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Action Against Hunger -- Expert Study Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity of Communities (EPVC) - Democratic Republic of Congo

Base and Country Work: Kalomba, Western Kasai, DRC

Contract Period: 2 months

Start date for the position desired: 01/12/2014

The expert EPVC is responsible for:

Objective 1: Conduct a study of Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity of Communities (EPVC)

  • For this purpose, in connection with the ACF team, extensive coordination will be to do with the other studies included in the project (Socio Cultural Study Fast, Causal Analysis of Malnutrition, Cost of Diet), at design time to avoid duplication and ensure complementarity and at the time of the analysis, to cross the results and interpret any differences.
  • Present the methodology and the exact timing of the study team coordination ACF for approval.
  • Discuss and define with teams expected from the study and an action plan
  • Conduct the study by following the steps outlined in the manual practice ACF on EPVC:
  • Preparatory stages, secondary data analysis, management tools etc.
  • Conduct the study directly with communities
  • Analyze and interpret results
  • Validate the results with communities
  • Create community action plans with targeted communities and
  • Present results with ACF and others
  • Write the final report incorporating comments EPVC ACF
  • Discuss and define the ACF teams an action plan which takes into account the findings and recommendations EPVC and highlight recommendations for a possible project, including vulnerable target populations.

Objective 2: Team Manager

  • Define the human resource needs for the study if necessary
  • Create, adapt job descriptions Team
  • Participate in the recruitment of its team with the HR
  • Oversee and manage its direct employees
  • Train his team to specific methods
  • Promote respect for the ACF Charter and the prevention of fraud and abuse of power.
  • At the end of the mission, make an assessment of each team member and leave references for each

Objective 3: Communicating Research Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity of Communities (EPVC)

  • Produce with and for each target community, a community action plan
  • A final report of the study that takes into account the reactions of ACF, which considers the links with other studies of the project if the results are already available and gives recommendations for a possible project
  • Organize meetings of technical exchanges as the progress of the investigation with other teams if they are studies underway at the same time

Objective 4: Represent and liaise with the authorities, the UN, NGOs and local partners

  • Facilitate coordination meetings focused on EPVC
  • ACF represent local, regional or national level in collaboration with the Country Director and / or field coordinator and liaise with UN agencies, national and international NGOs and governments, specifically the study

This list of tasks is not exhaustive and may change depending on other needs necessary and indispensable to the execution of the job.



  • Field coordinator: direct supervisor, relationship with stakeholders
  • WASH coordinators, Nut, FSL: technical exchange / sharing of information
  • PM: technical exchange, information exchange
  • EPVC Team: hierarchical relationship


  • Health, traditional and local religious authorities, administrative,
  • NGOs / UN Agencies
  • Community members
  • Lessor (AIDS)
  • Clusters
  • Other stakeholders


  • Ensure reporting of activities
  • Document the proposed tools and strategy developed
  • Produce an action plan for each target community and
  • Produce a final report and recommendations for a future project as outbound information to EPVC


Degree / Level study

  • Degree in international development, anthropology, sociology, nutrition etc. with a specialized profile of disaster risk reduction and community work



  • Have significant experience in research and community-based approaches
  • Experience in the implementation of a Participatory Vulnerability Study and Capacity and mastery of methodology
  • Knowledge of approaches to reduce disaster risk
  • A good understanding of malnutrition and its underlying causes
  • Ability to work effectively for short periods
  • Have a high sense of organization and planning
  • Skills training teams
  • Good experience in building community capacity
  • Good reporting capabilities
  • Independence, critical thinking and initiative
  • Ability to synthesize
  • Flexibility and organization
  • Mastery of computer tools Word, Excel, Power Point
  • A great sense of commitment in the context of community-based approaches for best outcomes for beneficiaries population
  • High capacity for synthesis and analysis
  • Excellent capacity for communication and presentation
  • Experience working in low-resource settings
  • Proficiency in oral and written French


  • English proficiency
  • Experience in DRC
  • ACF experience
  • Any experience in nutrition is an asset

How to apply

Apply online with summary and cover letter at

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