Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) Consultant


Oct 4, 2019 (3 months ago) 0 Comments

Operational Context

Currently Ethiopia is home to refugees from Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Eritrea as well as from Great Lakes Countries. The first group of refugees from Somalia and Sudan arrived in Ethiopia in the 1980s fleeing from conflict in their home countries while those from Eritrea arrived in the country following the 1998 -2000 Ethio- Eritrean war.

Ethiopia continues to receive refugees from the neighbouring countries and the total number currently stands at 655,105 as of July 2019 with consequent establishment of 26 refugee camps. The main reasons for this unprecedented increase were a combination of conflict and drought-induced famine in South Central Somalia in 2011; eruption of fighting in South Sudan in 2013 and a significant increase in the rate of new arrivals of Eritrean refugees in the last couple of years.

The ultimate goal of the JAM partnership between UNHCR, ARRA and WFP is to ensure that food security and related needs of persons of concerns are adequately addressed. To this end, UNHCR, ARRA and WFP organise periodic Joint Assessment Missions (JAM) to provide objective information about the overall food security and nutrition situation of the refugees, to monitor the performance of the on-going programmes and to provide recommendations for future programming.

UNHCR is seeking the service of an experienced consultant to co-lead the Joint Assessment Mission in Ethiopia in September-December 2019, to assess the food security needs of refugees in representative camps for the 26 camps hosting refugees of South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia and Great Lakes origin and produce recommendations for the next planning period (2020-2021) in terms of food security and nutrition. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Snr. Public Health Officer, the consultant will lead the JAM with Partners, donors and other stakeholders. Technical support will be provided to the JAM consultant by UNHCR, WFP and ARRA in the relevant thematic areas in Addis Ababa as well as in the UNHCR and WFP sub-offices.

The incumbent will have the overall responsibility of co-leading the JAM with WFP and ARRA.

Main tasks will include:

  1. Preparatory work a) Conduct secondary data review and analysis; b) Summarise the actions taken following the recommendations of previous JAMs noting the differences between recommendation and implementation; c) Identify information requirements and design methodology and tools for data collection; d) Train other JAM team members on methodology and information / data to be collected; and e) Finalise the mission schedule plan and logistics arrangements (with the support of the WFP and UNHCR country teams).
  2. Field mission phase: a) co-lead and conduct data collection on the field; and b) Lead and conduct daily debriefing and data analysis sessions with team members.
  3. Analysis and Reporting a) Lead and conduct analysis of major findings, draft a report with major findings and recommendations for next planning phase 2020-2021; ; b)  Facilitate a debriefing workshop with presentation ofmajor findings and recommendations, c) elaborate a UNHCR/WFP Joint Plan of Action (JPA); c)  Circulate, receive and incorporate feedback from ARRA, WFP, UNHCR and other stakeholders and finalize the report; and d)  Facilitate the JPA workshop and finalise  the JPA for senior management approval.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree in public health, nutrition or other social science domains.
  • Fluency in oral and written English
  • Extensive knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative assessment methods,
  • Familiarity with JAM guidelines and experience in leading JAM or large qualitative assessment
  • Experience in managing Food assistance for refugees or host community
  • Knowledge of Ethiopia context and the communities hosting the refugees is desirable. 

Submission of Applications

This vacancy is open for qualified Ethiopians only.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

UNHCR is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


Applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send a motivation letter and the most recent fact sheets through the online application system. 

Candidates may be required to sit for a test. 

Due to the volume of applications only short listed candidates will be invited for interview. 


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