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Head of Targeting - CST I - Sana'a CO


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Sanaa
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-17


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.

General Information

  • Title of Post: Head of Targeting
  • Grade: CST I
  • Supervisor: Head of Targeting and Digital Solutions
  • Unit: Targeting & Digital Solutions
  • DUTY STATION (City, Country): Yemen Operation, Sana'a CO
  • Duration of Contract: 11 months


The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  We are saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

WFP’s emergency response in Yemen is one of the agency’s largest anywhere in the world. As of Q3 2023, WFP delivered vital food assistance to 13.2 million people in need, provided nutrition support to 2.9 million children and women, and also contributed to education through its school feeding programme reaching 2 million schoolchildren.


Yemen remains one of the most significant humanitarian crises in the world, with around 17.4 million people (IPC Phase 3 and above) in need of assistance as per the 2022 IPC result. Conflict and economic crisis remain the main drivers of acute food insecurity and malnutrition, further exacerbated by the instability of humanitarian assistance. The United Nations World Food Program and the Supreme Council for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and International Cooperation (SCMCHA) signed an agreement and Annexes related to the targeting, registration, and assistance transfer management for the most vulnerable households in need for the Areas under Sana'a-based authorities. The agreement provides a framework for collaboration between the two parties to achieve efficient and effective food assistance programs through appropriate beneficiary selection and registration to minimize inclusion and exclusion errors in the beneficiary lists and ensure the neediest are supported through regular monthly food assistance to prevent famine.

The incumbent will apply their knowledge, skills, business analysis tools, and techniques to ensure that country-level beneficiary targeting and identity/transfers management implementation needs, expectations are met, strategic planning requirements are fulfilled, and relevant business input is provided. This involves initiating, leading, and monitoring a portfolio at Area Office level implementation projects to implement the new processes and tools in the prioritized governates and districts.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Lead the Targeting and Registration of all eligible beneficiaries in 221 districts in North Yemen.

2. Mobilize technical expertise on Targeting and Registration exercise.

3. Participate in discussions with relevant stakeholders in various aspects of Targeting and Registration including:

    1. Coordination with RAM regarding the design and applicability of the targeting criteria and verification process with key objective to meet beneficiaries most in need.
    2. Liaise with local authorities and participate in negotiations to obtain approvals for the Targeting and Registration activity.
    3. Engage with relevant gender and protection focal points to ensure that targeting processes are inclusive, fair and communicated in a transparent way to affected populations.
    4. Coordinate with communications team to produce different sensitization assets required for the Targeting and Registration exercise.

​​​​​​​4. Support the identification, development, and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved Targeting and Registration activities.

5. Conduct preliminary Targeting and Registration assessments to define the Targeting and Registration approach for various programmatic interventions based on the context in Yemen.

6. Ensuring strong awareness of targeting requirements and eligibility criteria through various sensitization channels.

7. Ensure effective capturing of vulnerability details for beneficiaries as per the Targeting and Registration approach.

8. Ensure understanding of and compliance with WFPs policies and guidelines like Personal Data Protection Policy.

9. Ensure the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on Targeting and Registration that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

10. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners, and local authorities to prepare for and respond to Targeting and Registration needs through:

    1. Preparing training materials and conducting TOT trainings for WFP staff and cooperating partners.
    2. Document lessons learnt/best practices and actively contribute to new and refined existing guidance, tools and SOPs based on country-level experiences.
    3. Conduct workshops with local authorities, cooperating partners and internal staff and share knowledge of different challenges, solutions and lessons learnt.

11. Build, lead and manage the targeting team to complete the deliverables in agreed timelines, thereby fostering good human relationship and creating positive environment.

12. Perform other related duties as assigned.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Information technology, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Experience: For holders of an advanced degree, 3 years of relevant work experience, and 5 years for holders of first-level university degree of progressively responsible experience in a humanitarian organisation, with demonstrable field experience dealing with Beneficiary Identity Management and large-scale beneficiary registration in complex operations. This should include experience working in conflict contexts. In-depth field experience in emergency contexts is highly desirable.

Language: Fluency (level C) in the English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese is an added advantage.


Lead by example and with integrity

Upholds WFP values, principles and standards:

Demonstrates the WFP values, principles, and standards.

Respect others and value diversity:

Values diversity using respectful and inclusive language, and encourages others to the same

Stay focused and calm under pressure:

Stays focused and calm when under pressure and encourages others to do the same

Demonstrate humility and willingness to learn: 

Demonstrates humility and a willingness to learn and share knowledge, frequently seeking and acting on feedback, and pursuing opportunities to develop

Drives results and delivers on commitments

Delivers maximum impact results:

Identifies and aligns objectives to the required outcomes, holding self and/or otheres accountable for the delivery of results for maximum impact

Delegate tasks appropriately:

Delivers responsibly and provides appropiate support empowering others to deliver results

Adapts readily to chance:

Responds readily to change in different contexts and adapts accordingly


Foster inclusive and collaborative teamwork.

Is inclusive and collaborative:

Promotes inclusive teamwork and psychological safety by encouraging colleagues to collaborate by sharing ideas and openly raising issues.

Gives timely ad constructive feedback:

Supports development for others by giving timely and constructive feedback

Builds And shares new perspectives:

Seeks out, trusts and listens, attentively to diverse views to capture, learn, build and share new perspectives.


Applies strategic thinking.

Communicate and fulfill WFP's vision:

Communicates and fulfils WFP´s vision and  operational otucomes to deliver meaningfuk solutions.

Embraces curiosity and new ways of doing things:

Demonstrates curiosity and proposes new ways of doing things when relevant

Analyses and evaluate the data:

Gathers data and shares knowledge to inform team decision making

Consider the consequences of any decision:

Implements decision considering the risks and implications of actions for teams, projects and other initiatives.

Builds and maintains sustainable partnerships

Builds partnerships:

Inititates and builds partnerships by identifying and promoting opportunities for mutual areas of interest and benefit.

Collaborate to achieve common goals:

Collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives by sharing information and working together on agreed solutions.




  • The applicant shouldn't be a Yemeni national.
  • This position is required for a period of consecutive 11 months with a possibility of extension subject to the operational needs and availability of funding in Yemen Country Office.
  • Consultancy contracts will be subject to a mandatory break in service after a period of service of 11 continuous months.
  • WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with WFP HR Manual.
  • Applications must be submitted online with:
  1. Use English language only
  2. Indicate all your job TOR
  3. indicate clear years of experience with each job (Month/Year)
  • By submitting your application, you have read the Terms of Reference for this position and agree that any false, wrong or incomplete information might lead to your disqualification in this recruitment process.


17 June 2024


WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

WFP is dedicated to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our recruitment process is inclusively crafted to welcome candidates of all backgrounds, celebrating diversity and ensuring a respectful environment for all. We aim for an accessible and fair recruitment journey. Should you need any reasonable accommodations or have accessibility concerns, please reach out to us confidentially at Our DEI team is here to ensure your full participation in our recruitment process.

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