USAID FEWS NET Logistics Assessment Specialist (Consultant) Careers – Chemonics International Inc

Organisation: Chemonics International Inc
Project: Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a leading global provider of
objective, evidence-based food security information and analysis. FEWS NET
collaborates with international, regional and national partners to provide
timely and rigorous early warning and analysis of potential, emerging, and/or
evolving food security issues in order to inform decisions and guide response.
Chemonics International Inc., based in Washington, DC, has been contracted by
USAID to manage FEWS NET technical and field activities. In an effort to
understand current and to foresee future market anomalies, the FEWS NET project
relies on a broadly defined Markets and Trade Knowledge Base, which includes
market context documents (Market Fundamentals Reports), special reports, and
databases of historical market information (including production, food balance
sheets, and prices). The Markets and Trade Knowledge Base largely serve as
baselines, against which to assess the existence and extent of market-based
anomalies that could contribute to food insecurity. Most recently, FEWS NET has
been tasked with also providing USAID with market response decision support,
including but not limited to assessing the impact of potential food assistance
programs on a given country’s local economy. Over the remainder of the current
contract, FEWS NET III plans to produce Market Fundamentals Reports for up to
10 countries, globally.
Job Summary: The Logistics Assessment Specialist (Consultant)
will be tasked with finalizing a field assessment agenda and methodological
approach, reviewing any logistics assessments in the assessment focus country
conducted in the past five to ten years, and carry out logistics capacity
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work in liaison with FEWS NET staff to
    understand USAID information needs and define assessment-specific research
  • Keenly review existing guidance and
    methodologies used to assess broadly defined logistics infrastructure
    access and capacity (including port, railway, roads, warehouses,
    waterways, depending on the context)
  • Regular review and analyze all existing
    secondary data and reports related to infrastructure access and capacity
  • Conduct regular field assessment
  • Draft sections of the Market Fundamentals
    report, with guidance from the Home Office Technical team.
  • Offer general support to the team to ensure
    the successful completion of the Market Fundamentals and market response
    analysis reports. This may involve making phone calls to set up
    interviews, data entry, as well as other forms of ad hoc logistics and
    technical support over the duration of the contract.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants should hold at least a
    Master’s Degree in Economics or a closely related field and should possess
    extensive experience in agricultural market analysis and/or food security
  • The candidates should have direct work
    experience with the implementation or research of local and regional
    procurement, cash, and voucher programming is highly desirable. (USAID
    Food for Peace, USDA, WFP, etc.)
  • Significant experience conducting external
    evaluations of food assistance programs is highly desirable.
  • Previous exposure and experience with major
    donor organizations or research institutions involved in food assistance
    or food security analysis (e.g., USAID, USDA, WFP, IFPRI, universities) is
    highly preferred.
  • Prior experience facilitating technical
    workshops and/or focus group interviews.
  • Proficiency in the assessment focus country
    official language and English is required.
  • Proven ability to work with international and
    multidisciplinary team members with minimal supervision.
  • Past professional experience in the
    assessment focus country is highly desirable.
How to Apply: 
suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs and
cover letter in English to: Please note the
position title in the subject line (Ex. “Logistics Assessment Specialist Market
Analysis Consultant”).
Deadline: 6th March, 2016

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