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Technical Partnership Focal Point - Apply by 19 June 2018

Technical Partnership Focal Point - Apply by 19 June 2018

Job Title: Technical Partnership Focal Point
Type of Contract: Regular Consultancy
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 11 months, with scope for extension

Responsibilities

As ARC scales up its activities to reach new client countries, it is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Technical Partnership Focal Point. Based in the Johannesburg ARC Agency office and working under the direction of the Director of Research & Development, the contract will be for a consultancy for an initial period of 11 months. The Technical Partnership focal point will be responsible for supporting (i) the improvement of the Africa RiskView software in estimating the impact of weather and other shocks on the food security of vulnerable populations in Africa, (ii) leading the working-level interaction with national, regional and continental early warning institutions and technical partners as assigned by the Director, and (iii) leading the writing and dissemination of Africa RiskView technical publications and bulletins. This will be centered on ensuring that the Technical Team outputs and the Africa RiskView software align with and improve on other early warning sources and supports ARC’s engagement with national, regional and continental early warning and technical institutions.

Specific duties and responsibilities will include:

Research and Technical Analysis

  • Understanding the Africa RiskView software and its underlying methodology
  • Research and review WFP and other institutions working in the space of drought modelling and weather hazards insurance work, data, as well as news pieces, in-country VAC reports to identify and evaluate different drought impact models and classifications to determine potential collaborations for ARC
  • Liaise with national and regional early warning institutions and other experts to help ensure drought risk is faithfully replicated by the Africa RiskView software; explore potential causes of the discrepancies and suggest required improvements
  • Produce policy briefs and research and development pieces on Africa RiskView
  • Contribute to the development of Africa RiskView and its new products (e.g. flood, cyclone) and support the testing of new Africa RiskView releases

Partnership Building

  • Lead the interaction with technical counterparts for ARC as assigned by the Director
  • Cultivate and actively manage partnerships with national and regional early warning institutions and other experts to help build understanding and awareness of Africa RiskView towards mainstreaming of its use amongst technical partners across the continent and towards building on best practices
  • Lead the working-level interactions between the ARC and WFP Emergency Preparedness and VAM teams to develop and establish an information exchange relationship on the drought and other natural hazards events as necessary
  • Draft concept notes for technical collaborations with different institutions performing work relevant to ARC (ACMAD, AGRHYMET, OCHA, ILRI etc)
  • Be the ARC focal point for the working level interactions among partners in all research consortia ARC is part of
  • Be the focal point for drafting research project documents to submit to funders call for proposals

Client Support/Teaching and Capacity Building

  • Support with training and data provision for technical reviews of Africa RiskView;
  • Support the writing and development of Africa RiskView Research & Development pages on the ARC website and other knowledge and communication products

General ARC Support

  • Support the ARC Director of R&D in reporting to donors and other ARC partners, as necessary
  • Represent the ARC Secretariat on field missions and conferences, as required
  • Perform other tasks as directed by Director of the Research & Development Department

Qualifications & Experience Required


Education:

Advanced University degree (Minimum Master’s degree) from an accredited academic institution in a quantitative subject i.e. Economics, Statistics, econometrics, agriculture, development Studies or similar relevant/related multidisciplinary field.

Experience: 

  • At least three years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in food security analysis or a closely related area, such as agricultural risk management or early warning
  • Working knowledge of statistics and mathematics
  • Expert user of Microsoft Excel, Access and SPSS would be an asset
  • Some experience in remote sensing and drought index interpretation and analysis would be an asset
  • 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 background
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks under tight deadlines in a timely manner in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to represent ARC as a trusted and reliable partner

Languages:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French, including the ability to present coherent and convincing analysis to various audiences, both internal and external to ARC.
  • Fluent communication skills in another official language (Portuguese or Arabic) is considered an asset.

Deadline for applications: 19 June 2018

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