Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
WFP Kenya is investing in innovative approaches to enable rural households and community groups to build resilient livelihoods and sustainable food systems in the ASALs. WFP is fostering the creation of a conducive environment for communities in the ASALs receiving WFP support to access financial services, including business planning support, agricultural microfinance and climate microinsurance. These services will be key catalysers of WFP’s impact on livelihoods transformation and sustainable hunger reduction.
WFP is seeking to recruit a Risk Management and Financial Services Specialist within Strategic Outcome 2 of the WFP Kenya Country Strategic Plan (2018-2023). Strategic Outcome 2 is designed to address bottlenecks in food production, transformation and consumption in food insecure areas in the arid and semi-arid lands through a systems-oriented, and risk management-, market- and community-based approach. Activities aim at addressing climate-related threats to food security and well-being by adopting climate smart technologies, investments in resilience of households, communities, institutions, market access for smallholder farmers, and combines these with innovative new approaches throughout the food system.
The risk management and financial services component will build on WFP’s extensive market and supply chain expertise, analyses and identified food-based business opportunities along the value chain in the ASALs, and subsequent business plans and models thus to enable WFP beneficiaries to gradually transition from a situation of food insecurity to self-sufficiecy and eventually market actors.
The work will build on WFP’s global experience and learning on integrated risk management also known as Rural Resilience Initiative (R4). R4 was introduced in Kenya in 2017 with positive results and is now being scaled up. WFP also seeks to build on long-standing efforts to link the creation of climate-resilient technologies at community level to microfinance - particularly village savings and loans associations, as a bridge towards financial inclusion. Additional innovative areas where financial services will need to be mainstreamed include farmer organisation capacity strengthening, youth engagement in agribusiness and the strengthening of capacity of small and medium-scale food retailers and processors in the ASALs.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
The candidate is required to meet the following qualifications:
The following qualifications are an added advantage:
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive):
The Programme Policy Officer will be responsible for the following areas:
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE: