USAID’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a leading
global provider of objective, evidence-based food security information
and analysis. FEWS NET collaborates with international, regional and
national partners to provide timely and rigorous early warning and
analysis of potential, emerging, and/or evolving food security issues in
order to inform decisions and guide response. More information on FEWS
NET can be found at www.fews.net.
Chemonics International Inc., based in Washington, DC, has been
contracted by USAID to manage FEWS NET technical and field activities.
In an effort to understand current and to foresee future market
anomalies, the FEWS NET project relies on a broadly defined Markets and
Trade Knowledge Base, which includes market context documents (Market
Fundamentals Reports), special reports, and databases of historical
market information (including production, food balance sheets, and
prices). The Markets and Trade Knowledge Base largely serve as
baselines, against which to assess the existence and extent of
market-based anomalies that could contribute to food insecurity. Most
recently, FEWS NET has been tasked with also providing USAID with market
response decision support, including but not limited to assessing the
impact of potential food assistance programs on a given country’s local
economy. Over the remainder of the current contract, FEWS NET III plans
to produce Market Fundamentals Reports for up to 10 countries, globally.
USAID is recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Supply Chain Logistics Assessment Specialist
The main activities of the supply chain and logistics assessment
specialist will include finalizing a field assessment agenda and
methodological approach, reviewing any logistics assessments in the
assessment focus country conducted in the past five to ten years, and
carry out logistics capacity assessments. In collaboration with a
research team made up of Washington-based and regional FEWS NET staff
and local consultants, the logistics assessment specialist will also:
- Work with FEWS NET staff to understand USAID information needs and define assessment-specific research questions.
- Draft sections of the Market Fundamentals report, with guidance from the Home Office Technical team.
- Provide general support to the team to ensure the successful
completion of the Market Fundamentals and market response analysis
reports. This may involve making phone calls to set up interviews, data
entry, as well as other forms of ad hoc logistics and technical support
over the duration of the contract
- Review existing guidance and methodologies used to assess
broadly defined logistics infrastructure access and capacity (including
port, railway, roads, warehouses, waterways, depending on the context)
- Review and analyze all existing secondary data and reports related to infrastructure access and capacity
- Carry out field assessment
- Applicants should hold at least a Master’s Degree in Economics
or a closely related field and should possess extensive experience in
agricultural market analysis and/or food security analysis.
- Experience with major donor organizations or research
institutions involved in food assistance or food security analysis
(e.g., USAID, USDA, WFP, IFPRI, universities) is highly preferred.
- Experience facilitating technical workshops and/or focus group interviews.
- Professional proficiency in English and French is required.
- Demonstrated ability to work with international and multidisciplinary team members with minimal supervision.
- Past professional experience in West Africa is highly desirable.
- Applications should have direct work experience with the
implementation or research of local and regional procurement, cash, and
voucher programming is highly desirable. (USAID Food for Peace, USDA,
- Experience conducting external evaluations of food assistance programs is highly desirable.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply
- This position is based in West Africa with opportunity for
travel throughout West Africa and open to all qualified candidates
eligible to work in the region.
- Please note the position title in the subject line (Ex. “Supply Chain Logistics Assessment Specialist”). No telephone inquiries.
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Application Deadline 7th September, 2016.