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Sub-national Food Security Sector Coordinator (CST 1), Qamishly, Syria
World Food Programme (WFP)
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Close on 30 Sep 2021
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Job Description


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


All applications should be received no later than Thursday 30th September 2021


Eligibility: Non-Syrian nationals

Type of Contract: International Consultant (CST Level 1)

Contract Duration: 11 months

Duty Station: Qamishly, Syria

Number of employees required: 1


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetime. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. In 2020, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to fight hunger globally, including its work during the coronavirus pandemic.

In Syria, WFP provides food assistance to more than 4.6 million people each month. This includes families who require emergency assistance when affected by conflict and displacement and also those who need help to improve their nutrition and food security. WFP supports children across Syria with healthy meals and snacks at school, mothers with nutritious diets, and families and communities with sustainable livelihood projects.



The Sub-national Food Security Sector Coordinator will work in collaboration with the Food Security Sector Coordinator to report all sectoral coordination requirenments from Qamishly hub, as well as widely liaise with partners to ensure inputs for all coordination purposes are met.

This post is based in Qamishly, Syria and will work under the direct supervision of the Food Security Sector Coordinator in Damascus, Syria.


The Sub-national Food Security Sector Coordinator plays a vital role in ensuring timely, coherent and effective food security interventions by mobilizing and supporting stakeholders to deliver a coordinated and strategic response to a humanitarian crisis. The person will lead food security coordination efforts along with the support team. The overall objective of this position is to strengthen the sub-national Food Security Sector coordination and to support partners responding in North East Syria through follow up, meetings and other coordination tasks required

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within delegated authority, the Sub-national Food Security Sector coordinator will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Establishing and maintaining the sub-national Food Security Sector in Qamishly: actively ensuring membership and engagement of key partners at sub-national level, organizing regular sector meetings, and ensuring overall coordination of the food response in an emergency.
  • Ensure monitoring of the Food Security response (for both quantitative and qualitative aspects), and reporting on its implementation
  • Ensure timely, inclusive and regular information sharing and discussion with sub-national sector partners through various modalities including sub-national sector meetings, email dissemination of cluster products (dashboards, maps, assessments, etc.)
  • Facilitating and supporting needs assessments such as FSLA/FSA /CFSAM/OMI/HNO and JMF, etc, and actively promoting the analysis and utilization of this information for decision-making
  • Contributing to national level contingency planning and coordinating sector-wide emergency preparedness and response
  • Ensuring the development of regular food security reports (Sitreps, Bulletins, newsletters, etc.)
  • Undertaking advocacy and resource mobilization on behalf of the sub-national FS partners in a neutral and impartial manner.
  • Facilitating a timely, coherent effective and coordinated food security response by mobilizing stakeholders in a strategic manner
  • Enhancing coordination in Qamishly and North East Syria, through the reinforcement of linkages and synergies between relevant food security actors as well as between humanitarian and development partners
  • Ensuring that food security is appropriately represented in the overall humanitarian response in Qamishly
  • Supporting service delivery
  • Informing strategic decisions of the Food Security Sector Coordinator
  • Coordinating and Planning sub-national sector strategies, including contingency planning and preparedness
  • Monitoring and Evaluating sub-national Sector performance
  • Building national and FSC members capacity in relevant areas
  • Supporting advocacy for food security needs
  • Accountability to affected people
  • Any other duties assigned


Education: Advanced University degree in International Relations, Public Relations, Agriculture, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses

Experience: At least 3 years of progressive postgraduate professional experience in humanitarian strategies and coordination preferably at International level. Knowledge of and experience in sector coordination in North East Syria desirable.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Working knowledge of Arabic desirable


  • Knowledge of coordination mechanisms preferably in North East Syria and Qamishly hub.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including substantive analysis and report writing skills.
  • Leadership skills and excellent inter personal skill.
  • In-depth understanding of WFP program, objectives and strategic priorities.
  • Ability to establish priorities, plan, coordinate and organise own work plan
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills
  • Great team player who can work with minimum supervision.


The contract offered provides a competitive base salary and favorable conditions such as medical insurance, flexible working arrangements, Rest & Recuperation and Danger Pay allowance currently in place at the Duty station.



  • Please upload your professional CV in English in PDF format making sure to include the following in your Work Experience:
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    • Exact Position Title and grade (If UN, state exact grade and level)
    • Contract type: part-time, full-time, volunteer, consultant, or freelancer. (If UN, state exact contract modality)
    • Start and End date of Employment for each position: From (dd/mm/yyyy) to (dd/mm/yyyy)
    • Responsibilities: Main responsibilities that highlight your gained skills and experience
  • Proof of your work experience will be required in the final stage of recruitment.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be invited to the next stage of the selection process.
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Qualified female candidates 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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