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Supply Chain Officer (CBT and Markets), 11 months, Johannesburg, SA

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Potomac, MD, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2023


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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.
In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 120 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year.
The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 12 Southern Africa countries including Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe. For more on WFP and what we do, please go to


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and report to a more senior Supply Chain Officer or Deputy Division/Country Director. Job holders at this grade level demonstrate adaptive capacities in effective supply chain management and make significant independent contributions to the planning and development of operating policies and procedures. Job holders are expected to manage and complete projects or assignments of a major nature achieving effective outputs. Job holders typically anchor a substantive team consisting of professional and support staff ensuring
high performance and development.


In the past decade, the number of beneficiaries receiving a form of cash-based assistance is growing rapidly, even multiplying. It is an evolving time for humanitarian assistance.
Supply Chain has a responsibility in CBT contexts to help to create the sustainable markets required to achieve Zero Hunger. We are looking for a Regional Bureau (RB) SC CBT coordinator in Johannesburg who will be in charge of the following detailed responsibilities:

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1 Review and Input Country Strategic Plans - CSPs on CBT and Markets activities.
2 Analyze effectiveness of CBT processes in countries
3 Staffing assessments: maintain a list of CBT focal points in Country Offices, map trained staff and create visibility for TDYs
4 First line of support for MFIs (Market Functionallity Index), Emergencies and Market Diagnostics
5 Coordination and Communication with other units in RB on CBT SC topics, be the SCOT-Supply Chain CBT & Markets focal point within the Regional CBT Working Groups as well as represent SCOT within the Regional SC team
6 Training and Communication COs on new tools, manuals, processes and guidelines.
7 Train and promote the use of dashboards and digital tools (ROC, MDCA, etc.), to identify trends, anomalies and review results with COs
8 Analyze food system contexts with focus on Supply Chain expertise on markets and in consultation with relevant stakeholders, propose a market development plan or framework for interventions, aligned with the overall Regional supply chain and Food Systems approach, identifying key issues and core themes and developing and maintaining a dynamic portfolio of interventions.
9 Support CO SC in the implementation of food system interventions as part of their Country Strategy Plans (CSPs), identifying solutions to food system constraints identified and facilitate initiatives that strengthen efficiency in food system supply chains.
10 Pursue innovative approaches to address important supply chain constraints. Areas of focus will include: (i) Improved availability of quality nutritious foods and linkage to demand; (ii) Competitive supply chains; (iii) Increased resilience to shocks in consultation with Programme
11 Any other duties as required by the supervisor.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Supply Chain Strategy Demonstrates robust understanding of supply chain strategies. Conducts analytical
and conceptual work in support of strategy design and implementation.
Operationalizes strategies in own area of responsibility.
Supply Chain Planning Leads supply chain planning within area of operations managed. Oversees and
coordinates periodic planning across functions and with partners. Ensures consensusbased
plans are in place and aligned with strategy.
Supply Chain & Networks
Manages end-to-end supply chain within area of operations. Leads the design and
implementation of supply chain, retail and partnership networks. Oversees and
coordinates integrated delivery of supply chain services.
Supply Chain Capacity
Leads design and implementation of supply chain capacity strengthening initiatives
within area of operations managed. Leverages WFP’s supply chain capacities and
networks to strengthen national value chains and stakeholders.
Supply Chain Performance &
Leads continuous supply chain improvement and innovation initiatives within area of
operations managed. Defines operational performance targets, monitors
performance, anticipates and mitigates risks for timely corrective actions.


• Supply chain food system plan/framework of interventions formulated, resource mobilization pursued and implementation progress documented.
• KPIs for measuring impact of SC interventions including a lesson learnt component to enable continuous improvement.
• Timely reports and fund management.
• Evidence generation studies (led by M&E) supported from SC side.
• COs supported in their FS implementation and scaling plans.
• Strengthened WFP SC partnerships in the area of CBT and market analysis and development


Minimum 6 years of professional experience.
Advanced university degree in business administration, economics and/or related field

Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is essential. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese an asset.


    The Vacancy Announcement will close on 30 May 2023, 11:59 South African time


    • Previous experience in retail, distribution and/or manufacture is an advantage
    • Lead the design of retail supply chain strategies in developing countries
    • Strong communication and influencing skills
    • Experience working in a multicultural environment
    • Previous experience with WFP is considered an advantage


    Qualified women applicants, people with disabilities and candidates from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

    WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

    WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.