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24 Apr 2023

Anticipatory Action Climate & Risk Management International CSTII at WFP

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Job Description

TYPE OF CONTRACT: International Consultancy (CST II)
DUTY STATION (City, Country): Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
DURATION: 11 months
WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees 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 or disability.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

Tanzania Country Office is implementing its second-generation Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2022-2027. Based on a comprehensive consultation process and an analysis of key drivers of food security and nutrition in the country, the important themes of Anticipatory Action, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), resilience, and climate change adaptation have emerged as priorities for the WFP programme portfolio. Tanzania’s climate is highly variable and complex. Over the last four decades, Tanzania experienced several moderate to severe droughts and flood events attributed to climate change. The National Climate Change Response Strategy (2021-2026) noted that efforts towards maintaining lower middle-income or even reaching higher status may be, to a large extent, impeded by anticipated climate related shocks like natural disasters and extreme weather conditions, due to high reliance of the country’s economy on natural resources and its consequent low adaptive capacities. To this end, WFP is strengthening the integration of innovative disaster risk financing mechanisms like anticipatory actions, forecast-based financing and macro insurance schemes in its programming, as well as supporting the Government in the development of such initiatives at national level, within the framework of the current legislation. This also includes embedding these innovative approaches throughout the disaster risk management cycle, from preparedness to response. Anticipatory Action is an innovative mechanism which uses forecast-based risk thresholds and triggers to activate pre-agreed and pre-financed preventative or mitigatory humanitarian interventions prior to the peak impact of predictable climate shocks. Anticipatory action mechanisms enable access to anticipatory finance prior to the occurrence of shocks, mainly weather extreme events, allowing governments, WFP country offices and partners to reach vulnerable population groups prior to hazard exposure or peak of the shock impact, thus protecting lives and livelihoods at the same time avoiding negative coping.

Advanced University degree in Disaster Risk Reduction/Management, Climate adaptation, Economics, Political Sciences, International Law, International Development or meteorology, hydrology, environmental science studies.
Fluency (level C) in English required.
Fluency in Swahili an advantage though not compulsory.
WFP is looking to engage an expert on Anticipatory Action and Climate Risk Management, to expand the portfolio and capacities for implementation of climate risk activities in in general; and more specifically, to oversee and coordinate the development and subsequent implementation of the Anticipatory Action Plan, take the lead in the development of Climate Finance Proposals, and provide overall support to WFP’s activities on Disaster Risk Management.

The role requires strong project management, coordination and facilitation skills to work with different parts of Government, both technical and political, as well as technical expertise in climate risk management tools such as climate services and forecast-based financing.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, and working alongside the national senior programme policy officer for Disaster Risk Reduction, the activity manager for Community Resilience as well as WFP’s Vulnerability and Mapping Unit, the Programme Policy Officer will be responsible for the following:

Programme Strategic Engagement and Programme Cycle:

Lead strategic dialogue with the Government of Tanzania and other development agencies on the development of a Disaster Risk Financing Strategy for the country. This includes leading strategic engagement of WFP with the Disaster Management Department (DMD) of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Ministry of Finance, Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) and other line ministries contributing to disaster risk management and reduction.
Lead programme cycle management (planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation) of the full portfolio of disaster risk financing tools and related system components (covering anticipatory action and forecast based financing, sovereign insurance, multi-hazard integrated early warning for droughts and floods in coordination with senior government counterparts from DMD/POMO, Ministry of Finance, TMA, MoA, TASAF and other key stakeholders at national to sub-national level.
Lead policy setting, capacity strengthening, strategic and operational planning and advocacy of the full portfolio of disaster risk financing in coordination with senior government officials from DMD/PMO, Ministry of Finance, TMA, MoA, TASAF and other key stakeholders at national and sub-national level.
Facilitate the integration of Anticipatory Action and Forecast-based Financing (FbF) across DRR and DRM portfolios within WFP as well as within the Government’s DRR/DRM structures under the umbrella of the Tanzania Anticipatory Action roadmap, leading advocacy efforts on the integration of Anticipatory Action system components in relevant DRM frameworks and plans at national and sub-national level (e.g. national and district contingency plans, district emergency preparedness and response plans).With respect to Anticipatory Action, lead the co-design of forecast-based triggers for droughts and floods with TMA and other relevant Government counterparts, as well as the bottom-up co-design and selection of mitigatory Anticipatory Actions from community-level up to national-level validation.
Support PMO-DMD in consolidating Anticipatory Action system components in standard operating procedures and plans in alignment of or fully integrated in government DRM plans at national and district level.
Support TMA and relevant government partners in collaborative co-design of climate services and user-friendly EWs with at-risk communities, accommodating end user needs (e.g. gender- and inclusion-sensitive EW messaging, integration of indigenous knowledge systems).
Support PMO-DMD in their coordinating and convening role in the multi-sectoral Anticipatory Action system design process, building on existing DRM coordination platforms at national to sub-national levels (e.g. National to Council DRM Technical Committees).
Build the capacity of national staff towards establishing a team to manage DRM/DRF activities.
Ensure compliance with regional (RB) and headquarters (HQ) guidelines, liaising closely with RB and HQ counterparts.

Represent WFP at partnership fora with donor representatives and other stakeholders within the DRM sector (UN Emergency Coordination Group, UNSDCF Outcome 3 Planet, etc).
Lead liaisons with Government Agencies involved in Anticipatory Action and Forecast Based financing for Disaster Risk Reduction (i.e, DMD/PMO, MoA, Ministry of Finance, TASAF); UN Agencies working on DRR (particularly UNDP, UNICEF, IOM and UNEP); and international financial institutions
Maintain and strengthen key strategic partnerships with Government, UN Agencies and IFIs in relations to Anticipatory Action and Forecast-based financing
Staff Management and training:

Facilitate the recruitment and development of technical staff to support Anticipatory Action and forecast based financing activities under SO1/Activity 2 and manage their performance.
Provide capacity strengthening and support to CO and Field office staff for the direct implementation of Anticipatory Actions and interventions included in the Anticipatory Action Plan in coordination with affected districts
Project Management, Budget and Fundraising:

Manage the Activity budget, monitoring expenditures against outputs as the programme progresses.
Act as Programme Coordinator for the NORAD funded project on Anticipatory Action and prepare timely reports to Donors and for WFP Corporate reporting requirements (including Annual Country Reports and others)
Engage in resource mobilization efforts for project development and government capacity strengthening on multi-hazard anticipatory actions and macro insurance (e.g. scanning for opportunities, preparing proposals, raising funds, etc.), with both development and humanitarian donors.
Any other Duty as required.
At least 6 years of progressive postgraduate professional experience in programme/project development, capacity strengthening, representation in a humanitarian or development environment.
Experience with anticipatory actions, forecast-based financing, sovereign, macro or micro insurance, including being familiar with vulnerability and risk mapping, climate and weather forecasting and monitoring indicators and triggers.
Experience with government capacity strengthening.
Experience in the establishment of partnerships with public and private sector actors and understanding of policy issues;
Experience of leading or contributing to strategy development.
Experience with emergency response, early warning and preparedness, or disaster contingency planning
Experience in developing tailored communication and dissemination strategies to strengthen access to risk financing solutions
Proven experience of working with governments, donors, and UN agencies.
Knowledge & Skills:
Sound knowledge of project implementation, programme and resource management, humanitarian principles and tools, and transfer modalities.
Ability to explain projects and operations to counterparts and to communicate technical and scientific complexity with Government and partners clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to translate understanding of programme principles and policies into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
Good networking skills and capacity to build and maintain professional contacts
In-depth understanding of WFP program, objectives and strategic priorities.
Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills.
Only Internationals should apply for this position.

The deadline for applications is 05 May 2023.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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Closing Date : 30th April, 2023.

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