WFP provides monthly food assistance to 60,000 Syrian refugees living in camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). This assistance is in the form of cash based transfers, giving beneficiaries the freedom to choose which food items they need and prefer. Cash-based transfers also help stimulate the local economy, boosting retailers, employment and supply chains. WFP is currently co-leading an inter-agency targeting and monitoring exercise with UNHCR in the nine camps in the KR-I.
Under the overall authority of the Head of Programme Operations, the incumbent will manage WFP s food assistance for Syrian refugees in Iraq. Under WFP s Transitional-Interim Country Strategic Plan, the Programme Policy Officer will be the activity manager for Activity 3: Emergency Food Assistance for Syrian Refugees.
The incumbent will be based in WFP s Erbil office and will advise and support WFP s sub-offices and Cooperating Partner, while representing WFP as Food Security Sector co-lead under the inter-agency 3RP. Frequent missions will be required to refugee camps and areas of implementation as required.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Within the delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Responsibility for implementation of the General Food Assistance (GFA) component of the Syrian refugee activity;
• Provide advice and support to the Country Office and Sub-Offices to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions, and other relevant guidance;
• Lead and provide oversight of the WFP component of the Joint Targeting and Monitoring Exercise with UNHCR;
• Assess the transfer modality, value and mechanism and revise/update as necessary;
• Engage and maintain operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance and support advocacy work, in particular with UNHCR, government partners and cooperating partners;
• Work with the Resource Management and Finance units to track and programme funds and grants;
• Assisting counterparts, including line Government departments, UN Agencies and Cooperating Partners in both technical as well as operational support such as planning, formulation and implementation of moderately complex food assistance programme to strengthen Government and community ownership and effectiveness of cash and vouchers programmes at country office and sub office level.
• Establish coherent partnership and strong interpersonal negotiation with partners, including UN agencies in order to sustain a smooth and durable partnership;
• Participate and support coordination activities with UN Agencies and other stakeholders,
• Liaise closely with all other relevant sector units involved in the other CBT operations, particularly Finance and Procurement units;
• Perform other duties as may be assigned.
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.
Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Desired Candidate Profile
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.
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.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor s degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses
• Has at least two years experience working across the programme portfolio. Experience in assistance to refugees would be an asset.
• Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.
Fluency in the English language as it is the working language of the WFP Country Office. Fluency in the Arabic and Kurdish languages is also required in order to communicate well with government counterparts and beneficiaries