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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 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.
Tanzania Country Office is at advanced stage of developing its next Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2022-2027. Based on a comprehensive consultation process and an analysis of key drivers of food security and nutrition in the country, the important themes of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), resilience, and climate change adaptation have emerged as priorities for the WFP programme portfolio. Climate change multiplies existing threats to food security and malnutrition. It will make natural disasters more frequent and intense, land and water more difficult to access, and increases in agricultural productivity even harder to achieve. It will disproportionally impact the most vulnerable people, the majority of whom live in fragile areas prone to climate hazards, ultimately putting their livelihoods at risk.
Climate change has both impacted, and is impacted by, existing land use in Tanzania. Agricultural production is primarily rain fed and remains highly susceptible to weather variability. Over the last four decades, Tanzania has been hit by a series of severe droughts and flood events. At the same time, unsustainable land management practices are leading to a reduction of the adaptive capacity of small-scale producers. WFP interventions will focus on strengthening disaster management capacities of the government systems and enhancing climate change adaptation through provision of climate services to small holder producers and rehabilitating/restoring degraded lands through community asset creation. To achieve this, WFP aims to strengthen the staffing capacity of the Country Office by hiring a programme policy officer to support integration of climate resilience in the new CSP.
|The Programme Policy Officer will play a key role in establishing strategic orientation, designing project activities, and supporting implementation in the area of climate resilience for food and nutrition security. The consultant will lead efforts to develop and launch food security and climate risk management, including cash/food for assets activities for improved access to water, restoration of degraded lands, and reforestation. Additional areas of technical responsibilities include support for renewable energy and climate services at the community level in targeted geographic areas. Support for resource mobilization and strategic engagement with technical counterparts in government line ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and UN agencies will be an important area of responsibility.|
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
|Master’s degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Economics, environmental studies, agriculture and food security, development studies or related area.|
|Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) required and intermediate knowledge(intermediate/level B) of another UN official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) preferred.|
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Specific tasks will include:
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES CONTINUED 1:
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
|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 the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.|
|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..|
OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS
Minimum of 8 years post graduate, progressively responsible, job related experience in food security analysis, policy and/or, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, risk financing or related areas. Demonstrated experience in managing projects and teams in a WFP country office on climate and resilience building programmes would be ideal; ability to engage with senior technical staff from government and UN partners; and proven capacity for designing, mobilizing resources and implementing integrated climate resilience programmes at sub-national level required.
Proficiency in MS Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). Strong qualitative and quantitative skillsets are essential. Collaborative team player, action management, innovation, partnership, and client orientation are critical characteristics for the profile.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All applications should be submitted through the e-recruitment portal.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
The deadline for applications is 14 November 2021.
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.