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Career Opportunities: Programme Officer – Self-Reliance, SC8, Cox’s Bazar (106548)

Requisition # 106548 – Posted 08/08/2019 – Short Term-SC WFP – Asia, Southern – Bangladesh – Cox’s Bazaar – Working Job Language (2) – PROGRAMME & POLICY
   

 

 

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.

ABOUT WFP

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.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, saving lives and changing lives worldwide. In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WFP provides life-saving assistance to more than 880,000 Rohingya refugees and helps Bangladeshi communities affected by the Rohingya influx build their resilience. WFP operates a large livelihoods programme outside refugee camps, targeting vulnerable Bangladeshi women, empowering them socially and economically through entrepreneurship trainings and business start-up capital (for both on-farm and off-farm businesses). Inside the camps, WFP builds the self-reliance of Rohingya refugees, mainly women, though offering various vocational trainings (e.g. tailoring, embroidery, mobile phone repair) in collaboration with other UN agencies and NGOs.

JOB PURPOSE

Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Livelihoods Unit, the National Programme Officer will be in charge of leading the Self-Reliance team, helping develop WFP’s self-reliance strategy and managing the implementation of the programme. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

As a team leader of the ‘Self-Reliance’ team, and under the supervision of the Head of the Livelihoods Unit, the National Officer will lead WFP’s self-reliance programme for refugees, heading a team of 4+ people. Key responsibilities include:

Contributing to programme design through innovative thinking

Timely implementation of activities

Management of partnerships with other UN agencies and NGOs

Development of guidelines

Monitoring, reporting and analysis

 

Key responsibilities and tasks

 

Programme and operations:

Manage the entire programme cycle, from design to implementation and monitoring and solve challenges in a creative way. Think outside of the box, ensuring the relevance and sustainability of activities designed.

Work with cooperating partners to build their capacity, ensure timely implementation of program activities and fulfilment of respective agreements (including compliance with documentation and reporting requirements). Offer technical support for the programme’s training package (life skills, BCC, vocational skills).

Undertake regular field visits to follow-up on the implementation of programme activities and monitoring of Programme Associates and field based staff.

Manage all payments and beneficiaries’ cash transfer related issues. Work closely with relevant WFP units to ensure the cash is distributed on time to beneficiaries.

Solve issues that were raised through WFP’s complaint feedback mechanism in a timely manner, working with the relevant units.

Keep the key project documents updated: workplan, standard operating procedures, implementation guidelines.

Innovate in order to improve efficiency of processes and activities regularly.

Long Description

Team management:

Manage, supervise and provide support to program associates and field monitoring staff. Build their capacity, mentor them and share feedback on their performance regularly to ensure the performance of the team.

Support the Head of the Livelihoods Unit:

Contribute to strategy development, programme and project design through technical and operational advice on self-reliance programming.

Help manage WFP’s relationship with national authorities (DC, RRRC and local government counterparts UNO, UP Chairman, DWA, and other line departments) maintaining regular contacts and visits.

Help manage WFP’s relationship with cooperating partners, maintaining regular contacts and providing technical and other forms of assistance.

Contribute to form/maintain partnership with other UN agencies, and NGOs as necessary.

Assist to liaise with and help facilitate visits and briefings of donors, government delegations and other missions.

Assist in liaison with various coordination mechanisms like the food security sector, livelihoods working group, etc.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Graduate in Economics, Business, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Economics or any other relevant field

Language: Excellent written and oral/communications skills in English and Bangla

Experinece: Minimum of 5 years of experience – preferably in the humanitarian field and emergency, focusing on livelihoods and/or self-reliance. Familiarity with the context of Cox’s Bazar is an asset.

Knowledge & Skills:

Experience with livelihoods programmes, including skills development, cash transfer and women’s empowerment activities for the poor and vulnerable

Experience organizing women’s groups, research, conducting analyses, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, ideally in refugee contexts

Experience organizing and delivering training sessions

Excellent partnership building and communication skills

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

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.

People

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.

Performance

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.

Partnership

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.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES
Capability Name 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.
Emergency Programming 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.
OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS

Thorough knowledge of UN rules and procedures in budget or grant management and contracting is highly desirable

Demonstrated ability to conduct financial and budget analysis is strongly desirable

Prior experience with WFP is preferred.

Strong computer skills, including internet navigation and office applications (MS Office); good knowledge in the use of Excel spreadsheets in necessary

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

• Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
• Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
• Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Contract Type             : Service Contract, SC8

Contract Duration        : 12 months

Duty Station                : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Nationality                   : Bangladeshi

Monthly Salary            : BDT. 188,945

Number of post           : 01

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

14 August 2019

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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.

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