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Accelerating Adaptation Grant Coordinator, International Consultancy,CST level 2  – Djibouti – Djibouti 

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Accelerating Adaptation Grant Coordinator, International Consultancy,CST level 2  – Djibouti – Djibouti 

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.

WFP’s strategy in Djibouti is aligned with Djibouti Vision 2035 and takes into account regional strategies of the African Union, in particular Agenda 2063 and the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth, and IGAD sub-regional strategies. It is also aligned with the UNDAF for 2018–2022 and builds on relevant recommendations of the Zero Hunger Strategic Review. 

Addressing poverty is a major pathway to addressing food insecurity in Djibouti. Agricultural potential is limited, but the agricultural, pastoral and fisheries sectors offer opportunities for providing direct assistance for rural households susceptible to food insecurity and malnutrition. The two pillars of the WFP strategy are:

  • To provide employment equitably for women and men in the most vulnerable households; and
  • To use safety nets to ensure access to assistance that meets basic needs, including for food security.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

This position is based in the Djibouti Country Office and reports to a Programme Policy Officer. At this level, the job holder is expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen operational problems on a daily basis. The job holder is expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff

JOB PURPOSE

To coordinate preparedness planning activities in the framework of the Forecast-Based Financing (FbF) project, ensuring implementation according to project timelines, integrated across other DRR and DRM and country office Climate Solutions and resilience initiatives and, in coordination with implementation partners and Government agencies.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.Technical leadership on FbF : Lead the identification of priority vulnerabilities related to drought and potential risk on communities towards developing the FbF System; Conduct multi-stakeholder workshops and trainings, bringing together technical and government partners (agricultural, meteorological, disaster management, social protection) to develop and validate technically sound thresholds, seasonal forecast triggers and anticipatory actions; Lead the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Forecast-based Financing, which will include anticipatory actions, timeline, costs, forecast triggers, thresholds, stakeholders, targeting and the associated early warnings; Provide technical leadership for implementation of anticipatory actions, when triggered, in collaboration with the government to mitigate the risk of drought of food security.

2.Capacity strengthening  : Assess needed capacity strengthening efforts in the national meteorological services to issue skillful drought forecasts for the country;

Liaise with technical partners to strengthen the capacities of the government and particularly, the national meteorological services and the General Secretariat for Disaster Risk Management (SEGRC) on FbF; Support the development of shock-responsive system strengthening, including the development of an adaptive social protection system that responds to climate shocks and improves resilience;

 

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced university degree in climate adaptation, disaster risk management/ reduction, agriculture, meteorology, hydrology, environmental science, or other related field.
Language: Fluency (level C) in French and English languages required
 

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

    • At least eight years of work experience focusing on disaster risk reduction and mitigation, early warning systems, seasonal and crop forecasting models, and climate services.
    • Experience in engaging with a range of actors from Government agencies, UN agencies, NGOs, academic, and the private sector
    • Experience in designing contingency plans, setting up multi-stakeholder processes and establishing and maintaining partnerships
    • Experience in project management
    • Proven record in operations

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Knowledge and experience with EWS and/or preparedness planning for food security is a strong asset
  • Excellent ability to coordinate across multiple units and organizations
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French
  • Proven team building and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple activities.
  • Willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Duration of contract : 11 months

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

midnight 25th of november 2020.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries 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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