Job at World Food Programme: National Programme Policy Officer (FAMA) NOB (51605) (Deadline: 10 May 2017)
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.
WFP has joined a consortium of public and private institutions, known as the Farm to Market Alliance (FAMA), to help smallholder farmers unlock new opportunities. The Alliance works by supporting smallholder farmers to move from subsistence farming to market-oriented agriculture by connecting demand for their crops with commercial markets, and further by helping them to access formal contracts. These contracts can help farmers to access the credit, resources and services necessary to plant and harvest quality crops, which in turn can boost incomes and build long-term resilience. The Alliance is today operating in a pilot phase in Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.
In Rwanda, the Alliance currently supports 80 cooperatives with a membership of 23,000 farmers during the 2016/17 season. These cooperatives signed forward delivery contracts with three private-sector off-takers to deliver 5,200 tonnes of maize. WFP takes the lead in coordinating this market access support for smallholder farmers through an extensive partnership with value chain stakeholders. WFP is looking for an individual to push forward these efforts.
The incumbent will report to the FAMA Rwanda Coordinator in Kigali, Rwanda.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Contribute towards the development of market access support initiatives for smallholder farmers in a multi-stakeholder setting.
- Provide project management support of Farm to Market Alliance (FAMA), ensuring a coordinated approach with wider smallholder support programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures as well as common interest identified among FAMA partner value chain stakeholders.
- Liaise with internal and external FAMA counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
- Identify target farmer organizations and farmer-friendly aggregators by managing the selection and due diligence process; collect, analyze and assess profiles of target farmer organizations and their farm business management practice.
- Link identified farmer organizations and aggregators with forward delivery contracts by private-sector off-takers interested in FAMA.
- Based on farmer data analysis, identify opportunities to build pro-smallholder staple value chains through partnerships with other key value chain stakeholders (aggregators, extension agents, input suppliers, credit providers and off-takers).
- Plan and manage farmer training on agronomic practices, post-harvest handling and delivery planning; ensure effective knowledge transfer by instituting and leveraging the lead farmer structure within the supported farmer organizations.
- Assist FAMA Country Coordinator in the development of market based business plans for the national Alliance and its implementation model across key value chain stakeholders.
- Manage national team members, providing guidance and oversight as needed.
- Provide technical support to the cooperating partners and monitor their performance to meet the project objectives.
- In consultation with the M&E and VAM units, develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
- Perform other related duties as required.
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.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Master’s degree in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, business administration, or a field relevant to agricultural value chain management.
Three or more years of experience in agribusiness, project management and value chain analysis with a strong focus on the private sector.
- Fluency (Level C) in English and Kinyarwanda with a working knowledge in French; proficiency in both oral and written communication in both French and English will be an added value.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
- Demonstrated knowledge of SMEs, pro-smallholder procurement and commercial agriculture models.
- Demonstrated ability to provide consistent and timely client service to meet the changing needs and expectations of clients, allowing clients to actively participate in and contribute to decisions that are relevant to their needs. Makes adjustments to services as required.
- Take ownership of assigned tasks, establish priorities and monitor own work plan with minimum supervision.
- Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with results-oriented private sector partners as well as internal WFP clients.
- Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiating skills.
- Ability to perform and deliver results under time pressure.
- Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing and in multiple contexts.
- Ability to frequently travel within the country.
- Knowledge of various aspects of financial services and business modelling is a bonus.
- Strong ability to take initiative with research and analysis and produce valuable results in conditions of uncertainty; solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including ability to work and deliver projects proactively and under pressure.
- Relevant experience in development and agricultural fields, with emphasis on pro-smallholder approaches; Experience in agriculture commercialization approaches; agronomy; and strong understanding of policy analysis, regional trade and marketing.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
– The position is open to Rwandese Nationals only
– Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
In order to apply:
Applicants should follow application process below and submit their CV.
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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Deadline for applications: 10 May 2017