WFP is hiring: Supply Chain Officer for Southern Africa (2023)
Closes: 30 May 2023
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.
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 120 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.
We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year.
The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 12 Southern Africa countries including Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and report to a more senior Supply Chain Officer or Deputy Division/Country Director. Job holders at this grade level demonstrate adaptive capacities in effective supply chain management and make significant independent contributions to the planning and development of operating policies and procedures. Job holders are expected to manage and complete projects or assignments of a major nature achieving effective outputs. Job holders typically anchor a substantive team consisting of professional and support staff ensuring
high performance and development.
In the past decade, the number of beneficiaries receiving a form of cash-based assistance is growing rapidly, even multiplying. It is an evolving time for humanitarian assistance.
Supply Chain has a responsibility in CBT contexts to help to create the sustainable markets required to achieve Zero Hunger. We are looking for a Regional Bureau (RB) SC CBT coordinator in Johannesburg who will be in charge of the following detailed responsibilities:
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
1 Review and Input Country Strategic Plans – CSPs on CBT and Markets activities.
2 Analyze effectiveness of CBT processes in countries
3 Staffing assessments: maintain a list of CBT focal points in Country Offices, map trained staff and create visibility for TDYs
4 First line of support for MFIs (Market Functionality Index), Emergencies and Market Diagnostics
DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT
• Supply chain food system plan/framework of interventions formulated, resource mobilization pursued and implementation progress documented.
• KPIs for measuring impact of SC interventions including a lesson learnt component to enable continuous improvement.
• Timely reports and fund management.
• Evidence generation studies (led by M&E) supported from SC side.
• COs supported in their FS implementation and scaling plans.
• Strengthened WFP SC partnerships in the area of CBT and market analysis and development
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum 6 years of professional experience.
Advanced university degree in business administration, economics and/or related field
Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is essential. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese an asset.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
The Vacancy Announcement will close on 30 May 2023, 11:59 South African time
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE
- Previous experience in retail, distribution and/or manufacture is an advantage
- Lead the design of retail supply chain strategies in developing countries
- Strong communication and influencing skills
- Experience working in a multicultural environment
- Previous experience with WFP is considered an advantage