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World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Republic of the Congo
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023

JOB TITLE:

Emergency Preparedness & Response

TYPE OF CONTRACT:

International Consultant Level II

UNIT/DIVISION:

Programme

DUTY STATION (City, Country):

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

DURATION:

Initial 6 months

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The WFP Country Office in Brazzaville is currently hiring an expert to provide oversight, management, and support to the Country Office’s emergency project activities.

The Republic of Congo Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019-2024 approved by the WFP Executive Board in its first session of 2019 became effective on 25 February 2019. It aims to contribute to four Strategic Outcomes that are aligned to four Strategic Results of SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for Development). A total of 5 Activities are planned to be implemented to achieve the contributions to the four Strategic Outcomes.

The Strategic Outcome (SO) 1 of the CSP emphasizes that food insecure people affected by shocks have access to adequate food all year. The activities under this SO are focused on assisting vulnerable people, including refugees, internally displaced persons, returnees, and indigenous people, affected by conflict, natural disasters or other shocks and stresses such as epidemics or climate shocks. Beneficiaries will be targeted based on their vulnerability as assessed through gender analyses; the specific nutrition needs and priorities of women, men, girls and boys will be addressed through nutrition-specific and -sensitive assistance.

The relevant activity (1) aims to provide unconditional and/or conditional food and nutrition assistance to people affected by shocks. Each year, 75,000 crisis-affected vulnerable people in Pool, Bouenza and Likouala Departments receive unconditional or conditional food or cash-based assistance that meets their immediate needs and contributes to early recovery, thereby building and reinforcing social cohesion in these fragile areas. WFP is progressively incorporating locally sourced commodities in its food rations, thus creating linkages to strategic outcome 3. The selection of the transfer modality – cash-based transfers (CBTs) or food – is based on analyses of efficiency, effectiveness and equity and informed by assessments of markets, supply chains and gender dynamics in the areas of intervention. To support the early recovery of targeted people in areas affected by armed conflict or natural disaster, WFP is implementing food assistance for assets activities aimed at rehabilitating food production chains and supporting the transition to resilience building (strategic outcome 3). Nutrition-specific and -sensitive interventions will address the nutrition needs of vulnerable women, men, girls and boys. Supplementary nutritious foods will be distributed monthly for treatment and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition among children aged 6–59 months and pregnant and lactating women and girls in targeted communities.

ACCOUNTABILITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Country Director, the Consultant will be based in the WFP's Country Office in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, working within the Programme team, the consultant will have the following duties:

  • Strengthen the capacity of WFP country office to coordinate emergency preparedness and response at Program, Pillar and UN coordination level in consultation with the DCD/Head of Programme

  • Provide technical advice and support on disaster management / disaster risk management strategies and policies, including streamlining plans and policies, to the field offices and government partners.

  • Ensure field coordination/oversee sub-offices activities: approval of Distribution Plans and FRNs as well as mission plans.

  • Provide technical support to sub offices in the implementation of activities.
  • Oversee the CBT activities and ensure CBT reconciliations are done in a timely manner and provide support and technical expertise for the planning and implementation of CBT activities. The incumbent will also act as CBT focal point.
  • Ensure timely distribution of cash and food, reporting and data recording in WFP corporate tools in coordination with Activity Managers, the M&E unit, and Sub-Offices.
  • Coordinate the implementation of SCOPE related activities in the Country Office.
  • Assist government counterparts, CPs, and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully provided and the appropriate modality to be implemented in a coordinated manner.
  • Support the management with the planning, implementation and drafting of the Annual Performance Plan.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts for WFP projects, including clearly articulating the need for food assistance and related programme opportunities.
  • Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff to enable high performance.
  • Participate in all relevant UN Coordination meetings at technical level and act as alternate for the DCD/Head of Programme in the PMT.
  • Ensure that the contracts with the Financial Service Providers are up to date in coordination with other units.
  • Provide inputs to funding proposals and reporting.
  • Other duties as required.
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4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES:

4P

Theme

Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Purpose

Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives

Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.

Be a force for positive change

Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.

Make the mission inspiring to our team

Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.

Make our mission visible in everyday actions

Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.

People

Look for ways to strengthen people's skills

Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.

Create an inclusive culture

Recognizes the contributions of teammates and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.

Be a coach & provide constructive feedback

Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.

Create an “I will”/” We will” spirit

Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)

Performan ce

Encourage innovation & creative solutions

Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.

Focus on getting results

Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.

Make commitments and make good on commitments

Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.

Be Decisive

Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high- pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.

Partnership

Connect and share across WFP units

Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning

Build strong external partnerships

Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships

Be politically agile & adaptable

Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations

Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships

Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.

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 the ability to design, implement, monitor, and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)

Demonstrates the ability to incorporate technical information into programme design and implementation and appropriately communicate it internally and externally.

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

Demonstrates the ability to engage key stakeholders (e.g., WFP units, external partners) in policy dialogue to strengthen national government food and nutrition security strategies and programmes.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

Education:

Advanced University degree in Political Science, Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics, Information Management, International Affairs, Nutrition/Health, or another relevant field.

Experience/Profile

Language:

  • For holders of an advanced university degree, at least 7 years of relevant work experience and 10 years for holders of a first-level university degree, of progressively responsible experience in either humanitarian project management or implementation.
  • Experience in managing operational partnerships and a team of operational staff.
  • Experience in WFP food assistance programmes.
  • Capacity development for government counterparts, cooperating partners, and WFP staff.
  • Analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Performance reporting of operations; developing training materials and training facilitation methods.
  • Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme I an asset.

Fluency (level C) in French. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of English.