World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Associate (Food Value Chains)

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. 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 The Armenian food sector is characterized by the low productivity of nutritionally diversified commodities, high production costs, fragmented producers, and limited post-harvest, market infrastructures and opportunities. This in turn negatively impacts on the Armenian population’s access to nutritionally diversified food and is resulting in worrisome levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. At the same time, inefficient post-harvest and supply chain processes entail low quality and safety standards which adversely affect the stability of supplies and which do not allow either the national or international commercialization of Armenian food products.  Through its five-year Country Strategic Plan for 2019-2024, WFP Armenia has designed a new portfolio of activities to become a partner supporting sustainable transformative economic and social development in Armenia and among different stakeholders in the international community.   WFP seeks to engage in partnerships to strengthen and establish nutrition-sensitive Food Value Chains, with an aim to develop and leverage on existing human and natural resources. The latter, if optimally capitalized on, would invert the vicious cycle of malnutrition, food insecurity and poverty and advance the establishment of new drivers of growth and lead Armenia to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.  As part of the wider Food Value Chains portfolio, WFP Armenia will implement smaller-scale activities that have more of a social protection nature as they will be targeting small-holder farmers in the production, processing and marketing of selected nutritionally diversified food products. This will in turn support increasing the quantity and quality of selected commodities to be made more available at affordable prices within national markets, thus lifting most vulnerable out of poverty and supporting efforts to tackle the drivers of food insecurity in Armenia. The country office is in a partnership with other UN agencies engaged in a food value chain project in Berd Community, and is also launching several food value chain activities as part of the transformative school feeding platform. CONTRACT TYPE Grade:        General Service  - Level 6 (GS6) Contract:    Fixed-Term (FT) - One-year renewable Location:   Vanadzor, Armenia DURATION OF CONTRACT 12 months, renewable JOB PURPOSE WFP Armenia is seeking a candidate to support the implementation of the smaller stream food value chain activities.  Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Country Directory, this role will report to a Programme Policy Officer (Food Value Chains). This role is located in Vanadzor, Armenia. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  • Provide specialized expertise and contribute towards the development of nutrition-sensitive food value chains project activities, plans and processes and ensure alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines;

  • Provide efficient Coordination and specialized Project Management Support to food value chain projects, and ensure that activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures;

  • Support Design and implementation of smaller-scale food value chains across the country, including identification of pilots to be scaled-up and expanded for national food value chain projects;

  • Provide inputs in evidence generation for the food value chain projects;

  • Work closely with the partnership and communication unit to formulate proposals for funding and for documenting and communicating results;

  • Identify Capacity Building initiatives for stakeholders of FVC activities including WFP staff, the Government and implementing partners;

  • Lead and ensure accurate, timely recording of data and consistency of information presented to stakeholders;

  • Coordinate and liaise with internal counterparts on a range of moderately complex matters to enable effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities;

  • Foster relationships and support partnership-building with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate needs analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of food value chains project implementation;

  • Establish and maintain operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work;

  • Promote synergies between activities supported by WFP Armenia;

  • Support development of FVC programme guidance and implementation modalities including Standard Operating Procedures, to ensure a clear and strong connection between HQ and Field Operations;

  • Assist counterparts in governments and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully employed and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of moderately complex food assistance programmes to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of food security and nutrition programmes at national and sub-national levels;

  • Support operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to food assistance;

  • Other tasks as required.

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.

  •  Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.

  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.

  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.

  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.

  •  Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.

  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.

  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.

  •  Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.

  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.

  •  Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.

  •  Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.

  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.

  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level. STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education:       Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the functional area is desirable.  A first level university degree in Business Administration, International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international Development Assistance would be an asset. Languages:     Fluency in English and Armenian languages; working knowledge (level B) of Russian language is desired. DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE Experience:   Four or more years of progressively responsible experience in direct implementation of food assistance as well as effective Food Value Chain-related projects. Knowledge & Skills:  Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team; ability to plan and organize work with minimum supervision; ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines; General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures is desirable. PROCESS FOR APPLICATIONS All qualified candidates who meet the above requirements are encouraged to submit their online application accompanied by an updated Curriculum Vitae (in English). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS Deadline is Tuesday 4th August 2020.
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