Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Officer, NOB

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

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The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger.  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.


Job Summary 

Under the supervision and guidance of the Head of Operations, the VAM Officer will contribute to the VAM evidence base that supports food security and nutrition policies and programmes (e.g. needs assessment and situation analyses, programme design, targeting, cost effectiveness, and operational efficiency).


Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive, within delegated authority) 

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


Minimum Qualifications & Experience required for the Job


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 relevant training/courses.



  • A minimum of 3 years relevant professional experience is required in the following:
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of several statistical tools and methods for food security analysis.
  • Developed practical expertise in food security analysis and mapping by participating in multiple assessments in countries, including the design, data collection and analysis.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and understanding of WFP vulnerability mapping systems and emergency assessment standards.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage.



Fluency (level C) in English language. Knowledge of Hausa and Kanuri local languages is desirable.


Functional Capabilities

Capability Name - Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level:


Food Security Analysis:

Demonstrates ability to conduct structured food security analysis-Identify underlying macro and micro factors impacting food security of communities and countries. Provides findings and recommendations for the programmatic response.


Food Security Monitoring:

Manages the implementation of food security monitoring systems. Investigates any observed anomalies in the datasets and informs program management for operational response.


Technical Specialized Knowledge (e.g., Economics, Statistics, Public Health, Remote Sensing, GIS, etc.):

Provides managerial and technical guidance for designing and conducting analyses, including computation, interpretation, and presentation of results for food security surveys and key indicators (comprehensive food security and vulnerability surveys, food security monitoring, implementing mobile surveys, market analysis, food consumption scores, coping strategies indices. data disaggregation, etc.).


Food Security Assessment:

Leads all aspects of surveys including design, implementation, analysis, findings and reporting. Ensures that assessment findings are easily translated into operational programmatic response.


Strategic Operational Understanding:

Demonstrates strong understanding of country operations to participate in response analysis exercises to improve the cohesion between analytical findings and programmatic response.

Constructs evidence base underlying technical and policy advice given to stakeholders.


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United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

3 - 5 years