been developed under the Rural Resilience Initiative, or R4, a strategic collaboration between WFP and Oxfam America, bringing public and private sector actors together in a strategic, large scale initiative to help the most vulnerable people build resilient livelihoods. In 2019, about 100,000 poor and food-insecure households were insured against climatic shocks and received support to manage vulnerability to climate through an affordable, comprehensive risk management program that builds long-term resilience.
WFP has also launched the first pilot, with Start Network, of ARC Replica, a sovereign insurance system, by purchasing policies for Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, the Gambia and Zimbabwe. This innovative approach will allow WFP to respond faster to major drought events, but also contribute to the capacity strengthening of ARC countries in terms of index customization and building systems through the partnership on operational plans for replica countries.
WFP tests and develops a new set of integrated tools that extend the risk management benefits of financial services such as insurance and credit to the vulnerable farmers. WFP is currently active in 7 countries (Ethiopia, Senegal, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso) and is expanding to new countries in (Mozambique, Mali) and outside Africa (Guatemala, El Salvador, Cuba, and Bangladesh). R4 focuses on mechanisms that can be integrated into social protection systems, including productive safety nets so that the results can be applied at a much larger scale by governments and international organizations.
WFP is also in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), under the Weather Risk Management Facility (WRMF). This joint initiative was established in 2008 to reduce smallholders’ vulnerability to weather and other risks that limit agricultural production. It aims to encourage and protect investments in smallholder agricultural production and enhance food security. Amongst its major activities and services are: High-quality operational research; Capacity building in weather risk management for food security and agriculture; Implementing initiatives for innovative risk management solutions, such as agricultural index insurance (including weather, and remotely-sensed indexes). These solutions can be mainstreamed within WFP’s and IFAD’s investment programmes, as well as those of other partners, for an integrated resilience-building approach to climate disasters and change.
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DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT:
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Educations: MA Degree in International Development/Relations/Business, Political Science, Economics, Public Policy, or related field.
Knowledge & Skills:
Languages: Written and spoken fluency in English required. For some of the assignments, Fluency in French, Portuguese or Spanish would be required;