World Food Programme recruits 01 Chief, Policy and Technical Services
World Food Programme
Johannesburg, South Africa
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement
Opportunités de carrière : Chief, Policy and Technical Services, P5 (African Risk Capacity – ARC) (141579)
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.
ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXTThe African Risk Capacity, a Specialised Agency of the African Union, is a development finance institution designed to help African Union member states resist and recover from natural disasters and adapt to climate change. Because droughts, floods and cyclones do not happen in the same year in all parts of the continent, pan-African solidarity in the creation of a disaster risk pool like ARC is financially effective. Pooling risk across the continent could save countries significant resources in the cost of emergency contingency funds. Contingent funds linked to early warning systems and appropriate contingency plans linked with credible national response mechanisms offer the best solution for delivering more effective and efficient responses to weather shocks in the short term and can facilitate longer-term investments in increasing food security, disaster risk reduction and climate resilience.
The African Risk Capacity (ARC) is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Chief, Policy & Technical Services Department.
JOB PURPOSEThe Policy & Technical Advisory Services (PTS) Department is responsible for ensuring the ARC Group has sufficient resources to deliver on its mandate and enable the implementation of its programme, overseeing the development and subsequent implementation of the Group comprehensive fundraising strategy, consolidating partnerships with regional and international bodies in line with ARC Group vision and goals, and transferring or disseminating knowledge within and outside the organisation.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Chief is responsible for effectively leading, managing and coordinating the day-to-day operations and activities of the Policy & Technical Services Department within the ARC Agency Secretariat. This will require to some extent, engagement with ARC Member States, regional organisations, donors and partners.
The Chief, Policy & Technical Services shall be required to lead a team of professionals to provide expert, innovative advice to build, manage,monitor and optimize the impact of partnerships with other organisations, member governments and donor partners aimed at addressing issues of critical mutual interest between parties whilst also successfully advocating for the work of the ARC in various fora and knowledge communities.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)Lead the design and implementation of strategies and work plan for the Policy & Technical Services Department and ensure that the partnerships are identified, developed and maintained.
Policies and Procedures
• Spearhead ARC efforts in creating an enabling environment for Disaster Risk Management and Financing at country, sub-regional and continental level. • Through partnership, lead initiatives aiming to influence policies, strategies and regulations related to Disaster Risk Management and Financing in Member States. • Strategically identifying, recommending and highlighting opportunities to senior management on policy issues with partner organisations. • Identifying improvements in process and capitalising on synergies across ARC in-country work streams to streamline and improve the delivery of services to ARC Member States and in line with established partnerships. • Leading the refinement of ARC Standard Operating procedures and codifying the experiences of the ARC to date. • Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and periodically monitoring the management of risks towards limiting institutional enterprise risk.
Oversee the review and reshaping of a comprehensive ARC Group fundraising strategy in order to increase the organisation’s capacity to secure multi-year, sustainable sources of funding from alternative and diverse sources to enable the implementation of the ARC Group strategy
• Oversee a portfolio of partnerships, including with the African Development Bank, IFAD, the World Bank, WFP, etc., donor partners and other relevant institutions to ensure ARC’s work programme aligns with and strengthens in-country initiatives and regional and global dialogue. This shall include development, execution and monitoring the implementation of work plans in support of established partnerships, as needed. Partnerships will be demand-driven to complement ARC’s in-house resources, capabilities and product offering, and will be considered for relevance to the ARC programme in order to best serve Member States • Representing ARC and monitoring international meetings at appropriate levels in such a way that advances the ARC’s partnership and policy strategies and objectives and builds support for ARC activities. • Overseeing the compilation of briefing documents for senior level management meetings with stakeholders, and potential and existing partners, and providing strategic input and advice. Knowledge Management
• Lead the provision of strategic guidance, advice and technical support to the ARC Group in ensuring the continued contribution of ARC towards global knowledge and best practice and vice versa, to ensure the optimal positioning of the ARC Group as a thought leader in Disaster Risk Management and Financing on the African continent. • Work with the Heads of Unit/Department to identify interests and information needs of ARC’s target stakeholder groups for the purposes of promoting Disaster Risk Management and Financing. • Oversee the production of information, technical and scientific evidence in Disaster Risk Management and Financing. • Work with technical experts in the organization to lead the development and dissemination of regular publications on topics of interest in the area of Disaster Risk Management and Financing. • Promote knowledge sharing in the organization by engaging ARC departments, organizing training, and facilitating seamless exchange of information with both internal and external parties. • Implementing lessons learned from ARC’s in-country M&E program, external evaluations and reviews to ensure ARC continues to evolve and improve with experience to become the standard setting agency for disaster risk management, contingency planning and risk transfer in Africa. • Supervise the design and manage the deployment of ARC’s internal and external training program including the creation of the planned online training portal.
• Other as required.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation : Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in a technical relevant area such as development economics, political science, international development, policy or another relevant field.
Experience : 11 years of progressively responsible professional experience in technically related area in a multi-cultural organisation or national organisation providing support on a global scope.
Managerial Experience :
• Demonstrated managerial and professional competence with progressively responsible professional experience in public affairs strategy and advisory roles at high levels of government, economic development at scale and Africa-related agricultural or insurance development. This should include:
• Firm knowledge of the Agency’s mandate, structure and program of work. • Proven intellectual, managerial and technical leadership in one or more areas of the Agency’s mandate. • Experience in weather risk management and insurance in developing countries. • Sound knowledge of continental and international climate, agriculture, insurance and finance policy networks. • Has contributed to the design and implementation of strategies and work plans to identify, build and maintain partnerships between organisations and with governments. • Has led complex negotiations for partnership agreements. • Has gained significant experience leading large and/or multicultural teams and improving performance.
FUNCTIONAL & ORGANIZATIONAL CAPABILITIESFunctional capabilities :
• Relationship Management : Able to proactively develop deeper relationships at a senior level with appropriate stakeholders. Able to apply this ability strategically to identify opportunities to raise the profile of ARC, develop new relationships and further organisational aims. • Communication Expertise : Represent ARC in multilateral/inter-agency fora, leading guidance to team members in facilitating open and informative oral and written communication between partners and influencers and directs a team in support of preparation of external communication materials. • Information Analytics, Reporting & Management : Demonstrates ability to conceptualie impactful means for reporting outcomes of ARC internal activities and also outcomes of multilateral/interagency dialogues to facilitate decision-making. Utilising ARC internal information along with partnership information and analysis to form insights which support fact-based discussion for enhanced partnership relationships whilst proactively identifying opportunities for improvement. Supports the maintenance, management and analysis of information in appropriate ARC systems. • Business Process Support and Technical Guidance : Provides expert technical support to other Departments and Units within ARC. Supports the systems improvement implementation process.
• Strategic vision : Able to translate the ARC strategic objectives into action-oriented plans at the Department level and for internal and external stakeholders. • Leadership : Leads by example, initiates and supports innovation. Is decisive with proven mature judgment and initiative. Demonstrates a high sense of integrity, trust and confidence. • People Management : Successful track record of managing groups of people of diverse language, age, gender and cultural groups towards a common objective, by fostering team spirit, building trust and ownership and recognising team successes and ensuring staff development. • Result Oriented : Demonstrates an ability to manage programs and projects efficiently under shifting priorities in order to achieve targets. • Strong Communication skills : Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a track record of showing dynamism and tact. • Rigorous analytical and conceptual thinking.
TERMS AND CONDITIONSThe selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term for a period of two years with a probationary period of one year, with a possibility of extension. WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details please visit icsc.un.org.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONSThe deadline to receive applications is 21 April, 2021 (11.59PM CET)
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.POSTULER