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Chemonics seeks a food security analyst (FSA) for the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) Early Warning Team (EWT). This position is part of the Decision Support Group (DSG), a unit within the Washington DC-based FEWS NET team.

The FSAs work closely with other FEWS NET EWT colleagues in the home, regional, and field offices to accomplish the DSG’s two primary objectives: 1) facilitate the development and communication of timely, high-quality, actionable decision support at the country, regional, and global levels and 2) build FEWS NET staff and partners’ food security analysis and strategic communications capacity. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is an integrated set of activities funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is intended to provide timely, accurate, evidence-based, and transparent food security early warning information and analysis.


Created in 1985 in response to famines in East and West Africa, FEWS NET provides global coverage through a mix of presence and remote monitoring. Chemonics houses FEWS NET’s Early Warning Team (EWT), a team charged with integrated emergency food insecurity analysis through a Washington-based technical office and more than 20 field offices.

Integrate market and trade, nutrition, livelihoods, and other food-security analysis for the development of regular, high-quality, integrated early-warning information products

Technically and editorially review field-authored regular and ad hoc food security reporting

Contribute to the development of the monthly Food Assistance Outlook Brief for USAID/Washington staff


Develop and present technical briefings to USG staff and other partners, as requested

Lead or otherwise support the development of special technical reports

Conduct field visits to support assessments and technical analysis

Respond to ad hoc requests for food security and response planning analysis and other support for response and contingency planning processes

Play a lead role in developing analytical and decision-support strategies to effectively develop and communicate pertinent information to decision-makers when potential or ongoing food security crises are identified

Provide technical assistance on complex subject matter to strengthen data collection, analysis, and information dissemination capacities

Provide relevant technical and geographic guidance in their areas of expertise (e.g., agricultural economics, livelihoods, nutrition, pastoralism/ livestock)

Lead/contribute to the development and implementation of guidance materials in the areas of early warning, decision support, and reporting

Support activities to enhance project representatives’ and partners’ understanding of food security early warning and decision support processes.

Qualifications for Food security analyst

A 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 is required

At least two years of relevant experience (with PhD), four years of relevant experience (with a Master’s degree), or six years of relevant experience (with a Bachelor’s degree) is 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 is desirable

Previous experience living and working in a region or country in which FEWS NET project staff work is desirable

Experience using large datasets to analyze trends through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods is desirable

Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well with field-based, local staff via telephone, e-mail, and other remote means is required

Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills are required

Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft office suite, are required; Adobe Creative Suite  and database management skills are desirable

Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS mapping and statistical software is desirable

Familiarity with the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) and/or Cadre Harmonisé (CH) is desirable

Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

Ability to travel domestically and internationally, security permitting

‘Fluency in English is required; French and/or Spanish language skills are highly preferred

Apply by May 29, 2022. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

Chemonics will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by Chemonics, or (c) consistent with Chemonics legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

COVID-19 Recruitment Information

Chemonics International is monitoring COVID-19 activity around the world. The health and well-being of our staff are of the utmost importance to us, and we continue to hire for all open roles with interviewing and onboarding is done virtually. Our new hires and current staff working from our Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, and London offices will temporarily work from home until it is safe to return to our offices.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Chemonics requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated.


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