World Food Programme recruits 01 Supply Chain/Lake Tanganyika Corridor Facilitation Officer
Supply Chain/Lake Tanganyika Corridor Facilitation Officer, Dutch JPO Programme, Burundi, Bujumbura
Area of expertise : Supply chain
Country : Burundi
Type of contract : Long term opportunities
Closing date : 21 April 2019, 23:59 GMT
Supply Chain Officer/ Lake Tanganika Corridor Facilitation Officer
This post is a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme sponsored by the Government of The Netherlands for exclusively Nationals of The Netherlands eligible for the Dutch JPO Programme.
For the criteria see the Nedworc Foundation: http://www.nedworcfoundation.nl/NL/JPO/General%20Information.htm
Please read the criteria and FAQ section carefully before considering applying.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking for a Junior Professional Officer to fill the position of Supply Chain Officer based in the WFP Country Office Burundi in Bujumbura.
Historically, Lake Tanganyika has served as a trade hub linking Southern and Eastern Africa. In recent years, deteriorating infrastructure, political unrest and slowing economies around the lake have led to the decline of this corridor. Recognizing the large potential for trade in the region – for WFP and for commercial companies – of Lake Tanganyika to become a reliable transit route in the region, WFP has identified a path forward for developing transit capacity in and around the lake.
Under the overall supervision of the Country Director and direct supervision of the Head of Supply Chain, the JPO will work with regional bodies, private sector companies and national governments to facilitate the implementation of critical Lake Tanganyika corridor revitalization actions identified in a study currently being finalized, as well as other which could be identified in the process and to speed up the implementation of actions which are being implemented at a slow pace.
• Title: Supply Chain Officer/ Lake Tanganyika Corridor Facilitation Officer
• Sector of Assignment: Supply Chain – Logistics
• Country: Burundi
• Location (City): Bujumbura
• Agency/Unit: BICO
• Duration of Assignment: Initially one year with the possibility to extend up to a maximum total of 3 years
• Grade: P2 step 1 in the first year
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Supply Chain, the JPO will be responsible for the following duties:
• Work with the identified partners and stakeholders for the Tanganyika Lake Initiative, (The Netherlands, World Bank, JICA, Trademark, neighbouring countries’ authorities, Central Corridor and others); identify potential interested partners for un-funded critical actions; and provide facilitation services among the partners to support the different actions which will contribute to the revitalization of the Tanganyika Lake corridor and trade.
• Identify ways in which WFP Supply Chain can support the implementation and expediting of the critical actions (identified in a matrix/ report which is currently being finalized and that will be provided as requested or in any case by the beginning of the assignment) and contribute to the preparedness of WFP for the re-initiation of transport of necessary commodities through the lake.
• Contribute to the outreach and advocacy with potential partners as required. Liaise with donors, implementing organizations and companies to prioritize actions, identify roadblocks and remove barriers, where necessary/ possible; Monitor progress made toward achieving each critical action;
• Draft the necessary reports, summaries, presentations, letters, project documents, funding proposals and detailed budgets. Plan and execute necessary events (launch, coordination…) or contribute to joint events. Plan and execute regular coordination meetings for stakeholders in the project;
• Represent WFP at meetings and events with potential donors, coordination bodies and implementers; Serve as the WFP focal point for corridor revitalization, liaising with existing coordination and governance bodies, implementing organizations and companies, and donors of existing projects around the lake;
• Monitor WFP and others’ use of lake transport and lake ports, collecting data and tracking progress in improving transport capacity and port throughput;
• Monitor the budget of the Facilitation Team;
• Manage information and maintain a document repository about the project;
• (Possibly) supervise one administrative support staff;
• Perform other duties as required.
The JPO is expected to engage in activities that will produce the following outcomes, among others:
• Partners and stakeholders have increased awareness of the issues affecting the Lake Tanganyika transport network.
• Partners are identified and implement/ begin to implement the identified actions which could play a key role in revitalizing the lake transport and trade.
• WFP plays a successful role as a focal point and facilitator of the corridor revitalization.
• WFP begins to successfully use the Lake Tanganyika corridor to transport commodities in the region.
• Sound analytical and project documents are produced, shared and archived.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Advanced University degree (Masters) preferably in Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Economics, Business Administration, Logistics, Communication or other related field,
A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with qualifying experience (at least 3 years of relevant working experience) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree
Minimum 2 years, maximum 4 years of post-graduate, progressively responsible, job-related experience supervising staff either in private practice and/or in government agencies.
All paid work experience since obtaining Bachelors degree will/can be considered.
Fluency in both oral and written English. Advanced knowledge of French is required
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment with sound interpersonal and communications skills.
• Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and ability to write accurately and concisely.
• Willingness to travel. The JPO will be based in Bujumbura, Burundi, but will engage extensively with and travel to the Regional Bureau in Nairobi and the countries around Lake Tanganyika (in particular Zambia but also DRC and Tanzania).
INFORMATION ON LIVING CONDITIONS IN BURUNDI, BUJUMBURA
For general information regarding Burundi you can have a look at these websites:
You will receive other specific Information on security, availability of housing, medical services and possibly schooling (for young children) at the moment of your onboarding, in order to facilitate your transfer and settlement in the new Duty Station.
Spouses of WFP staff can legally work in Burundi once their stay is regularized.
JPO PROGRAMME OVERVIEW
Content and methodology of supervision
The JPO will be requested to prepare and discuss with supervisor a personal work plan using the Performance and Competency Enhancement (PACE) system, in addition to reports on arrival, progress and termination of the contract. He/she is expected to work closely with other units in WFP Burundi and will be in frequent contact with other Country Offices in the region and with the Regional Bureau in Nairobi.
• The JPO will be fully be integrated in a team of Logistics and Supply Chain staff under the supervision of the Head. S/he will be offered opportunities to participate in professional trainings relevant to the JPO’s professional profile as agreed with the supervisor. Using WFPs Learning Management System (LMS) will also provide the candidate with ample learning opportunities in various areas of WFP and supply chain. Lastly, the supervisor and incumbent will together identify specialized training courses to attend during the second year.
• Upon arrival, the JPO will receive a comprehensive briefing and background documents on the corridor revitalization project and will be introduced to the relevant working counterparts within and outside WFP.
• The JPO position includes a Duty travel and training allowance (DTTA) of $4000 per year which may be used for learning activities related to the assignment and career development.
At the end of the three-year assignment, the JPO should have:
• Gained very good knowledge of WFP’s supply chain operations and OSCL.
• Obtained in depth knowledge and increased practical experience to address supply chain challenges arising within and outside the framework of humanitarian operations in East Africa.
• Gained experience in how to write documents and reports targeting different audiences.
• Proven understanding of how to run effective research and communicate results.
• Proven ability to work successfully in an inter-agency, inter-sector context and in a diverse working environment.
• Increased sound understanding of WFP’s strategic position in the UN system and its roadmap toward zero hunger and sustainable development goals.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Kindly note that this position has been re-advertised. If you have already applied the first time, you are still eligible and you don’t need to re-apply.
Deadline for applications:
21 April 2019
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.