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Supply Chain Officer (Capacity Strengthening and Partnership)


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Nepal
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Logistics
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Supply Chain
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: Closed


WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.


The Limited Fixed Term (LFT) position leads the Supply Chain and Emergency Preparedness and Response team and reports to the Deputy Country Director. 


WFP Nepal’s Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023) has initiated a transition from direct implementation of food security and nutrition programmes to more specialised technical assistance and capacity strengthening of the government as well as national programmes. In its next CSP (2024-2029), the CO will further expand this shift.

A key component of this shift is implemented through the CO’s supply chain unit and focused on strengthening the government’s overall supply chain (SC) as well as its emergency preparedness and response (EPR) capacity. While excellent progress has been made over the years, The full transition to government of the EPR and SC capacity investment is planned to be completed by the end of 2024.

This position will lead the supply chain unit that is at the centre of capacity strengthening efforts for supply chain more broadly and the EPR project in particular.



Position Title: Supply Chain Officer (Capacity Strengthening and Partnership)
Contract Type: Limited Fixed Term (LFT)
Grade: P3
Contract Duration: 12 months (renewable)
Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal 
Vacancy Number: 399806


Date of Publication: 01 February 2023
Deadline of Application: 14 February 2023


*Limited Fixed-Term Appointment (LFT) position is a non-mobile staff appointment in the international professional category for a limited period for up to 4 years and is open to all nationalities (for HQ and RBs) or candidates must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment (for Country Offices). The position is based in Kathmadu, Nepal and the selected candidate will be expected to relocate. Incumbents of LFT positions are not eligible to apply for other mobile positions advertised internally through the Reassignment.


WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Lead and guide the SC and EPR team at the CO and provide support and oversight to relevant staff at Field Offices, embedded in government entities, located warehouses and the Humanitarian Staging Areas.
  2. Provide coaching, training and career guidance as required to ensure appropriate staff development and to enable high performing team. 
  3. Lead the refinement of the government capacity strengthening strategy for SC and EPR also with a view to a full transitioning of the EPR project. 
  4. Provide government and partners with technical and managerial capacity to run efficiently, effectively and sustainably the Humanitarian Staging areas at national, provincial and sub-provincial levels. 
  5. Contribute to both government and WFP preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitoring the management of specific supply chain risks to enable governments, WFP and other partners to quickly respond and deploy food and resources at the onset of the crisis.
  6. Support the government to plan and implement supply chain operations to ensure timely, cost-effective delivery of commodities and services in time of increased needs or to respond to crises. 
  7. Provide world-class on-demand supply chain services to government, UN agencies and development partners, further positioning WFP as a partner of choice.
  8. Work closely with the Head of Programme and all activity managers to provide advice and high-quality capacity strengthening services for the School Meals Programme, rice fortification interventions and resilience/climate programmes. 
  9. Expand and maintain partnerships with relevant line ministries and development partners to advance the capacity strengthening strategy including the allocation of necessary financial means. 
  10. In close collaboration with the external relations unit, engage with development partners and government to raise resources to sustain and where needed expand the SC and EPR capacity strengthening efforts.
  11. Support relevant line ministries in budget planning for sustainable SC and EPR capacity at all levels.
  12. Co-lead, together with the senior management team and the strategic planning lead, the development of a WFP Nepal country capacity strengthening strategy that will inform the 2G CSP and guide all other units in the CO.
  13. Supervise and implement Food Safety and Quality activities in support to CO’s programmes related to food assistance or through direct technical assistance to the government and private sector.
  14. Analyse context and supervise Supply Chain activities related to Cash Base Transfer activities
  15. Lead Nepal’s Logistic Cluster in preparedness and response activities.
  16. Other as required. 


  • Refined government capacity strengthening strategy for SC and EPR. More efficient and effective government systems and procedures in place to provide assistance in the context of scaled up social protection and shock-responsive programmes. 
  • Fully handed over EPR project and sustainable government management plan of HSAs in place (including SOPs). Improved government capability to respond to emergencies. 
  • Input into the 2G CSP country capacity strengthening component.  
  • Funding proposals and briefing documents as needed.


Education: Advanced University degree in Transport Economics, Supply Chain, Logistics, Business Management or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses. 

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. 


Five years of post-graduate professional experience in capacity strengthening for supply chain and emergency preparedness and response, or related fields.



  • Proven skills in and knowledge of corporate country capacity strengthening approaches and tools, including on government and private sector partnerships.
  • Proven project management experience across the entire project cycle including resource mobilization and development partner liaison. 
  • Experience in leading project teams and supervising staff.
  • Demonstrated skills in collaborative problem-solving, lateral thinking and prioritization in high-pressure working environments are an advantage.
  • Behavioural competencies such as action management, client orientation, cognitive capacity, innovation, partnering and teamwork.
  • Proven fundraising/partnership expertise in Nepal. 



All WFP Employees are expected to demonstrate the competencies and standards of behaviour aligned with our core values and defined in the WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK, namely:  

  • Leading by example with integrity,  
  • Driving results and delivering on commitments,  
  • Fostering inclusive and collaborative teamwork,  
  • Applying strategic thinking,  
  • Building and maintaining sustainable partnerships.  


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Supply Chain Strategy Demonstrates robust understanding of supply chain strategies. Conducts analytical
and conceptual work in support of strategy design and implementation.
Operationalizes strategies in own area of responsibility.
Supply Chain Planning Leads supply chain planning within area of operations managed. Oversees and
coordinates periodic planning across functions and with partners. Ensures consensusbased
plans are in place and aligned with strategy.
Supply Chain & Networks
Manages end-to-end supply chain within area of operations. Leads the design and
implementation of supply chain, retail and partnership networks. Oversees and
coordinates integrated delivery of supply chain services.
Supply Chain Capacity
Leads design and implementation of supply chain capacity strengthening initiatives
within area of operations managed. Leverages WFP’s supply chain capacities and
networks to strengthen national value chains and stakeholders.
Supply Chain Performance &
Leads continuous supply chain improvement and innovation initiatives within area of
operations managed. Defines operational performance targets, monitors
performance, anticipates and mitigates risks for timely corrective actions.



WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. 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.


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.

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