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Botswana: Technical Services Consultant

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: World Food Programme
Country: Botswana
Closing date: 23 Jul 2017

Position Title : Technical Services Consultant

Contract type : Regular Consultant

Duration : 11 Months

Duty Station : Gabarone, Botswana

Salary : As per UN Consultancy scales

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The Department for International Development (DFID) and Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) have requested WFP to provide services to SADC in order to implement the regional vulnerability assessment and analysis (RVAA) Strategic Plan 2017-2021. The five-year project was approved by DFID/SDC and SADC in April 2017. WFP will provide technical assistance to VAA in SADC and Member States (MS) to achieve the following outcomes: 1) Regional VAC structures strengthened and incorporated into SADC administrative and financial structures; 2) VAA approaches and methods strengthened, harmonised and integrated; 3) RVAA information products visible, accessible and influential to regional and national policies, strategies and programmes; 4) Enhanced regional learning, innovation and resilience building.

The overall objective of the technical service provision over the next 2-3 years is to: 1) Strengthen the technical capacity of VACs to broaden/integrate complex and emerging issues into the VAA (chronic vulnerability, poverty and resilience) and 2) add value to VAA by increasing technical rigor, coordination, quality and comparability of the analysis. In the longer term and by 2021, the programme seeks to contribute to the institutionalisation of the RVAC and NVAC system resources, and capacity to integrate various VAA tools and approaches for national planning processes and programme responses.

Some of the key activities include the deployment of short-term experts working together with national Vulnerability Assessment Committees to strengthen the Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis reports. In addition, the short-term technical assistance will provide on-the-job training and guidance for the NVACs

Job Context & Supervision:

The Technical Services Manager (TSM) is responsible for the overall coordination of technical services for the implementation of the SADC RVAA Programme. The position will be embedded within the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) unit under the Deputy Executive Secretary Office. He/she will work closely with the SADC Senior Programme Officers in DRR Unit and Food and Agriculture Natural Resources (FANR) food security unit. The Technical Services Manager will report to the SADC Senior Programme Officer (SPO) in DRR in charge of the RVAA Programme as well as the WFP Regional Bureau (RBJ) for strategic and technical oversight and administrative purposes.

Key activities:

  • Provide strategic leadership in the implementation of the SADC RVAA Strategic Plan 2017-2021.
  • Overall coordinator and focal point for the Service Providers to the SADC RVAA Programme at the SADC Secretariat.
  • Support SADC SPO DRR in the coordination of RVAA activities, with a clear sustainability and exit plan by the year 3 of the programme.
  • Oversee RVAA programme planning and reporting and including monitoring and evaluation against programme outputs and log frame indicators and milestones.
  • Assist SADC SPO DRR in organizing regional VAC meetings and Steering Committee meetings
  • Provide support to the SADC DRR SPO on all technical aspects of VAA, chronic food insecurity, climate change and the promotion of climate-resilient livelihoods.
  • Provide guidance and support towards effective integration of emerging issues: urban vulnerability, climate change, markets, nutrition, gender and HIV aspects into VAA.
  • Oversee technical capacity assessment and develop relevant and customized plans for technical support to member states
  • Provide technical leadership to RVAA Technical Services Team (RTST) to ensure programme objectives are achieved.

· Coordinate the RVAA Technical Services Team in the coordination of technical backstopping to NVACs in the region.

  • Build networks and facilitate the linkage of SADC RVAA programme with other related programmes in the SADC Secretariat as well as other related Africa wide and global bodies as a way of sharing knowledge and maximising resources.
  • Oversee regional capacity building learning and innovation agenda for the Programme
  • Manage and coordinate research, special studies and assessments in the region by stakeholders interested in RVAA.
  • Facilitate the hiring of short term consultants and their supervision.

· Produce reports on a quarterly basis to the SADC, SDC and DFID.

Standard Minimum Academic Qualifications:

At least a Master’s degree (or its university equivalent) in a relevant development discipline.


At least 10 years’ relevant working experience, of which at least the last five in a senior food and nutrition security analysis and coordination role.

Knowledge and Skills: Technical background in VAA, food security, markets, HIV/AIDS and/or chronic poverty analysis and/or climate change, information management, programming and policy. Strong oral and written communication skills, including report writing. High levels of inter-personal skill, tact, diplomacy, negotiation and facilitation ability. Well-versed with a menu of methodologies used in vulnerability assessments and analysis conducted in the SADC Region. Proven work experience in project and team management. Proven work experience with information management in the region, and in particular with linking information to policy formulation, programming and action planning processes. Strong project and team management skills. Strong networking and partnership building skills. Knowledge of WFP as well as SADC processes and experience in reporting to donors.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is essential. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese, an asset.

How to apply:

Interested individuals meeting the above requirements are requested to apply on the WFP Career Website using the following link: Please search for the position title: Technical Services Consultant requisition no. 59382