Deputy Regional Representative and Food Security Specialist

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Deputy Regional Representative and Food Security Specialist

  • Post Date:February 8, 2023
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  • Career Level Specialist
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 15+ Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Chemonics seeks a Southern Africa Deputy Regional Representative and Regional Food Security Specialist for the USAID Famine Early Warning Systems Network Project. FEWS NET is an integrated set of activities funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is intended to provide timely, accurate, evidence-based, and transparent food security early warning information and analysis. The deputy regional representative (DRR) designation is provided to a regional food security specialist (RFSS) who serves in a deputy capacity to the RR. The DRR‐RFSS is a member of the regional technical team who is a generalist in food security analysis or who specializes in one of the following technical fields:

  • Livelihoods
  • Markets and Trade
  • Nutrition

This position is based in Harare, Zimbabwe; however, the DRR-RFSS position may be based in another country within the Southern Africa region where FEWS NET has an operational presence at the discretion of the FEWS NET EWT.

Chemonics International Inc. is a US-based international development consulting company, operating in over 95 countries. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.


  • Providing representational leadership at the regional‐ and country‐levels, including collaboration with key regional and international partners in acute food insecurity monitoring and analysis in the region, as well as providing strategic direction to FEWS NET EWT project offices related to collaborations with country‐level partners
  • Working with USAID Missions in the region to support broad acute food insecurity analysis and early warning efforts
  • Providing strategic leadership in the planning and executing of technical activities in the region, including: early warning analysis, livelihoods and vulnerability assessments, monitoring tools and methods development, capacity strengthening, markets and trade and other sector‐specific analysis, and network development/strengthening
  • Developing and implementing regional and country office work plans
  • Assisting the RR in the management, coaching, and professional development of technical and administrative/operational colleagues across the region
  • Ensuring the implementation of strategic and prospective considerations, as well as reporting major developments and trends in the medium‐ and long‐term in the countries of the region, based on regional objectives for food security
  • Carrying out technical and management functions of the regional office, as assigned


  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is required; other local language skills relevant to the region are desirable
  • Bachelor’s degree in a discipline relevant to the work of FEWS NET, such as economics, agricultural economics, agronomy, nutrition, climatology, anthropology, or social geography is required; advanced university degree (Master’s degree or higher) is desirable
  • At least six years of relevant experience (with PhD), ten years of relevant experience (with Master’s degree), or 15 years of relevant experience (with Bachelor’s degree) is required
  • Relevant experience includes working on food security information systems, food security analysis, early warning, or other related fields; experience working with UN agencies and/or NGOs is desirable
  • Must be currently serving as a regional food security specialist
  • Previous experience with the IPC or CH is desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively conduct assessments, focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and analyze information from relevant sectors using both qualitative and quantitative methods is required
  • Demonstrated leadership capacities and an ability to work independently, when necessary is required, as are strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and report‐writing skills are required
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required, including demonstrated ability to coordinate productively with diverse partner stakeholders (e.g., UN, non‐governmental organizations, host government entities) and multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, and to work effectively with remote‐based colleagues.
  • Excellent computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) are required; ability to effectively use statistical software packages and/or GIS applications is desirable
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

Application instructions:

All application materials, including responses to the general information form, CVs, and cover letters, should be provided in English. To apply click this Link. The Southern Africa Deputy Regional Representative and Regional Food Security Specialist position will remain open for applications through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 10, 2023. A full scope of work for this position and application information can be found at No telephone inquiries. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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