World Food Programme (WFP)

Early Warning Systems Coordinator

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.


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.


WFP, in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP and OCHA, is supporting the Government of Indonesia to ensure that existing social protection systems in Indonesia are more responsive to shocks and disasters. The Joint Programme, funded by SDG Fund (2020-2021), aims to contribute the Government’s plans realization in transforming Indonesia’s existing social protection payments into an Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) scheme. Under this framework, WFP works in partnership to link the early warning and climate information systems to inform emergency response and the disbursement cash-based payments before and/ or after climate-related and other disaster events to the affected populations. In addition, Technical Support is provided to strengthen systems to improve resilience to climate-related and other disasters amongst vulnerable individuals and communities through the provision faster, more predictable and effective social assistance.


Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, Statistics, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Demography, Geography, or other related fields, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the supervision of the WFP VAM Activity Manager, working in close Coordination with the multi-agency Project Management Unit (PMU), the Early Warning Systems Coordinator is responsible for the following duties: 1.    Coordinate WFPs implementation under the SDG Fund, including; liaising with internal and external counterparts to ensure activities are well coordinated, timely, well monitored and efficient, with any risks to project delivery identified.

2.    Coordinate with the WFP technical staff and external service providers (web and software developers, designers, cloud-based services) on initiations and activities related to strengthening WFP’s existing natural hazards early-warning and disaster risk information system (VAMPIRE/PRISM).

3.    Serve as a focal point and manage relationships with UN and government partners to promote the use of early-warning systems triggering anticipatory actions for ASP. Work closely with partners as BMKG, BNPB, KLHK and other Government agencies and stakeholders, on designing of a roadmap on how existing and functional EW systems could complement each other in real-time monitoring and effectively informing the situation to decision makers. Facilitating discussions and organizing workshops.

4.    In close collaboration with the Head of Unit, coordinate and design activities to increase awareness and strengthen linkages between existing early-warning and risk information systems to inform ASP.

5.    With a firm understanding of the technical components of existing Early Warning and Risk information Systems, document and present WFP’s contributions to government officials and partners both at a high-level for decision makers, and at a technical level for practitioners.

6.    Provide required coordination support to the VAM Team in the process of vulnerability Analysis, reviewing and refining current indicators, thresholds, etc. with the technical guidance of RBB, to aid geographic targeting for ASP.

7.    In close collaboration with Head of VAM Unit, facilitate the process and production of a standard operational procedures (SOPs), on use of Early Warning and Risk Information systems, identifying geographical locations and on mechanisms of transferring cash-based payments before and/ or after disaster events to effected population.

8.    Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

9.    Other as required.


  • Strong ability to communicate and coordinate with Government partners and stakeholders.
  • Capacity to convey effectively complex technical concepts to varied audiences.
  • Knowledge on the landscape of Early Warning and Risk information Systems in Indonesia.
  • Knowledge in Geographic Information System (GIS) and information technology (IT) is an asset.
  • Familiarity with the use of GIS software (qGIS, Arcgis, etc.) for data analysis a plus
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with Indonesian socioeconomic and social protection beneficiary datasets is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, and to deliver results on time.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in early warning, risk analysis or a relevant field with engagement in coordination and taking leadership in implementing programmes/projects.
  • Prior experience in working with governments and on social protection schemes and targeting is preferred.


Deadline of application submission: 17 February 2021.

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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