World Food Programme – Data Assurance Advisor.

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WFP is currently seeking to fill the position of Data Assurance Advisor ( Special Service Agreement-SSA11 Equivalent to NOD)


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The Regional Bureau for East and Central Africa provides strategic guidance, technical support and direction to WFP country operations across the region. 

WFP is the biggest humanitarian cash practitioner with an estimated 8% of total cash transferred to vulnerable people by humanitarian actors. Cash-based transfers (CBT) represent an increasing share of WFP’s total humanitarian assistance: 37% in 2020 translating into US$2.1 billion of purchasing power to 27 million people in 68 countries, empowering them to meet their essential needs, of which food security and nutrition are core. Globally, three major trends are materializing: i) unrestricting cash transfers, ii) adoption of the Essential Needs approach and iii) digitalization of the assistance.

In RBN region, cash-based transfers represent an increasing share of WFP’s total humanitarian assistance: 23 % in 2020, which translate into USD 372 million of purchasing power transferred to 6.1 million beneficiaries.

During the past five years, all RBN countries with food assistance delivery operations have embarked on their own distinct CBT journeys, with the scale, level of sophistication and systemic approach to CBT varying across the 9 countries.


To improve data assurance for WFP programmes in East and Central Africa region


       Education: Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Economic, Business or Computer Science.

  • Working Experience: At least 10 years (of which three international) of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in IT/technology and/or data analytics. Progressively responsible support work experience with government on technological solutions will be an added advantage.  
  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written English. Intermediate knowledge of other UN languages would be an advantage.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

You will:

  • Advise RBN senior management on Cash-based transfers (CBT) assurance needs, challenges and risks across the RBN region, and propose cross-functional initiatives to enhance Cash-based transfers (CBT) assurance
  • Lead the alignment of Cash-based transfers (CBT) assurance needs between technology (TEC) and Cash-based transfers (CBT) business units at the Regional Bureau level.
  • Establish processes/working agreements between technology (TEC) and Cash-based transfers (CBT) business units to improve the oversight from business units over beneficiary information management and transfer management platforms (such as SCOPE) so that processes and systems are in line with what is operationally needed across the region, both at Regional Bureau and Country Office levels (the latter as needed).
  • Establish new mechanisms and implement them at Regional Bureau and Country Office level so that issues encountered in the field in relation to beneficiary information management and transfer management platforms are also communicated to relevant HQ units so that systems can be realigned as needed.
  • Map and monitor usage of IT solutions contributing to Cash-based transfers (CBT) assurance at CO level in collaboration with TEC and other Cash-based transfers (CBT) business units. Develop an understanding of how their functional data layers (people, processes and technology) are structured and take responsibility for disseminating and ensuring wider uptake of best practices, appropriate to context.


  • Proactively support Country Office in planning, designing and implementing improvements to their functional data layers and for context appropriate Cash-based transfers (CBT) data assurance.
  • Lead on strategy development for functional data layers that fit the local partnership context by combining experience of functional data layers within the region with experience of Cash-based transfers (CBT) data assurance through government partnerships worldwide (including where WFP delivers through government social protection systems).
  • Partner effectively with HQ units working on the same to provide concrete guidance and leadership on data assurance issues.
  • Collate best practices on data governance around externally sourced Cash-based transfers (CBT) data (UNHCR, governments, other partners and service providers). Share these best practices across Countries
  •  Plan and lead the effort to support Country Officers with adopting Cash-based transfers (CBT) data governance best practices in collaboration with HQ teams and relevant Country Office teams


  • Take responsibility for improving assurance knowledge management across the region and improve knowledge sharing between Country Offices, particularly when it comes to analyses developed for specific Cash-based transfers (CBT) operations.
  • Identify how good practices around Cash-based transfers (CBT) data assurance can be used beyond Cash-based transfers (CBT), for other types of assistance provided by WFP.
  • Advise on the need for, and support the development of, functional training to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partners for improved assurance.
  • Ensure that WFP’s data assurance practices in the region are aligned with WFP’s personal data protection policy and make recommendations for adjustments, as needed.
  • Represent WFP at international meetings and conferences, to enhance WFP’s leadership status, gather and share best practice, and propose new approaches to improve data assurance service delivery.
  • Advocate for incorporating gender and protection perspectives into all areas of assurance work in the RBN region and advise on specific strategies to achieve this, in line with WFP Gender and Protection policies.
  • Perform other tasks and responsibilities as requested by the supervisor.



    Type of Contract:

Special Service Agreement SSA11-equivalent to NOD .

    Duty Station:

Nairobi Regional Bureau, Kenya

    Contract Duration: 

4 Months



19th October 2021

Only Shortlisted Candidates will be contacted

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.





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