Back Reports Officer (Annual Country Reports Analyst) Consultant, (6 months) Johannesburg, South Africa


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year. The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance and providing technical support to 12 Southern Africa countries including, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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From its base in Johannesburg, the Regional Bureau for Southern Africa (RBJ) currently supports operations in 12 countries (Angola, DRC, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, RoC, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe), reaching more than 10 million people with food assistance.

The Communications and Reports Unit of the Regional Bureau is responsible for corporate reporting, producing internal and external communication material, providing support to country offices and coordinating activities to meet set requirements.

The Annual Country Report (ACR) is WFP’s main external product to inform its donors on performance, resources spent and the results achieved during the reporting year. It is a key corporate tool used to improve results monitoring and reporting for corporate accountability and learning, and to ensure strengthened linkages with WFP’s Strategic Objectives.

This consultancy will ensure that the Regional Bureau meets its annual reporting requirements and fulfils quality and target date expectations. It will also strengthen the RB’s efforts to enhance the reach and visibility of the annual reports.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Reports Officer/ACR Analyst will report to the Regional Communications Officer and will undertake the following tasks:
a) ACR Review and Coordination

As a member of the Regional Bureau ACR coordination team, the ACR analyst will guide the review process of the ACRs. Familiarize self thoroughly with the ACR guidance, including the two corporate platforms: Standard Project Report Intelligent Next Generations (SPRING) and Country Office Tool for Managing Effectively (COMET). Review the general checklist and familiarize self with technical guidance. Ensure the ACR calendar is strictly followed by following up with CO and RB technical unit review focal persons. Analyze the outcome and output indicators in terms of baseline data, previous year and the current reporting year. Review food and nutrition security data and ensure that the narrative is consistent with the tables. Ensure that all sections are compliant with the guidance and template, and that the ACR properly highlights WFP contribution to the food and nutrition security of the country. Review the beneficiary, tonnage and dollar amount, and other figures in all tables, and address inconsistencies. Ensure that all components of the ACR are of optimal quality in terms of grammar, format and general content, and edit or provide suggestions as needed. Provide support and advice to COs on the ACR guidance; ensure that all sections are compliant with the ACR guidance and meet quality expectations. Liaise and seek advice from relevant RB technical units when the ACRs under review do not comply with the technical standards. Advise the relevant country offices on any corrections to be made and ensure that the deadlines are met for each ACR.

b) ACR dissemination and visibility

Building on the design and creation in 2021, work with country offices to produce visually appealing two-pagers outlining the main achievement presented in each ACR. Produce a regional snapshot based on the 2020 Annual Country Reports (ACRs) for external use, and to the benefit of RB management and the wider bureau. Develop a dissemination strategy for the ACRs in the region.

c) Other tasks

Design and produce thematic overviews for external use, to be used by RB management in donor / high level meetings and for other outreach opportunities. Review the unit’s cooperation with other RB divisions to make better use of existing material and strengthen outreach of human-interest stories to external partners When workload or leave plans so require, support the team on other corporate reporting matters, such as country briefs and situation reports. Any other tasks as required and/or assigned.



Advanced University degree in Political Science, Economics, Statistics, Information Management or Journalism, Business Management, Social Sciences or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


Typically three years or more of postgraduate professional experience in a relevant field of work, with a background and interest in international humanitarian development.

Knowledge & Skills:

Specialised knowledge of information management best practices, techniques and processes with some understanding of the basic theoretical background. Strong written and oral communication skills, including substantive analysis and report writing skills. Able to supervise and support more junior and/or less experienced members of the team. Knowledge of, or the ability to quickly assimilate, UN/WFP specific processes and systems.


Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.


This Vacancy Announcement will expire on the 11th of October 2022 at 11:59pm South African time.


Female qualified applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

This vacancy is archived.

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