WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME - SOUTH SUDAN COUNTRY OFFICE
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 103474
POSITION TITLE: PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE
POSITION GRADE: SC6
CONTRACT TYPE: SERVICE CONTRACT
NUMBER OF POSITIONS TO BE FILLED: 1 POSITION
CONTRACT DURATION: 12 MONTHS RENEWABLE
DUTY STATION: JUBA
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 (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. Programme Associate will support Programme Officers in SCOPE and Cash Based Transfer (CBT) related tasks, and when assigned will participate considerable time in different field locations in the country, with expected high frequency.
Since its independence in 2011, South Sudan has ranked as one of the least developed countries in the world. The country is overwhelmingly rural, with petroleum being the only major export industry. While nine in ten households depend on crop farming, livestock, fishing or forestry, productivity across these sectors is minimal. Close to 2 million people are facing emergency food insecurity, and the country has been exacerbated by conflict and economic crisis. The ongoing conflict has uprooted nearly four million people; nearly 2 million have been displaced internally, with neighboring countries hosting a further 2 million refugees.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.
WFP’s Programme in South Sudan aims to reach close to 5 million people each year with both emergency and recovery assistance. WFP provides food and nutrition assistance for populations in crisis and delivers safety net programmes such as food assistance for assets, purchase for progress, and food for education to food insecure people in more stable contexts. In all its programmes WFP seeks to employ the most efficient, effective and appropriate transfer modalities, whether in-kind food, cash-based transfers (CBT), or capacity development, and to do so in as transparent and accountable way.
WFP South Sudan currently provides CBT to half a million beneficiaries monthly, with transfers equivalent to close to USD 4 million/month during the lean season. In areas where markets are functioning, or can be supported to effectively deliver assistance, WFP will scale-up its CBT interventions given the positive impacts it has on beneficiary empowerment and choice, efficiencies and local markets. WFP is increasingly utilizing the corporate beneficiary and transaction management system, SCOPE, in order to biometrically register assisted communities, enhance accountability over resources, as well as understand better the population needs in order to improve programmes. WFP is working in close collaboration with other UN agencies in this task.
To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under the overall supervision of the Head of Innovation, and direct supervision of the assigned Programme Policy Officer, the Programme Associate will assist in all tasks related to the smooth conduction of the SCOPE/CBT activities, and particularly in:
1. Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of SCOPE/CBT activities and processes supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
2. Provide specialized project management support to all SCOPE/CBT related work to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.
3. Prepare a range of reports and data analysis (resource utilization, programme status, performance) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
4. Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data within the SCOPE/CBT work and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
5. Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing SCOPE/CBT activities.
6. Support in coordination and communication with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to ensure efficient programme delivery.
7. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the SCOPE/CBT.
8. Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a SCOPE/CBT.
9. Oversee and/or review the work of other support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.
10. Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
- Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
- Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.
- Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
- Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
- Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
- Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
- Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.
- Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
- Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
- Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.
||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, Vouchers)
||Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
|Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas
||Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
||Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
|Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government
||Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.
OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS
Five years of post-secondary professional experience in commerce, business administraion, development, or food assistance support
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
• Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
• Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
• Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This position is open to South Sudamese nationals only
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
20 FEBRUARY 2019
WFP IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYER. QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT WFP DOES NOT CHARGE ANY FEE AT ANY STAGE OF RECRUITMENT PROCESS.
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.