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United Nations World Food Programme

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.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced University Degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Agriculture, business management, marketing, or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Language:National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.

JOB PURPOSE

The World Food Programme (WFP) Zambia is seeking a motivated self-starter to lead the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network in Zambia. The candidate will serve as operational and strategic lead for the Network, and will help to guide programme development and implementation Business Network.

The candidate recruited for this engagement will be responsible for ensuring expertise is applied across the private-sector related nutrition programming objectives of WFP and its respective GRZ partners. The role will be primarily responsible for leading the planning, design and implementation of the major initiatives of the SUN Business Network Zambia Strategy and carrying the initiative beyond the life of the strategy


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The candidate’s primary tasks will relate to the implementation of the SUN Business Network Strategy. This includes:

  1. Develop a strong SUN Business Network brand and membership
  • Expand engagement of private sector members who have potential to make high-impact contributions to improving nutrition in Zambia
  • Provide strategic recommendations and support to carrying out of regular networking activities, workshops and other events
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the SUN Business Network advisory group
  1. Increase commercial engagement in the nutrition market
  • Identify and act on strategic opportunities for SBN to support private sector members to increase contributions to nutrition
  • Develop and share relevant and up to date nutrition market information with members of the SUN Business Network, through research, stakeholder interviews and field trips
  • Develop practical tools and templates to share with SUN Business Network members in order to support their nutrition activities and future plans
  1. Improve the nutrition regulatory environment
  • Support national development efforts around policy-level tools that have potential to improve nutrition for all Zambians
  • Liaise with relevant government stakeholders on a regular basis to ensure that all policy level recommendations fit within the country’s regulatory frameworks and that the SBN activities contribute to the priorities of the SUN movement in Zambia
  1. Manage SUN Business Network team and ensure all staff are contributing to work plan and overall mission of WFP
  • Support the CO in linking programmes and projects to potential  key private sector  partners and or stakeholders
  • Manage key external partnerships and relationships (both local and international) of the SBN to ensure that they  are leveraged to expand the growth of the network
  1. Carry out other tasks, as required, to support the day-to-day activities of WFP’s engagement with the private sector on nutrition in Zambia

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 Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
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 ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
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.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • At least 5 years’ experience in a project management,with proven results in achieving programme milestones
  • At least 2 years’ experience in a private company working on sales or marketing of foodstuffs
  • At least 2 years’ experience within an NGO or UN agency in a role that focuses on linking private sector and Government within the food or nutrition space
  •  Practical experience in business strategy and business processes
  • Experience in managing a cross-functional team


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Deadline to receiving application 20th May 2018.

This position is open to Zambian Nationals Only.

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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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