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Gender and Food Security Measurement/Assessment Specialist – CARE

CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and fight with CARE.

The Integrated Food Security and Nutrition Phase Classification (IPC) or Cadre Harmonisé (CH) in French, is internationally recognized as a best practice in the classification of acute food insecurity (AFI) and acute malnutrition (AMN). The IPC/CH is a set of analytical tools and protocols to analyze and classify acute and chronic food insecurity and acute malnutrition linked to international standards. The IPC/CH aims to inform decision-makers on food insecurity severity, how many people are food insecure, where they are, and why they are food insecure.

CARE International is one of the founding partners of IPC/CH and has been active in its development since 2007 and is represented at all levels: global Technical Advisory Group (TAG), Food Security Working Group (FSWG), Nutrition Working Group (NWG), and the Steering Committee (SC). The global IPC/CH Community is learning from its work and protocols, and continually striving to cover any identify gaps. IPC Manual 3.1 refers to gender and encourages analysts to take gender into account when assessing e.g., if certain population or household groups have specific vulnerability factors that make them more prone to food insecurity. More detailed guidance on gender-specific analysis has not, however, been developed for IPC/CH purposes except for a short note that serves as a basis for the gender analysis session of the IPC/CH Acute Food Insecurity Level 2 training. As such, one such gaps that has been collectively identified is lack of Gender and Food Security Measurement/Assessment tools and protocols in the IPC.

There are at least three (3) main reasons for this gap. First, basic IPC/CH analysis unit is a household, and analyses are done on groups of households classified in different Phases in each area, whereas gender-based analyses typically focus on individuals or groups of individuals (women, disabled, elderly etc.). Second, most outcome indicators on food consumption and livelihood change are similarly collected households, instead of individuals. Some exceptions, such as Women’s Dietary Diversity Score (WDDS) and Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES), exist, but WDDS is included in the IPC Chronic Food Insecurity Scale (not in the IPC Acute Food Insecurity Scale) and FIES is typically collected on households rather than on individuals. Finally, whereas the topic of gender-based analysis has been frequently raised at global level, at country level IPC Technical Working Groups (TWGs) have not highlighted the need for gender-based analysis. However, this does not necessarily reflect the true situation on the ground: some discussions and messages received indicate that country TWGs would in fact be interested in conducting gender-based analysis if they were better aware of the options available within the IPC protocols.

To contribute to filling of this gap, CARE with close collaboration with its IPC/CH partners such as Oxfam and FAO, is interested in undertaking a pilot study on Gender and Food Security Measurement/Assessment in at least two (2) countries in complex humanitarian emergencies. As a result, CARE is looking for a Gender and Food Security Measurement/Assessment Specialist (GFAS). The GFAS is expected to lead the collection, processing, analysis, writing, and dissemination of evidence on gender inequalities that affect food insecurity and possibly impact women and girls differently and disproportionately. The GFAS will work in close collaboration with our other technical advisors such as our Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA), Food Security and Livelihoods, Nutrition, IPC Advisors, Regional and Country Offices teams, plus our global IPC partners, especially FAO. The GFAS is expected to lead and have hands-on experience and expertise on different gender and food security measurement, assessment, and analysis frameworks, standards, tools, and methodologies; especially measurements geared towards understanding food insecurity at the individual levels, instead of at household level. The GFAS will report to the Senior Technical Advisor (SNA) for FSNL and member of CARE’s IPC TAG.


  • Lead the collection, processing, and analysis for IPC/CH, Food Security, and Gender Study (60%).
  • Coordinate with Humanitarian Dept, COs, FSNL and RGA experts and IPC partners such Oxfam and FAO (20%).
  • Draft, write, finalize, and dissemination report to stakeholders (20%).


  • Between 5 and 10 years of humanitarian work experience with specific focus on measurement, assessment, and analysis of acute food insecurity, and/or acute malnutrition.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in assessment, analysis, and/or measurement of acute food insecurity and acute malnutrition; especially within a complex humanitarian settings.
  • Practical experience with data analysis software and tools such as STATA, R, SPSS, SAS, GEODA, Python etc.
  • Excellent research and report writing skills.
  • Strong oral communications skills and ability to present complex material clearly, concisely, and convincingly
  • Exceptional coordination and interpersonal skills.

Preferred locations: Uganda or Somalia.

The successful candidate will remain to be based in her/his country (where CARE US operates/is registered), will be places on a national contract and paid in applicable national currency.

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