WFP - World Food Programme

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer VAM (Consultant), Djibouti

Job Overview


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’s strategy in Djibouti is aligned with Djibouti Vision 2035 and takes into account regional strategies of the African Union, in particular Agenda 2063 and the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth, and IGAD sub-regional strategies. It is also aligned with the UNDAF for 2018-2022 and builds on relevant recommendations of the Zero Hunger Strategic Review.

Addressing poverty is a major pathway to addressing food insecurity in Djibouti. Agricultural potential is limited, but the agricultural, pastoral and fisheries sectors offer opportunities for providing direct assistance for rural households susceptible to food insecurity and malnutrition. The two pillars of the WFP strategy are:

  • To provide employment equitably for women and men in the most vulnerable households; and
  • To use safety nets to ensure access to assistance that meets basic needs, including for food security.


This position is based in the Djibouti Country Office and reports to the Deputy Country Director. The job holder operates with high degree of independence and will head the Assessment and Monitoring and Evaluation team of the Djibouti Country Office.


To generate and/or contribute to the VAM evidence base that supports food security and nutrition policies and programmes (e.g. needs assessment and situation analyses, programme design, targeting, cost effectiveness, and operational efficiency).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide technical advice and support WFP and its partners on matters pertaining to food security and nutrition strategies, policies, programmes, and facilitate the timely and productive use of related outputs in a manner that complies with WFP standards and processes.
  • Contribute to the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of food assistance needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practice.
  • Lead and/or participate in food security assessments as well as other joint assessments.
  • Manage and/or conduct 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 country strategy, policies and programmes.
  • Keep up to date with and advise on food assistance developments and issues and the potential impact upon WFP activity to enable timely and appropriate programme evolution and intervention.
  • Contribute to the development of programme activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation and recommendations to facilitate food assistance needs to be met effectively.
  • Provide coaching and guidance to M&E and VAM staff as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation and information as required to support the assessment of activity impact.
  • Represent WFP during meetings with partners to contribute to technical discussions, exchange of knowledge and experience, and seek for appropriate interventions (based on an evidence base), and areas for potential collaboration.
  • Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national government to conduct analysis on food security, nutrition, markets, resilience, and related topics to effectively inform policies and programmes,
  • Other as required.


Purpose :

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : uroactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities. Make our mission visible in everyday actions : helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.

People :

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills : is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : recognizes the contributions of teammates and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognize the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement. Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios).

Performance :

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results : maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.


Food Security Analysis : Applies advanced analytical knowledge to lead the management, design and implementation of food security and vulnerability analysis activities. Ensures that analysis remains the backbone of programmatic interventions through its lifecycle, ultimately contributing towards making communities food secure and resilient.

Food Security Monitoring : Leads management, design and implementation of food security monitoring systems. Ensures that such analysis is timely and responsive to programmatic needs and adjustments.

Technical Specialized Knowledge (e.g., Economics, Statistics, Public Health, Remote Sensing, GIS, etc.) : Provides managerial and technical guidance for designing and conducting analyses, including computation, interpretation, and presentation of results for food security surveys and key indicators (comprehensive food security and vulnerability surveys, food security monitoring, implementing mobile surveys, market analysis, food consumption scores, coping strategies indices. data disaggregation, etc.).

Food Security Assessment : Leads all aspects of surveys including design, implementation, analysis, findings and reporting. Ensures that assessment findings are easily translated into operational programmatic response.

Strategic Operational Understanding : Demonstrates strong understanding of country operations to participate in response analysis exercises to improve the cohesion between analytical findings and programmatic response. Constructs evidence base underlying technical and policy advice given to stakeholders.


For Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping

  • Collect, analyze and interpret primary food security data to support emergency preparedness, i.e. risk analysis, early warning and contingency planning, including in preparedness activities, organize and conduct emergency needs assessments and support operational planning.
  • Generate useful information products which describe food insecurity and vulnerability in Djibouti and which will inform decision making by WFP’s programme unit, as well as other stakeholders including civil society organizations, bilateral donors and UN agencies.
  • Foster partnerships with government and civil society that build upon and strengthen existing capacities for vulnerability analysis.
  • Collaborate with counterparts and other UN agencies to ensure consistency in humanitarian information and to complement WFP analysis and information.

For Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Contribute to the development of systems and tools that support effective operational information management, performance reporting and inter-agency information management in line with WFP and UN policies and practices
  • Provide technical advice, governance and oversight to CO on the integration of VAM and M&E policies and guidance into established systems to drive the quality, consistency, standardization of information management and performance reporting across WFP
  • Oversee and approve data collection and the information collated from monitoring and local internal and external sources to facilitate and maximize the exchange of information and data flow between functional area networks in WFP, to provide operational awareness and understanding of events that may have humanitarian and/or operational impact.
  • Manage evaluation processes and follow up on evaluation recommendations; evaluate the responses and actions taken by the CO and provide advice to managers on evaluated issues.


Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, Food Security, Statistics, Data Science, Public Health/Nutrition, Geography or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses .

Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English and French (as Djibouti is a French working environment).


  • At least 5 years (of which 2 international) of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in food security, vulnerability analysis, or a closely related area, such as food security information management systems.
  • Gained valuable experience in collecting geospatial and socioeconomic food security 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.
  • Has participated in design and implementation of WFP programmes focusing in food security.
  • Experience in statistical analysis and mapping software (i.e. SPSS, STATA, ArcGIS).
  • Experience in early warning and remote sensing and familiarity with the speciality software applications associated with them.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of food assistance programmes


Consultancy contract


September 13, 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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