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Anticipatory Action Specialist at WFP


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3 Year
Male, Female, Both
Master Degree


  • Organization: WFP – World Food Programme
  • Location: Kenya
  • Grade: Junior level – NO-B, National Professional Officer – Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2023-05-29


The World Food Program (WFP) is the top humanitarian agency that provides food aid in dire situations and collaborates with locals to boost nutrition and resilience. The United Nations created it in 1961 to aid in reducing global hunger. 80 nations are home to WFP offices, which have its main headquarters in Rome. The biggest humanitarian organization in the world, it is also the main supplier of school meals. In order to promote nutrition initiatives, policies, and programs, such as school meals and food fortification, WFP collaborates with governments, other UN agencies, NGOs, and the corporate sector.


The duties for Anticipatory Action Specialist at WFP are:

  • Guide ICPAC’s position on impact-based forecasting (IBF) & its use in AA systems.
  • Correspond capacity strengthening, remotely and in-country, for National Meteorological Services (NMS), National Disaster Risk Management Authorities, and technical partners to support AA system development in the region.
  • Design guidelines for IBF development for AA systems (documenting process, results, learning and turning this into guidance for use by Met Services).
  • Evolution of thresholds for various hazards and linkages with AA trigger evaluation methodology to support needed capacity strengthening of NMSs.
  • Fund joint programming of WFP and ICPAC works to advance innovative regional disaster risk management actions such as development of proposals, organizing discussion forums, among others.
  • Growth of partnerships and effective collaboration with technical partners, universities and private sector to support early warning system strengthening.
  • Help the mainstreaming of AA triggers within ICPAC systems e.g. East African Hazard Watch and Disaster Operations Centre situation room and IGAD policies to support further scale up in the region.
  • Correspond with the different science initiatives in ICPAC to support the development of AA triggers in complex settings.
  • Help the proof of multi-hazard AA triggers and thresholds for to be used in national AA Plans (AAP).
  • Help the proof of early warnings that trigger AAPs.

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The requirements for Anticipatory Action Specialist at WFP are:


Advanced university degree in Meteorology, Geography, Disaster Risk Management and Environmental Science and connected domains or First University degree with 2 additional years of related work experience.


A minimum of 3 (three) years of experienced working background in a similar role.

At least 7 (seven) years of postgraduate work experience, in progressively responsible roles in weather or climate forecast growth and application in disaster risk management, humanitarian, international development and/or public sector aid programs. (Desirable)


Working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of English. Medium knowledge (level B) of another UN official language (Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian or Chinese) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is an advantage.


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