Programme Associate (Resilience Innovation)

World Food Programme, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th December, 2018


Job Description

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

Enhancing resilience for vulnerable communities has been a core foundation of WFP’s work in Bangladesh for decades. WFP commits through its new Country Strategy Plan (CSP) for innovative approaches to enhance resilience so that improvements in livelihoods, food security and nutrition are not repeatedly lost in areas, which are most exposed to climate-related shocks. The approaches like micro-insurance, forecast based financing, and seasonal livelihood planning would be introduced as the successful risk transfer mechanism to prevent a sharp increase in poverty following a disaster, in a country like Bangladesh.

The overall goal of the project intervention is to reduce human suffering caused by climate-related hazards and to enhance the risk-management capacity of the poor and vulnerable people. WFP will introduce resilience innovation tools and product and will test at the field. The outcome of the intervention should contribute to the level where they can be brought to scale by the Government, Private sector, or both.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within the framework of WFP’s Resilience Innovation and under the overall guidance of the Manager – Resilience Innovation (Activity-8), and direct supervision of Programme and Policy Officer-RI the incumbent will:

  • Provide technical support and assist in the planning of resilience innovation interventions piloting such as; forecast based financing, micro-insurance and seasonal livelihood programming;
  • Work closely with the Programme Officers (Micro-insurance and Livelihood Analyst, and Hydro-meteorological and Climate Analyst) and contribute in preparing tools, format and guidelines for the aforesaid interventions;
  • Communicate with CO resilience innovation (RI) team and sub-office regularly to ensure activities are performed in accordance with WFP policies, donor policies, and agreements;
  • Ensure and follow-up with partners for timely submission of monitoring and progress reports and review them and provide feedback;
  • Provide support to WFP Sub-office and Cooperating Partners in the successful implementation of the piloting and undertake regular field visits to follow-up/monitor the implementation of the programme activities;
  • Coordinate with RI stakeholders for smooth implementation of the activities. Maintain an updated list of contact of the Stakeholders;
  • Check and verify partners quarterly and monthly invoices and expenditure statements and process payments; perform monthly invoice matching and payment process in the system (ITS).
  • Assist in coordinating donor and Government high officials field visits, provide support to organize effectively the visit; prepare fact sheets, briefs, relevant papers for the mission members

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in social science, environmental science, or any other relevant fields; Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in a relevant subject is preferable.
  • Experience: At least 5 years’ experience in Resilience Building, Climate Change Adaptation and/or Disaster Risk Reduction fields;
  • Knowledge & Skills: Sound knowledge on food security and nutrition; competent in building and maintaining relationships with Governments, local organizations, and NGO partners; competent in training facilitation; good in interpersonal and negotiation skills; good in computers operation to prepare report using the software packages including Power Point presentation;
  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Bangla

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • 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.

People

  • 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.

Performance

  • 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.

Partnership

  • 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.

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