Vulnerability Analysis Mapping (VAM) Officer – WFP


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations World Food Programme 
Job TitleVulnerability Analysis Mapping (VAM) Officer
Requisition ID720933
LocationSudan – Khartoum
Posted Date05/04/2023
Closing Date19/04/2023

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

Are you a food security specialist interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people? 

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe. 


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP’s values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.  

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  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse and multicultural working environment 
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of trainings, accreditation, coaching, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities 
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section) 


Hunger in Sudan, in all its forms, remains an enormous challenge. Over 15 million people were food insecure in 2022, an increase from 12 million in 2021. This deterioration in food security is fueled by the combined effects of economic and political crisis, conflict and displacement, climate shocks, including droughts and floods, and poor harvests during the previous agricultural season, which have significantly affected peoples’ access to food. With the deterioration of the macroeconomic environment characterized by high inflation as well as global prices increases in cereals and fuel, the purchasing power of households has significantly diminished. 

WFP Sudan’s operation is one of the largest and most complex in a context of continuous political uncertainties and a vast array of challenges. In 2022, WFP reached  a record  9.3 million beneficiaries, including 2.9 million IDPs, 5.4 million residents, and 600,000 refugees through a variety of programmatic activities ranging from emergency assistance, nutrition, school meals, asset creation  and post-harvest losses management. 

The Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) unit plays a critical role in guiding how WFP Sudan can best meet the humanitarian and development needs of people affected by shocks. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, the incumbent of this position will lead VAM’s strategic and operational  work on food security, nutrition, markets and resilience assessments and analysis. She/he will oversee the systems and tools for beneficiary targeting and prioritization,to inform programmatic decision making.  The candidate will lead a diverse team of national and international staff. The responsibilities will include:

  • Provide expert advice and support WFP and its partners on matters pertaining to food security and nutrition strategies, policies, programmes, and ensure the timely and productive use of related outputs in a manner that complies with WFP standards and processes. 
  • Contribute to the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of food assistance needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practice. 
  • Lead/conduct complex food security, nutrition, markets and resilience analysis and prepare timely reports on food assessment needs in line with wider VAM policies, processes and guidance to enable effective decision-making on the development of Country strategy, policies and programmes. 
  • Keep up to date with and advise on food assistance developments and issues and the potential impact upon WFP activities to enable timely and appropriate programme evolution and intervention. 
  • Provide advice and guidance on the development of programme activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation and recommendations to enable food assistance needs to be met effectively.
  • Coordinate and/or provide technical support on global/regional/country initiatives to implement VAM activities.
  • Lead operational partnerships, including inter-agency collaboration, to ensure a solid VAM support in both emergency and non-emergency settings. 
  • Manage VAM team, providing coaching and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance. 
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation and information as required to support the assessment of activity impact. 
  • Represent WFP during meetings with partners to contribute to technical discussions, exchange of knowledge and experience, advocate for appropriate interventions (based on an evidence base), and identify areas for potential collaboration. 
  • Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national government to conduct food security, nutrition, markets and resilience analysis to effectively inform preparedness and response activities. 
  • Provide leadership and support to relevant partners that are focusing on food security and nutrition to enable sharing of experience, lessons learned and best practice. 
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  •  Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  •  Other as required.



You have:

  • Advanced University degree in Economics, Food Security, Statistics, Data Science, Public Health/Nutrition, Geography or other related field, or First University degree with eight years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


You have:

  • Typically eight years or more (of which three international) of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in food security, nutrition, markets and resilience assessments and analysis.  Significant experience of leadership and managing large teams of staff with somewhat varied areas of expertise. 
  • Strong technical capability in food security assessment and targeting.


You have:

  • Fluency (level C) in the English language.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language).


  • Developed a high-performing team and managed vulnerability analysis exercises including emergency assessments at country level
  • Knowledge of country and cultural context in assessing food availability, access and utilization, and exposure to risks.
  • Has established food security and vulnerability monitoring systems.
  • Has led surveys, multiple assessments in countries, including the design, data collection and analysis.
  • Knowledge of WFP operations, preferably.


These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with IntegrityDrives Results and Delivers on CommitmentsFosters Inclusive and Collaborative TeamworkApplies Strategic ThinkingBuilds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships
Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for othersDelivers on commitments and adapts readily to changeIs inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growthDemonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing thingsBuilds and nurtures  external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.


Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details, please visit

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Khartoum, Sudan to take up this assignment. 


  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable).
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application.
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language.
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter.
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time.
  • Please contact us at [email protected] in case you face any challenges with submitting your application.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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