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.
Jobholders operate with a high degree of independence to ensure that objectives of scaling up rice fortification are fully achieved. This would require alignment of actions complementary to Government policies and priorities, involve analytical work, working with various partners. At this level, job holder is expected to contribute to performance improvement. The position requires working closely with various Government and private sector agencies and officials. The Job Holder reports to Activity Manager-3 (TA for Scaling up Rice Fortification)
Support private sector partners/business associations and provide necessary technical guidance in scaling up rice and commercial availability of fortified rice in the market at an affordable price;
Provide necessary technical guidance to garment manufactures to create access to fortified rice for the factories workers.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Review and analyze available information, discuss with the relevant Government agencies to agree on a framework of engagement with private sector;
Assist the relevant Government agencies in organizing briefing and advocacy sessions for private sector partners interested investing in production of rice premix kernels and commercial marketing of fortified rice;
Assist the relevant Government agencies in preparing an action plan to support private sector partners by providing technical assistance;
Liaise with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers Exporters Association (BGMEA), the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and the Exporters Association (BKMEA) and the Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and organize sessions to make the relevant officials aware of the ongoing rice fortification initiatives;
Assist BGMEA/BKMEA in preparing an action plan on integration of rice fortification for distributing among RMG workers, support implementation of the actions and coordinate technical assistance;
Liaise with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), UNICEF, ILO and other agencies in organizing briefing and orientation sessions;
Support the ongoing market research on rice fortification in Bangladesh by a company selected by WFP in their literature review, market mapping, value chain analysis, final report writing;
Liaise with Reporting and Public Information Officers, provide necessary inputs in reporting and in preparing documents and/or documentary; and
Undertake and field visit and /or facilitate joint visits.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.
Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.
Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.
Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.
Capability Name 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, Voucher) 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 (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 capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
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
Liaise with the various agencies involved in the Rice Fortification activities and development partners;
Provide guidance to the relevant agencies in undertaking consultations and reviews to complement the post-harvest rice fortification policy formulation efforts.
Liaise with academia, research agencies and civil society organisations and support the evolution of the existing rice fortification initiative to a sustainable “Programme” embedded in the Government plan and funded from Government’s regular revenue budget.
Contribute in creating evidence to advocate for the scale up of the programme.
DELIVERABLES /OUTPUTS EXPECTED:
Negotiated Government and Private Sector commitments for scaling up rice fortification activities through wider engagement of private sector agencies;
New approaches created to distribute fortified rice in garment factories under their corporate social responsibility programmes;
Studies/assessments conducted to support Government in designing suitable modalities for scaling up rice fortification and gradual increase of commercial availability of fortified rice in the local markets; and
Contribute to create awareness and demand of fortified rice and opportunities explored to initiate availability of fortified rice for various high-risk groups;
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
Has good analytical skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tactfulness, and negotiating skills;
Has proven ability to work with private sector agencies;
Has ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
Experience : At least three years of progressively responsible professional experience in Social Protection, School Feeding, Food Security, and related fields possibly with a UN organization or international development organization
Language: Excellent written and oral/communications skills in both English and Bangla
Knowledge & Skills:
Ability to think and plan strategically;
Capability to communicate programme objectives clearly;
Understanding of the national policies and priorities on mainstreaming school feeding; Ability to work and lead WFP at higher level;
Interpersonal skills; independent ability to negotiate.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Contract Type: Service Contract (SC)
Contract Duration: 01 year (renewable)
Duty Station: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Monthy Salary : BDT. 188,945
Nationality: Bangladeshi only
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Only candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit an online application by 05 October 2018.
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.