Assistant National Technical Manager FEWS NET Uganda

Assistant National Technical Manager FEWS NET Uganda

Assistant National Technical Manager FEWS NET Uganda

Background

USAID’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a leading global provider of objective, evidence- based food security information and analysis to inform decisions on humanitarian response and other assistance programs. FEWS NET collaborates with international, regional and national partners to provide timely and rigorous early warning and analysis of potential, emerging, and/or evolving food security issues in order to inform decisions and guide response. More information on FEWS NET can be found at www.fews.net.

Chemonics International Inc., a leading international consulting firm based in Washington, DC, has been contracted by USAID to manage FEWS NET’s technical and field activities. Chemonics seeks applications from qualified and experienced Ugandan professionals to fill one full-time Assistant National Technical Manager (ANTM) position in Kampala, Uganda. Chemonics seeks to engage the ANTM for an initial contract to last up to 4 December 2017, with the possibility of an extension.

Assistant National Technical Manager FEWS NET Uganda

Position Description

FEWS NET maintains offices in a number of countries in Africa, Central America, Central Asia, and the Caribbean. The ANTM will work closely with FEWS NET country, regional, and U.S. teams to support activities in Uganda. The successful candidate will report to the National Technical Manager (NTM) for Uganda and will collaboratively support the NTM to undertake the following activities:

  • Efficient, focused food security monitoring, data collection, assessments, and early warning analysis
  • Effective communication of early warning analysis to partners and decision-makers through contributions to high quality reports and briefings and formal and informal meetings
  • Close collaboration with key network partners with more diffuse field presence, such as host-government counterparts, WFP, FAO, and UNICEF, among others
  • Network development through capacity strengthening with respect to FEWS NET’s tools and analysis

Activities

The primary objective of the ANTM in Uganda is to assist the NTM to collect information on food security drivers and outcomes through: field visits in the country, collaboration with local partners, and desk reviews and additional analysis of available secondary data. Information should be collected, compiled, and analyzed at least monthly, or as requested, and sent to the NTM to inform regular food security reporting and any additional FEWS NET activities. To achieve this objective, the main activities of the ANTM in Uganda include, but are not limited to assisting the NTM in:

  • Maintaining and updating FEWS NET’s knowledge base in This knowledge base is composed of, at a minimum, livelihood zone profiles, commodity trade flow maps, sub-national seasonal monitoring calendars, a commodity price database, a nutrition database, and other technical databases covering rainfall, agricultural production, population, historical assistance flows, etc.
  • Participating in technical activities including early warning, livelihoods and vulnerability assessments, markets and trade analysis, and developing/strengthening networks
  • Collaborating with national, regional, and international partners in food security monitoring and analysis, including through the implementation of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) protocols
  • Developing and maintaining strong, collaborative, and professional relations, both formal and informal, with the USAID Mission, the S. Embassy, and U.N. agency technical contacts, government ministries, and key international NGOs to facilitate technical exchanges, promote consensus-building, and resolve potential conflicts
  • Contributing to the documentation and files of the project and updating essential data used in early warning and food security monitoring and assessment
  • Conducting field assessments of food security conditions either independently of jointly with partners
  • Providing information requested by the NTM for all monthly reporting requirements, including Food Security Outlooks (Outlooks), Outlook Updates, and key messages; regular briefings to US Government counterparts and other partners,
  • Participating in cluster meetings, including the food security and livelihood cluster and nutrition information working group, using them as an opportunity to also advance the network development strategy for the country
  • Contributing to other FEWS NET information products required locally and by the Washington-based technical team
  • Other related tasks that may be assigned from time to time

The ANTM in Uganda will work in collaboration and coordination with FEWS NET colleagues based in Kampala and Nairobi, as well as the Washington DC-based Decision Support Group and technical advisors, and any other technical staff, as appropriate, to ensure high technical standards and timeliness of the FEWS NET products and activities to which they contribute. The ANTM will be required to travel regularly within Uganda, and some international travel within sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and the United States may also be required.

Minimum Qualifications

The minimum qualifications for the Uganda ANTM consultant position are as follows:

  • An advanced university degree in a discipline relevant to the work of FEWS NET, such as agricultural economics, agronomy, nutrition, climatology, anthropology, or social A bachelor’s degree may be accepted for candidates with more than 5 years of relevant experience.
  • At least two years of relevant experience in early warning/food security information systems, food security analysis, as well as other related fields
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of local languages is an advantage
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent computer skills; GIS applications and mapping skills are an advantage

Selection Criteria

Candidates for the Uganda ANTM position will be evaluated against the following core competencies and technical skills:

Core Competencies

  • Relevancy of education to the work of FEWS NET
  • English language ability (spoken and written)
  • Presentation skills
  • Computer skills
  • Evidence of working with and coordinating partners, networking, and collaboration

Technical Skills (depth of understanding of and experience with the following topics)

  • Food security
  • Livelihoods and the Household Economy Approach (HEA)
  • Markets and trade
  • Agro-climatology (agro-meteorology, remote sensing, GIS, )
  • Nutrition
  • Agricultural sciences (crops, livestock, pasture, )
  • Field assessments (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)
  • Analytical and reporting skills

Application Information

Chemonics International Inc. is looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world and demonstrate leadership, versatility, and integrity in their work. The full job description for the Uganda ANTM position can be found at www.fews.net/vacancies. Interested candidates should fill out the general information form and upload their CV and a cover letter at:  https://fewsnet.formstack.com/forms/uganda_antm by June 30, 2017. All application materials, including responses to the general information form, CVs, and cover letters, should be provided in English. The position is based in Kampala, Uganda and is open to all qualified Ugandan candidates. No telephone inquiries. Only short- listed candidates will be contacted.

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