Programme Associate (GIS Mapping and Data Management Specialist)

Full Time

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title: Programme Associate (GIS Mapping and Data Management Specialist)

No. Position/s: 1 (One)

VA No.:  134461

Contract Type:  Fixed Term                 Grade:    G6

Date of Issue:    11 January 2021         Deadline:  24 January 2021

Functional Unit: Programme and Policy, Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Unit

Duty Stations:   Lilongwe (1), with field-based duty travel as required

Position/s Duration: One year with a possibility of extension.

ABOUT WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty. For its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.

Malawi is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa. With a population expanding rapidly at 3 percent per year and the majority of livelihoods dependent on agriculture, the population is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate-related disasters. Poverty is experienced by most rural families, with those headed by women suffering the most. Relying on small parcels of densely cultivated land for their livelihoods, rural Malawians are highly affected by climate change. Episodes of drought as well as severe flooding are increasing in frequency, intensity and unpredictability, giving the most vulnerable households inadequate time to recover.

Malawi’s challenges are also compounded by high rates of HIV infection (at 9.6 percent), low primary school completion rate (at 51 percent) and chronic under-nutrition (at 37 percent for children under 5). WFP continues to partner with the government, other UN agencies, NGOs, civil society and the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular emphasis on reaching Zero Hunger (SDG 2), addressing structural drivers of hunger wherever possible.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

This job is found in WFP Malawi Country office based in Lilongwe.  Jobholders typically report to the Knowledge Management Officer and under the overall supervision of the VAM/M&E manager, or the designate.

At this level, job holders are expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen operational problems on a daily basis. Job holders are expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff.

JOB PURPOSE

The Programme Associate is an integral part of the WFP Malawi Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) team. The primary mandate of VAM is to identify food insecure populations and their needs, provide early warning and generate information/knowledge to guide in formulating durable and better-targeted food security and livelihood solutions at the regional level. The Associate will be responsible for collating and organizing datasets; producing high-quality maps and infographics used for both country-specific and regional analysis and understanding Malawi’s socio-economic context.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Produce high-quality mapping products and infographics to support WFP Units and partner agencies (i.e., maps featuring road networks, implementation areas and other variables) for key decisionmakers and donor reports.
  2. Conduct in-depth analysis of data derived from remotely sensed images and mobile-based food and nutrition security monitoring systems and prepare relevant visualizations using GIS software packages.
  3. Assemble and maintain appropriate food and nutrition security indicators used internationally from different regional and global data services.
  4. Provide assistance in ensuring that rigorous quality data standards are maintained by the WFP Malawi VAM Unit.
  5. Maintain and manage the Geographic Information System (GIS) datasets for VAM Spatial Data Infrastructure.
  6. Act as the VAM focal point for the roll-out of drone mapping.
  7. Provide technical support, including capacity building, to Country Office staff and National Government counterparts as required.
  8. Perform other related duties as required.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Completion of secondary school education with a post-secondary certificate in the related functional area. OR a first-level university degree in GIS mapping, Statistics, Data Science, Geography, Economics, and Food security-related social sciences or related functional area. Completion of specialized training in quantitative analysis and data management is an added advantage.

Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in data analysis management or relevant field.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proven knowledge and experience in SQL, GIS Mapping software (ArcGIS, QGIS), Statistical analysis package (SPSS, R, Python etc)
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing software such as Illustrator, Ms Publisher and report writing skills.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of the local language or UN official language is an added advantage.

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
  •  Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.

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