Technical methods and analysis specialist | Washington, D.C. | 2020

  • Posted on 2 June 2020

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a technical methods and analysis specialist to support and enhance collaboration between partner food-security agencies across the globe and other entities by collaboratively engaging in activities to strengthen food security–focused technical methods and analysis that reinforce FEWS NET and key partner efforts. Duties include developing and implementing efforts to refine and/or test new data-collection and analysis methods; designing, developing, and enhancing the roll-out of food security analysis protocols, guidance, and/or associated training modules; and helping identify and implement joint stakeholder visits to key geographies. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative, and professional relations, both formal and informal, with USAID, the U.S. embassy, and other foreign mission and embassy counterparts in Rome and across Europe, as well as with country and regionally based UN agencies, government bodies, and key national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to facilitate technical exchanges, enhance the quality and impact of technical methods and analyses, and address challenges
  • Lead joint drafting, vetting, and/or refinement and implementation of select guidance, training modules, and/or other analysis tools in support of IPC and other technical development efforts to enhance food-security analyses. Illustrative topics include integrating qualitative and quantitative information, developing scenarios for projections, incorporating household economy analysis data and information, contributing to retrospective analyses, and participating in select other quality assurance efforts.
  • Serve as a resource to key partners on FEWS NET’s technical methods and analytical approaches and exchanging with partners to understand their methods and approaches to develop enhancements
  • Lead the FEWS NET Early Warning Team’s participation in the Global Report on Food Crises and serve as the main Early Warning Team contact for other relevant initiatives
  • Support the FEWS NET Early Warning Team’s organization and implementation of FSIN-led joint stakeholder visits to key geographies where food security analysis efforts are significantly constrained due to political, technical, environmental, or other factors


  • Bachelor’s degree in a discipline relevant to the work of FEWS NET, such as economics, agricultural economics, agronomy, nutrition, climatology, anthropology, or social geography required; advanced degree preferred
  • At least two years of relevant experience (with Ph.D.), four years of relevant experience (with master’s degree), or six years of relevant experience (with bachelor’s degree) required. Relevant experience includes working on food-security information systems, food-security analysis, early warning, or other related fields; experience working with UN agencies and/or NGOs preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively conduct assessments, focus-group discussions, key informant interviews, and analyze information from relevant sectors using both qualitative and quantitative methods required
  • Demonstrated analytical and report-writing skills required
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required, including demonstrated ability to coordinate productively with diverse partner stakeholders (e.g., UN, non-governmental organizations, host-government entities) and multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, and to work effectively with remote-based colleagues
  • Excellent computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required; ability to effectively use statistical software packages and/or GIS applications desirable
  • Significant previous experience applying household economy analysis methods for food-security analysis required
  • Significant previous experience supporting IPC and Cadre Harmonisé analyses required
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; fluency in French, Spanish, or Arabic highly preferred; proficiency in Italian preferred

Application instructions:

Please submit your application including a copy of your CV and cover letter at or no later than June 8, 2020. No telephone inquiries, please. Only finalists will be contacted.

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About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

Chemonics International is a leading international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. with more than 40 years of experience implementing programs around the world.

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