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Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Officer


About United Nations World Food Programme

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian Agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP has been working in Afghanistan since 1963. WFP food assistance aims to help the most vulnerable, food insecure Afghans, including women and children, as well as families affected by conflict and natural disasters. In 2017, WFP fed over 2.8 million vulnerable Afghans through various programme activities such as general distributions (food, and/or cash and voucher as the transfer modality); nutrition programmes, through targeted supplementary feeding; school take-home rations; food for assets creation, Purchase for Progress (P4P), training and capacity development activities. For more information, see

Job Summary

With a committed government, rich natural resources, and a young and diverse population, Afghanistan has the potential to make significant progress on the 2030 Agenda. However, a complex and protracted conflict, combined with challenges related to climate change, demographics, gender inequalities, underemployment, and transparency issues, has dramatically impeded its efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 2 on Zero Hunger. The 2017 Afghanistan Zero Hunger Strategic Review (ZHSR) found that the country suffers from high, and in some cases rapidly rising, levels of food insecurity and undernutrition, and outlines a series of recommendations to address the problem.

WFP is well placed to help Afghanistan implement several of the key recommendations through their new Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022). The overarching goal of the WFP Afghanistan CSP is to support the country to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 in a manner that also contributes, wherever possible, to the broader, longer-term transition to peace and development. Mainstreaming the cross-cutting issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment, protection, and accountability to affected populations, the CSP will focus on six, highly interrelated outcomes that span both SDG 2 and 17 (partnering for the goals).

Extensive consultations with government, partners, and affected communities, helped to guide this approach which entails shifts that will allow WFP to more effectively support the country to achieve SDG 2, including a shift to a more comprehensive, national-led framing of all strategic result areas, by supporting policy coherence. This will help the Afghanistan Unity Government to build trust and enhance its legitimacy. These shifts will also permit WFP to contribute to the broader, long-term goals of the country by operationalizing the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. This approach is directly aligned with the government’s commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and with its five-year plan – the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) – for making progress on the SDGs.

Implementing the activities under the CSP requires support of several other units across all functions, including vulnerability analysis and mapping (VAM). The functional role of the VAM team is to provide the most relevant and updated information from multiple sources, both primary and secondary, to decision makers such as Government, WFP, and other partners. Key outputs from the VAM team guide operational, strategic and monitoring decisions.

Reporting to the Senior National VAM Officer/Head of VAM unit, and with technical and strategic guidance from the Head of Programme and other international staff, the National VAM Officer will provide analytical and technical support to the VAM unit, M&E unit, Operations and Management as well as to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster of the UN Humanitarian group. There will also be support work to the entire UN Country Team as necessary.

He/she will focus on four broad categories of work: food security assessments and analysis, market assessment and reporting, analytical support to monitoring and evaluation, and capacity development of WFP staff and partners.

Job Details

Date Posted: 09 May 2018 Reference: 82203
Closing Date: 26 May 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Programme Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Fixed-term Years of Experience: 3 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 12 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 1 Year

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Contribute to the development of VAM projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider WFP policies and guidance.
2. Support the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of food assistance needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practice.
3. Support the development of food security and vulnerability analysis and the preparation of timely reports on food security assessment needs in line with wider VAM policies, processes and guidance to enable effective decision-making on the development of country strategy, policies and programmes.
4. Provide assistance on the coordination of data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
5. Liaise with implementing partners (internal and external) to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
6. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to conduct vulnerability analysis to effectively inform preparedness and response activities.
7. Provide support to relevant partners that are focusing on food security and nutrition issues to enable sharing of experience, lessons learned and best practice.
8. Guide and mentor VAM Assistants in the field office, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries.
9. Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
10. Other as required.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


•Strong knowledge of statistics and data analysis - including familiarity with at least one analytical software.
•Experience with data visualization (making graphs, charts, infographics)
•At least 3-5 years of working experience in data analysis - preferably in the development/humanitarian sactor.
•Good English writing skills and ability to write reports to present findings of data analysis.
•Good computer literacy (including Microsoft Office suite – Word, Excel, Power Point, Access).
•Courtesy, tact and ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Ability to maintain accurate and precise records.
•Ability to handle a large volume of work quickly and accurately under time constraints.


Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, Food Security, Statistics, Data Science, Public Health/Nutrition, Geography or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and in Dari and/or Pashto

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)
AF AF 12


Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Afghan Nationals meeting the essential qualifications of the position are invited to apply by submitting a letter of interest and an updated CV and/or P11 form (Attached). Please click on the links provided in order to submit your online application through the WFP E-recruitment portal. Please note that application submitted via email or hardcopy will not be given any consideration.

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