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Are you an experienced Change Management or Transition Management professional interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organization investing in its people?
If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Applications must be submitted by Sunday, December 03, 2023 (10:59 PM CET)
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.
At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of the diverse, committed, skilled, and high-performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.
WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment
WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities
A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across the various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)
The WFP Regional Bureau in Cairo (RBC) supports 15 countries across the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. These countries are grappling with escalating hunger and food insecurity, fueled by economic downturns, rising food and delivery costs, political instability, security issues, pandemic recovery, climate change, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Simultaneously, WFP faces a significant challenge due to reduced anticipated resources from donors, which hampers its capacity to fully address these critical humanitarian needs. As both country office and global HQ adapt to this increasingly challenging environment, RBC is committed to providing the necessary strategic support, leadership enablement, and contextual management tools to country leadership teams.
This is to ensure that the country-level organization, including management competencies, expertise, learning, and structures, can effectively and efficiently adapt to necessary changes in the country strategy plans, while at the same time ensuring that HQ-led organizational change initiatives are facilitated by the Bureau to maximize the positive impact to country operations.
In light of these challenges, RBC seeks a senior manager with country management experience from within the region who can help support the adjustment of the regional portfolio amidst declining funding trends and provide management steering to enable changes catalyzed by organizational initiatives such as COSMOS. The goal is to ensure that country operations continue to function at the highest possible standard, despite financial constraints and global HQ changes, and that RBC’s strategic support to the COs are enhanced as a result of COSMOS.
This position is based in the WFP Regional Bureau in Cairo, Egypt, reporting directly to the Regional Director (or designate). The incumbent will be expected to lend interdisciplinary support to country directors and general management, coordinate change support towards regional functions to implement COSMOS, and to advise RBC senior management on strategic regional issues.
S/he will be expected to demonstrate proven management experience in complex concepts, a field focus, and a willingness to travel frequently to field locations, including unstable and hard-to-reach locations. S/he will also work in close coordination with other parts of the organization, including relevant divisions in HQ as well as the COSMOS Secretariat.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Help senior managers and country directors of priority countries review their portfolios and, in the context of funding and socio-political changes across the region, adopt a future focus within the lifespan of existing country strategies (CSPs) and beyond.
Support CO management with structured change management strategies to facilitate CO changes to the desired target state, working to ensure that relevant stakeholders – management, staff, partners, and beneficiaries - remain engaged, motivated, and safeguarded during the change process.
Support organizational alignment and workforce planning efforts (e.g. identifying potential required shifts) and in implementing their outcomes as well as engaging with and communicating results to staff in a respectful and empathetic manner. At the CO level, this may include strengthening the capacity of national officers in management, where organizational alignment requires a reconfiguration of responsibilities.
Design and implement a process for effective management changes, restructuring, and if needed, transformation, taking into account potential funding constraints, staffing implications, and CO context-specific sensitivities.
Provide leadership, guidance, and mentoring to CO and RB managers, including advice on effective management of uncertainty with a view to equipping and empowering country office and RB staff to lead operations into the future, in the context of resource cuts, to increase their effectiveness in driving sustainable change, and focusing on mentoring and training senior national staff in managerial excellence.
Develop and implement effective communication strategies on the benefits of transformational change to staff and stakeholders, including consultation strategies with the staff body and regular updates on the next steps/ outcomes.
Put in place mitigation measures for conflict resolution and negotiation to address potential disputes and concerns related to restructuring.
Incorporate diversity, inclusion, and gender perspectives in all areas of the change implementation, to ensure equitable participation of all where possible.
Conduct regular pulse checks of regional functional teams, and country management team dynamics.
QUALIFICATIONS AND KEY REQUIREMENTS
Bachelors or Master's degree in a related field such as organizational development, business administration, or transformation management international relations, development studies, law, social sciences, or another relevant discipline.
At least 11 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the humanitarian-development system
At least three (5) years of professional experience working in a low/middle-income setting.
A demonstrable track record of responding to emergencies on behalf of a humanitarian agency
Prior experience of working as a Country Director or Head of Office.
Fluency (level C) in the English language.
Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (A WFP’s working language.
WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK
These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.
Leads by Example with Integrity
Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments
Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork
Applies Strategic Thinking
Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships
Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others
Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change
Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth
Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things
Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives
Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This is an International Professional position and is open to all nationalities.
Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP.
The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.
WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel, visa and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance. For more information, visit https://icsc.un.org/
The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Cairo, Egypt to take up this assignment.
REMINDERS BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete, and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable).
Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application.
Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
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Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.