Research, Assessment and Monitoring Associate (Geographic Information System), At WFP – World Food Programme

Closing date: Saturday, 25 May 2024


Description of assignment title: Research, Assessment and Monitoring Associate (Geographic Information System)

Assignment country: Ghana

Expected start date: 09/01/2024

Sustainable Development Goal: 2. Zero hunger

Volunteer category: International UN University Volunteer

Host entity: WFP Ghana

Type: Onsite

Duration: 6 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Accra


Mission and objectives

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.


The Research, Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (RAME) unit of the World Food Programme (WFP) Ghana plays a crucial role in identifying humanitarian assistance and development needs, targeting, monitoring and evaluation, establishing food security, nutrition, and early-warning systems, as well as mapping vulnerability and WFP interventions in the country. The RAME unit provides crosscutting support to the strategic outcomes of the CSP. The UN Volunteer will support with systems and processes to collect, clean, organize, analyze and visualize food security, nutrition, and monitoring data for WFP, government counterparts, and partners, using traditional and state-of-the-art data analysis techniques, through quality maps, infographics and reports, for country food and nutrition analysis and understanding the socio-economic context and design of activities, to accelerate efforts to achieve zero hunger in Ghana.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Research, Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (RAME), the incumbent will support WFP and government counterparts with the systematic organizing, cleaning, geospatial analysis and mapping of food security and nutrition data. In addition, the incumbent will play a key role in harnessing management and visualization of data from WFP Ghana’s monitoring and community feedback mechanism (CFM), through state-of-the art geospatial analysis and mapping. The UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  •  Provide technical support in geospatial mapping and remote sensing analysis for evidence-based food security and nutrition surveillance and monitoring (WFP activity map-ping, hazard mapping, disaster risk assessment, and exposure analysis) aligning with WFP standards, and contribute to timely reporting of WFP initiatives.
  •  Contribute to the development of vulnerability analysis and mapping (VAM) initiatives and activities, plans and processes, while ensuring compliance with WFP policies and guidance.
  •  Support the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of food assistance needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practice.
  •  Support WFP and government counterparts to institutionalize measures, scripts and workflows to regularly monitor surveys, remote or face-to-face, including sample targets, data quality and biases, and identify solutions to improve the quality of data, using geo-spatial techniques.
  •  Collaborate with stakeholders (internal and external) to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency and highlight potential risks for project delivery.
  •  Support in the design and maintenance of digital platforms for data analysis and data visualizations, including geospatial analysis, to support programme activities and provide background for decision-making and planning (using, e.g., MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Tableau, Power BI, ArcGIS). eLOpAzH BIpnb
  •  Support capacity building for WFP staff, partners and national government in conduct vulnerability analysis and geospatial systems to inform effective preparedness and responses.
  •  Participate in relevant coordination and technical forums with Government, agencies and partners ensuring WFPs views are represented and for exchange of information and joint initiatives.
  •  Perform other duties as required.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 18 – 26

Additional eligibility criteria


– As this assignment is funded by KOICA, specific eligibility criteria apply.

– Candidates must be Korean nationals between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of application (the age limit shown above does not apply).

– You must be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree or have recently graduated (no longer than 12 months ago at the time of application).

– Candidates who already served on a UN Volunteer assignment funded by KOICA are not eligible.


– If you are currently enrolled in a university and have not yet obtained a university degree, indicate in the section ‘Academic qualifications’ under ‘diploma/degree obtained’ that you are still studying and towards which degree. In the ‘to’ field, enter the current date, as the system does not allow you to enter a future date. Instead of the degree certificate, upload any evidence of your enrollment, for example a transcript.

– You may apply to a maximum of three assignments and indicate the order of preference in the ‘Additional remarks’ field when filling in the application form.

– If you are above the age of 26, a notification will be displayed that you are not eligible to apply. You may ignore this and proceed with submitting your application.

– Application deadline: 26 May 2024


– Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entity in June.

– Selected candidates will be invited to attend a mandatory online preparation training on 19 and 21 August.

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Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

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Required experience

1 years of experience in or demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas:

  •  Geographic Information Systems and/or remote sensing analysis
  •  Food security and nutrition analysis
  •  Statistical analysis using modern programming tools (such as R, Phyton etc.)
  •  SQL, database design, and database packages such as SQL Server, MySQL.
  •  Business intelligence tools such as Tableau, Power BI, or others

Area(s) of expertise

Agriculture, Communication, Social work

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English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in – currently enrolled or recent graduate – in Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computer science or other relevant fields, statistics, agricultural economics, food security, nutrition or a closely related field.

Competencies and values

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Creativity, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Professionalism, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams.

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Living conditions and remarks

Ghana is a very peaceful and beautiful country with an affable citizenry. The living condition in Accra, where the assignment is based, is a family duty station and relatively good. The UNV will be responsible for arranging his or her own housing and other living essentials such as food, water, electricity, etc. Ghana is a Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) country. Regarding accommodation and food, houses and apartments can be rented from 200$ to 1000$ per month and meals at the restaurant cost between 10$ and 60$. Food, household commodities and clothing can be found in shops and local markets at reasonable prices. An entry visa is required for all travellers and must be obtained prior to arrival from an embassy. The Cedi is the local currency and according to the UN exchange rate system, a USD 1 is equivalent to 13.45 GHS in April 2024. Some commercial banks are operating in the country and Visa cards are accepted in very limited hotels.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy


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