Regional Food Security Cluster Coordinator: support for joint programming

Organizational Setting

Since its endorsement by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in December 2010 and its functional set-up in April 2011, the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) has been successful in creating a conducive environment for global partners to discuss food security operational and policy matters. It has been instrumental in developing tools and providing guidance and support to countries affected by humanitarian crisis.


The gFSC is led by FAO and WFP. Over 40 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are active members at global level. The cluster focuses on coordination of food assistance and livelihood humanitarian interventions.


Overall, food security is the largest sector in humanitarian response, as it represents 35% of funding requirements through the global humanitarian appeal. The average profile of a country food security cluster is a group of 68 partners targeting two million food insecure people and managing a sector appeal of US$ 250 million yearly.


Following the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit the Global Network Against Food Crisis was established. FAO and WFP, with the support of the EU, aim at operationalizing the Global Network Against Food Crisis with a view at addressing food crises in a sustainable manner expected to have a catalytic effect for what concerns the humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus trough evidence-based, context specific actions and strategic partnerships at all levels. The component 3 of the project will particularly take care of the “strategic programming work-stream objective” supporting the generation of country level FSN/SDG2 coordinated action plan for West Africa. More specifically by capitalizing on a stronger evidence base and on strengthened existing coordination mechanisms (such as food security and nutrition clusters integration with national development coordination mechanisms - sectors – at national and sub-national level) this work stream aims at supporting joint planning.


Reporting Lines


The incumbent will work under the general supervision of the FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator and the WFP Regional Director, the direct supervision of their respective deputies or equivalent (e.g. Resilience Coordinators for FAO, Senior Programme Advisors for WFP) in the region of assignment, the technical supervision of the global Food Security Cluster Coordinator and in support to the FSC coordinators at country level. He/she will work impartially with all members of the Regional Humanitarian Partnership Team (RHPT) and in close collaboration with the IGAD Food Security, Nutrition and Resilience Analysis Hub (IFRAH) in order to improve current joint planning within food security actors and with other relevant sectors and cluster. The job will ultimately aim at supporting coherent joint planning transcending the traditional divide between humanitarian and development action.

Technical Focus

Support to joint planning exercises around the humanitarian, peace, development nexus including local, national and regional dynamics.

Tasks and responsibilities

The regional food security cluster Coordinator will operate within the existing regional coordination frameworks established namely the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) architecture (RHPT) and the IGAD Food Security, Nutrition and Resilience Analysis Hub (IFRAH) in order to support strengthened coordination along the entire programme cycle supporting the maximization of linkages and synergies between different relevant partners and sectors as well as between humanitarian and development actions.. Specifically, he/she will:

  • Attend the existing  inter-sector meetings as well as the a food security and nutrition working group and contribute to link sectoral analysis to strategic documents
  • Document the experience of collective planning, issuing and updating lessons learning exercises in agreement with partners.
  • Proactively contribute to sharing information, preparing progress and technical reports and other information and advocacy products to be diffused
  • Support countries cluster offices in running coordination activities by supporting regional strategic integration, facilitating cross border integration of actions and promoting lessons learnings and good practices between countries in the same region.

Undertake regular travel to supported countries in order to provide: backstopping support, gap-filling, scoping support missions whenever required. More than 80% of the time is expected to be spent travelling in different countries. 

Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in food security, economics, relevant social or natural sciences, or other related discipline relevant to the mandate of the Organization; 
  • Minimum of 5 years of proven knowledge and experience in post disaster emergency and rehabilitation assessment and programming, and other relevant technical experience;
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish)
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to an evolving and complex humanitarian context and within multidisciplinary and different cultural background teams;
  • Ability to convene and chair meeting supported by a solid experience of what the cluster system is and how the humanitarian and development architectures work.
  • Familiarity with different food security and nutrition theoretical frameworks, assessment tools and programmatic tolls, methodologies and practices.
  • Experience in formulation, coordination, implementation, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting for assessment  and analysis processes;
  • Experience in performing response planning and response analysis;
  • Experience in coordinating a large number of stakeholders;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Effective team leadership and decision making skills with strong individual planning capacity;           
  • Sound knowledge of humanitarian principles.



Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency




FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications

Candidates should upload language certificate/s when submitting their application.

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To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

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Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, October 4, 2019