Research Assessment and Monitoring (RAM) Officer SC-9 (Jamaica) At World Food Programme


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


WFP established the Caribbean Multi-Country Office in Barbados to provide technical assistance and capacity-strengthening programming across 22 countries and territories in the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Across the Caribbean, WFP is applying its global expertise to a programme of cross-functional activities designed to improve regional and national preparedness and strengthen systems to deliver rapid and appropriate assistance to people impacted by shocks and disasters. The regional programme of work includes technical assistance on social protection (e.g. data analysis/collection, digitalisation, payments), vulnerability and risk analysis, integrated supply chain management, food security/food systems and disaster risk financing. The office also responds to emergencies in support of governments and CDEMA as needed, including in the Bahamas (2019) and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (2021), as well as supporting several governments to respond to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 through social protection.

Research Assessment and Monitoring (RAM) plays a key role in WFP’s work, including conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis on factors that make people vulnerable to risks and shocks; data collection and analysis on food security; mapping and visualizing data related to vulnerability, risks and hazards; and strengthening and government capacities to collect, analyze and visualize data to inform social protection, disaster risk management and food security programmes.

The job holder reports to a more senior RAM or Programme Policy Officer. This person operates independently and is involved in operational activities and related analytical work.


The incumbent will contribute to the RAM evidence base that supports food security, social protection, and disaster risk management policies and programmes (e.g. needs assessment and situation analyses, programme design, targeting, cost-effectiveness, and operational efficiency).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Contribute to the development of RAM projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider WFP policies and guidance.
2. Support the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of food assistance needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practice.
3. Support the development of food security and vulnerability analysis and the preparation of timely reports on food assessment needs in line with wider RAM policies, processes and guidance to enable effective decision-making on the development of strategies, policies and programmes.
4. Support the coordination of data gathering and monitoring systems while ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
5. Liaise with implementing partners (internal and external) to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency while highlighting potential risks to project delivery.
6. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to conduct vulnerability analysis to effectively inform preparedness and response activities.
7. Provide support to relevant partners that are focusing on food security and nutrition issues to enable sharing of experience, lessons learned and best practice.
8. Guide more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries.
9. Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
10. Additional tasks as required.


Education: Advanced University degree in Data Science, Statistics, Mapping, Food Security, Public Health/Nutrition, Geography, Economics or another related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Experience: At least three years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in monitoring, food security, vulnerability analysis, disaster management, and response or a related area.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language.


• Demonstrated proficiency in the use of several statistical tools and methods which can be applied to food security analysis.
• Developed practical expertise in food security analysis and mapping by participating in relevant assessments, including design, data collection, and analysis.
• Demonstrated technical knowledge and understanding of WFP vulnerability mapping systems and emergency assessment standards is a plus.


Who Can Apply?

This position is open to nationals of Jamaica and CARICOM member states and associate members. CARICOM Nationals applying for National positions outside of their home country bear sole responsibility for required actions or expenses related to relocation, accommodation, repatriation, and any other living expenses, etc. A CARICOM Skilled National Certificate is a pre-requisite for employment for successful candidates who are not from the country for which the position is advertised. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Employment Particulars

Type of position: Short Term. Full Time

Type of Contact: Service Contract (SC-9)

Duration on Contract: 12 months with the possibility of extension, based on organizational requirements.

Duty Station: Kingston, Jamaica.

Remuneration: The salary for this role starts at JMD 352,368.68.


The application should be submitted by January 26, 2023, at 23:59 Eastern Daylight Time. Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered and only short-listed qualified candidates will receive an acknowledgment.

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In the application form, ensure filling the mandatory sections, attach your CV, answer the pre-screening questions and agree on the legal statement before submitting your application. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis on account of potential and performance. All applicants will undergo a rigorous process that includes screening against job requirements, a technical test, and a panel interview.

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