Iraq: Food Security Cluster Coordinator – Iraq

Organization: Food Security Cluster
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 18 Dec 2016

Contextual Overview

In June 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), together with other armed groups, attacked and seized control of Mosul and large portions of northern Iraq, including areas of Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din governorates. This has led to ongoing armed conflict, massive internal displacement, serious and systematic violations of human rights, interrupted access to basic services, and severe strain on host communities. Currently, 10 million Iraqis are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Recognising the many constraints present in Iraq, including limited funding and operational capacities, the Humanitarian Response Plan in 2016 targeted 7.3 million people for humanitarian assistance.

Assessments compiled by WFP and Food Security Cluster (FSC) partners indicated that 2.4 million people are food insecure in 2016. This figure includes IDPs living in camps, host communities, returnees to newly liberated areas, and other conflict-affected groups. The primary drivers of food insecurity are displacement and poor food access due to sporadic access to livelihoods, volatility of food prices in conflict affected areas, and inconsistent performance of the Public Distribution System (PDS). Of the 2.4 million deemed to be food insecure, 1.5 million people are considered to be the most vulnerable: noted by a significant food consumption gap or managing to achieve a minimum level of consumption only with the help of food assistance, while they engage in severe, intense, and irreversible coping strategies.

In October government security forces started an offensive to retake large swathes of the country from ISIL including Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. This has so far caused further displacement and added to the complexity of the humanitarian response throughout the country.

The National Food Security Cluster Coordinator will coordinate a strategic food response from a variety of partners that support the cluster, and ensure the leadership of the two co-lead agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme, within a diverse food security community.

The successful candidate will lead an inter-agency team in emergency food response, and must have a proven track record in demonstrating high standards of accountability, diplomacy, leadership and an ability to coordinate, negotiate, influence, and foster a collaborative spirit. The National Cluster Coordinator will represent the Food Security Cluster in Coordination mechanisms, including within the UN Humanitarian Country Team and with the Government of Iraq. She/he will advocate for mainstreaming the integration of cross-cutting issues into the work of the cluster, particularly protection, age, gender and diversity. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Lead Agency Representatives and will also keep very close contact with the Global Food Security Cluster in Rome, Italy.

Description of Duties

The role of the Food Security Cluster Coordinator, as set out in the IASC Generic Terms of Reference for Sector Leads at Country Level, is to lead and facilitate this process through:

• Engagement, establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms with all humanitarian partners on a coherent and robust humanitarian response for the food security sector- including food assistance, livelihoods/resilience programmes, and agriculture-based initiatives;

• Coordination with national/local authorities, state institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors as needed.

• Capacity building of national and international NGO partners on priority matters related to the food security response;

• Participating and supporting food security and interagency needs assessment and analysis;

• Undertaking planning and strategy development- particularly leading on the Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan- including reviews as needed;

• Advocating and fundraising on behalf of the cluster itself in addition to the sector and partners;

• Management of information management for the cluster and staff, ensuring the timely collection and dissemination of FSCL data to all stakeholders;

• Ensure that cross-sectoral issues such as gender, accountability to affected populations, and HIV are streamlined and appropriately reflected in all FSLC programmes;

The Food Security Cluster Coordinator will work impartially with all members of the Food Security Cluster and serves and represents the group as a whole, not an agency;

He or she will work closely with the UN Humanitarian/Resident Coordinator or their designated official as required and support the Representatives of both WFP and FAO on relevant issues as required.


• Has developed, or supported in the development of, complex and multi-discipline work plans to support humanitarian operations;

• Substantial experience in complex field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency situations;

• Experience of extensively analysing complex political situations, assessing risk accurately;

• Be politically agile and adaptable, managing rapport with strategic external partners and proactively identifying and seizing opportunity to constantly re-align partnership with evolving internal and external environments.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health,

Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Experience: At least ten years (of which 5 international) of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in public sector management, development projects, emergency assistance, and/or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food aid or commercial transactions, including practical experience in the design, planning, implementation and assessment of relief operations and the operational aspects of food assistance.

Knowledge: General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration- including the humanitarian architecture, IASC, and keen understanding of the role and responsibility of the FSLC in the wider humanitarian response.

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


Action Management: Develops large or complex programmes, operations, methods, procedures or policies that are innovative. Moves work forward despite changes in operational requirements, organisational priorities, etc. Solves potential problems and negative outcomes in a proactive manner, where possible.

Communication: Presents complex issues articulately, strategically and convincingly. Facilitates clear and transparent communication among the staff. Adapts the level of language and complexity of content to a wide range of audiences in internal and external environments. Disseminates pertinent information to staff in a timely and efficient manner. Creates and maintains an environment that promotes respectful communication with all individuals regardless of gender, national and cultural background.

Ethics & Values: Continually monitors and strives to have the division/office meet standards of performance. Anticipates and evaluates the broader ethical implications of decisions. Promotes a sensitivity to individuals of both genders and diverse backgrounds, nationalities and cultures. Fosters a climate of honesty, integrity and trust.

Teamwork: Fosters the sharing of information within and between teams across all stakeholders. Facilitates the enhancement of individual and team based skills and knowledge. Anticipates and takes action to mitigate potential conflict in the team. Promotes and represents the team’s work both within and outside FSLC- including state level focal points for the FSLC.

Client Orientation: Promotes the needs and expectations of clients to management and staff so that they can be better met. Consider how decisions (e.g., operational, human resources) within the division/office may impact client service. Develops new initiatives to address trends in client needs or problems. Actively promotes the services and competencies of the division/office.

Cognitive Capacity: Ensures that a sufficient amount of information is obtained to draw sound conclusions and/or make recommendations. Conducts in-depth analysis on issues or problems that are highly complex and contain multiple interdependent factors or causes. Draws solid conclusions that take into account multiple factors and their interactions. Anticipates problems or challenges in area of specialisation at the FSLC and proactively proposes solutions.

Interpersonal Relations: Ensures that a wide range of perspectives have been incorporated in work by self and others. Anticipates negative reactions of others and adapt behaviour appropriately. Manages complex interpersonal situations (e.g., group dynamics, political situations, changes).

Stamina & Stress Resistance: Reduces stress factors in the work environment where possible. Fosters a positive outlook during stressful situations or periods of heavy workload. Takes actions to alleviate stress in staff (e.g., encouraging discussions about stress). Behavioural Flexibility: Influences others to understand and respond constructively to change. Creates mechanisms for others to adapt to changing situations or priorities. Identifies priority actions in the face of uncertainty.

How to apply:

To apply please send your updated CV and motivation letter to: Deadline for submission is 18 December 2016.