Senior Programme Associate (Data Analyst) at the World Food Programme - Nepalese nationals only

Expiration date

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Company / Organization

World Food Programme

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.

Job purpose: To provide effective coordination and specialized support to a full range of policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

Key accountabilities:

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) unit and the direct supervision of the NeKSAP Technical Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 

  1. Develop a spatial and statistical database for crop yield forecasting in Nepal. 

  2. Liaise and coordinate with government and non-government agencies for the collection and compilation of required data sets for crop yield forecasting.

  3. Implement the CCAFS Regional Agricultural Forecasting Toolbox (CRAFT) software for crop yield forecasting of major cereal crops in Nepal.

  4. Evaluate, validate and calibrate the CRAFT software for crop yield forecasting in Nepal.

  5. Enhance the capacity of the Nepal Food Security Monitoring System (NeKSAP) members, which includes relevant government officials, academic and research partners, WFP staff and other stakeholders, to implement the CRAFT software. Focus areas include: timely generation of outputs, rigorous analysis and interpretation and high-quality reporting of crop yield forecast in a way that allows policy makers and programme practitioners to utilize the results

  6. Contribute to on-going collaborations of NeKSAP in similar areas (e.g., remote sensing, crop assessments) and support the publication of NeKSAP information products (e.g, crop situation updates, food security bulletins).

  7. Organize and participate in regular NeKSAP meetings and provide updates on the results, progress and challenges of crop yield forecasting in Nepal.

  8. Organize CRAFT-specific meetings, missions and briefing sessions to identify and analyze problems and recommend potential solutions.

  9. Prepare status/progress reports on CRAFT.

  10. Other tasks as required.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Education: Completion of a Master's degree in the related functional area (e.g., Agriculture, Environment, Water Resources, Statistics).
  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.
  • Knowledge and Skills: Advanced knowledge of quantitative data analysis, crop modelling and yield forecasting toolkits like DSSAT and CRAFT, statistical modelling, and geospatial/GIS tools is required. Sound understanding of climate change impacts on agriculture and food security will be an asset and is strongly desired.

Desired experiences:

  • Has at least five years of progressively higher levels of work experience, of which at least one year was closely related to agricultural yield forecasting in Nepal. 

  • Has completed training and has proven practical experience using statistical analysis software, especially with large data sets for agriculture, climate, etc.

  • A team player who is capable of regular peer coaching and support with diverse stakeholders (government officials, research and academic institutions, UN agencies, etc.)

  • Has ability to interpret statistical results and communicate this information effectively in written and spoken English and Nepali to a technical and non-technical audience.

  • Has experience implementing technical programs and/or providing input to policy discussions on food security, agriculture, and climate change.

Terms and conditions:

  • The interested and qualified Neplease nationals only are requested to submit their applications with an updated UN Personal History Form (P11) and CVs (optional) to the position announced.
  • The duration of contract: 12 Months (Renewable)
  • Location: The position is based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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