Hungary: USPSC Senior Regional Food Security Advisor

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Hungary
Closing date: 23 Jul 2018

The United States Government (USG) has allocated significant humanitarian assistance resources to the Middle East region, providing nearly $850 million to partners in FY 2017. FFP has been responding to emergency food needs in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen through United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organizations (NGO) partners. FFP assistance in the Middle East includes U.S. in-kind food aid, food vouchers, cash for food, funding for local and regional food procurement, and resources for coordination and treatment for malnutrition.

FFP also serves as a leading responder to food insecurity in Europe. FFP support to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) provides emergency food assistance to conflict-affected individuals through food vouchers and cash transfers for food to Ukraine’s most food-insecure populations.
During 2018, FFP will continue to play a major role in supporting emergency food programs in the Middle East Region, the Syria crisis, in Syria and in neighboring countries, including Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt. The Senior Regional Food Security Advisor will serve as an emergency food assistance officer and will be based in Budapest with travel throughout the region.

The Senior Regional Food Security Advisor will manage, monitor, and report on FFP’s food assistance programs for the Middle East and Ukraine. The incumbent may thus be required to travel to neighboring countries, including Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt, to attend to FFP funded activities, subject to approvals from U.S. Embassies and USAID missions, and in coordination with the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).

The incumbent will ensure the effective management of FFP resources provided for the Middle East and Europe portfolio. The Senior Regional Food Security Advisor will be responsible for a complex portfolio requiring oversight of multiple, concurrent humanitarian crises. Working jointly with OFDA’s Regional Advisors, the incumbent will provide programmatic support, oversight, and monitoring for FFP food assistance programs in the region, including potential deployments as needed in response to new events, either jointly with OFDA or separately. The incumbent will coordinate closely with the regional OFDA team based in Budapest, as well as FFP Officers working on crises in the region. The full range of specific duties, some of which are in direct support of FFP-funded programs and some in support of general FFP office responsibilities, will include the following:

At the GS-13 Equivalent Level:

  • Serve as a point of contact for NGOs and Public International Organizations (PIOs), such as WFP and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) implementing FFP-funded programs, U.S. Government representatives, and others on FFP food security issues in the Middle East Region;
  • Analyze and assess data from a variety of sources- including field assessments, technical data, early warning information, and reporting from USAID field staff, NGOs, and PIOs to recommend appropriate food assistance responses;
  • Monitor and report on implementation of ongoing FFP-funded programs, including progress and problems encountered by grantees, as well as commodity management, including following up with cooperating sponsors;
  • Advise and guide FFP-funded implementing partners on interpretation and execution of FFP-funded food assistance regulations, policies, and procedures;
  • Report on all food security issues, to include changes in the food security situation and food assistance requirements, government policies and actions affecting food assistance programs, government food assistance programs, and donor pledges and programs;
  • As the FFP expert, coordinate responses and programs with OFDA, other humanitarian actors, Missions, Embassies, host governments, NGOs, PIOs, and donors; and
  • Serve as a food assistance expert, working with other USG agencies and other donors to promote integration of food assistance with other programs to increase the effectiveness of the programs overall. At the GS-14 Equivalent Level:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for NGOs and PIOs, such as WFP and UNICEF implementing FFP-funded programs, USG representatives, and others on FFP food security issues in the Middle East and Europe regions;

  • Provide policy recommendations related to implementation of emergency programs carried out by PIOs and NGOs;

  • Analyze and assess data from a variety of sources- including field assessments, technical data, early warning information, and reporting from USAID field staff, NGOs, and PIOs- to recommend appropriate food assistance responses;

  • Monitor and report on implementation of ongoing FFP-funded programs, including progress and problems encountered by grantees, as well as commodity management, including following up with cooperating sponsors on the status of lost claims;

  • Advise and guide FFP-funded implementing partners on interpretation and execution of FFP-funded food assistance regulations, policies, and procedures;

  • Report on all food security issues, to include changes in the food security situation and food assistance requirements, government policies and actions affecting food assistance programs, government food assistance programs, and donor pledges and programs;

  • As the FFP expert, coordinate with the country team (consisting of the USAID Mission, U.S. Embassy, and/or other USG in-country staff), host government, NGOs, PIOs, and donors on other issues that may directly impact food assistance funding decisions;

  • Undertake and report on assessments to inform FFP food assistance funding decisions or modifications to ongoing programs;

  • Provide direction to NGOs on requirements for preparation of work-plans and program modifications and to PIOs on new appeals or revisions to existing ones;

  • Serve as the food assistance exert, working with other USG agencies and other donors to promote integration of food assistance with other programs to increase the effectiveness of the programs overall;

  • As needed, serve on short-term assignments with other USAID offices or bureaus in direct support of FFP programs. These placements shall not exceed three months; and

  • Supervise other FFP staff based in Hungary as needed.

How to apply:

Please refer to ffpjobs.com for the official solicitation with complete information on the position’s requirements and instructions on applying, and for the 302-3 form.

Applications must be received by the closing date and time at ffprecruitmentteam@usaid.gov, the email address specified in the cover letter of the solicitation.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

1. Complete, current resume. See cover page of the solicitation for resume requirements.

2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

3. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number and the position you are applying for on your application, and as the subject line in any email.

FFP PSC Recruitment Team, e-mail address: ffprecruitmentteam@usaid.gov

Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications.

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to FFP PSC Recruitment Team via the information provided above. Further guidance on applying, including the detailed solicitation, a sample resume and the AID 302-3 form can all be found at www.ffpjobs.com.

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