Recrutement de 01 Head of Field Office

Localité : Zimbabwe / Harare
Domaine : Economie
Niveau : Non precise
Entreprise recruteur : World Food Programme

Recrutement de 01 Head of Field Office
Niveau d'études: Non précisé
Expérience: 5 ans
Expire le: 11-08-2022

World Food Programme
Harare, Zimbabwe
Opportunités de carrière : Head of Field Office (Multiple Duty Stations), NOB Fixed Term (170209)

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

Head of WFP Field Office (HoFO) is a senior managerial position within the country office operations. The purpose of the job is to Plan and Manage field operations to ensure the effective and efficient deployment of Food Assistance Programmes and use of allocated resources. The incumbent carries delegated authority of the WFP Country Representative in the designated geographical area of responsibility. The Deputy Country Director exercises supervisory managerial responsibility over the position. The position provides all information on developments in relation to the protection (legal protection issues relating to WFP staff), security (Physical security in relation to the WFP staff and the persons of concern to WFP) and operational matters (programme and office management / administration) within the domain of its geographical area of responsibility to the WFP Country Representative and/or Deputy Country Director on a regular and timely manner.

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.

In Zimbabwe, WFP has a strong track record of delivering food assistance and managing supply chains during crises, while building resilience to shocks among vulnerable communities. The July 2022-December 2026 Country Strategic Plan (CSP) provides a road map to promote shock-responsive social protection and sustainable and resilient food systems.

The July 2022-December 2026 CSP articulates collaborative efforts to better anticipate future needs, improve data and forecasting and strengthen livelihoods and local capacities to withstand, respond to and adapt more readily to sudden or chronic stresses. WFP will support informed decision making on food security and nutrition in Zimbabwe, and will integrate nutrition, gender, protection and inclusion, youth engagement, technological innovation and decentralized zero hunger action throughout the plan. WFP will establish new partnerships and leverage existing ones to their full potential, including those with the other Rome-based and other United Nations agencies.

WFP Zimbabwe’s July 2022-December 2026 CSP focuses on the below areas;

Social and humanitarian assistance for food-and nutrition-insecure populations in targeted rural and urban areas.
Support to urban food insecure households for resilient livelihoods.
Support to rural communities for climate resilient livelihoods, sustainable management of natural resources and enhanced participation in local markets and value chains.
Collaboration with national actors to enhance capacities to develop, coordinate and implement well-informed, effective and equitable actions for achieving food and nutrition security.
Services to humanitarian and development actors in Zimbabwe so they can implement their programmes and provide support to their beneficiaries in an efficient, effective and reliable way at all times, including during crises

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme and supply chain activities that effectively meet food assistance needs ensuring that daily operational issues are timely resolved to prevent losses, delays or reputational risks.
Contribute to the design and implementation of interventions that strengthen livelihoods and resilience, and integrate cross-cutting issues of gender, youth, and nutrition, while ensuring technical quality of delivered outputs.
Effectively manage the Field Office to ensure the continued development of a cohesive and high performing team by planning, organizing, guiding, distributing, and coordinating the flow of work, as well as support capacity building of WFP staff in the Field Office.
Ensure that allocated resources are utilized efficiently and are in line with agreed plans, with any deviations reported to the country office.
Hold accountability for the security of WFP staff, operations, premises and assets in the Field Office to ensure that WFP security and safety standards are locally set and followed. Actively participate and contribute to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT).
Build and maintain strategic partnerships at Field Office level, and identify synergistic opportunities for collaborations with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, civil societies, beneficiaries and other partners and media engaged in the field of food security.
Build effective and collaborative relations with the local authorities and contribute to the expertise sharing and capacity building for effective preparedness and response to food assistance needs.
Conduct timely monitoring and evaluation of activities and prepare accurate and comprehensive reports on WFP’s field operations and performance in order inform efficient operational planning and decisions.
Generate, manage and share information and knowledge to support improvement in programme design, and learning.
Other as required

Education : Advanced University degree in Economics, International Development, Social Sciences or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
Experience : Five or more years of relevant experience in programme management of which 3 or more years should be at professional (managerial) level relevant to international development or humanitarian work and food assistance programmes.

Language : Fluency in written and oral communication in the English language. Fluency in local language spoken at the duty station (Shona/ Ndebele).

Strong analytic, communication and interpersonal skills, including training and facilitation skills and demonstrated experience in conceptual analysis, planning and organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to work with government with the required diplomacy and tactical skills to handle complex situations;
Has gained some exposure in field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency operations.
Has experience working in both emergency and development context.
Ability to prepare Field Office programme implementation activity plans, updates and reports.
Able to build partnerships through internal and external stakeholder engagement and management.
Has experience in developing and maintaining a strong team that is capable of delivering results through good people management.

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Strategy & Planning Applies strong understanding of key national and international socio-political issues and the complexity and range of WFP programmes to plan and oversee implementation of programmes in area of responsibility, coordinating and monitoring to ensure effective fulfilment of the area’s needs.
Operations Applies understanding of WFP’s operations within the area of assignment to ensure optimal deployment of food aid and food assistance programmes and the resolution of high impact operational issues that arise.
Demonstrates an in-depth understanding of WFP programmes, supply chain and budgeting principles.
Resource Proactively builds profile of WFP within area of responsibility, effectively leveraging this to lead fundraising initiatives. Utilises understanding of WFP structure and delivery model and strong commercial knowledge to effectively develop, manage and control budgets, with frequently limited funding.
Diplomacy Applies negotiation, networking and diplomacy skills to develop, nurture and sustain mutually beneficial external partnerships with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, civil societies, UN agencies, donors, beneficiaries and other partners/ media engaged in the field of food security, to improve assistance packages.
Collaborates with governments and other partners to identify opportunities for food assistance programmes in-line with WFP’s strategic aims locally, and negotiates the optimal approach to delivery against these.
People Management N/A

Has developed, or supported in the development of, single discipline work plans to support the achievement of WFP strategic aims within a defined area.
Has gained some exposure in field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency situation.
Strong understanding of national socio-economic and political issues and the complexity and range of WFP programmes to plan and oversee implementation.
Gained broader exposure across areas within a function (i.e. policy, programme etc.).
Has gained experience managing small to mid-size financial budgets, balancing priorities effectively.
Has experience leading a small to mid-size team to ensure the effective delivery of objectives.
Participated in a vendor/government/ partner negotiation within area of focus.
Participated in a small emergency operation/ development programme.
Has experience with security co-ordination and compound management within a smaller area.

Qualified candidates are requested to submit their application via E- Recruitment attaching a signed application letter, a Curriculum Vitae and a signed Personal History Form (P11) available at . This vacancy announcement is for a post in Harare duty station. The same Vacancy Announcement will be used to build a roster for similar positions that may arise in future for WFP Offices in Bulawayo and Masvingo.

This advert is open to nationals of Zimbabwe Only. Female candidates with relevant qualifications and experience are encouraged to apply.


The deadline for receipt of applications is 11 August 2022.
All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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