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Risk Analyst - Apply by 5 September 2018

Risk Analyst - Apply by 5 September 2018

Job Title: Risk Analyst
Type of Contract: Regular Consultancy
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa/Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Duration: 11 months, with scope for extension

Responsibilities

Based in ARC Headquarters in Johannesburg or the regional office in Abidjan, the Risk Analyst will be a key member of the ARC Secretariat Technical Support Division leading all aspects of the ARC Technical Support Division’s work in-country interactions with ARC Member States. Reporting to the Technical Team Manager, the Risk Analyst’s responsibilities will include the following:

    1. Understand ARC, its risk modelling platform Africa RiskView and its underlying methodology;
    2. Lead the Technical Support Division on all matters relating to the customisation of Africa RiskView and preparation for participation in the risk transfer pool in assigned countries, including:
      – Conduct background research to understand the risk factors and risk profiles of ARC Member States;
      – Gather and prepare historical data on droughts and other natural disasters in ARC Member States;
      – Lead the analyses of relevant datasets required for the customisation of Africa RiskView in assigned ARC Member States;
      – Provide technical support to the drafting and review of customisation reports by technical working groups;
      – Monitor and verify Africa RiskView’s estimates against information from the ground;
      – Monitor Africa RiskView’s estimates to contribute to monthly bulletins and other ad hoc analyses and publications;
      – Document the ARC Technical Team’s in-country activities.
    3. Lead the Technical Support Division in designing and conducting Africa RiskView country and regional trainings, preparing training materials and support documentation in assigned countries;
    4. Support the development, upgrade and update of the Africa RiskView software and its related manuals, Standard Operating Procedures, other documentation and country briefs;
    5. Work collaboratively with other departments of ARC in developing country strategies, country risk profiles and provide input into the development of other strategic documents;
    6. Contribute to the design and development of new methodologies for the expansion of Africa RiskView to new risks including flood and cyclone and support the in-country work required to ground-truth and calibrate new models;
    7. Support ARC management and other senior staff in undertaking other tasks, including reporting to donors and in collaborations with ARC partners, as necessary;
    8. Represent the ARC Secretariat at conferences and meetings, as required.

Qualifications & Experience Required

Education:

Advanced university degree in Agricultural Economics/Economics, Agriculture, Statistics, Food Security, Natural Sciences, Data Science, Geography or other related field, or First University degree with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience from the minimum experience requirement stated below.

Experience: 

  • At least 6 years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in food security and resilience analysis or a closely related area, such as agricultural risk management or early warning systems development and implementation
  • Experience in modelling of natural disasters such as drought and floods would be an asset.

Desired Technical Skills:

  • Expert user of Microsoft Excel. Good knowledge of statistical packages, SPSS, Stata or R for quantitative data analysis.
  • Experience in leading surveys, multiple assessments in countries, including the design, data collection and analysis.
  • Experience in collecting geospatial and socioeconomic food security data, conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, and reporting findings to a wide audience.
  • Basic knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing and experience in use of remotely sensed products would be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear technical reports for a diverse range of audience.

Languages:

  • Fluency in oral and written English or French and intermediate knowledge of the other; knowledge of Portuguese is an asset.

Competencies:

  • Strong analytical and data interpretation skills
  • Reliability, attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and under minimum supervision, and under tight deadlines
  • Availability to undertake frequent travel

Deadline for applications: 5 September 2018

Interested Candidates should send a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and answers to the questions below to balthazar.debrouwer@africanriskcapacity.org and copy benard.onzima@africanriskcapacity.org.

  1. How many years of experience do you have in risk modelling, disaster risk management, (re)insurance, weather derivatives, Insurance Linked Securities (ILS), Alternative Risk Transfer (ART) or a closely related area?
  2. Please describe the extent to which your professional experience and qualifications could help you to perform in this position. Do you have experience working on risk financing and insurance projects? If yes, please describe.
  3. Do you have experience working on agrometeorological modelling or vulnerability analyses? If yes, please describe.
  4. Have you ever worked with technical staff from government in African countries? If yes, please describe.
  5. Do you have experience in doing quantitative research and reporting, and data manipulation and analysis skills? If yes, please describe.

Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa

Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa

Job Title: Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa
Type of Contract: Regular Consultancy
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 11 months, with scope for extension

Responsibilities

As ARC prepares to scale up its activities and institutionalize the work of ARC Agency, it requires the services of a Lead Country Engagement Consultant to lead, coordinate, and manage country engagement work for East and Southern Africa. This person shall oversee the development and implementation of the strategy for the overall Country Engagement in East and Southern Africa. Specifically, the Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa will make sure that the Country Engagement Managers who report to him/her have ensured successful in-country customisation of Africa RiskView, ARC’s weather risk quantification software, and development of ARC contingency plans for countries in support of their applications for Certificates of Good Standing. The Lead Consultant will take the primary responsibility in helping countries understand ARC’s risk transfer. In addition to supervising Country Engagement Managers in seamlessly bringing together these three ARC work streams, the Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa will also support governments in integrating ARC and general risk management principles.

Working under the direction of the ARC Programmes Coordinator, the specific duties and responsibilities of the Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa will include:

In-Country Capacity Building

  • Lead and guide the Country Engagement Managers (CEMs) in the implementation of the ARC in-country capacity building programme, ensuring all milestones and deliverables with respect to risk pool participation requirements for countries are achieved by the ARC Secretariat
  • Work closely with ARC Ltd on the contract finalisation and premium payment issues

External Relations and Political Advocacy

  • Lead the advocacy and the political ownership component of the capacity building programme for the region, ensuring that there is adequate buy-in for countries to join the pool
  • Support and guide ARC current and prospective countries in accessing premium financing from relevant financial partners
  • Interface with partner agencies, governments, NGOs, donor partners, and leading institutions in climate change and disaster risk management at the country and regional level, and guide the Policy and Technical services unit in fostering partnerships with relevant institutions
  • Provide a strategic view across programme components and make linkages between them and the greater risk management and food security context in which ARC is operating
  • Provide expert advice to ARC’s senior management on strategic advocacy in relevant forums
  • Travel regularly all over East and Southern Africa to support CEMs in their ARC activities

Administration

  • Coordinate and manage the development of country-level budgets and monitor fund consumption
  • Ensure that any anticipated financial challenges are reported in a timely manner
  • Liaise with the Programme Coordinator on implementation of any programming changes that might be necessary.
  • Ensure the development of relevant Country Strategy Notes for all countries in East and Southern Africa
  • Ensure coordination and continued information flow between management and government services team and that the strategic objectives of the ARC Agency are clearly communicated to all staff members under supervision
  • Guide and support Country Engagement Managers in managing relationships for the Secretariat with ARC Member States
  • Lead and coordinate regular work planning and reporting for East and Southern African Country Engagement team

Deliverables

  • Effective preparation of countries that wish to participate in the insurance pool, including finalised and validated Africa RiskView Customisation Reports, Risk Transfer Parameters and ARC Operations Plans
  • Annual and quarterly work planning and reporting on the in-country capacity building programme for participating and prospective ARC Ltd member countries
  • Availability for ongoing support to the Chief Operating Officer and senior ARC staff

Qualifications & Experience Required

Education

Advanced University degree (or Master’s equivalent) from an accredited academic institution in International Development, Development, Economics, Rural Development, Business Administration, or any other related field to international development assistance.

Experience

  • At least twelve (12) years of progressively responsible professional experience, preferably both in the field and Headquarters, in public sector management, financial risk management, development projects, emergency assistance, or in any other related field
  • Progressively responsible supervisory / team leader experience is required
  • Experience in working with statistical analysis is required
  • Extensive international experience in Africa, in particular in the East and Southern Africa, is required
  • Experience in dealing with African governments in the East and Southern Africa Region is required
  • Availability to undertake frequent travel

Functional Competencies

  • Senior expert in country programme engagement with a good understanding of the international humanitarian aid, donor and development communities, with focus on the East and Southern Africa
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships
  • Strong analytical skills in order to identify systemic issues, both programmatic and operational, and develop viable solutions
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation and diplomatic skills with the ability to establish effective working relations with people at all levels and of different national and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks under tight deadlines in a timely manner within a dynamic environment
  • Some knowledge and experience of food security planning and emergency response in Africa is an asset
  • Understanding of and skills in applying best management / supervisory practices, including coaching and mentoring staff
  • Ability to represent ARC as an advocate and reliable partner

Languages

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including the ability to write clear and concise briefing papers and external communication, strategic operational documents, etc.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French and other official African Union languages (Arabic or Portuguese) is an added advantage.

To apply for this vacancy, please send a CV and cover letter to lucy.nyirenda@wfp.org