More than 1.2 billion people in the developing world live below the poverty line and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Vulnerability to climate-related shocks is a constant threat to their food security and wellbeing. Thus, providing them with strategies for reducing and mitigating risks becomes essential to overcoming hunger, achieving food security, and increasing resilience.
The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) is an innovative response to this challenge. R4 enables vulnerable rural households to increase their food and income security in the face of increasing climate risks by providing them with a combination of four risk management strategies, including asset creation (risk reduction), insurance (risk transfer), livelihoods diversification and microcredit (prudent risk taking) and savings (risk reserves).
R4 currently reaches over 32,000 smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, Senegal, Malawi, and Zambia. With the vision to reach half a million farmers by 2020, R4 is seeking to consolidate lessons learned from the current R4 countries and expand these over the next years to new areas and countries of work.
This consultancy aims to support testing, scale up and learning from this comprehensive risk management approach through support to implementation and knowledge management activities.
The R4 Consultant will support the operationalization of the risk management approach in Southern Africa, including Malawi and Zambia, as well as the Learning and Knowledge Management component of R4. The consultant will work closely with R4 global and country teams and partners.
Specific tasks and responsibilities will include:
- Provide technical and operational assistance to the global and country teams with current project tasks, with a specific focus on Malawi and Zambia, as well as with the expansion of R4 to other countries, as required.
- Provide inputs into global reports in close collaboration with the R4 country and global teams. This includes monthly, quarterly, annual and ad-hoc reports to the R4 teams, donors and general public.
- Support R4 fundraising efforts through the writing up of funding proposals and national and/or local context assessments needed for planning the expansion for R4.
- Become the focal point for the global R4 team, regarding procurement of services, contract preparation, etc..
- Provide inputs to the preparation of communication and advocacy materials and to R4 external and internal reporting as needed.
- Support R4’s analytical, learning and knowledge work program, including coordinating, providing inputs and/or day-to-day follow up to technical and research pieces, programmatic guidance, and knowledge management activities.
- Support the team in consolidating, reviewing and publishing existing and upcoming technical briefs and papers.
- Provide technical support to learning events at global and country level, including trainings, workshops, and other learning events.
Duties and Responsibilities
Within the above mentioned objectives, the R4 Programme Officer will have the following duties and responsibilities:
Qualifications, Experience and Skills
- Advanced university degree in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, agricultural insurance, social protection, or disaster risk management
- A minimum work experience of 5 years in project support/management, in a field relevant to the R4 initiative, and/or M&E. Some field experience will be valued.
- Strong analytical and writing skills and data collection experience
- An understanding of food security vulnerability and ability to link analysis to programme design, in the context of WFP programmes
- Knowledge and understanding of WFP procedures
- Strong understanding of how climate-related risks affect food security.
- Demonstrated ability to present information and ideas and to communicate effectively.
- Demonstrated data collection and analytical writing skills.
- Proven experience-building partnerships with international organisations, Governments and the private sector in developing countries
- Fluency (level C) in English language, knowledge of French and/or Spanish a distinct advantage
- Ability to work in a team.
Previous experience working in a UN agency desired.
Contact Kathryn Milliken if interested: [email protected]