WFP’s programme of work in the region is characterized by significant refugee caseloads, ongoing relief and recovery programmes for extremely vulnerable households, as well as resilience building and livelihood activities for the chronically food insecure.
Key accountabilities: Under the supervision of head of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPR), and working closely with the Security and Programme units and Senior Management, the Contextual Risk Analyst would be responsible for contributing timely and in-depth analysis of ongoing socio-economic and political developments in the region.
- Monitor and analyze socio-economic, political and conflict related developments in the East and Horn of Africa using a wide range of remote and in-country sources to ensure timely and accurate coverage of relevant events that can impact on WFP’s operations.
- Monitor and analyze emergency situations from a socio-economic and political risk perspective in the region and develop and maintain a ‘watch list’ of countries with a potential for further humanitarian crisis.
- Independently conduct socio-economic, political and conflict related analysis and/or research activities on specific issues/topics; draft written presentations of findings and key recommendations for WFP senior management.
- Provide overview and analysis of electoral cycles within the RBN region, and potential humanitarian implications of associated unrest.
- Provide management with input for WFP’s early warning systems related to socio-economic, political and conflict related risk.
- Assist in preparation of briefings, speeches, presentations, and background material for senior management in the regional bureau.
- Occasional travel to recipient countries to assess socio-economic and political developments with relevant actors.
- Support and assist country offices in analysis, interpretation, understanding and advice on socio-economic and political trends that could potentially affect WFP.
- Assist the communications team to ensure that WFP’s public messaging is informed by an in-depth understanding of key socio-economic and political issues/developments.
- Provide analytical inputs to corporate publications and internal documents as required.
- Education: Advanced university degree in Political Science, Social Studies, Governance, Law, Conflict Resolution, International Development, Development Economics, Journalism, International Relations, Communications or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training.
- Experience: At least one or more years of post-graduate progressively responsible professional work experience in related areas.
- Demonstrated ability to collate accurate and timely information in required format (i.e. written or visual communications materials as well as verbally), to facilitate information flows and informed decision making.
- Ability to capture important information, synthesize and produce high quality analysis.
- An understanding of the multilateral/interagency environment and the international dynamics in which WFP, as a UN agency, operates.