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UN Logistics Associate (Retail Engagement) - World Food Programme

Job Title:            Logistics Associate (Retail Engagement)
Organization:   World Food Programme
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
VA NO.: 107474

About US:
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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. In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year. The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to food and contribute to lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

Brief description of WFP in Uganda

WFP delivers food assistance in emergencies and work with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP provides life-saving food assistance and livelihood opportunities to refugees in Uganda. In addition, WFP assists the most vulnerable people in Karamoja with food and nutrition assistance. Finally, WFP works with smallholder farmers and links them to markets.

As Uganda strives to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and become a middle-income country by 2040, WFP is also assessing its relevance and repositioning its role in Uganda.

We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Logistics Associate (Retail Engagement), SC6 to be based in Kampala. Selected candidate will be employed on Service Contract.

The job is located in Kampala and the incumbent will work closely with the Retail Engagement Consultant to facilitate and support the design and implementation of retail engagement strategy across WFP's food assistance portfolio. Retail Engagement strategy aims to increase the market efficiency by working with local food chain and retailers to reduce food price and eventually increase the purchase power of all consumers. The incumbent will work closely with WFP agents and selected retailers to improve their operation efficiency through trainings, group purchase and POS system introduction and thus require frequent travel

Job Summary:  To provide support to the Retail Engagement Strategy and increase the market efficiency by working with local food chain and retailers.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under the direct supervisition of the CAsh-Based Transfer (CBT) and Markets Supply Chain Officer responsible for Retail Engagement, and in close collaboration with the relevant functional units at the Head Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

1.       Carry out market assessments to indentify main inefficiencies and opportunities to strengthen local markets;
2.      Coordinate with field staff, local government, NGOs, UN agencies to set up market strengthening activities;
3.      Support the implementation of market strengthening activities such as improving linkages between farmers, suppliers and markets;
4.      Train WFP staff and also shop owners on the fundamentals of retail strength assortment, quality, price and service;
5.      Assist in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for retail engagement activities;
6.      Support with the definition and implementation of key performance indicators (KPIs) to mesure success and mitigate risks associated with retail engagement;
7.      Work with Assessment, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (AMEL) and field team on market data monitoring and measure the retail against annual target;
8.      Carry out any other relevant duty assigned by the Coordinator.

·         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
Supply Chain Management and Optimization: Demonstrates ability to design basic supply chain networks, including appropriately assessing and escalating challenges to ensure that WFP is able to provide consistent and uninterrupted service to its beneficiaries and partners.
Planning, Project & Resource Mgmt: collects and analyses relevant technical data from diverse sources to forecast operational needs under various scenarios and makes evidence-based proposals.
Information Management & Reporting: Liaises with internal and external stakeholders to consolidate preliminary data analysis, draft reports and disseminate information that represents concerns and trends.
Market Analysis, Contracting and Operational Execution: Demonstrates ability to collect market information and process and analyse proposals in line with WFP standard rules and regulations in order to deliver efficiently.
Warehouse and Inventory Management: Demonstrates ability to implement operational warehouse procedures and normative guidance in order to manage WFP’s warehouse, handle inventory effectively through corporate systems, and ensure loss mitigation.
Technical Assistance and Coordination: Demonstrates abilities to provide basic technical advice and maintain effective (inclusive, collaborative, unified) logistics coordination mechanisms with humanitarian partners and other relevant stakeholders.

·         A University Degree obtained from a recognised education institution in any of the following areas: Development Studies, Economics, Agribusiness, Business Management, Finance Management, Marketing, Supply Chain or other related area;.
·         At least three (3) years of progressively responsible support experience in retail, Sales, Distribution, manufacture
·         Experience in rural development projects and/or operational aspects of commercial transactions.
·         Experience in cash based transfer programmes and/or digital payment solutions such as mobile money, agency banking;
·         Experience on collaborative work with national governments, international NGOs and/or UN agencies.
·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applciation..
Additional Competencies:
·         Analytical mind with a strategic ability, organization, attention to detail, be able to multi-task.
·         Proficient in MS Office
·         Excellent influencing and communication skills, both written and verbal
·         Good training skills, hardworking, calm, mature, logical, culturally sensitive, result oriented and interest in humanitarian development
·         Able to operate effectively and efficiently in a high-pressure and fast-paced department with flexibility to adopt changes
·         Strong communication skills and willingness to follow-up with individuals and departments in order to achieve goals
·         Able to operate with compassion and impartiality and demonstrate a high level of sensitivity and respect towards beneficiaries of all ages, locations and ethnic backgrounds

NB: Female applicants and qualified applicants from Uganda with Ugandan Nationality are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit their applications online at the link below.

Deadline: 31st October 2019

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