Ended ​​​​​​​National Early Warning System Officer

The Job

National Early Warning System Officer

Duty Station:              Sanaa -Yemen with frequent field visits as required

Under the general supervision of the FAO representative and the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of Strengthening Food Security Information and Early Warning System (FSIS) and under the direct supervision of the National Program Coordinator, the Early Warning System Officer will work very closely with the program team members and the Food Security Technical Secretariat (FSTS) and Governorate Focal Units (GFU) to ensure reliable data is collected and analysed and integrated into the periodic and regular food security analysis. The Early Warning System Officer will have the following duties and responsibilities to enhance the information collection, analysis and reporting chain.

Main duties and responsibilities

General description of tasks:

The Early Warning System Officer will work under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Yemen and the direct supervision by the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of the EFRLP programme and with technical guidance and support from the Programme Support Unit (PSU) and pertinent government counterparts. Specifically, the incumbent will:

  • Establish close linkages between relevant government ministries (EWS stakeholders) and the FSTS), GFUs to ensure that Early Warning/Agrometeorological and remotely sensed data at both national and governorate level are available for incorporation into the food and nutrition security analysis;
  • Facilitate and coordinate with existing government and non-government institutions who are engaged Early Warning data and information and regularly monitoring trigger indicators (natural hazards: rainfall, flood, cyclone),  crop and livestock (drought pests, disease, pasture), socio-economic, market price, etc.
  • Work with the CAMA, MAI, NWRA, FSTS, GFUs, EWS stakeholders to coordinate Early Warning/Agrometeorological and remote-sensing related information monitoring, data collection and analysis;
  • Strengthen and establish Early Warning/Agrometeorological and satellite-generated data monitoring as necessary, and data collection in systems coordination with the relevant government and non-government agencies at national and governorate levels;
  • Regularly follow up the coordination and collaboration mechanisms of the EWS Technical Working Group and prepare periodic report including the required technical and institutional support.
  • Prepare the monthly/quarterly multi hazard Early Warning report using available weather and climatic resources, market price, food security and nutrition and health monitoring data and information.
  • Prepare agro metrological forecasting and advisory services for farmers regarding pest management, crop disease, irrigation, pasture and water for livestock, crop production planning and other livelihood activities.
  • Assist in providing trainings to the relevant government staff at all levels as required;
  • Perform any other related duties assigned by the Coordinator of FSTS.

Required Qualifications

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferable higher academic degree)   in remote sensing, geography, agro-meteorology or a related field; 
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in working and dealing with Early Warning/Agrometeorological or aviation in Yemen, while having a job description related agro-meteorology or remote sensing.
  • Knowledge and skill in use of, interpretation and analysis of remotely sensed data and satellite generated maps;
  • Knowledge of Yemeni climate patterns, agro-ecological zones, soil types, and related areas.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic languages.
  • Computer skills – ability to use Word processing and Spreadsheet programs is essential;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in working with multidisciplinary team is essential;
How to Apply

All applications should be sent to HR-Yemen@fao.org  (The Job Title and location should be mentioned in the subject line of the email application).

-        Project-based post

-        1 year (extendable) including three-month probationary period

-        Motivation/cover letter

-        create a table as follows and put it as a covering page to the application



Relevant experience (in 10 bullet points max, 100 words max)


Motivation for the position (in 30 words max)


  • Only candidates that comply with the above will be taken into account.