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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. More than half the population of Afghanistan – a record 22.8 million people – will face acute food insecurity in 2022. The combined effects of drought, conflict, COVID-19, and the economic crisis, have severely affected lives, livelihoods, and people’s access to food.
The team of 600 staff, 550 of which are Afghan nationals are working tireless to bring emergency food and nutrition assistance to the millions of people suffering across the country. The assistance provided by WFP includes emergency food assistance, school meals, nutrition programmes and important self-reliance and resilience programmes. The packet of support can include food, cash, or vouchers.
In conflict situations, we bring relief to exhausted populations and use food assistance to build pathways to peace and stability – work for which WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.
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.
In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of people affected by disasters, conflict, epidemics/pandemics and more. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 100 million people with food assistance in 83 countries each year. The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.
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 most vulnerable and marginalised, including women and children, can achieve and enjoy food and nutrition security.
1 in 3 Afghans, 14 million people, are hungry today while 2 million children are malnourished. With drought, pandemic, and conflict, the food security will continue to worsen. Despite security and logistical challenges, WFP maintains access to most of the country including areas with active fighting. In the first six months of 2021, WFP delivered food and nutrition assistance to 5.5. million people, including people newly displaced by fighting. Ensuring that WFP activities reach the most in need, safely and with integrity is a key priority.
A humanitarian crisis of considerable magnitude and complexity has developed since international forces withdrew and the Taliban took control in August 2021. At this critical time, WFP is delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance across the country and continues to have a presence in the field throughout Afghanistan with staff and programme activities in our six Area Offices – Faizabad, Mazar, Herat, Kandahar, Jalalabad and Kabul. WFP is adapting its operations in response to the more complex and unpredictable context, reassessing assumptions and adjusting programmes. Major constrains include maintaining access to the most in need (of all diversities of men, women, boys and girls), changing security conditions, navigating internal and cross-border transport corridors, and overcoming expected critical supply challenges. Work is underway on how to adapt programmes in Afghanistan based on lessons and experiences from WFP operations in other conflict and insecure contexts and informed by the affected populations.
WFP conducts food security and nutrition assessments and monitoring and evaluation of its programmes. It collects a large volume of data which is useful for analysis from the perspective of protection, gender and accountability to affected people including dimensions such as data protection and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse. In alignment with WFP’s commitments under its Gender Policy 2015 and Protection and Accountability Policy 2020, there needs to be regular analysis of disaggregated data and its use in the design and implementation of WFP programmes and across its operations.
Position: Data Analyst (Protection, Gender and Accountability to Affected Populations)
Contract: International Regular Consultant
Grade: Consultant Level II (P3 equivalent)
Duty Station: Kabul Country Office, Afghanistan
Number required: 1 position
Duration: 11 months
WFP is committed to ensuring that all its workplaces are free from abuse, offensive behaviour, harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. WFP is also committed to promoting a work culture in which every employee understands, and is able to carry out, his/her personal responsibilities for maintaining the dignity of work colleagues. WFP seeks to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. We believe our mission of fighting global hunger worldwide can only be achieved if women, men, girls and boys are offered equal opportunities in terms of access to resources and services and participation in decision making roles.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Data Analyst (Protection, Gender and Accountability to Affected Populations) will support the ongoing research needs of the Gender, Protection and AAP teams, including through standalone research design, implementation and analysis of data held by the Vulnerability Assessment and Monitoring and Evaluations (VAME) unit and the Community and Feedback Mechanism (CFM) team. The Data Analyst will also review the tools and processes of the VAME unit and take actions and make recommendations for enhancement of PGAAP integration.
The Data Analyst may work remotely from their home location following Kabul hours or may work from the Country Office in Kabul, Afghanistan. They will be under the direct supervision of the Gender Officer, under the line management of the Head of Programme and the technical guidance of the PAAP Unit, VAME Unit and Regional Humanitarian Advisor (Protection, AAP and Inclusion). It is expected that while the direct supervisor is the Gender Officer, the Data Analyst (PGAAP) will work equally closely with the Protection and Access Advisor and other activity leads on a needs basis.
Within delegated authority, the data analyst consultant will be responsible for the following duties:
• Liaise and lead coordination with Programme colleagues to review, define and adjust assessment/monitoring tools and processes to integrate protection, gender and accountability to affected populations (PGAAP) in research, assessment and monitoring (VAME) tools and processes;
• Review and ensure from PGAAP lens the application of the right kinds of study design, sampling with quality questionnaires and data collection system and data environments to produce reliable and credible data on PGAAP;
• Lead the analysis and draft reports of PGAAP in VAME data collected during the period of the Country Strategic Plan (CSP), data from the CFM products, including assessments, monitoring and analysis of food insecurity in correlation with particular population sub-groups and particular locations of concern;
• Conduct literature reviews of available and emerging evidence on PGAAP-related issues in Afghanistan.
• Lead in the design and implementation of ad-hoc research projects (in country office, and in collaboration with WFP research partners).
• Identify trend and undertake trend analysis relating to PGAAP;
• Draft PGAAP analysis coming from VAME tools and reports;
• Lead the integration and analysis of disability disaggregated data and disability related analysis;
• Work with and closely support VAME and other Programmatic colleagues in community consultations for analysis of primary data and undertake secondary data analysis on PGAAP;
• Identify PGAAP data gaps and advising relevant programmatic teams to better understand and address these gaps;
• Support the PGAAP Unit to undertake and draft relevant analysis to inform programme design and implementation;
• Support the contextualised and operationally informed improvement of WFP data collection and reporting on PGAAP.
• Provide a report compiling VAME and CFM findings on PGAAP for the CSP period;
• Liaise with PGAAP Unit on integration of the findings into the overall PGAAP analysis for the CSP which is presently underway;
• Draft the PGAAP related analysis in VAME documents and research/assessment products;
• Support in the presentation of findings in internal and external consultation sessions; and
• Prepare a summary note of activities completed and additional recommendations for the Country Office;
• Perform other related duties as required.
Education & Experience:
Advanced university degree in statistics, monitoring and evaluation or other related fields, development economics, performance management, business, law, human rights, gender, international relations, political or social sciences, international development or humanitarian action or other related fields, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.
Minimum of three years of relevant professional work experience in research, data analysis, statistics, data visualization.
Experience in analyzing cross-cutting issues such as protection, gender, migration, conflict sensitivity, data protection and/or complaints and feedback mechanisms, managing complex monitoring and/or evaluation activities spanning a range of policies and programme initiatives in international development or humanitarian contexts is an asset.
Prior UN cluster or WFP experience or experience with a cooperating partner of WFP is an asset, as is experience in emergencies categorized as Level 2 or Level 3 in the United Nations system.
Skills & Attributes:
• Excellent research, data analysis and reporting skills;
• Sound qualitative analytical skills and strong quantitative analytical skills including, t-tests, chi-square tests, regressions, etc
• Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative software such as SPSS, Atlas, NVivo, STATA, or R;
• In-depth knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methods, metrics, statistical applications and reporting systems;
• In-depth knowledge of results-based management principles and practices and WFP’s corporate accountability frameworks;
• Understanding of food security and/or nutrition programming;
• Understanding of human rights, humanitarian principles, and some grasp of cross-cutting issues and their importance in humanitarian data analysis;
• Skills in correlating vulnerability data relating to cross-cutting issues such as gender, protection and gender-based violence with food insecurity and related data;
• Proven ability to develop quality reports and analyses with minimal direction;
• Ability to present data and content visually including use of software such as InDesign, Illustrator and/or Tableau;
• Proven ability to network effectively with multiple work units;
• Willingness to build capacity of others through formal and informal training processes; and
• Willingness to either work remotely or from Kabul, and willingness to travel to offices and field locations if needed.
• Prior experience working in Afghanistan and understanding of the context is highly desirable
• Publication record is highly desirable.
Languages: Fluency (level C) in written and spoken English.
Wednesday, 13 April 2022.