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WFP-Food Security Cluster Coordinator-P3-Gaza, Palestine (start in Amman, Jordan)

Gaza, State of Palestine
Position Title: Food Security Cluster Coordinator
Receiving Agency: WFP
P Level: P3
Location: Gaza, Palestine (start in Amman, Jordan)
Duration: 3 months (until end of April)
Language: Fluency in English required, Arabic is highly desirable

Current situation (context):
Since the outbreak of violence in Gaza, a dire humanitarian crisis has been unfolding, with the World Food Programme (WFP) at the forefront of efforts to alleviate the suffering. The situation is characterized by widespread hunger, dehydration, and malnutrition, affecting the entire population of approximately 2.2 million people. The scarcity of food options, limited to canned goods with bread considered a luxury, exacerbates the crisis. Infrastructure damage, fuel shortages, and destroyed roads hinder the delivery of essential supplies, including food and water. Despite the insecure environment and access constraints, WFP has assisted over 856,766 people in November 2023 and plans to assist 1.1 million.

What are the challenges that the Country  Office is currently facing?
WFP and other humanitarian actors have been facing numerous challenges, including intermittent humanitarian access, insecurity, and lack of fuel and connectivity. Moreover, the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation led to an increase in the demand for professionals in several areas, including Programme, Information Management and Reporting, Logistics, IT and others.

What is external technical/temporary expertise  from a Standby Partner required?
With nearly 2.2 million people in need of food assistance, there is a high risk that the conflict in Gaza will result in a nutritional catastrophe. Thus, the humanitarian community urgently needs a Food Security Cluster coordinator who will contribute to ensuring better coordination between partners. The objective of the Food Security Sector is to ensure a timely, coherent and effective food security response by mobilizing stakeholders to respond in a strategic manner to Gaza humanitarian crisis.

What is the overall scope of the mission and the expected impact?
1. Food Security needs analysis and response plan 2. Food Security Cluster/Sector workplan with key deliverables 3. Cluster-relevant Contingency plans, SOPs and harmonized packages 4.Multi-sector joint planning with other clusters, as relevant 5. Food security sitrep, newsletters/bulletins (stand-alone and inter-sector) 6. Handover report with shared folder with documents at the end of the assignment

 
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
The objective of the Gaza Food Security Sector is to ensure a timely, coherent and effective food security response by mobilizing stakeholders to respond in a strategic manner to Gaza humanitarian crisis.
The Gaza Food Security Sector coordinator will work under the supervision of the WFP DCD and in collaboration with the other Palestine Food Security Sector staffs. He/she will work impartially with all members of the Sector and its sub-components, and will serve and represent the group as a whole, and not as an agency officer.


ACCOUNTABILITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.    Establish and maintain the Food Security Sector: actively ensure membership and engagement of key partners at national and sub-national level, organize regular cluster meetings, and ensure overall coordination of the food response in an emergency.
2.    Establish an inclusive governance structure for the FSC (including co-leadership with national authorities where possible, establishing a Strategic Advisory Group, inviting NGO to co-chair)
3.    Contribute to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plan
(HRP) by managing the process for the FSC supported by the IMO, with inputs from, and in close consultation with, the cluster partners.
4.    Ensure monitoring of the FS response (for both quantitative and qualitative aspects), and report on its implementation
5.    Ensure timely, inclusive and regular information sharing and discussion with the cluster partners
through various modalities including cluster meetings, email dissemination of cluster products
(dashboards, maps, assessments, etc.) and establishment of relevant technical working groups.
6.    Facilitate and support needs assessments such as EFSA /CFSAM/SMART/MIRA, etc, and actively promote the analysis and utilization of this information for decision-making
7.    Coordinate and promote mainstreaming of cross-cutting and cross-sectoral issues (e.g. gender, age, HIV and AIDS, human rights, disability, environment, early recovery, protection, nutrition)
and appropriate participatory and community-based approaches in cluster/inter-cluster needs assessments, analysis, planning, implementation and monitoring
8.    Actively promote the application of common standards (e.g. SPHERE standards and CHS), and harmonization of programmatic responses (SOPs on modality of delivery, Minimum Expenditure Basket, minimum assistance package)
9.    Contribute to country level contingency planning and coordinate cluster/sector-wide emergency
preparedness and response
10.  Ensure the development of regular food security reports (Sitreps, Bulletins, newsletters, etc.)
11.  Undertake advocacy and resource mobilization on behalf of the FSC partners in a neutral and impartial manner.
12.  Contribute to the effective management of country based pooled funding schemes by leading the
process for the FSC
13.  Identify capacity gaps and needs and provide training and capacity building opportunities to
FSC partners
14.  Supervise and guide the IMO and provide guidance to the co-chair and other Cluster team members, ensure a smooth and inclusive relationship of the Cluster team with all partners, and report regularly to the CLAs 

DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT:
1. Food Security needs analysis and response plan
2. Food Security Cluster/Sector workplan with key deliverables
3. Cluster-relevant Contingency plans, SOPs and harmonized packages
4.Multi-sector joint planning with other clusters, as relevant
5. Food security sitrep, newsletters/bulletins (stand-alone and inter-sector)
6. Handover report with shared folder with documents at the end of the assignment


QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

EducationUniversity degree in food security, agriculture, economics, humanitarian affairs or related field

Experience:  Minimum 5 years of professional experience in humanitarian response at a mid or senior level. Experience in food security related topics is mandatory and experience with inter- agency coordination is desirable 

Knowledg& Skills:
  • Ability to work and plan at strategic and operational levels;
  • Understanding of the international humanitarian response architecture, including humanitarian principles, coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform and action, and funding mechanisms (e.gHumanitarian Programme Cycle  -  HPC,  Central EmergencResponse Fund and Flash Appeals, Pooled funds);
  • Ability to express and summarise ideas orally and in writing in a diplomatic and inclusive manner;
  • Ability to interact with a number of different stakeholders and represent the FSC in strategic meetings and discussions;
  • Ability to lead workshops, meetings and to present outcomes in behalf of a group of stakeholders;
  • Good understanding of FS Assessments, Survey, and Monitoring and Evaluation

 
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