Programme Assistant (Food Value Chains) SC5 - Roster announcement
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.
The Armenian food sector is characterized by the low productivity of nutritionally diversified commodities, high production costs, fragmented producers, and limited post-harvest market infrastructures and opportunities. This in turn negatively impacts the Armenian population’s access to nutritionally diversified food and is resulting in worrisome levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. At the same time, inefficient post-harvest and supply chain processes entail low quality and safety standards which adversely affect the stability of supplies and which do not allow either the national or international commercialization of Armenian food products. Within its five-year Country Strategic Plan for 2019-2024, WFP Armenia has designed a new portfolio of programme activities aimed at developing food value chains within Armenia. Programme activities include trialling food value chain projects across the country, assessing impact and results, and scaling intervention designs that prove successful.
WFP Armenia is seeking suitable candidates for a roster for the position of Programme Assistant Food Value Chains. Successful roster candidates will form a shortlist for the creation of future positions to support at the field level with the implementation of the food value chain programme activities.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Provide specialized expertise to guide the timely implementation of food value chain project activities.
- Ensure that project activities are performed in line with the targets established within project documents, report proactively where targets might be missed and provide potential solutions to overcome challenges.
- Ensuring activities are implemented according to planned timelines and aligned with wider programme policies and guidelines including programme Standard Operating Procedures.
- Act as a communication link and foster relationships between WFP, and the key stakeholders engaged at project level. This includes facilitating smooth channels of communication, and proactively engaging with key stakeholders. Stakeholders include project beneficiaries, government institutions, and NGO’s.
- Advise on the design of the expansion of the food value chain activities, including identifying opportunities for pilots to be expanded into national food value chain projects. Provide input into project proposals and support on the implementation of activity scale up.
- Document project activity success, and under the guidance of WFP’s communication team provide input for external communications on project success.
- Work closely with the partnership and communication unit to formulate proposals for funding and for documenting and communicating results;
- Identify capacity building initiatives for stakeholders of FVC activities including WFP staff, the Government and implementing partners;
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the functional area is desirable. A first level university degree in Business Administration, International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance would be an asset.
Experience: Four or more years of progressively responsible experience in direct implementation of field level project activities for an NGO, government institution, UN Agency. Experience of working on agricultural projects is highly desirable.Knowledge & Skills: Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team; ability to plan and organize work with minimum supervision; ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines. General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures is desirable.
Languages: Fluency in Armenian, and highly competent in the English language; working knowledge (level B) of Russian language is desired.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
- Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
- Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.
- Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
- Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
- Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
- Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
- Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.
- Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
- Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
- Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This vacancy announcement is not tied to any currently open position. It is a Roster for qualified applicants to express their interest for future Programme Assistant (Food Value Chains) positions. All applications received will be reviewed and go through a selection process to assess relevant experience and qualifications. Applicants who meet the selection criteria may be contacted for further interviews or assessments and to confirm their interest and availability.
Applications must be submitted online through WFP e-Recruitment System.
Internal WFP staff can access the VA through the internal WFP CAREER page via the link: http://newgo.wfp.org/services/e-recruitment
Make sure that you answer all mandatory questions accurately and to attach your updated CV in English.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Interested candidates are invited to submit their application not later than Thursday 8th July 2021.
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.