Programme Associate SC6-Access
Juba (South Sudan)
WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME - SOUTH SUDAN COUNTRY OFFICE
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 108081
POSITION TITLE: PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE (1 POSITION)
POSITION GRADE: SC6
CONTRACT TYPE: SERVICE CONTRACT
CONTRACT DURATION: 12 MONTHS RENEWABLE
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.
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’s South Sudan operation aims to provide assistance to over 5 million food insecure people in 2019.
WFP is seeking technical leaders: people who can demonstrate that they possess the right mix of qualifications, skills and experience to drive WFP programmes to a higher level of effectiveness with consideration to the populations we serve. Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Education & Experience: Completion of Secondary School Education, 5 years working experience in a position of coordinating among local and state authorities and the humanitarian community. This experience can be with either with state authorities or in the humanitarian sector.
Language: Working knowledge of English, Arabic, Nuer and Dinka
Five years since the onset of the civil war in South Sudan, the operational environment across South Sudan is characterized by numerous challenges to principled delivery of assistance. Fragmentation has led to an immense proliferation of stakeholders with whom WFP must build relationships and engage to consult, negotiate, and secure credible guarantees related to security, humanitarian space, and minimal operating standards (ground rules). Diversity and fragmentation have necessitated WFP staff to familiarize themselves with a multitude of unique context and conflict dynamics.
To effectively overcome these challenges and deliver humanitarian assistance in a complex context like South Sudan, WFP needs to ensure it can ground it logistics and programmes in humanitarian principles and local contexts. The purpose of this assignment is to provide contextual analysis in areas of volatility, especially Unity State, and to advocate and negotiate for adequate humanitarian space with all relevant stakeholders within the selected candidate’s area of expertise.
Under the immediate supervision of the Head of Access, the staff member will develop and use contextual expertise, knowledge of the International Normative Framework and WFP Policies, to facilitate safe and unhindered humanitarian access.
- Provide contextual expertise to inform early warning tools and briefs, and provide advice on the implementation of humanitarian principles to Programme Policy Officers as required;
- Establish and maintain pre-existing contacts useful to WFP humanitarian operations, and contribute to the development and maintenance of a stakeholder network in areas of interest;
- Use contacts to obtain information only when of relevance to WFP operations and under instruction of the Programme Policy Officer;
- Provide translation when necessary and appropriate for Programme Policy Officers;
- Engage in ad hoc negotiations with personal contacts in the field in line with WFPs operational programmes and maintaining relationships with key influencers.
- Liaise with Logistics, Emergency unit, Nutrition, Logistics Cluster, and UNHAS to monitoring operational planning and to ensure necessary documentation has been completed for Programme Policy Officers and other functional units;
- Support the development and implementation of trainings and learning tools for national staff pertaining to basic negotiations and best practices to ensure a principled response;
- Perform other related duties as required.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Duty Station: Successful applicant must be willing to be permanently based in the identified duty station (Juba) with significant travel to operational locations in the field.
Expert knowledge of the South Sudan context, especially key actors and groups, as well as social, political, and conflict dynamics; pre-existing network of influential contacts and proven ability network; knowledge regarding the implementation of humanitarian operations and WFP in particular; ability to communicate effectively; humanitarian principles, and any field related to WFP mandate and operations; ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds; ability to cope with situations which may threaten health or safety and to live in challenging environments; flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk description or outside of terms of reference.
THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO SOUTH SUDANESE NATIONALS ONLY.
19 NOVEMBER 2019
Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting
diversity and gender balance
WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYER, QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT WFP DOES NOT CHARGE ANY FEE AT ANY STAGE OF RECRUITMENT PROCESS.
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.