Job Opportunity : Head of Field Office P3 - Bertoua

Job Opportunity : Head of Field Office P3 - Bertoua

Job Opportunity : Head of Field Office P3 - Bertoua

Career Opportunities: Head of Field Office P3 (122989)
Requisition # 122989 - Posted 19/06/2020 - Fixed Term - Africa, Central & Eastern - Cameroon - Bertoua - Working Job Language (1) - PROGRAMME & POLICY

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.

Are you a Programme Manager/Leader interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Would you like to join WFP, a highly reputable organisation bringing positive change to lives of people affected by hardships? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people?

If your answer is yes, then this is a great opportunity for you to become an integral member of a diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to beneficiary assistance.

About WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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. With more than 18,000 colleagues worldwide, WFP works 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.

Why WFP?

WFP assists more than 86 million people around 83 countries. Your work will have a positive impact on lives of the world’s most vulnerable people
You will join a diverse team of professionals and will have a chance to exchange your experience with your colleagues
WFP invests in the training and development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities
Our team is growing nationally and internationally and the timing to join us cannot be better!
We offer attractive compensation package (please refer to Terms and Conditions section)

WFP Bertoua Field Office, East Region, Cameroon

WFP Cameroon Country Office is seeking to fill the position of Head of Field Office at the P3 Level, based in Bertoua. The position will report to the Deputy Country Director, and work in close coordination with activity managers and heads of different functional units. The position will lead a team of 20 staff and oversee the work of the Batouri Field Office.

The head of field office will ensure the effective and efficient management of human and financial resources and delivery of WFP programs and activities in the East region. A large emphasis is placed upon building and maintaining relationships with local authorities, UN agencies especially UNHCR and other partners in the area to reinforce WFP’s visibility.

Cameroon hosts 270,000 refugees from Central African Republic (CAR). The vast majority reside in the east region and exert significant pressure on already limited natural resources and basic social services, exacerbating pre-existing vulnerabilities. However, the low return intentions expressed by the refugees confirm the trend towards socio-economic integration and the need for support to strengthen their resilience through development interventions.

FP provides monthly unconditional food assistance to refugees in and out of camps working in close cooperation with UNHCR and NGO partners. The food is distributed to those who are most vulnerable, contributing to establishing a safety net and restoring their dignity.
WFP also provides conditional food assistance to refugees and chronically food insecure households in protecting and improving their livelihoods through trainings and rehabilitation of productive assets. This gives them the opportunity to improve their income and build their own resilience to future shocks.
The WFP’s nutrition programmes help pregnant and lactating women and their children to fight and prevent malnutrition. People living with HIV are also provided with food and nutrition support to adhere to treatment and prevent food insecurity.

The Role

Key Responsibilities

Manage and lead WFP field operations within the Eastern region to ensure timely and effective deployment of food assistance programmes for refugees and vulnerable households under the Country Strategic Plan.
Effectively manage the Field Office including oversight of the Batouri field office, to ensure transparent and efficient people management and the continued development of a cohesive and high performing team.
Ensure efficient use and management of financial and commodity resources in compliance with WFP policies for achievement of set objectives.
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.
Represent WFP in all relevant multisector and interagency working groups and contribute to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT).
Collaborate with governments and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully deployed at the local level and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of food assistance programmes, including advice on the context-specific transfer modalities (food, cash or vouchers).
Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems and conduct timely monitoring and evaluation activities.
Hold accountability and/or prepare accurate and comprehensive analysis and reports on WFP operations and performance with regular and timely submission for Country Office review to identify programme support requirements and inform operational planning and decisions.
Develop and sustain liaison with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, donors, civil society, beneficiaries and other partners and engaged in the field of food security; identify potential areas for collaborative approaches and initiatives.
Engage with beneficiaries and ensure gender and protection perspectives are incorporated in all areas of work.
Other as required.

About You

The ideal profile is a professional who is highly adaptive, has experience leading teams and is able to work with different stakeholders who might not share the same priorities.
The ideal candidate has operational experience in both humanitarian and development settings and is able to adapt policies and principles to the realities of a protracted crisis
The ideal candidate is able to prioritize and strike balances between ideal goals and operational requirements and risks.

Qualifications & Key Requirements

Advanced University degree in Economics, International Development, Social Sciences or other related field
At least five years of professional experience in the field of humanitarian and/or refugee assistance, resilience building and protection
Strong knowledge of how to manage assets and budgets and balance multiple priorities effectively,
Strong knowledge of how to communicate with communities and negotiate with government/ partners in support of Country Office requirements.

Additional/Nice have requirements:
Familiarity with the UN System
Previous experience with protracted crisis and resilience building activities


Fluency (level C) in English and French languages 
Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese

CLOSING DATE: 19 July 2020

VA Number: 122989

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