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Head of Research

Date Posted: Apr 05, 2022
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Sunday, 17 April 2022



Are you a Research, Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (RAME) professional interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organization investing in its people?


If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.





The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.


At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves. 


To learn more about WFP, visit our website: UN World Food Programme (WFP) and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTubeLinkedInInstagramFacebookTwitter.




  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across the various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)




The hunger crisis in Afghanistan is unfolding at a rapid speed, with over half the country’s population of 40 million now facing acute food insecurity—the highest number the humanitarian community has ever seen in Afghanistan. Work opportunities are shrinking, with most households now reporting just one day of work per week. This comes on top of the worst drought in years, which is especially concerning for the 85 percent of the population who rely on agriculture for livelihoods.


Preventing and mitigating a drastic increase in hunger and malnutrition is the aim of WFP in Afghanistan which can only be achieved through the scaled up and sustained complementary food security & nutrition intervention, combined with a scale-up of resilience interventions to safeguard gains. WFP has begun a significant month on month scale-up of its crisis response and resilience programmes across the country, ensuring that the programme is delivered at the right scale and time, targeted to the right areas. Also, its actively following up on evolving trends to pre-empt hotspots, while guaranteeing quality and maximum impact of the programme through the monitoring of these hotspots to be able to support continued donor advocacy.





The head of Research, Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (RAME) will lead the country’s research, assessment, monitoring and evaluation that generate strategic evidence base in support of food security and nutrition policies and programmes (e.g., needs assessment and situation analyses, programme design, targeting, cost effectiveness, and operational efficiency). He/she will provide leadership and strategic vision and lead a team that works closely with the Programme team and area offices in Afghanistan to scale-up the response, ensure real-time monitoring of implementation plans, measure performance and impact and ensure a proactive engagement with other units to facilitate enabling, cross-cutting factors to deliver a quality response. He/she will be actively contributing to successfully implement WFP Afghanistan’s country strategic plan and current scale-up by leading a variety of vulnerability assessment mapping (VAM) and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) activities, informing policy, strategy and programme design while developing capacity of national partners and colleagues.  Given the scale and complexity in Afghanistan, the WFP Afghanistan Country Office has significant scope to innovate for the best effective results.




KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, as the Head of RAME, you are responsible for:


  • Expert advice to WFP and its partners on matters pertaining to food security, nutrition, livelihood and social protection/safety nets strategies, policies, programmes, and ensure the timely and productive use of related analysis and outputs in a manner that complies with WFP standards and processes.
  • Leading the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of food assistance and livelihood vulnerabilities in line with innovative methodologies and best practices.  This may include partnerships with other actors on the ground and/or research institutes.
  • Lead/conduct complex food security, nutrition, markets, and resilience analysis and prepare timely reports on food assessment needs in line with wider VAM policies, processes, and guidance to enable effective decision-making on the development of the Country Office’s strategy, policies, and programmes.
  • Keep up-to-date with and advise on food assistance developments and issues and the potential impact upon WFP activities to enable timely and appropriate programme evolution and intervention.
  • Provide strategic advice and guidance on the development of programme activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation, and recommendations to enable food assistance needs to be met effectively.
  • Provide strategic vision and leadership to the research agenda working closely with cross-cutting programme teams and partners to timely deliver qualitative and quantitative research studies informing programme and policies.
  • Lead climate, risk and impact-based forecast and analysis, including PRISM, to support risk informed programming and the delivery of anticipated actions.


  • Lead operational partnerships, including inter-agency collaboration, to ensure a solid VAM and M&E support in both emergency and non-emergency settings.
  • Manage the RAME team, providing coaching and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development of team members and enable high performance.
  • Lead the VAM, monitoring and evaluation and information system of WFP activities, and establish a data environment that will advance the analytical power and deliver technical analysis, interpretation, information and visualization.
  • Represent WFP during meetings with partners to contribute to technical discussions, exchange of knowledge and experience, advocate for appropriate interventions (based on an evidence base), and identify areas for potential collaboration
  • Build the capacity of WFP staff and partners to conduct food security, 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 and nutrition, including in support of national food security assessment (SFSA, PLSA) and IPC analysis to ensure high quality delivery and enable sharing of experience, lessons learned and best practice.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender, disability inclusion perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other as required.






  • Advanced University degree, or First University degree with additional years of experience and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: Economics, Food Security, Statistics, Data Science, Public Health/Nutrition, Geography, or other related fields.



  • 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 VAM and/or M&E 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.
  • Proven experience in leading, motivating and developing high-performing teams.



  • Fluency (level C) in the English language.
  • Minimum of intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (A WFP’s working language)



  • You have Strong client orientation. Ensuring that analysis functions are performed to support programme design or adjustment.
  • You have the ability to plan and organize work, be efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results.


Job Requirements



  • Previous participation in the design and implementation of programmes focusing on food security.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of country and cultural context in assessing food availability, access and utilization, and exposure to risks.
  • Familiarity with the UN system will be regarded as an asset.




  • This is an International Professional position and candidates must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
  • Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.​
  • WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel, visa and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance. For more information, visit
  • The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Kabul, Afghanistan to take up this assignment




  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete, and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable).
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application.
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
  • Please contact us at in case you face any challenges with submitting your application
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified




All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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