Senior Food and Security Analyst


Organization Name: Chemonics
Location: Washington, United States
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 31-December-2019
Closing Date: 29-January-2020

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' 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

Application Instructions:

Apply through by January 30, 2020. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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