Deputy Country Representative Employment Opportunity – Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)

Organisation: Famine Early Warning
Systems Network (FEWS NET)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About us:
Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is an integrated set of
activities funded by the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) intended to provide timely, accurate, evidence-based, and transparent
food security early warning information and analysis. Created in 1985 in
response to famines in East and West Africa, FEWS NET provides global coverage
through a mix of presence and remote monitoring. 

Job Summary: The Deputy Country Representative (DCR) will work closely with the
Country Representative (CR) to undertake activities in the field office in the
following areas:
Efficient, focused food security monitoring, data collection, assessment,
and early warning analysis
Effective communication of early warning analysis to partners and
decision-makers through high quality reports and participation in briefings and
formal and informal meetings
Close collaboration with key partners, such as host government
ministries, UN agencies, and international and local NGOs, among others
Supporting partnership and network development by addressing identified
gaps in effective early warning systems
Project administration and management at the field office level, as
designated by the CR, including acting as CR when required.
The DCR will assist the CR to provide quality control for the
deliverables of the project and will help ensure that activities and products
are delivered in a timely manner.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
 Technical Activities
Supporting the effective execution of technical activities in the
national office including: early warning analysis, livelihoods and
vulnerability assessments, markets and trade analysis, monitoring tools and
methods development, capacity strengthening, and network
Maintaining and updating a knowledge base composed of, at a minimum:
livelihood zone profiles, commodity trade flow maps, sub-national seasonal
monitoring calendars, commodity price data, nutrition data, and other technical
data covering levels of rainfall, climate change, agricultural production,
population, historical assistance flows, migration, remittances, labor etc.
Developing and updating seasonal monitoring plans
Providing high quality and effective early warning of threats to food
security and supporting efforts to mitigate food insecurity and prevent food
crises through the production of actionable, evidence-based food security
Conducting regular field assessments of food security conditions,
security permitting, both independently and with partners, in areas of most
concern to FEWS NET
Fulfilling monthly reporting requirements, including writing Food
Security Outlooks (FSO), FSO Updates, the Price Watch, Market and Trade
outlooks, seasonal monitors, and Key Messages, contributing to Food Assistance
Outlook Brief reports, and providing regular briefings to the US Government and
other partners in country;
Organizing project documentation and files and updating all essential
data used in food security early warning monitoring and assessment, including
through inputs into the FEWS NET Data Warehouse, in line with guidance provided
by the Washington-based technical team
 Participating actively and
collaboratively in country-level Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)
analyses, as applicable, in line with IPC protocols
Contributing to other FEWS NET information products required locally,
regionally, and by the Washington-based technical team Partnership, Representation,
and Network Development
Collaborating with national, regional, and international partners in food
security monitoring and analysis through participation in implementation of the
Developing and maintaining strong collaborative relations, both formal
and informal, with USAID
Mission representatives, US Embassy technical contacts, UN agency
representatives, government ministry staff, and key international and local NGO
colleagues to facilitate technical exchanges, promote consensus-building, work
to resolve technical disagreements, and facilitate joint, coordinated actions
to mitigate food insecurity
Playing a leading role in collecting, archiving, analyzing, and sharing
food security data and information
Reinforcing partnerships through network development/enhancement at the
national and sub-national levels by focusing support to address identified gaps
and strengthen shared opportunities, including providing training and skills
transfers for effective early warning in country
Representing FEWS NET at regular and ad hoc formal and informal meetings
within FEWS NET’s national food security network, as designated by the CR
Supervising, mentoring, and supporting the professional development of
technical and administrative staff in the field office, as delegated by the CR
Supporting national recruitment efforts for technical and administrative
staff in country, as needed
Other related tasks, as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate must be Fluent in English, local language skills
An advanced university degree in a discipline relevant to the work of
FEWS NET, such as agricultural economics, agronomy, nutrition, climatology,
anthropology, social geography or related field.
Significant, directly related professional experience can substitute for
education experience.
At least two years of relevant experience in early warning/food security
information systems, food security analysis, or other related fields
Strong spoken and written communication skills in English and French is
Excellent computer skills; GIS applications and mapping skills are an

Location and Reporting
DCR is directly supervised by the CR. For technical activities, the DCR will collaborate
and coordinate with national, regional, and home office (Washington, D.C.)
technical advisors, analysts, and specialists. For office administration and
financial management, the DCR will collaborate with the CR, the Regional Representative(RR),
and the Washington-based Project Management Unit (PMU), FEWS NET Operations
Team, and the Senior
Team (SMT). The DCR will be required to travel regularly within the country,
and some international may also be required, security permitting.
for the DCR 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
Writing skills
Evidence of working with and coordinating partners, networking, and
Technical Skills (depth of
understanding of and experience with the following topics)
Food security and Knowledge of the food security system in Uganda
Livelihoods and the Household Economy Approach (HEA)
Markets and trade
Agro-climatology (agro-meteorology, remote sensing, GIS, etc.)
Agricultural sciences (crops, livestock, pasture, etc.)
Field assessments (quantitative and/or qualitative)
Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)
Analytical and reporting skills

How to apply:
Interested candidates should fill out the general information form and upload
and a cover letter at the link bellow
application materials, including responses to the general information form, CVs,
and cover letters, should be provided in English. No telephone inquiries. Only
short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 18th December

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