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Food Security Sector Coordinator, CST-II, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2023


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Job Title: Food Security Sector Coordinator
Grade: CST-II
Type of contract: Regular Consultancy
No. of Position: 01
Duration: 11 months
Duty Station: Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Date of Publication: 21 May 2023
Deadline of Application: 03 June 2023
This vacancy announcement is not for Bangladeshi nationals.


Under the overall supervision of WFP Country Representatives in Bangladesh, and direct supervision of the Head of the Area office, the incumbent will work as Food Security Sector Coordinator. The incumbent will work in close liaison with the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) in Rome, as well as with the technical support of the FSC cluster coordinator, FSS members in Cox’s Bazaar ensuring adequate coordination of all activities undertaken by the FSS in Cox’s Bazaar. The objective of the Food Security Sector Coordinator is to ensure a timely, coherent and effective food security response by mobilizing stakeholders to respond in a strategic manner to a humanitarian crisis.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The role of the Food Security Sector Coordinator, as set out in the IASC Generic Terms of Reference for Sector Leads at Cox’s Bazaar district level, is to lead and facilitate this process through:

  • Engagement, establishment, and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms with all humanitarian partners on a coherent and robust humanitarian response for the food security sector;
  • Coordination with national/local authorities (RRRC, DC, UNOs), state institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors as needed;
  • Provide leadership in the organisation of food security sector and Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting including Livelihoods WG, Energy and Environment WG and Entitlement Transfer WG.
  • Capacity building of FSS members (UN agencies, national and international NGO) partners on priority matters related to the food security response;
  • Participating and supporting food security and interagency needs assessment and analysis;
  • Undertaking planning and strategy development particularly leading on the Humanitarian Needs overview and Humanitarian/Joint Response Plan - including project proposals reviews as needed;
  • Advocacy and fundraising on behalf of the sector and partners and for the FSS coordination team;
  • Management of information for the sector and staff, ensuring the timely collection and dissemination of FSS data to all stakeholders (supervision of IMO);
  • Ensure that cross-sectoral issues such as protection, gender, age, early recovery, environment, accountability to affected populations, protection, and HIV & AIDS are mainstreamed and appropriately reflected in all FSS programmes;
  • Participate in any relevant meetings on information management, cash working group and needs assessment.
  • Provision of assistance or services as a last resort subject to access, security and availability of funds.
  • Provide any other relevant duties as regards food security sector coordination and/or assigned by the supervisor.
  • Work closely with VAM Unit and FSS members for need assessment, monitoring, etc.
  • Liaise with FSC coordinator based in Dhaka and ensure that the national FSC is update on the coordination issues at Cox’s Bazar level.
  • Perform any other duty related to gFSC as required on relevant issues.
  • S/he will work closely with the Emergency Coordinator and Deputy Emergency Coordinator for Programme in WFP Cox’s Bazar as well as the National Information Management Officer and will work impartially with all members of the Food Security Sector in Cox’s Bazaar, serving and representing the group as a whole, not an agency.


  • Maintaining a functioning sector coordination (e.g. organization of FSS and TWG meetings, mailing lists, contacts, etc.)
  • Maintaining a regular system of information gathering (4Ws, etc.) and information dissemination (FSS bulletin, dashboard, ISCG documents, etc.)
  • Maintaining a regular monitoring of FS activities on the field
  • End of assignment report


Education: Advance University degree in food security, economics, politics, international relations or related field. Global Food Security Cluster training attendance is an advantage.

Experience: At least 8 years of professional experience in humanitarian response.

• Experience in the food security sector/cluster.

• Strong Experience in emergency and with influx of refugee.

Languages: English (written, spoken): proficiency

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Demonstrated communication and conflict resolution skills, as well as ability to work in a multi-cultural environment while responding to tight deadlines with resource constraints.
  • Demonstrated understanding of refugee crisis and needs especially in a refugee camps context
  • Strong understanding of the international humanitarian response architecture, including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform and action, and funding mechanisms.
  • Experience of coordination an communication with officials (government, army, etc.)
  • Experience on chairing meetings, prepare emergency meetings, discussion and action oriented consensus;
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders, develop consensus, and support joint working.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both verbal and written.


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    WFP provides life-saving assistance to more than 850,000 Rohingya refugees and over 300,000 most vulnerable households in the local communities. WFP implements a range of programmes including integrated food and nutrition assistance, school feeding activities, emergency preparedness, and tailored livelihoods programme to support the most vulnerable population.

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