Job Opportunity : Head of Field Office P3

Job Opportunity : Head of Field Office P3

Job Opportunity : Head of Field Office P3

Career Opportunities:
Head of Field Office P3 (122990)

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 Buea Field Office, South West Region, Cameroon

WFP Cameroon Country Office is seeking to fill the position of Head of Field Office at the P3 Level, based in Buea. 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 about 15 staff. 

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 L2 emergency context/crisis area. A large emphasis is placed upon building and maintaining relationships with local authorities, UN agencies especially OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) and other partners in the area to reinforce WFP’s visibility.
The crisis in the North West and South West regions, has led to a complex humanitarian emergency with 2.3 million people (50% of the population) in need and displacement of up to 720,000 people as a result of violent attacks on populations and their properties, killings, arbitrary arrests and sexual violence, including of women and children. Over 400,000 people living in the South West region are considered to be food insecure.

WFP provides monthly unconditional food assistance to severely food insecure and internally displaced persons working in close cooperation with the food security cluster and NGO partners. WFP also provides specialised nutritious foods to help pregnant and lactating women and their children to fight and prevent malnutrition.

The Role

Key Responsibilities
Manage and lead WFP field operations within the South-West region to ensure timely and effective deployment of food assistance programmes for refugees and vulnerable households in accordance with the Country Strategic Plan objectives, budgets and standard operational procedures.
Effectively manage the Field Office to ensure transparent and efficient people management and the continued development of a cohesive and high performing team.
Ensure efficient utilization of allocated financial resources in compliance with WFP policies for achievement of set objectives.
Oversee all logistics activities related to food reception, storage, transport, distribution and tracking by ensuring compliance with WFP policies, criteria and procedures.
Hold accountability for the security of WFP staff, premises and assets in the Field Office to ensure compliance with security regulations and norms in relation to staff movement, premises and operations.
Ensure continued good communication and collaboration with programme, supply chain, and various support units within WFP to ensure an efficient operational response and most accountable use of resources.
Maintain a close and dynamic operational communication, coordination and collaboration with government counterparts, national and international organisations and operational partners to ensure an appropriate, punctual and efficient emergency response.
Ensure the timely process of selecting potential strategic partnerships and oversee related Field Level Agreement (FLA) process and provide overall guidance and support to ensure the compliance with operational procedures and contractual elements.
Support robust monitoring by ensuring application of established monitoring systems through implementation of monthly monitoring plans and close follow up on recommendations for corrective improvement actions.
In collaboration with other humanitarian agencies, organize and conduct periodic field assessments in operational area to assess the situation and monitor/evaluate the impact of WFP food aid and other complementary assistance on targeted beneficiaries;
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.
Engage with beneficiaries and ensure gender and protection perspectives are incorporated in all areas of work.
Identify possible bottlenecks and challenges within the changing humanitarian and operational context WFP works within and propose solutions to these challenges and plan for contingency planning actions.
Other as required.

About You
The ideal profile is a professional who is highly adaptive and has operational experience in high-intensity conflict settings and is able to work with different stakeholders who might not share the same priorities
The ideal candidate is an experienced professional who is truly committed to building and coaching teams and partners to deliver programmes in a complex and challenging context.
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 refugee assistance, resilience building and protection
Demonstrated skills in networking and capacity building to develop, nurture and sustain partnerships with local government authorities and other partners.
Strong knowledge of how to manage assets and budgets and balance multiple priorities effectively.

dditional/Nice have requirements:
  • Familiarity with the UN System
  • Experience with conduct of access negotiations and community engagement
  • Experience in compound management of a mid-size area
  • Knowledge of French will be an asset

Fluency (level C) in English language.
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: 122990

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