WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.
Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. 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.
Sri Lanka has been ranked second among the countries most affected by extreme weather events in 20 years since 1998 in the Global Climate Risk Index 2019. The Long-Term Climate Risk Index listed Sri Lanka, Puerto Rico as the top two affected countries. It should be noted that Sri Lanka was ranked fourth in the Climate Risk Index (CRI) in 2016 and it was in the 76th position in the Human Development Index (HDI) in 2017.
Weather events and recurrent natural disasters, such as droughts, floods and landslides, adversely impact socio-economic progress. Long-term impacts of climate change affect public health, nutrition, agriculture and infrastructure development, including hydropower,8 impacting women, men, girls and boys differently.
Since 2016, Sri Lanka experienced the worst drought in 40 years, which resulted in a significant decline in rice paddy production—the lowest in the last ten years. The drought impacted 20 out of 25 districts and led to overall significant crop losses, increased debt levels, and reduced agricultural labour opportunities. The effects were detrimental to food security and nutrition, income levels and access to water cultivation, particularly amongst hardest-hit communities.
Resilience building for vulnerable affected by shocks to improve food security and nutrition is one of the major outcomes of the WFP Sri Lanka’s Country Strategic Plan for 2018-2022. This outcome will be achieved by enabling shock-affected communities to benefit from strengthened capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather and other disasters in order to mitigate the impact of shocks and stresses.
Working closely with government ministries and agencies at all levels and in partnership with other stakeholders such as UN agencies, I/NGOs, civil societies and development partners, WFP assists the affected communities and people through integrated application assistance in the creation and rebuilding of productive community assets and the diversification of livelihoods - through such approaches as improved and efficient water harvesting at household and community levels, water management, tree planting, crop diversification with improved value chain and skills training, to reduce climate and disaster risks and to improve resilience and coping abilities. The main objective is to enable the affected vulnerable to have access to productive assets for income generation purposes
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director and working closely with the Activity Manager for resilient building and as part of the team, the Agriculture Engineer will be responsible for the following:
Provide technical guidance to WFP Sri Lanka’s resilience building programmes in Mullaitivu, Mannar, Matale, Monaragala and Matale districts including project design, review, appraisal, and activities implementation such as cash for work/livelihood skills training for income generation, livelihood support for the women members of the PTK Cooperative in Mullativu (under the joint project with ILO) and technical advice on the implementation of the adaptation project by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment and UNDP with nutrition-sensitive/gender-transformative approach through integrated resilience building activities.
Specific responsibilities are as follows:
- Assess the feasibility of the infrastructure proposed for the rehabilitation/construction in close coordination with the selected community, community organization and government counterparts in the DS divisions and districts.
- Support the local partners in prioritizing the needs and framing up project proposals,
- Support the local partners in preparation of designs and bill of quantities for the rehabilitation /construction/installation of the selected productive infrastructures;
- Identify any environmental and social threats related to the infrastructure development and propose adequate remedial measures.
- Review and finalize the project plans for the rehabilitation/construction of productive infrastructure, designs and estimates of the identified projects, make conclusion and submit for approval;
- Assess the technical capacity of farmers groups and draft plans to strengthen them in operation and maintenance of the irrigation systems and water management.
- Facilitate /conduct ratification meetings with the beneficiaries together with the local partner to explain the proposal, estimates and execution procedures;
- Carry out periodic inspection to the project sites and observe construction procedures and achievements, in order to monitor the progress of the works and status of the contract management and to ensure the quality of the works and timely completion of the same;
- Write log-book notes and/or submit field inspection report containing the details of site inspected, officers accompanied, observations, problems identified and proposed solution and recommendation within set target of time period from the date of the visit;
- Participate in contractual joint measurement activities, review test quality reports and recommend/endorse payments certificates;.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
University degree or advanced university degree (preferable) in one of the following: agriculture engineering, agriculture; agronomy; and or related fields.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
Minimum 5 years of working experience in agriculture or agriculture engineering sector with the field experience on agriculture-based rural development and climate change adaptation.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
- Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
- Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.
- Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
- Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
- Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
- Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
- Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.
- Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
- Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
- Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.
OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS
Please refer attached TOR
||Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
|Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance
||Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
|Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)
||Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
|Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)
||Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
||Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
|Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government
||Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Please refer to attached TOR
Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries 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.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
7 January 2019