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WFP seeks to recruit a Head of Field Office – NOB (El Geneina) (103269)

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WFP seeks to recruit a Head of Field Office – NOB (El Geneina) (103269)

Job posting information

Opening date: 04 March 2019

Closing date: 18 March 2019.

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.

Would you like to join WFP Sudan’s experienced and talented team to plan and manage field operations to ensure the effective and efficient deployment of food assistance programmes and use of allocated resources in order to change and save the lives of the most vulnerable people in Sudan? If yes, this opportunity is for you.

At WFP, we are looking for a Head of Field Office for our El Geneina Sub-Office, Sudan, to be hired on a Fixed-Term contract at the NOB level.

THIS IS AN EXTENSION OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. IF YOU APPLIED EARLIER PLEASE DO NOT APPLY AGAIN. THIS EXTENSION IS INTENDED TO ATTRACT ADDITIONAL FEMALE CANDIDATES, HOWEVER ALL APPLICATIONS ARE WELCOME.

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.

How to apply:

To apply, please create a personal account and fill out the profile form with your personal information at http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings. If you are an internal applicant, apply through your E-Recruitment profile.

In the application form, ensure filling the mandatory sections, attaching your CV, answering the pre-screening questions and agreeing on the legal statement before submitting your application.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis on account of potential and performance. All applicants will undergo a rigorous process which includes screening against job requirements, a technical test, and a panel interview.

 

Talented women are encouraged to apply:

We look for applicants with the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian values. We commit to promote diversity, gender parity and equality between men and women.

WFP strives to build a work environment that is safe and respectful, and free of sexual harassment and abuse of authority. We believe in open communication, and every individual at WFP is treated with respect regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religious and political beliefs, etc.

In this pursuit, WFP assists women to balance work exigencies with personal and family responsibilities by providing an attractive compensation package, including fully paid maternity leave for 16 weeks, breastfeeding time off, and the possibility to avail of flexible working arrangements. Also, we endeavour to provide our staff, women, and men, with training and professional career development opportunities

Key accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

The Head of Field Office with delegated authority plans and manages field operations to ensure the effective and efficient deployment of food assistance programmes and use of allocated resources. The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Head of Area Office and is responsible for the following

  • Effectively manage the Field Office to ensure the continued development of a cohesive and high performing team.
  • Plan and manage WFP field operations within the area of assignment to ensure effective and efficient delivery of food assistance and that daily operational issues are timely resolved to prevent losses or delays.
  • Ensure that allocated resources are used efficiently and are in line with agreed plans, and any deviations are reported to the Area/Country Office.
  • Hold accountability for the security of WFP staff, operations, premises and assets in the Field Office to ensure that WFP security and safety standards are locally set and followed.
  • Actively participate and contribute to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT).
  • Conduct timely monitoring and evaluation of activities and prepare accurate and comprehensive reports on WFP’s operations and performance with regular and timely submission for Area/Country Office review to inform efficient operational planning and decisions.
  • Build effective and collaborative relations with the local authorities and contribute to the expertise sharing and capacity building for effective preparedness and response to food assistance needs.
  • Build partnerships to improve assistance packages, develop and sustain liaison with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, civil societies, beneficiaries and other partners and media engaged in the field of food security.
  • Ensure extensive and frequent presence at project areas, distribution sites and centres.
  • Other as required.

Standard minimum qualifications

Education  Experience: Advanced University degree in Economics, International Development, Social Sciences or other related field with three years of related work experience, or First University degree with two additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
Language: Fluency in English and Arabic.

Desired experiences for entry into the role

  •  Has developed, or supported in the development of, single discipline work plans to support the achievement of organisational strategic aims within a defined area.
  •  Has gained some exposure in field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency situation.
  •  Has field experience in delivering programs in a sub-office setting.
  •  Gained experience of analysing local political situations and assessing risk accurately.
  •  Gained broader exposure across areas within a function (i.e. policy, programme etc.).
  •  Has gained experience managing small to mid-size financial budgets, balancing priorities effectively.
  •  Has experience leading a small to mid-size team to ensure the effective delivery of objectives.
  •  Participated in a vendor/government/ partner negotiation within area of focus.
  •  Participated in a small emergency operation/ development programme.
  •  Has experience with security co-ordination and compound management within a smaller area.

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 NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Strategy & PlanningApplies strong understanding of key national and international socio-political issues and the complexity and range of WFP programmes to plan and oversee implementation of programmes in area of responsibility, coordinating and monitoring to ensure effective fulfilment of the area’s needs.
OperationsApplies understanding of WFP’s operations within the area of assignment to ensure optimal deployment of food aid and food assistance programmes and the resolution of high impact operational issues that arise.
Demonstrates an in-depth understanding of WFP programmes, supply chain and budgeting principles.
ResourceProactively builds profile of WFP within area of responsibility, effectively leveraging this to lead fundraising initiatives.  Utilises understanding of WFP structure and delivery model and strong commercial knowledge to effectively develop, manage and control budgets, with frequently limited funding.
DiplomacyApplies negotiation, networking and diplomacy skills to develop, nurture and sustain mutually beneficial external partnerships with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, civil societies, UN agencies, donors, beneficiaries and other partners/ media engaged in the field of food security, to improve assistance packages.
Collaborates with governments and other partners to identify opportunities for food assistance programmes in-line with WFP’s strategic aims locally, and negotiates the optimal approach to delivery against these.
People ManagementN/A

Deadline for applications

Closing date: 18 March 2019.

Female applicants strongly encouraged to apply.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

This position is open ONLY to Sudanese nationals.

WFP does not charge any fees at any stage of its recruitment process.

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