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|JOB TITLE:||PROGRAMME POLICY OFFICER (VAM – HUNGER MONITORING)|
|TYPE OF CONTRACT:||SERVICE CONTRACT|
|DUTY STATION (CITY, COUNTRY)||MANILA, PHILIPPINES|
|CONTRACT DURATION:||TWELVE (12) MONTHS|
The Philippines is beginning to feel the alarming effects of the global food, energy, and financial crisis. Inflation has hit 5.4 percent in May 2022, compared to 4.9 percent in April 2022, with food and transport costs leading to the increase in commodity prices. Following the severe COVID-19 pandemic impact on the economy, this places unprecedented stress on the agriculture sector, threatening trade and productivity gains from major crops in the coming months.
While emergency measures through “targeted relief” to the most vulnerable sectors are being introduced by Government, it is crucial to build on these experiences to turn short-term measures into long-term, comprehensive, shock-responsive responses to mitigate the impact of the current crisis, support economic recovery, and increase resilience to future crises. To this end, monitoring and analysis systems need to be strengthened to provide evidence-based policy options and inform necessary reforms.
For the Philippines to devise comprehensive preventive response measures to shocks including frequent severe climate disasters , and now, the looming food and energy crisis, it must enhance its periodic data collection and analytics systems to inform necessary reforms toward more effective shock-responsive social protection responses and food supply chain management.
In this context, under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO), WFP in partnership with FAO and ILO aims to (1) craft an improved and integrated monitoring framework to enhance data collection, analysis, and information dissemination on the impact of the global crisis; (2) building on the robust data collected, provide policy options and risk-mitigating actions, especially in the areas of social protection and food systems and (3) prepare the institutional mechanism that will potentially carry forward & streamline the monitoring and reporting work.
This joint programme will craft an improved and integrated framework for existing government monitoring and surveillance systems for agriculture, food security, and social protection, anchoring them in the DRR and early warning systems already operational in the government agencies, and introduce UN-facilitated data collection methods and tools to support monitoring and reporting of the impact of the global crisis in the Philippines.
The major action of the programme started consists in collecting data on indicators relevant to agriculture, food security, energy, livelihoods, and social protection at the regional level. The project utilizes WFP’s mVAM (mobile Vulnerability and Mapping) tool, which collects data through fielding mobile calls at the household level of the general population, traders, farmers, fishermen etc. Preparation of the survey questionnaire was jointly supported by WFP, FAO and ILO to ensure adequate coverage and representation of the indicators, as well as data quality. he first round of data collection was completed in September 2022 and two subsequent rounds are planned to be conducted by end of March 2022.
A UN Joint Programme Task Force (JPTF) was established, chaired by the RCO, with FAO, ILO and WFP (PUNOs) as members, with invited government counterparts. The JPTF is composed of technical experts from RCO and PUNOs and are the main decision-making body for the implementation of activities. The JPTF meets on a monthly basis to ensure coordination among actors, monitor the progress of delivery of project outputs, and troubleshoot issues encountered in the implementation.
The candidate is expected to play a lead role in managing the second and third rounds of mVAM based near real-time monitoring in the country and ensure coordination with programme partners, i.e. FAO, ILO, RCO, and government stakeholders.
The job holder will be working under the supervision of the Head of Research, Assessment and Monitoring (RAM) with overall guidance from the Head of Programme and/or the Deputy Country Director
The deadline for applications is on 01 December 2022, Friday 11:59 pm (Manila time). Qualified candidates are required to complete an online candidate profile on UN WFP Careers Website https://www.wfp.org/careers Only applications received on this website are considered valid and will be processed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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