WFP Senior Country Engagement Manager (South Africa)

Closes 10 March 2023

WFP The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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.

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In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.


The African Risk Capacity has developed an additional product (outbreaks and epidemics) to offer early and targeted financing to African Union Member Countries for selected disease pathogens (Ebola, Marburg, Lassa Fever and Meningitis). The O&E product was launched in December 2022. The product’s selected diseases affect over forty countries in Africa, of which based on a purely epidemiological analysis, 20 have been identified as most suitable for the 

product, these are: Uganda, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Zambia, Ghana, Mauritania, Malawi, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Mozambique, Liberia, Rep. Congo, Nigeria, Tanzania and D.R. Congo.


  • Scoping Missions – Conduct scoping missions and engage with targeted O&E countries.  In addition, work with key Ministries, for example, Health, Finance and Disaster management of AU member state that expresses interest to participate in ARC O&E
  • Technical Working Group Engagement: Facilitate the signing of MoUs or revision of existing MoUs to include O&E by Governments, set up multistakeholder Technical Working Groups (TWGs) which includes government and non-government partners’ experts in the fields of Public Health, Disaster Risk Management, Health Emergency planning, and response, Health information systems, Finance, Contingency Planning and Humanitarian Response, Social Protection and Insurance.
  • Country Political/Institutional Process Engagement:  Conduct scoping mission and lead the country engagement process to final policy signature.   
  • In-country Development Partners Engagement : lead continuous engagement and manage partnerships with Development Partners (DP) present in the country and others whose work and activities influence country development policy and actions to ensure there are no external impediments to the country’s participation in the risk pool.
  • Support the O&E Insurance Broker in Engagement with Governments 
  • Work closely with Insurance Broker(s) and firms to prepare countries to make an informed decision to purchase insurance contracts for O&E. The incumbent will lead the initial discussions on Risk Transfer, including the content and training organized to ensure governments are appropriately prepared.
Host NationSouth Africa
Official Website
Closing Date10 March 2023
Eligible Candidate QualificationsDegree
WFP Job Vacancy Summary


Education/ Qualifications 

  • Advanced Degree in International Development, Public/International or Global Health, Development Studies, Law, International Relations, and other relevant areas or a Bachelors Degree with additional years experience.  


  • A minimum of 8 years progressively responsible professional experience in the public sector, public health, financial risk management, development projects, emergency assistance, or in any other related field.  

Knowledge & Skills:

  • International experience in Africa, in particular in the Western and Central Africa, or East and Southern Africa is required. 
  • Experience in dealing with African governments is a strong asset. 
  • Strong analytical research, writing and communication skills.
  • Availability to undertake frequent travel. 


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French, including the ability to write clear and concise briefing papers and external communication, strategic operational documents, etc. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in another UN official language (Arabic or Portuguese) is a strong asset.  


  • This is a 6-month renewable Service Contract
  • Gross Monthly Salary Range: R95 263 – R117 603
  • Benefits:  Annual Leave, Pension & Medical Insurance

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