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Food Security Analyst

Italy (Italy)

  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy (Italy)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-23

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and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information,


gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.




Job Title: Food Security Analyst


Type of Contract: Consultant


Division: RAMAH – Hunger Monitoring Unit / Research, Assessment and Monitoring Division


Duty Station (City, Country): HQ Rome, Italy


Duration: 6 months





The Hunger Monitoring Unit (RAMAH) in WFP’s Research Assessment and Monitoring (RAM) Division manages WFP’s global hunger monitoring systems, building upon the successes of the mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) initiative. This entails the establishment and oversight of WFP’s real-time food security monitoring systems in dozens of countries in partnership with other UN agencies and joint food security platforms, as well as developing advanced analytical approaches to ensure timely and holistic views of the food security situation globally. Near real-time monitoring systems have been scaled up to over 30 countries to support WFP’s global response.

RAMAH seeks a Food Security Analyst to: i) support the global scale up and maintenance of near real-time food security monitoring systems, with a focus on survey design, methodology development and quality assurance ii) guide Regional Bureaus and Country Offices on the efficient management and implementation on near real-time monitoring systems, including the coordination of trainings and iii) conduct advanced statistical analysis on data collected through the real time food security monitoring systems





Support the global scale up of near real-time food security monitoring systems by designing in CATI1 survey methodologies and questionnaires

2. Provide advice and guidance to WFP Regional Bureaus and Country Offices on the efficient management and implementation of near real-time food security monitoring systems, including support on data quality and the adaptation of CATI survey methods and questionnaires across various country contexts.

3. Coordinate and conduct trainings (and re-trainings, as necessary) for WFP and partner staff on key indicators, questionnaires and remote survey methods to facilitate the effective implementation of near real-time monitoring systems.

4. Produce and update documentation, guidance, training materials and tutorials on near real-time food security monitoring and CATI surveys, working closely with the data science and statistics teams.

5. Lead the day-to-day monitoring of call center performance, including sample targets, data quality and biases, and identify solutions to improve the quality of data.

6. Conduct in-depth statistical analysis and apply advanced statistical methods such as post-stratification weights to improve the representativity of the data collected via CATI.








  • Household food security questionnaires, sampling plan, methodologies and call scripts developed for countries with new near real-time monitoring systems.
  • Advice and support provided to WFP Regional Bureaus and Country Offices on the efficient management and implementation of near real-time monitoring systems.
  • Operator trainings conducted and relevant documentation, guidance and training materials adapted for different countries.
  • Advanced and in-depth statistical analysis as needed.
  • Ad-hoc support provided to WFP Regional Bureaus and Country Offices on data analysis








Postgraduate degree in statistics, food security, economics, mathematics, or relevant field




At least 3 years of experience in carrying out food security analysis, survey design or research in the relevant field


Knowledge & Skills:


  • Knowledge of food security programmes and indicators used by international development agencies
  • Experience with quantitative survey methodologies
  • Proficient in R or STATA
  • Proficient with SQL
  • Proficient in at least one programming language (e.g., Python)




Strong command of written and spoken English




Terms and Conditions


WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the


contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.


Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.



Deadline for applications: 23 January 2022

Position number 22142667 

Ref.: VA No. 155736



All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work


environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates


will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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