Data and Information Management Consultant – World Food Programme


DFID and Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) have requested WFP to provide services to SADC in order to implement the regional vulnerability assessment and analysis (RVAA) Strategic Plan 2017-2021. The five-year project was approved by DFID/SDC and SADC in April 2017. WFP will provide technical assistance to VAA in SADC and Member States (MS) to achieve the following outcomes: 1) Regional VAC structures strengthened and incorporated into SADC administrative and financial structures; 2) VAA approaches and methods strengthened, harmonised and integrated; 3) RVAA information products visible, accessible and influential to regional and national policies, strategies and programmes; 4) Enhanced regional learning, innovation and resilience building.

The overall objective of the technical service provision over the next 2-3 years is to: 1) Strengthen the technical capacity of VACs to broaden/integrate complex and emerging issues into the VAA (chronic vulnerability, poverty and resilience) and 2) add value to VAA by increasing technical rigor, coordination, quality and comparability of the analysis. In the longer term and by 2021, the programme seeks to contribute to the institutionalisation of the RVAC and NVAC system resources, and capacity to integrate various VAA tools and approaches for national planning processes and programme responses.


Under the overall supervision of the SADC DRR Senior Programme Officer and the direct supervision of the Technical Services Manager the Data and Information Management Officer will be responsible for the coordination and provision of technical services on data and information management in support to VAA and more specifically to National Vulnerability Assessment Committees (NVACs) in all 15 SADC countries. He/she will work closely with the SADC DRR Information Management Programme Officer in the DRR Unit and Agriculture Information Systems Programme Officer in the Food and Agriculture Natural Resources (FANR) Directorate.


The Data and Information Management Officer will report to the Technical Services Manager (TSM) with overall accountability to the SADC SPO DRR.


  1. Provide support towards development of Knowledge Management (database), spreadsheets and other tools at SADC and MS levels.
  2. Provide and coordinate short term Information Technology (IT) support to all SADC Member States (NVACs) on enhancing database systems.
  3. Support production of high quality data that informs humanitarian and climate resilient livelihoods by improving VAA survey protocols, ensuring consistency and comparability and conducting high end data mining and visualization.
  4. Work with NVACs on the development and organisation of tools for data capture, management, analysis and modelling according to MS needs and priorities.
  5. Support and guide NVACS on innovations and technology that support data collection and analysis such as Open Data Kit (ODK), Geographic Information System (GIS) and mapping and related data science modelling approaches.
  6. Deliver training to NVACs on GIS, data management and modelling techniques and approaches and related hardware and software issues.
  7. Provide overall support to integrated analysis and reporting through use of charts, infographics and other graphical products.
  8. Promote and facilitate discussions on minimum set of standardised data against which NVACs can report as well as data harmonization in the region.
  9. Provide support to the development of advocacy materials including reports, posters, presentations and other visual materials at SADC and MS levels.
  10. Support and maintain a repository of spatial data and ensure that the data are documented and accessible to relevant users through local and online services.
  11. Consolidate NVAC reports and create a regional archive of various VAA products (annual synthesis reports, technical reports, guidance documents and studies) for easy retrieval.
  12. Explore and evaluate the possibility of the use of online data-sharing tools using application programme interfaces (API).
  13. Manage and monitor content of the SADC webpage including overall quality control and ensuring content is current, comprehensive and follows relevant metadata standards.


Advanced university degree in Data Science, Statistics, Social Sciences, Economics, Geography, Information Management, or related field.


6-10 years of relevant experience in information management, information systems, web management, high-end data science tools, data management GIS and mapping, data visualization, remote sensing or other appropriate packages.

Knowledge & Skills:

Proven experience working in a busy analytical environment and handling large datasets and complex analysis. Strong written and oral communication skills, including substantive analysis and report writing skills. Experience in working with teams and team processes. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-ethic environments.


Fluency in English required. Fluency in Portuguese and French is an added advantage.


Interested individuals meeting the above requirements are requested to apply on the WFP Career Website using the following link: Please search for the position title: National Programmme Officer NOC , Johannesburg, requisition no: 59401

This is an 11 Months consultancy