Senior Programme Associate

World Food Programme, Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd December, 2019


Job Description

ABOUT WFP

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.

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 Global Strategic Plan 2017–2021 aligns WFP with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Goals (SDGs). It focuses on ending hunger and contributing to a revitalized global partnership to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further extensive consultation with the Government and other development partners in Egypt during the second half of 2017 to allow informing and formulating the WFP Egypt Country Strategic Plan for the next 5 years until mid-2023 in line with Egypt’s development priorities, the WFP Egypt Country Office has started implementing the Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The focus of the CSP remains on support to school meals and nutrition support for Pregnant and Lactating Women as integrated part of the national social protection scheme, food assistance for assets and resilience-promotion for smallholder farmers and support to vulnerable Syrian refugees and migrants. To sustain those planned interventions, WFP will be conducting joint monitoring activities with Government representatives of key line Ministries to enforce the concepts of participation, transparency and accountability to its partners. In addition, capacity development activities will be provided to national counterparts and cooperating partners to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability and raising their capacity to conduct monitoring at the local level

JOB PURPOSE: To provide effective coordination and specialized support to a full range of Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping & Programme activities.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

These jobs are found in Regional Bureaux (RBs), Country Offices (COs), Area/Field Offices (AOs/FOs). The job holders typically report to a Programme Policy Officer or Head of Field Office.

At this level, job holders are responsible for technical work including the planning, implementation and co-ordination of activities that require thorough understanding of programme/project context, issues and ability to apply a range of guidelines/practices. They independently handle a wide range of specialized programme or policy support activities and may be involved in analytical work. Work performed typically has a substantial impact affecting other parts of the programme. Job holders demonstrate initiative in the identification and resolution of a wide range of issues/problems, and effectively handle unforeseen situations. They may act as technical focal points in the area of vulnerability assessment and analysis. Job holders set objectives, resolve wide-ranging issues and unforeseen problems, supervise and coach a team of support staff within an area of responsibility.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education: A University degree in economics or statistics or related field.
  • Experience: Five or more years of progressive work experience in the field of economics, econometrics, statistics or any other related fields
  • Languages: Excellent spoken and written English and Arabic

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Support all VAM projects, plans, activities and process, including:

  • Support the organization of field assessment missions, meeting and briefing sessions, and participate in rapid and comprehensive food security and market assessments as needed.
  • Apply sampling techniques or utilize complete enumeration bases to determine and define groups to be served.
  • Perform substantial data analysis and prepare a wide range of reports as needed ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  • Lead and ensure accurate, timely recording of data to ensure consistency of information presented within WFP and stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing VAM activities.
  • Provide guidance, on the job training and assistance to support staff.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Apply statistical theory and methods to interpret and summarize data to provide usable information to support food security and vulnerability analysis for Egypt Country Office using statistical packages like SPSS, STATA or R, the incumbent will be required to:

  • Adapt statistical methods in order to calculate food security and vulnerability indicators using both quantitative and qualitative tools.
  • Process large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis and analyze and interpret statistical data in order to identify siginificant differences in relationships between various groups
  • Evaluate source of information, prepare data for processing and check for any inaccuracies.
  • Evaluate the statistical methods and procedures used to obtain data in order to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency and accuracy.
  • Identify relationships and trends in data an provide different statistical analysis
  • Adapt statistical methods in order to calculate food security and vulnerability indicators using both quantitative and qualitative tools.
  • Process large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis and analyze and interpret statistical data in order to identify siginificant differences in relationships between various groups
  • Evaluate source of information, prepare data for processing and check for any inaccuracies.
  • Evaluate the statistical methods and procedures used to obtain data in order to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency and accuracy.
  • Identify relationships and trends in data an provide different statistical analysis

Additional responsibilities

  • Liaising with different strategic objectives managers for establishing a beneficiary data base management system, using corporate tools such as SCOPR or other data base software.
  • Act in as assigned emergency response as required, to meet emergency food assistance need.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • 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.

People

  • 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.

Performance

  • 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.

Partnership

  • 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 fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

  • Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
  • Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
  • Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) 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 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 capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
  • Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • Has participated in analytical works and development research.
  • Experience in collecting socioeconomic food security data,
  • Has provided input to policy discussions.
  • Advanced knowledge of STATA, SPSS or R, in addition to MS excel.

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