Country Director Jobs – UN World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:   Country Director
Organization: World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Reports to: Regional Director for East and Central Africa
Position Grade: D1
Reference Number: 16-0020252
About US:
World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world
hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda.
Currently WFP focuses on three priority areas namely: Emergency Humanitarian
Action (EHA); Food & Nutrition Security (FNS); and Agriculture & Market
Support (AMS). WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.
Job Summary: The Country Director leads, manages and provides
strategic direction to the Country Office and is responsible for all WFP
operations in the country.  The Country
Director will support the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) efforts in
supporting Government and partner organizations to reach about 1 million Ugandan
people through food assistance programmes that address urgent humanitarian
needs, build food and nutrition security and support agricultural markets.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Demonstrate ownership, promote and deploy WFP
    corporate initiatives and strategies;
  • The incumbent will formulate and implement
    country strategies, policies and plans aligned with the national
    development objectives and strategies as well as corporate WFP and wider UN
    strategies, policies and processes;
  • The jobholder will steer and ensure
    continuous support to field operations to build on the agreed role and
    comparative advantages of WFP;
  • Develop and maintain appropriate contingency
    plans and activities to ensure readiness and ability to take timely and
    appropriate actions during an emergency;
  • Ensure emergency food assistance needs are
    met, including acting in an assigned emergency management capacity as
  • Formulate, manage and implement change
    processes to maximize performance, enable innovations and achieve
    cost-effective and efficient delivery of activities; ensure that country
    teams remain engaged and motivated during the change processes;
  • The Country Director will also identify and
    build strategic partnerships and relationships with a broad range of internal
    and external partners at the local and regional level to support national objectives
    while promoting WFP corporate strategies, transfer of knowledge and expertise,
    technological advancement and to attract support for WFP activities;
  • Hold accountability for standards, guidance
    and processes within the Country Office that enable the implementation of
    best practice and high performance and at the same time ensuring optimal
    use of resources;
  • The incumbent will hold accountability for
    transparent and efficient people management, and ensure the best use of
    financial resources for achievement of set objectives;
  • Provide effective leadership to the Country
    Office to ensure the continued development and coaching of a cohesive and
    high performing team;
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender
    perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women
    and men;
  • Ensure that evaluation, audit and compliance
    recommendations are efficiently implemented within the Country Office;
  • Actively participate, lead or co-lead UN
    forums and clusters to ensure delivery of the broader UN mandate and
    effective WFP leadership in areas of specialization;
  • Perform any other duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the United Nations World
    Food Programme (WFP) Country Director career opportunity should hold an advanced
    University degree in Economics, International development, Social sciences
    or other relevant area, or First University degree with additional
    relevant experience and/or advanced training/courses.
  • A minimum of thirteen years of senior level
    experience in a relevant field of work, with a background and interest in
    international humanitarian assistance and development;
  • Extensive experience leading multicultural
    teams and improving performance;
  • Operational and field experience in contexts
    similar to those in which WFP works.
  • Broad knowledge of diverse humanitarian assistance
    and development practices with a particular area of leading technical
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, coach and
    motivate large and diverse teams and drive improving performance;
  • Possess excellent financial management and
    resource mobilization skills and commercial acumen;
  • Proven ability to build and leverage external
    partnerships to strengthen ability to achieve shared objectives;
  • Excellent track record of dealing with and
    influencing at the highest levels within and beyond the organization;
  • Ability to assimilate and analyze complex
    issues to develop strategies and policies;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of business
    principals and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN / WFP
    specific processes and systems.
  • Language: Fluency in oral and written English
    with another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and
    Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages)
Personal Competencies:
  • Excellent communication skills, to be an
    advocate for WFP to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent people skills, with the ability to
    provide constructive feedback and to strengthen people’s capabilities and
    to provide an inclusive culture;
  • A strong performance mindset, with a focus on
    getting results and to be decisive;
  • Excellent network and interpersonal skills to
    establish strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
How to Apply:
candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme to submit
their applications online, Click Here
Step 1: Register and create your online CV
Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position
requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.
NB: You must complete Step 1 and 2 in order for your
application to be considered for this vacancy.
Deadline: 4th April 2016
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