Nearly twenty years of experience providing technical expertise on a breadth of developmental and humanitarian issues: food and livelihood security analysis, rural development, participatory development, education, geographic information systems and remote sensing, statistical analysis, information systems, natural resource management, gender analysis, emergency assessments, monitoring and evaluation, and technology transfer.
Of particular note, from 2003-2007 Dr. Haan was the technical leader in developing the FSAU Food Security Analysis System (FSAS) and the Integrated Food Security and Humanitarian Phase Classification (IPC). The FSAS is a comprehensive system that draws together multiple aspects of food, nutrition, and livelihood security analysis. Management both the administrative and technical aspects of this large and complex project—supervising over sixty staff members and leading the development of numerous technical accomplishments. In 2008 and 2009 Dr. Haan worked with the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York, Geneva, and Nairobi on a global initiative to improve disaster assessments and decision support. As the Senior Technical Advisor, he led the development of an innovative tool called the Humanitarian Dashboard which consolidates key information on severity and response implications for any type of disaster anywhere in the world, drawing togeher cross-sectoral information on health, shelter, water, sanitation, food security, education, and infrastructure. In 2009 and 2010 Nick worked with the Government of Tanzania and the FAO lead the design of an national food security and nutrition analysis system. The design brings together institutional, technical, and operational aspects of a government led system for food security and nutrition analysis for disaster early warning, response, and policy formation. From 2010 until late 2011, Dr. Haan was the IPC Global Programme Manager, hired by FAO but working for a multi-agency steering committee including CARE, Oxfam, WFP, USAID/FEWSNET, JRC, and Save the Children. The IPC is a common standard and set of tools for classifying the severity and nature of food insecurity. He managed all aspects of the global project, including managing staff, budgets, administration, operational, and technical development. Nick coordinated IPC implementation, training, and technical support in nearly 30 countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. He led a multi-agency technical advisory group in the development of the IPC Technical Manual Version 2.0, introducing a number of innovative approaches and tools for food security, nutrition, and livelihoods analysis, including a severity scale for chronic food insecurity to compliment the current acute scale, the IPC analytical framework, simple tools for diagnosing causes, and many others. As programme manager, he coordinated funding efforts, and helped to secure nearly 10 million dollars of funding for national, regional, and global IPC projects.
Dr. Haan draws from previous experiences as the Regional Vulnerability and Mapping Advisor for WFP in Southern Africa, a NASA Research Fellow, a university professor, and numerous consultancies in the areas of food security analysis. In all Dr. Haan has over 15 years of related experience in the food security field including creating innovative methods and techniques, developing training materials, workshop facilitation, leading large multi-agency emergency assessments, and creating and establishing information systems. Dr. Haan has specific skills in the areas of GIS and Remote Sensing, statistical analysis, technical facilitation, technical writing and communication, and policy analysis. He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, two Masters degrees in International Development and GIS/Remote Sensing, and a Ph.D. (with honors) in Geography (with emphasis on environmental change and agricultural policy). All post graduate studies were completed at Clark University in the USA.