Head of Field Office

Muzaffarabad

Job Description

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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.
ABOUT WFP

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.
ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The role as Head of Field Office, is based in WFP’s Office in Muzaffarabad and reports to the Deputy Country Director in Islamabad.
JOB PURPOSE

The post will have a strong focus on ensuring the effective and efficient management of human and financial resources and delivery of WFP programmes and activities. A large emphasis is placed upon building and maintaining strategic partnerships and relationships with Government, UN agencies and other partners in the area to reinforce WFP’s visibility. The Head of Field Office is expected to provide leadership in the development and implementation of policies and programmes under the Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022) in a complex context and in close coordination with the WFP Country Office.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Effectively manage the Field Office to ensure the continued development of a cohesive and high performing team.
  • Plan and manage WFP field operations within the area of assignment to ensure effective and efficient delivery of food assistance and that daily operational issues are timely resolved to prevent losses or delays.
  • Ensure that allocated resources are used efficiently and are in line with agreed plans, and any deviations are reported to the Area/Country Office.
  • Hold accountability for the security of WFP staff, operations, premises and assets in the Field Office to ensure that WFP security and safety standards are locally set and followed. Actively participate and contribute to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT).
  • Conduct timely monitoring and evaluation of activities and prepare accurate and comprehensive reports on WFP’s operations and performance with regular and timely submission for Area/Country Office review to inform efficient operational planning and decisions.
  • Build effective and collaborative relations with the local authorities and contribute to the expertise sharing and capacity building for effective preparedness and response to food assistance needs.
  • Build partnerships to improve assistance packages, develop and sustain liaison with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, civil societies, beneficiaries and other partners and media engaged in the field of food security.
  • Ensure extensive and frequent presence at project areas, distribution sites and centres.
  • Other as required.
FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Strategy & Planning Applies strong understanding of key national and international socio-political issues and the complexity and range of WFP programmes to plan and oversee implementation of programmes in area of responsibility, coordinating and monitoring to ensure effective fulfilment of the area’s needs
Operations Applies understanding of WFP’s operations within the area of assignment to ensure optimal deployment of food aid and food assistance programmes and the resolution of high impact operational issues that arise.
Demonstrates an in-depth understanding of WFP programmes, supply chain and budgeting principles
Resource Proactively builds profile of WFP within area of responsibility, effectively leveraging this to lead fundraising initiatives. Utilises understanding of WFP structure and delivery model and strong commercial knowledge to effectively develop, manage and control budgets, with frequently limited funding.
Diplomacy Applies negotiation, networking and diplomacy skills to develop, nurture and sustain mutually beneficial external partnerships with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, civil societies, UN agencies, donors, beneficiaries and other partners/ media engaged in the field of food security, to improve assistance packages.
Collaborates with governments and other partners to identify opportunities for food assistance programmes in-line with WFP’s strategic aims locally, and negotiates the optimal approach to delivery against these.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, International Development, Agriculture, Water, Food Security, Disaster Management, Social Sciences or other related field

Experience: At least 3 years of post graduate professional work experience (management of office or team and in emergency response & preparedness food security, Resilience, Drought/Flood Management, and Climate Change)

Language: Fluency (level C) in English and Urdu language.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • Has developed, or supported in the development of, single discipline work plans to support the achievement of WFP strategic aims within a defined area.
  • Has gained some exposure in field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency situation.
  • Has field experience via field rotations or working in a sub-office, and through field postings.
  • Gained experience of analysing local political situations and assessing risk accurately.
  • Gained broader exposure across areas within a function (i.e. policy, programme etc.).
  • Has gained experience managing small to mid-size financial budgets, balancing priorities effectively.
  • Has experience leading a small to mid-size team to ensure the effective delivery of objectives.
  • Participated in a vendor/government/ partner negotiation within area of focus.
  • Participated in a small emergency operation/ development programme.
  • Has experience with security co-ordination and compound management within a smaller area.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

27 February 2020
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Qualified female applicants 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.


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