Assisting 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading organization fighting hunger worldwide, working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP supports countries during times of crises and emergencies to save lives and livelihoods. It also helps governments ensure no one is left behind by continuing to build resilience for food security and nutrition and addressing the growing challenges posed by climate change and rising inequality.
Over the last 48 years, WFP’s role in Peru has gradually shifted from the provision of food aid to strengthening national, regional and community capacities in food security and nutrition. Its primary role today is being a key partner in food security and nutrition to improve the government’s own response to increasingly complex food security and nutrition challenges.
In 2018, WFP will begin implementing its new five-year strategy which has been designed in consultation with the Government of Peru. Over the 2018-2022 period WFP will focus on three strategic objectives: i) The government, private sector, academia and civil society in Peru are mobilized to jointly contribute to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by 2030.; ii) Vulnerable groups most at risk for prevalent forms of malnutrition in Peru (stunting, anemia, overweight/obesity) have improved nutritional status by 2022; iii) National and subnational institutions have strengthened capacities to manage food security, disaster preparedness and social protection policies and programmes by 2022.
The strategy proposes a significant strategic shift for WFP Peru to meet the Government’s expectations. This includes a new advocacy, partnership and convening role that will make WFP a more visible and politically engaged actor that will work to generate commitment towards SDG2 across all levels of Peruvian society. A more systematic approach to evidence-generation and knowledge creation will increase WFP´s levels of policy influence and strengthen its credibility vis-a-vis government counterparts, donors, partners and the public. WFP will leverage its experience of working with local governments to support the development of differentiated, culturally-appropriate and gender transformative social programmes at the regional level. South-south cooperation in areas of nutrition, disaster risk reduction and shock responsive social protection will be fostered. Finally, WFP will focus on stronger partnerships with the private sector, civil society, academia, and all institutions of the state including Congress.
This job is located in Lima, Peru Country Office.
The primary purpose of this position is to lead the strategies, activities and plans of the country office to reach the second strategic objective the strategic plan: Vulnerable groups most at risk for prevalent forms of malnutrition in Peru (stunting, anemia, overweight/obesity) have improved nutritional status by 2022.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Play a key role in the implementation of the country strategy by providing strategic guidance and supervision to country office staff in charge of nutrition-related strategies and projects, ensuring that WFP is providing the best quality support and advice to the government as per international and national best practice.
- Ensure that the design and implementation of nutrition-related activities are aligned with national priorities, WFP policies, international best practice, internal evaluation findings and include a gender transformative and culturally sensitive approach; introducing new technologies, approaches and innovations as appropriate.
- Ensure that nutrition-related activities are properly monitored and evaluated, and that lessons learned and best practices are documented to improve WFP´s own programmes and serve as an input to government policies and strategies.
- Lead and coordinate the establishment of a nutrition-related research agenda by identifying knowledge and evidence gaps and working with academia, other UN agencies and partners to support and/or lead research to close existing knowledge gaps (keeping in mind gender gaps and issues related to the lack of sex-disaggregated information) in the country and ensure that all research products are disseminated adequately to inform national policy decisions.
- Support initiatives designed to strengthen the government´s capacity to prepare and respond to disasters, ensuring appropriate nutritional strategies are included in the national EPRP policies and responses, the social protection system and food based safety nets.
- Liaise with relevant staff in the Regional Bureau and Headquarters to ensure activities are aligned to regional strategies, request for specific technical advice or support and seek guidance, as necessary.
Partnerships and advocacy
- Identify and build effective partnerships with key government entities providing them with policy and technical support and strategic advice, and will also position WFP with relevant ministries (Ministry of Health, Social Inclusion, Education, Agriculture), technical entities, local governments. Provide appropriate technical assistance and policy support to the government to strengthen the nutrition dimensions of policies and programmes related to the health, social protection, education and agriculture sectors.
- Provide support in the establishment of partnerships with other relevant partners including the private sector.
- Support in advocacy activities related to positioning the issue of malnutrition, hunger and food insecurity in the national agenda and the priorities of the government, congress, private sector and civil society. Ensure that WFP activities are properly communicated to the public, donors, partners and the government.
- Coordinate South-South and Triangular Cooperation activities related to nutrition and hunger issues.
Team leadership and support
- Lead and manage the team in charge of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive strategies, projects and activities of the WFP Country Office providing strategic and technical leadership and appropriate coaching, introducing new and innovative approaches and good practices, standardizing methodologies and ensuring quality control of all nutrition-related activities in the office.
- Provide support to programme colleagues in areas of communications and advocacy, social protection and emergencies. Participate as part of the programme leadership team of the office in discussions on the strategic and programmatic directions of the office, and support in fundraising activities lead by other colleagues including, scanning and identifying possible donors, preparing funding proposals and discussing WFP´s activities with donors and partners.
- In the event of an emergency or disaster, support, as appropriate to ensure that the nutritional needs of the affected population are met, including through technical assistance to the government or through direct WFP implementation and others.
- Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
- Other roles and responsibilities as required.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: University degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Health or other related field.
National Professional: Fluency (level C) in Spanish and Intermediate knowledge (level B) in English.
CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
- Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
- Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.
- Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
- Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognize the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
- Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios).
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
- Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
- Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.
- Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning.
- Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations.
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.
- Strategic Policy Engagement with government: develops through recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g. government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.
- Broad knowledge of nutrition, public health and food security: demonstrates ability to interpret data, analyze the context, identify key gaps and challenges in the policies and programmes at national and local levels, to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
- Partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships.
- Programme lifecycle and food assistance: displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national and subnational levels to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
- People Management: Engages with and manages people so that they are highly effective in their roles and teams. Is able to resolve conflicts between people, influence other’s behavior and align people toward a common vision. Upholds WFP’s values and approaches to the effective management of people.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
- Ability to understand and communicate effectively WFP´s strategic objectives and overall strategic plan, representing the organization appropriately in every situation.
- Knowledge of the nutrition, hunger and food security issues and problems in the country, an understanding of national statistics related to nutrition, and knowledge of the main challenges and gaps of national safety nets related to nutrition.
- An understanding of the main strategies that could be implemented to address the main nutrition-related challenges.
- Ability to work as part of team and management and coordination skills.
- Writing skills to effectively communicate WFP´s work, vision, results and agenda in a clear concise way.
- Creativity, ability to find solutions to problems, openness to innovation and change.
- Partnership skills.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
Typically, ten or more years of experience working in the public or private sector, or the international arena, in nutrition, food security and/or hunger.
- Has worked in rural areas, in particular in areas with high proportions of indigenous peoples in the Andes or Amazon regions.
- Experience in the design, implementation and supervision of strategies, programmes and projects related to food security, nutrition, hunger-reduction, social protection, and capacity development.
- Experience providing advice and technical support to the government at national or subnational levels.
- Experience supervising research projects and evaluations related to nutrition, food security or social protection.
- Experience influencing government priorities, budgetary and policy decisions.
- Has gained management/ supervisory experience in directing teams.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Local fixed term contract.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Deadline for applications will be 31 March 2018.
Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Only qualified candidates on the shortlist will be contacted.
Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
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.
- Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
- Location: Lima (Peru)
- Grade: Level not specified
- Closing Date: 2018-04-01