World Food Programme (WFP)

Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Officer

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

  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. This post is open to Cambodian Nationality only. 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. ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT Since 1979, WFP has provided support to the Cambodian people to meet their emergency needs and enhance the long-term food and nutrition security of vulnerable households and communities. Across Cambodia, WFP has supported the building and rehabilitation of rural infrastructure and productive assets, implemented programmes to improve maternal and Child Nutrition, provided nutrition care and support for people living in HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, supported humanitarian Coordination and assisted disaster-affected households, and promoted children’s education and health through its school meals programme and scholarships to children from poor households. The WFP Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023) aims to complement and contribute to the Government of Cambodia’s efforts to achieve zero hunger through supporting school feeding programmes, strengthening resilient local Food Systems, enhancing government capacities on crisis management and disaster risk reduction, promoting digital transformation, enhancing food security, nutrition and social protection governance and providing supply chain services. The Country Strategic Plan is aligned with the Government’s Rectangular Strategy for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency Phase IV (2019-2023), and priorities identified in the National Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition (2019-2023), National Social Protection Policy Framework (2016-2025), National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction (2019-2023) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2019-2023). BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT The Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Officer will oversee WFP’s emergency preparedness and response programmes and support Government and inter-agency disaster preparedness, coordination and response in Cambodia. This role will also serve to further define WFP’s actions within its mandate in Cambodia and implement emergency preparedness and response activities within the Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023), including WFP’s role as co-chair of the Humanitarian Response Forum (HRF) and host of the HRF Secretariat. Position Title: Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Officer Type of Contract: WFP Service Contract Duration of Employment: 12 months (renewable) Grade: SC9 (Equivalent to NO–B) Duty Station: WFP Country Office, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Reporting line: Programme Policy Officer KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive) The Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer will be responsible for the following: Programme management
  • Lead and develop emergency preparedness and response programmes and action plans for WFP Cambodia within the scope of the Country Strategic Plan (CSP), in consultation with the Government and partners and in line with WFP corporate policies.

  • Develop, monitor and report on work plans and budgets for the emergency preparedness and response portfolio to track progress against objectives and targets, identify challenges and propose solutions.

  • Advise Country Office management on programme management for emergency preparedness and response, elevating issues as necessary and pro-actively addressing these in a timely manner.

  • Manage and coordinate the emergency preparedness and response team, including supervision, mentoring and guidance, and liaise across functional teams in WFP to ensure a well-coordinated and coherent approach.

  • Undertake field missions to support the design, implementation and monitoring of emergency preparedness and response programmes with a focus on ensuring and documenting the ownership, sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

  • Produce or contribute to knowledge products related to emergency preparedness and response, including situation reports, early warning information, assessment reports, dashboards, and presentations. Synthesize key findings and present these to internal and external audiences as required to inform decision-making processes.

  • Identify, develop and/or manage partnerships for collaborative implementation of emergency preparedness and response activities, including with Government, UN agencies, development and humanitarian partners, Civil Society Organizations, academia and the private sector.

  • Develop funding proposals for emergency preparedness and response programming in line with the Country Strategic Plan and priorities of the Government and partners.

  • Lead and support WFP’s internal readiness and capacities for emergency preparedness and response, organizing trainings and workshops to ensure that the Country Office and Area Offices meet corporate standards. This includes updating/completing the Emergency Preparedness and Response Package and Business Continuity Plan in consultation with functional teams.

  • Contribute to corporate planning and reporting requirements, including the Annual Performance Plan, Annual Country Report and risk register, among others.

  • Ensure gender, disability and accountability to affected populations are considered throughout all areas of work.

Technical assistance
  • Support the National Committee for Disaster Management and line ministries in implementing the National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction (NAP-DRR) as an instrument to guide and reinforce national priorities.

  • Support Government and partners to update national and subnational contingency plans for potential disasters.

  • Co-design, organize and facilitate simulation exercises for specific hazards to test/practice contingency plans with stakeholders from the national and subnational levels.

  • Support the Government and partners to utilize the disaster management information system Platform for Real-time Impact and Situation Monitoring (PRISM) for emergency preparedness and response.

  • Develop a capacity strengthening plan for emergency preparedness and response, including training to enhance national and subnational capacities in consultation with the Government, Cambodian Red Cross, Humanitarian Response Forum member agencies, and other stakeholders.

  • Lead efforts to formulate, integrate and/or implement WFP’s sector-specific and cross-sectoral areas of engagement, including the logistics preparedness working group, food security and nutrition sector group, and humanitarian cash working group, in the above initiatives, where appropriate.

Humanitarian coordination
  • Oversee WFP’s humanitarian coordination role as co-chair and secretariat of the Humanitarian Response Forum (HRF) in consultation with HRF sector lead agencies and members, national and subnational authorities and other stakeholders. Duties include the following: organize and facilitate routine and ad-hoc meetings, prepare and circulate minutes of meetings, maintain and curate the HRF website, update the 3Ws matrix, among other tasks.

  • Contribute to the review, update and potential redesign of the HRF architecture and processes, including terms of reference for co-chairs, sector leads and co-leads, and sector members; existing and proposed sectors; information management; contingency plans and other aspects of the HRF.

  • Maintain liaison with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the WFP Regional Bureau in Bangkok and WFP Headquarters, as necessary.

  • Represent WFP at national and subnational coordination forums to ensure effective collaboration for emergency preparedness and response with the Government, Cambodian Red Cross, Humanitarian Response Forum member agencies, and other stakeholders, including the Joint Action Group (JAG) and Cambodia Humanitarian Forum (CHF)/Preparedness Partnership of Cambodia (PPC).

  • Support coordination of WFP’s sector-specific and cross-sectoral areas of engagement, including the logistics preparedness working group, food security and nutrition sector group, and humanitarian cash working group.

  • Any other duties as required.

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
  • 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, Vouchers): 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.

  • Analysing and Using Information/Data: Leverages insights from multiple sources of data to identify trends, determine interrelationships among multiple issues and identify innovative solutions that impact partnerships. Leverages data-based narratives from across WFP engagements to add value to existing and new partnerships. Uses and promotes technology and digital tools to collect, collate, analyse and share data and data-based insights

  • 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/Govt: 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
  • Significant professional experience in emergency preparedness and response, including leading teams, designing and implementing emergency assistance programmes (cash and/or in-kind), and coordinating with Government and humanitarian partners in an emergency operations context.

  • Professional familiarity with the cluster approach and the international humanitarian response architecture, including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform, and funding mechanisms.

  • Experience with organization, coordination and facilitation of meetings, trainings and workshops.

  • Experience in designing and facilitating disaster simulation exercises for national/subnational stakeholders.

  • Experience with designing and delivering capacity strengthening activities with Government officials and other partners, including through different modalities, such as trainings/workshops and remote/distance learning.

  • Able to build and sustain effective collaborative relationships with Government partners and key stakeholders.

  • Experience with early warning systems and disaster management information systems.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate complex messages with stakeholders.

  • Demonstrates deep understanding of the multilateral/interagency environment and the dynamics in which WFP operates which influences approach to working, policy development and decision making.

  • Advanced computer skills including MS Office applications.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Experience: Minimum 1 year post Advanced University Degree or 3 years post University Degree. Education: Advanced University degree in relevant or related areas of development, economics, public health or related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses. Language: Fluency in Khmer and English (level C). DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
  • The vacancy will be closed on Monday, 30th November 2020 at 17:00 GMT+7

HOW TO APPLY
  • Create an account on the WFP Career Website: http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings

  • Under Filter By “Country”, type “Cambodia” and select the position you want to apply to.

Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply. WFP is committed to an inclusive working environment which values diversity and has zero tolerance for discrimination, harassment and abuse of any kind.
  • WFP is committed to gender equality and parity (50% women and 50% men) and to diversity more generally, among employees across all grades, functions and contract modalities. WFP supports the use of flexible working arrangements to assist women and men in balancing work and personal responsibilities, translating into effective, efficient and dedicated participation of women and men in the workforce.

  • WFP offers an attractive salary and other benefits, including annual leave, parental leave and health insurance for staff and eligible dependents.

  • WFP Work Environment: WFP is committed to ensuring that all its workplaces are free from abuse, offensive behavior, harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. WFP does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. WFP is also committed to promoting a work culture in which every employee understands, and is able to carry out, his/her personal responsibilities for maintaining the dignity of work colleagues. WFP seeks to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. We believe our mission of fighting global hunger worldwide can only be achieved if women, men, girls and boys are offered equal opportunities in terms of access to resources and services, and participation in decision making roles.

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