Senior Food and Security Analyst


Job Description

Chemonics’ Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking a Senior Food Security Analyst position is part of the Decision Support Group (DSG), a unit within the Washington DC-based FEWS NET/Chemonics technical team. The Senior Food Security Analysts work closely with other FEWS NET/Chemonics colleagues in the home, regional, and field offices to accomplish the DSG’s two primary objectives: 1) facilitate development and communication of timely, high-quality, actionable decision support at the country, regional, and global levels and 2) build FEWS NET staff and partners' Analysis" id="link" class="link">Food Security Analysis and strategic communications capacity. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. Responsibilities include:
  • Integrate market and trade, nutrition, livelihoods, and other food-security analysis for the development of regular, high-quality, integrated early warning information products. Reviews field-authored food security reporting

  • Technically and editorially review field-authored regular and ad hoc food security reporting

  • Contribute to the development of the monthly Food Assistance Outlook Brief for USAID/Washington staff

  • Develop and present technical briefings to USG staff and other partners, as requested

  • Lead or otherwise support the development of special technical reports

  • Conduct field visits to support assessments and Technical Analysis

  • Respond to ad hoc requests for food security and response planning analysis and other support for response and contingency planning processes

  • Play a lead role in developing analytical and decision-support strategies to effectively develop and communicate pertinent information to decision makers when potential or ongoing food security crises are identified

  • Provide technical assistance on complex subject matter to strengthen data collection, analysis, and information dissemination capacities

  • Provide relevant technical and geographic guidance in their areas of expertise (e.g. Agricultural Economics, livelihoods, nutrition, pastoralism/ livestock, etc.)

  • Lead/contribute to the development and implementation of guidance materials in the areas of early warning, decision support, and reporting

  • Support activities to enhance field representatives’ and partners’ understanding of food security early warning and decision support processes

In addition to the above, the Senior Food Security Analyst will take on a leadership role and act as a Regional Lead within their geographic region
  • As a Regional Lead, the Senior Food Security Analyst will carry out the following illustrative tasks related to their region of focus:
    • Regular collaboration with Regional Representatives and Regional Specialists for Coordination of regional activities

    • Taking the lead in developing regional reports and presentations

    • Coordinating cross-border analyses

    • Serving as a focal point for special and ad hoc requests

  • The Senior Food Security Analyst will carry out the following additional illustrative tasks:
    • Leading technical trainings or otherwise providing lead Technical Support on best practices in integrated food security analysis, including efforts to enhance forecast consistency and accuracy

    • Delivering integrated analysis briefings and other high-level, public-facing integrated decision support

    • Liaising directly with external partners on select topics of relevance to integrated analysis of and early warning for acute food insecurity

  • Graduate degree in a discipline relevant to the work of FEWS NET, such as agricultural economics, agronomy, nutrition, climatology, anthropology, or social geography. Significant, directly related professional experience can substitute for education experience

  • Three years of relevant experience, preferably with experience living and working in a region or country in which FEWS NET field staff work

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well with field-based, local staff via telephone and e-mail

  • Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills

  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft office suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and database management

  • Familiarity with ESRI Arcgis Mapping software preferred

  • Household-level food security analysis skills preferred

  • Experience with the Household Economy Approach preferred

  • Experience working on USAID-funded activities preferred

  • Demonstrated leadership, integrity and versatility

  • Fluency in English and working professional fluency in Spanish required

  • Authorization to work in the United States required

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