World Food Programme (WFP)

Information Management Officer

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


From 11 June 2020 To 25 June 2020


Type of Contract: Service contract.

Duration: One year.


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.


Information Manager is one of the core Food Security Cluster Coordination-team" id="link" class="link">Coordination Team members and plays a vital role in collecting, analysing, and sharing information that is important for the cluster stakeholders to make informed, evidence based and strategic decisions on:

  1. The food security needs of affected populations

  2. The prioritization of these areas according to Food Security indicators

  3. Where there is a need for Food Security actors and to what degree

  4. What are the key gaps in activity and need

  5. What capacity (human, material, financial) exists to be used in support of the identified prioritised response needs

The Information Manager therefore supports the Food Security Coordinator by collecting and analysing data and information required to make programmatic decisions. As such, the Information Manager needs to be able to liaise and communicate with many different types of people and agencies and act as a ‘bridge’ between food security decision makers and technical information management (IM) staff. Fundamental to the job is the ability to collect and analyse data as well as to present information in a way that is easily understood by the sector members. Sometimes this is through graphic means such a Mapping but also through tables, charts, and narrative writing. Other times it involves discussing the information directly with the decision makers.

The IM tool facilitates data collection, processing and response Analysis.  By producing project reports and maps, the IM tool can visualize gaps and overlaps of partner responses, and avoid duplication of humanitarian assistance, especially considering issues of food availability, access and utilization.  Consistent information sharing by partners facilitates project tracking and monitoring, and ultimately result in evidence-based decision making for strategic intervention and improved implementation. Furthermore, use of the IM tool enhances the dissemination of timely and accurate information for advocacy efforts by clusters.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Data collection and information analysis:

  • Report to the Food Security Sector Coordinator and respond to the sector Membership’s needs for information.

  • Provide IM support to the sector coordinator on a day to day basis as requested.

  • Provide IM services to the sector for key decision-making, including managing the FSC IM Tool. These services will include data collection, cleaning, collation, analysis and dissemination processes relevant to the needs of the sector.  This may require building additional and appropriate capacity through the training of additional staff and managing, organizing, and conducting these activities.

  • Proactively gather information from sector partners and other organizations which may be of use to the Food Security sector for informing decisions.

  • Identify secondary data and information resources as needed.

  • Organize and manage the data input and initial analysis and presentation of data for the Food Security Sector, including setting up the FSC IM Tool in accordance with the country context.

  • Create, manage and maintain contact directories and mailing lists of Food Security Sector partners.

  • Establish, collect information for and maintain Who does What Where and When (4W) database and derivative products, such as maps with the gFSC Information Management Tool.

  • Based on collected data, conduct needs and gap identification for the sector; facilitating and agreeing benchmarks to enable prioritization within the sector.

  • Conduct inventory of and identify relevant common Cluster/Sector data sets, including population data disaggregated by age and sex.

  • Develop simple, user-friendly emergency Food Security monitoring reporting formats in consultation with the sector coordinator, providers of Food Security assistance and other key stakeholders.

  • Collect data on the humanitarian requirements and contributions (financial, material, human – as appropriate).

Other tasks:

  • Liaise with OCHA and IM Focal Points in other sectors – share information as appropriate and identify and gather information from other sectors which can inform Food Security response and preparedness decisions.

  • Assist in organizing and following up with FSS Meetings (including preparing and disseminating meeting minutes).

  • Disseminate information, including through e-mail updates, bulletins, etc.

  • Ensure that the FSS website is kept up to date.

  • Provide inputs for various situation reports and information inquiries as needed.

  • Any other tasks that may be required (within reason) to achieve the objective of this assignment.



Advanced University degree in a relevant field or discipline such as Food Security, Economics, Agriculture Economics, Crop Science, Environmental Science, Geographic Sciences, Humanitarian Affairs, Information Technology, Statistics, Information Systems, Engineering, Communications or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


  • With an Advanced University Degree: At least 1 year of responsible professional post graduate (i.e. after obtaining the first university degree) work experience in the humanitarian field specifically within the food security sector, other Cluster Coordination systems or experience with UN agencies or NGOs in Data Analysis, monitoring and evaluation, databases, assessments including the compilation and production of weekly, monthly and quarterly reports, dashboards and factsheets particularly in food security, livelihoods and nutrition or a related field.

  • With a First University Degree: At least 3 years of responsible professional post graduate (i.e. after obtaining the first university degree) work experience in the humanitarian field specifically within the food security sector and other cluster coordination systems or experience with UN agencies or NGOs in data analysis, monitoring and evaluation, databases, assessments including the compilation and production of weekly, monthly and quarterly reports, dashboards and factsheets particularly in food security, livelihoods and nutrition or a related field.


Flunecy in both oral and written communication in English


Essential technical skills:

  • Strong knowledge of and experience in using advanced excel and data analysis software, including proficiency with databases.

  • Advanced knowledge and skills in the use of GIS/Cartographic outputs and ability to collect and organize data and support their production.

  • Ability to present information in understandable tables, charts, graphs and maps.

  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills in both English and Arabic.

Other technical skills that are considered desirable:

  • Ability to maintain and manage website content for the cluster.

  • Data storage and file management expertise.

  • Assessment, Survey, and Monitoring and Evaluation expertise.

  • Information Technology and networking skills.

Required Competencies
  • Teamwork: Ability to work effectively in a team including delivering required workstreams with external partners.

  • Client orientation: Ability to support external partners as well as different departments within WFP with information requirements and analysis products in a timely manner or on short notice.

  • Planning and Organizing: Ability to effectively plan and manage deliverables in an efficient and timely manner in a high intensity work environment.

  • Please upload your professional CV in English in PDF format making sure to include the following in terms of “Experience”:
    • Company/Organization name and scope of work of the organization

    • Exact Position Title

    • Contract type: part-time, full-time, volunteer, consultant, or freelancer

    • Start and End date of Employment for each position: From (dd/mm/yyyy) to (dd/mm/yyyy)

    • Responsibilities: To mention the main responsibilities that highlight your gained skills and experience

  • A proof of your experience will be required in the final stage of recruitment.

  • Only short-listed candidates, who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised position, shall be contacted.

  • Candidates must get an auto confirmation email once application is submitted.


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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