World Food Programme

Joint Data analyst

Job description

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Job Title: Joint Data analyst

Type of Contract: Consultancy

Division: Joint UNHCR and WFP Programme Excellence and Targeting Hub

Duty Station (City, Country): Rome, Italy

Duration: 6 months


In line with global commitments, agreements, strategies and principles on increased interagency collaboration, UNHCR and WFP have launched the Joint Programme Excellence and Targeting Hub in April 2020. The established framework for collaboration provides a strong basis for the two agencies to provide strategic and operational support at country-level, with the objective of improving outcomes for refugees and other forcibly displaced people. This will be achieved through a new way of working, ensuring effective use of limited resources by targeting the right people with the right assistance, including support towards longer-term self-reliance.
Through a joint team of roving experts, the hub will provide support to country offices throughout the programme cycle: i) Joint situation and context analysis; ii) Integrated programme design, iii) Targeting strategy, iv) Implementation, and v) Monitoring, learning and feedback. Experts will be recruited and ready to provide remote and/or in-country support, building on existing structures and capacities.
The Joint Programme Excellence and Targeting Hub is currently supporting twelve countries (Niger, Rwanda, Cameroon, Jordan, Mauritania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania, Djibouti and Zambia) covering selected phases of the programme cycle. The Hub will consider providing support to additional countries capacity allowing. The Hub will be led by a Joint Coordinator, reporting to the project leads governed by the Strategic Advisory Group (StAG), consisting of senior UNHCR and WFP staff from relevant units.
To support the activities under the Joint Programme Excellence and Targeting Hub, UNHCR and WFP is jointly recruiting a data analyst.
Working arrangements for this position will be remote in the country of residence of the candidate with frequent travels.


Under the supervision of the Joint Targeting Advisor and in close collaboration with other members of the Hub (Assessment Officer, data system officer, etc.) and technical counterparts in UNHCR and WFP, the data analyst will be responsible for undertaking statistical analysis needed to understand the needs and vulnerabilities among affected populations that will inform programme design and targeting decisions. The data analyst will focus on analysis and reporting for targeting activities and prioritization on refugees’ food security, essential needs and protection related aspects.
S/he will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Undertake relevant statistical analysis required for designing targeting strategies, identify and validate targeting criteria, and support accurate profiling of people in need.
  • Conduct statistical analysis on basic needs (including food security and protection), present results in technical reports, bulletins, presentations, webinars, and other communication materials.
  • Conduct desk reviews and re-analyze existing country data to identify availability and quality of existing data in support of the Hub’s work.
  • Where relevant, coach and strengthen analytical capacity of CO-level staff and Hub team members.
  • Ensure the analysis of relevant qualitative data in support of joint assessment exercises to inform joint programme design and targeting.
  • Analyse secondary and primary data to inform Joint Assessment Missions (JAMs) and similar field assessments as required in collaboration with the Hub assessment officer (including the analysis of outcome data among assisted and non-assisted refugee populations).
  • Support analysis of protection related issues in collaboration of the Hub Accountability to Affected Population Officer.
  • Support the reporting and presentation of analytical results using digital visualization (e.g. dashboards).
  • Support data standardization processes and data archiving in coordination with the Data System/Interoperability Officer.
  • Facilitate analysis related capacity strengthening workshops/learning events as required.
  • Support the documentation and packaging of best practices and lessons learned related to analysis on targeting and assessments that facilitates improved in-country capacity and Hub practices and reporting.
  • Liaise with UNHCR and WFP HQ and Regional statistics/VAM teams to coordinate and ensure appropriate linkages of Hub activities and analysis conducted.
  • Where necessary, support the design of joint assessment tools (e.g TORs, questionnaires and sampling) to collect primary quantitative data, lead training of enumerators, and establish mechanisms for data collection monitoring and quality control in line with existing UNHCR and WFP assessment guidance1 to assess food security and other essential needs.
  • Lead analytical work and dissemination activities in French as required, including where necessary support to training of CO-level teams and write-up and review of reports
  • Any other tasks as agreed with the Joint Coordinator and the Targeting Advisor.


  • Primary and secondary data analysed in a robust way to inform hub activities.
  • Analysis services provided to countries receiving end-to-end support and countries in demand of modular support on joint assessments.
  • Data is analyzed and shared in a timely and easy-to-use manner that informs programme design and targeting decisions.
  • In-country analytical capacity of supported countries is strengthened.
  • Regional and global analytical capacity is improved as a result of documentation of lessons learned and best practices, that are shared in joint learning events and other fora.
  • Results are shared in digitalized form and in interactive platforms where feasible (including, but not limited to raw data files).



Advanced University degree in statistics, social science, demography or related field.


At least 5 years’ experience in conducting food security, basic needs, and/or poverty analysis.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong experience in quantitative methods and data analysis (including multi-variate analysis and proxy-means-testing)
  • Proven experience in applying statistical packages (SPSS required, STATA and R an advantage), GIS skills of advantage (ArcGIS and/or QGIS), visualization software of advantage (e.g. tableau)
  • Solid balance between quantitative and qualitative analysis skills
  • Experience with data visualization reporting tools
  • Practical field experience of conducting food security and basic needs assessments
  • Demonstrated ability to present analytical findings and to communicate effectively
  • Prior work experience in refugee or IDP settings preferable
  • Familiarity with the targeting dialogue within the humanitarian sector of advantage
  • Experience working in dynamic and innovative environments
  • Team player with a demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Willingness to travel extensively to support Hub projects in-country Competencies: Cognitive Capacity, Teamwork, Action Management, Innovation, Partnering, Client Orientation


Strong written and oral English and fluency in written and spoken French (proficiency/level C) is preferred.

Terms and Conditions:

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 15 August 2022

Ref.: VA No. 171224

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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