United Nations UN World Food Programme (WFP) – REACH Country Facilitator

Organisation:  World Food Programme (WFP)
Salary Grade: P4
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About WFP’s REACH:
UN REACH is focusing on strengthening government capacity to scale-up nutrition actions and improve nutrition management and governance, and on supporting nutrition sensitive, multi-sectoral approaches. REACH is anchored in the UN system and draws on the vast expertise of the UN agencies while also catalysing increased efficiency and collaboration between the main UN partners on nutrition at country level (FAO, WHO, UNICEF, WFP). The World Food Programme , as host of REACH is recruiting qualified individuals for the position of REACH Country Facilitator at P4 level for the REACH Inter-agency Initiative. The objective of the REACH Inter-agency Initiative (FAO, UNICEF, WHO, WFP and IFAD) is to assist governments of countries with a high burden of child and maternal undernutrition to accelerate the scale-up of food and nutrition actions. REACH operates at country level as a facilitating mechanism in the coordination of UN and other partners support to national nutrition scale-up plans. Currently, REACH operates in 12 countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda) through country offices, with support by the Secretariat.
Job Summary: The Country Facilitator will oversee the country-specific REACH engagement, liaise with multiple stakeholders across the multi-sectoral nutrition landscape and develop capacity through the overall REACH implementation process.
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of the Heads of Agencies from the five REACH UN agencies (or their designates) and with direct formal supervision carried out by the Country Director of the designated REACH administrative agency, the Country Facilitator will be responsible for the following duties:
1.      Strategic Planning and Analysis
·         Support completion of situation analysis, utilizing and adapting REACH tools and ensuring that national and district/provincial counterparts are able to maintain and utilize tools on ongoing basis;
·         Identify key stakeholders and facilitate consensus on key priority interventions;
·         Identify and facilitate linkages with other in-country initiatives and processes to avoid duplication of activity and ensure the value-addition of REACH activities;
·         Identify synergies across sectors and delivery mechanisms;
·         Identify the policy gaps of appropriate national nutrition policies, strategies, and action plans to scale-up nutrition interventions;
·         Support the development and documentation of action plans to scale-up nutrition interventions;
·         Support the identification of human and financial resources requirements and assist the national counterparts and partners to cost scale-up nutrition interventions;
·         Support national and district/provincial counterparts to develop multi-sector work plans and their operational budgets.
2.     Coordination
·         Support process management and facilitation of multi-stakeholder coordination mechanisms among UN agencies, government, NGOs, academic and private and public sector and donor partners;
·         Support analysis and advise on appropriate institutional arrangements for multi-sectoral coordination on nutrition and food security utilizing REACH case studies and experience;
·         Strengthen the linkages of nutrition coordination mechanisms between district and/or provincial and central levels.
3.     Advocacy
·         Support development and implementation of an advocacy strategy for nutrition;
·         Identify strategic opportunities for advocacy and facilitate coordination with national counterparts for joint advocacy;
·         Advise and support development of common advocacy messages and materials;
·         Support the UNCT in high level advocacy efforts with government (key priorities and messages);
·         Resource mobilisation among public and private donors.
4.     Monitoring
·         Facilitate development of joint metrics and identifying/developing a common monitoring and evaluation system to measure progress, utilizing and adapting REACH tools;
·         Support national counterparts to develop a multi-sector indicators dashboard to measure nutrition inter-sectoral approach.
5.     Knowledge Sharing
·         Support the development of a knowledge-sharing mechanisms to strength coordination and information-sharing among the nutrition stakeholders;
·         Document REACH country process and lessons learnt through case-studies and regular updates;
·         Facilitate the experience-sharing of good practises and lessons learnt among district and central levels as well as between REACH countries.
6.     Other Functions
·         Coordinate and supervise the REACH Team in-country (short-term consultants, national and international staff as required); and
·         Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications & Experience:
Education: Advanced university degree in economics, public policy or administration, management, public health, nutrition, agriculture, or related field.
Experience:
·         At least 8 years of professional international experience in managing nutrition, food security, public health programs and /or policy processes;
·         Experience in managing multi-parties and multi-sector working groups in international settlings;
·         Experience in institutional capacity building at the national level;
·         Experience in monitoring and evaluation mechanisms;
·         Field experience in the country of deployment is highly preferred;
·         Previous working experience with governments, donors and civil society organizations is an asset; and
·         Experience in decentralization processes is desirable.
Technical Skills & Knowledge:
·         Technical background in nutrition, food security, and/or health; OR technical background in management and change management;
·         Knowledge of the UN System is an asset;
·         Advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint; and
·         Familiarity with large organizational structures with headquarters, regional, and country level operations.
Core Competencies:
·         Proven ability to strengthen capacity of national counterparts and partners to sustain activities and decentralised processes;
·         Strong skills in facilitation, project management, team-building, and conflict resolution or mediation;
·         Ability to manage and conduct large and complex analyses, including collating and presenting multi-source data; monitoring and evaluation and progress reporting;
·         Strong action management and teamwork skills: ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those relevant to the team and partners; ability to follow up deadlines; accuracy and attention to details and high quality deliverables; and
·         Excellent communications and interpersonal skills; ability to influence and interact with senior level decision-makers across different organizations and cultures; to act with credibility, tact and diplomacy on sensitive issues and discussions.
Language: Working knowledge of English and intermediate knowledge of another UN official language  (Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian or Chinese) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).
Terms and Conditions:
Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year.
WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, 30 days’ annual vacation, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with REACH and WFP.
http://www.reachpartnership.org Learn more about the REACH global partnership.
http://www.wfp.org Click on: “Where we work” and “Our work” to learn more about WFP’s operations.
http://icsc.un.org  Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date
http://www.unstaffmobility.org  Learn more about countries where the UN operates.
How to Apply:
Step 1: Create your online CV.
Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.
NOTE: You must complete Step 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.
Deadline for applications: 11 January 2013
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are encouraged to apply.
JOB REF: 12-0013474

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