Namibia, an Upper Middle-Income Country, has made significant economic and social progress since its independence in 1990. The Namibian economy, until recently, recorded strong and steady economic growth while the country’s poverty rate was reduced significantly from 69% in 1993 to 17.4% in 2018. This impressive achievement has been underpinned by sustained political stability, sound macroeconomic management and good governance. Some progress in reducing the pervasive income inequality has also been made. Despite these gains, Namibia remains amongst the most unequal nations in the world. Stunting and malnutrition continue to stagnate. According to the preliminary findings of a recent assessment carried out following the 2018/2019 drought and COVID situation, an estimated 400,000 people are food insecure with food insecurity more prevalent in the north-western regions mainly due to prevailing chronic poverty, drought, and the prevailing COVID impact on households. Main contributing factors to food insecurity and under-nourishment are the high poverty rate, inequality of the income distribution, and the incidence of HIV/AIDS. This position will therefore be core to WFP’s contribution to the Government of Namibia and other stakeholders in addressing stagnating food and nutrition security situation while putting in place interventions to accelerate the journey towards zero hunger. The position will enable WFP to 2 actively engage in the Namibia Market Systems and Financial landscape in order to co-lead, review, refine and develop programmes and products that support a range of food system activities in order to contribute positively to the accelerated journey towards Zero Hunger.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Business Systems, Budget and Programming Unit, the Programme Associate (Funds Management and Procurement) will have the following responsibilities:
- Review budget plans, monitor and analyse financial performance of activities defined in the Country Strategic Plan and make recommendations in compliance with WFP financial policies and procedures and best practices, to support financial analysis and optimisation of resources.
- Provide comprehensive analysis on fund and grant balances identifying surpluses and deficits, and suggest corrective measures, to support maximum fund utilization and decision-making process
- Support pipeline management ensuring efficient monitoring, to prevent, mitigate the effects of pipeline breaks and maximise operational effectiveness of programs.
- Contribute to the improvement of internal processes, enhancement of corporate systems and design of tools, to facilitate the overall planning, expenditure forecasting, budget management and monitoring of resource utilization.
- Enter budget plans and revisions in the corporate systems, to ensure data is timely and accurately captured enabling easy access to information and supporting planning and decision- making. Documents to submit or update include Needs Based Plans, Implementation Plans and Country Office Management Plans.
- Except for Micro Purchase Orders (MPOs), is responsible for Goods and Services Procurement including creation of WINGS PRs/POs, initiation of payment processes for the country office.
- Review, compile, analyse data, maintain accurate records or files on Goods and Services Procurement for the country office. In addition, prepare related periodic and ad hoc reports, to support accuracy and efficiency of information presented to internal and external stakeholders.
- Maintain communication with stakeholders regarding funds management matters and related processes, to clarify any discrepancies and optimise use of funds. Stakeholders include activity managers, country management team and operations focal persons.
- Provide guidance to other support staff and contribute to their learning and development in budget planning, fund management and operational planning, to facilitate continued development and consistency in services delivered.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
- Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
- Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.
- Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
- Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
- Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
- Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
- Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.
- Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
- Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
- Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfill the needs of internal and external partners.
- Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
- Internal Controls & Compliance Utilizes understanding of risk management approaches and internal controls to monitor projects and programmes to confirm regulatory compliance and ensure data integrity.
- Performance Budgeting, Analysis & Reporting Analyzes budgets and forecasts to support the development of recommendations for senior leadership on financial and business planning matters in accordance with Value for Money principles.
- Resource Management Monitors trends in staffing and resource usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders.
- Performance Management Displays sufficient understanding of WFP performance management system to gather relevant and accurate information from internal and external sources for inputs to monitoring and/or evaluation processes.
- Supply Chain and Operations Knowledge Demonstrates basic understanding of WFP programme, implementation, and supply chain principles (including project modalities & structures).
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in functional area.
Experience: 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in Project Management, Finance and Procurement or related field.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English.