Director D1, Regional Center of Excellence Against Hunger and Malnutrition

World Food Programme, Abidjan, Central African Republic

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd November, 2020

Job Description


To contribute to overcoming these challenges, the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and the World Food Programme (WFP) established the Centre d’Excellence Régional contre la Faim et la Malnutrition (CERFAM) in 2018, through a strategic partnership, to support the efforts of national Governments in West and Central Africa and Africa at large in their quest to develop sustainable policies and implement effective programmes to fight hunger and malnutrition with a view to achieving SDG2. CERFAM is a knowledge hub, a platform of exchange, capacity strengthening, technical assistance, partnership and south-south cooperation, which aims to respond to the increasing demand of national governments and partners striving to strengthen national capacities, through management, documentation and sharing of innovative and sustainable solutions, good practices and lessons learned in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

After two years of existence, CERFAM is fully functional with an organizational structure, assets, strategic documents, operational, communication and advocacy tools and materials in place. Going forward, WFP is seeking a Director with a broad skill set to play a critical role in bringing technical and strategic guidance and oversight to CERFAM’s performance, ensuring a consolidation of its growth and sustainability through the mobilization of the necessary human, technical and financial resources to implement concrete activities. The Director will lead a team that is making strides in promoting good practices against hunger and malnutrition and providing technical assistance support to stakeholders through partnership building, south-south cooperation and capacity strengthening.

This position will report into the WFP Regional Director for the Western Africa region.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Partnership development and representation

  • Manage the partnership with the with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and ensure effective coordination and collaboration with the Government for the purpose of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU);
  • In line with CERFAM’s mission, identify and build strategic, technical, financial and operational partnerships with a broad range of  partners at the global, regional and local levels, including with research centres, think tanks and academic institutions to promote applied research on food security, nutrition and related topics.
  • Represent CERFAM before relevant authorities and at the highest level, including at national, regional and international forums, ensuring its visibility, reach and role as a knowledge exchange and broker of good practices for food security and nutrition are advocated for and well understood;
  • Lead the positioning of CERFAM in south–south and triangular cooperation initiatives and activities, to support the efforts of governments and other stakeholders in the region to strengthen capacities to achieve Zero Hunger;

Strategy development

  • Lead the formulation and development of CERFAM strategies and implementation plans, in line with the regional, continental, WFP corporate and wider UN strategies, policies and processes;
  • Prepare and submit for approval by the decision bodies, CERFAM’s annual programme of work and budget;
  • Strategy implementation and ensuring quality delivery
  • Ensure meaningful monitoring and evaluation of CERFAM’s programs and performance and the provision of accurate analysis and routine reporting on CERFAM’s activities;
  • Oversee the development of communication and advocacy tools and approaches to support the implementation of CERFAM’s programme of work.
  • Oversee the team’s production of evidence generation and documentation of innovative and sustainable solutions, lessons learnt and good practices against hunger and malnutrition through proof of concept;
  • Facilitate technical cooperation among countries in the region through knowledge exchange on good practices, innovative and sustainable solutions against hunger and malnutrition;
  • In close coordination with relevant resource mobilization divisions of WFP, identify a clear roadmap to financial sustainability, maintain a definite consideration of different stakeholder interests and effectively perform resource mobilization activities to identify public and private resources to support the implementation of CERFAM workplans;

Overseeing effective and efficient management of centre

  • Operationalize, lead and monitor the implementation of the Organisational structure, work programme, main policies and other business processes;
  • Lead CERFAM’s team and associated experts in providing technical assistance, policy and programme advice to governments, regional institutions and other stakeholders in the region on food security and nutrition, especially on the adoption, adaptation, replication or scaling up of good practices on smallholder farmer support, post-harvest loss management, home grown school feeding, community resilience, nutrition and other related topics;
  • Exercise authority over personnel and human-resource matters and further strengthen performance management by tracking key performance indicators, in line with WFP corporate practices;
  • Maintain a positive work environment that is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent and facilitates collaboration and teamwork within CERFAM;
  • Hold accountability for effective management of WFP resources within the area of assignment to ensure timely and effective delivery of the annual work plan of CERFAM;
  • Ensure that WFP rules, procedures and controls are applied, and that evaluation, audit and compliance recommendations are efficiently implemented within CERFAM;
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Perform other related tasks as required.


Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, International development, Social sciences or other relevant area, or First University degree with additional relevant experience and/or advanced training/courses.

Language: Fluency (level C) in French and English is mandatory.


Experience: Typically thirteen years or more (of which six international) of senior level experience in a relevant field of work, with a background and interest in international humanitarian and development. Extensive experience leading multicultural teams and improving performance. Experience in workign with regional bodies and national governments would be desirable.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Broad knowledge on food security, nutrition and development practices with a particular area of leading technical expertise;
  • Ability to lead, coach and motivate large and diverse teams and drive improving performance;
  • Excellent financial management skills, commercial acumen, with the ability to leverage external partnerships to optimize resources for CERFAM;
  • Ability to deal with and influence national governments and regional bodies at the highest levels;
  • Ability to oversee research, assimilate and analyse complex issues to develop strategies and policies;
  • Detailed understanding of business principles and processes and teh ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems;
  • Working experience in food security and nutrition interventions in West and Central Africa is an advantage.


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