Food System Resilience Officer - Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Food System Resilience Officer - Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

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12 Jul 24 Jul Wageningen

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Job description

A Nairobi-based young expert in food system resilience in areas of protracted crises, who can contribute to the Food and Nutrition Security-Resilience PROgramme (FNS-REPRO) implemented by FAO and Wageningen UR in the Horn of Africa. This programme aims to contribute to resilient livelihoods and food systems, and contributions to sustainable localized peace, in selected regions of Sudan, Somaliland and South Sudan. FNS-REPRO will start in summer 2019 for 4 years.

The selected candidate is a development practitioner who has a good understanding of agriculture-based livelihoods in areas of protracted conflict, is experienced in adult learning methodologies, and has a specific interest in working in countries like Sudan, Somaliland and South Sudan. The candidate will support the management and implementation of the Learning Agenda of FNS-REPRO, which is implemented under responsibility of Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI). This learning agenda aims to reinforce field activities and facilitate improved policy and practice on food system resilience. Assignments can range from project monitoring and -reporting, to action-oriented research, capacity strengthening (including facilitating short term training), documentation of good practices, or a combination of the above. Examples of activities include support to food system analyses; moderation of communities of practice; deliver training and contribute to technical assistance to partners; organisation of exchange events, learning journeys, and strategic consultations; liaise with local partners and FAO.

Next to implementing activities, the candidate will contribute to further developing the Centre's international profile and portfolio of work in the area of food system resilience in areas of protracted crises. From the candidate's base at FAO Nairobi's office, he or she will undertake regular assignments in Sudan, Somaliland and South Sudan.


Wageningen University & Research


The Young Expert:
  • has an MSc/BSc degree in agricultural science, rural development, disaster studies or related field of study;
  • has a minimum of two years' relevant working/practical experience (in LMIC is pre);
  • is able to capture, analyse, synthesize and present data;
  • has experience with organizing learning and exchange events, and is familiar with adult learning methodologies and facilitation tools;
  • has a hands-on and flexible attitude;
  • thinks 'out of the box' and has a proven proactive approach;
  • can deliver under conditions of high work pressure and is able to meet tight deadline;
  • has a strong interest in linking theory and practice;
  • works independently and takes responsibility;
  • builds teams and the capacity of others;
  • has good interpersonal communication skills at various levels;
  • is able to apply a culturally sensitive approach;
  • is excellent in speaking and writing English;
  • is willing to live and work in Nairobi, with frequent travel to FNS-REPRO programme implementation areas in Sudan, Somaliland and South Sudan (embedded in the UN security system).
This position requires an excellent English language proficiency (a mininum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

Conditions of employment

A two-year contract of 36 hours per week. Scale 8 CAO Foundation Wageningen Research: € 2.521 gross per month (based on fulltime employment), depending on education and experience. In addition we offer a holiday allowance of 8% of the annual salary and an end of year benefit of 3%. The young expert will receive preparatory training and coaching through YEP (

In addition, we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural end-of-year bonus of 3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 171 vacation hours, the possibility to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • the possibility to work a maximum of 40 hours per week and in this way build up a maximum of 204 compensation hours per year;
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.

We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at thespecial career site.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

You will join Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (CDI). We strengthening capacities for sustainable development in support of inclusive and sustainable food systems. We do so through our unique approaches in fostering lifelong learning, guiding sector transformation, managing for impact, facilitating stakeholder collaboration and strengthening strategic leadership. A close connection between project implementation and capacity development characterises our work. In their work with clients from governments, businesses, civil society, NGOs and the academic world, our group of 50 staff connects Wageningen University & Research's knowledge and expertise with the challenges to support inclusive and sustainable food systems in low and middle income countries.


  • Research, Development, Innovation
  • Food
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • University Graduate
  • 528021


Wageningen University & Research

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