19 May 2020

Scientific and Technical Expert at Welthungerhilfe

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Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest Non-Governmental aid agencies in Germany providing long term development assistance projects. Welthungerhilfe has supported Kenyan development organizations since its establishment in 1962.

Rationale
This ToR refer to the Welthungerhilfe project on “Development of Forecast-based Action mechanism addressing drought induced food insecurity in Kenya”, briefly called Forecast-based Action (FbA) Project hereunder.
To anchor the mind set for anticipatory humanitarian assistance, including Early Warning Early Action in-country, and build capacities on the job with national stakeholders, there is need for the FbA Country Teams to engage in learning, knowledge management, dissemination and advocacy activities. This is to support and contribute to the paradigm shift of the national humanitarian systems in Kenya towards early warning and early action.
Further, for the FbA Project to meet the institutional donor obligations towards the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), FbA Country Teams are established within each of the Welthungerhilfe country offices in Kenya. For a smooth implementation of the FbA country operations, it is essential to equip the FbA Country Teams with both, special FbA expertise but also with the necessary competencies and experiences regarding project, financial, and operational support from the Welthungerhilfe Country Office.

Objective
Through the FbA Country Team the full GFFO donor compliance for the FbA Project country activities implementation, reporting, finances, and MEAL is assured. Further the FbA Country Team guarantees a high level of in-country coordination with international, national and local engaging actors / stakeholders (e.g. communities, government and private institutions, organisations, academia, networks etc.). The FbA Country Team makes contributions and ensures that Welthungerhilfe benefits from learning, knowledge management, dissemination and advocacy activities regarding anticipatory humanitarian assistance, in particular Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) in the humanitarian sector.

Mandate and Composition
The FbA Country Team is mandated to assure the full GFFO donor compliance for the FbA Project country activities implementation, reporting, finances, and MEAL. This includes to identify, establish and sustain working relationships with international, national and local engaging actors / stakeholders (e.g. communities, government and private institutions, organisations, academia, networks etc.). The FbA Country Team is responsible and accountable for handling the Early Action Protocols (EAP) development process in-country. This is with contractual support by Scientific and Technical Support Facilities.

Specific duties

  • Builds cooperation with national meteorological agencies and other stakeholders.
  • In consultation with the PMU and the FbA Country Team organizes and oversees the whole in-country process on risk and hazard impact assessment and analyses:
  • Analyses of drought and Food security risks per region or district;
  • Risk map;
  • Analyses of historic impacts of droughts/ related hazards (on households, regions, economy etc.);
  • Impact analyses map.
  • In consultation with the PMU and the FbA Country Team organizes and oversees the process of vulnerability analyses at household level;
  • Leads the development of scientific drought trigger model:
  • Inventory of existing forecasts and early warning systems;
  • Identification of local risk thresholds/ definition hazard-impact magnitudes;
  • Matching thresholds, vulnerability and hazard data;
  • Developing of monitoring and trigger model.
  • Coordination with external scientific and technical service facilities;
  • Supports EAP custodian organizations in EAP development..

Job requirements

Knowledge/ Qualifications

1.1. Professional/ formal qualification

  • Bachelor’s or preferably master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field including, international relations, disaster management, contingency planning, or a related field) and four (4) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance or related field.

1.2. Job-related professional experience

Required

  • Experience employing readiness systems, practices, and methodologies, ideally supporting disaster/emergency response activities.
  • Experience supporting the identification, development, and testing of new tools and technologies, ideally associated with collecting and analyzing personnel readiness.
  • Experience monitoring the status of deployed/activated teams, ideally related to personnel readiness for emergency/disaster responses.
  • Experience participating in, facilitating, or leading working groups focused on improving readiness processes or procedures.
  • 5 to 7 years’ professional experience
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance or related field.


      Method of Application

Interested, qualified applicants are encouraged to submit by email: (1) One-page motivation letter indicating expected salary and availability, (2) Detailed CV including 3 referees, 2 of which MUST be from previous employment. Submit applications to: [email protected] cc [email protected] not later than 29th May 2020 addressed to: The HR Manager, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V., P.O. Box 38829-00623 Nairobi.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Welthungerhilfe is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices neither does it charge any fee for recruitment.






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