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Programme Officer – School Meals
Job SummaryThe Programme Officer – School Meals will work under the general supervision of WFP Deputy Country Director and under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme.
She/he will be responsible for the following:
- Ensure alignment of WFP Haiti school feeding programme with WFP policies and best practices regarding school meals, nutrition, local purchases and gender equality.
- Develop, deploy and test innovative approaches and strategies in support to the government’s 2030 vision for the national school meals programme.
- Manage WFP school feeding activities, including:
- ensuring negotiations and administrative follow-up of Field Level Agreements signed with cooperating partners, including respective budgets;
- managing cooperating partners’ performance by closely following the progress of operations, activities and reports;
- coordinating internally with other functional areas, namely supply chain and resources management, to ensure a consistent pipeline of food to schools and beneficiaries;
- following up on the resources situation of programme, including commodity and cash availability, ensuring the best use of funds;
- identifying, highlighting and mitigating potential risks to programme delivery, service up-take and effectiveness of the interventions;
- keeping reliable databases/dashboards up-to-date on food delivery and distribution, list of schools assisted, number of beneficiaries covered by the project;
- working closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation unit in producing school feeding analysis and reports, including on donor specific indicators;
- guaranteeing feedback channels are made available to beneficiaries (e.g. hotline, call center).
- Work closely with Supply Chain unit in order to progressively and consistently increase the proportion of local products included in the school meals food basket.
- Collaborate effectively with internal and external counterparts to ensure timely consultations with relevant national government institutions (MENFP, PNCS, MSPP, MARNDR) as well as the programme’s donors.
- Timely delivery of donor periodic reports, including the preparation of informative, advocacy and dissemination materials to be published on communication channels.
- Work closely with the Resources Mobilization unit in producing funding proposals and identifying financing opportunities for school meals in Haiti.
- Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships (especially UN agencies such as UNICEF and UNESCO) leading to improved school feeding activities in Haiti, including capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government.
- Mobilize technical expertise and participate in assessments and analyses regarding the choice of objectives, activities, beneficiary targeting, transfer modalities and appropriate food products for WFP school meals programme.
- Represent WFP at relevant technical working groups, sector-wide coordination meetings and other regional, national and interagency technical meetings as and when required.
- Supervise programme staff under the School Feeding section; assess their training needs and provide timely opportunity to develop their skills and capacity; provide clear guidance and support in carrying out their duties.
- Lead, motivate and develop a team of five staff (national and international) to enable high performance and compliance.
- Any other task as required.
- At least 5 years of previous experience in managing large-scale food security, nutrition, education, health projects and teams.
- Capacity to create, maintain, analyze and review activity budgets and plans for large programs.
- Understanding of the food security, nutrition, agriculture and education sectors.
- Proven ability to work in partnerships with a wide range of local and international development actors.
- Strong knowledge of monitoring and evaluation techniques including analysis of critical data from diverse sources to be used for decision making.
- Experience in managing a team.
- Demonstrated capacity to work and deliver quality outputs under pressure and tight deadlines.
- Proven leadership abilities to resolve potential conflicting situation, to propose concrete solutions to complex issues that involve all interested parties.
MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:
- Education: University Degree in International Affairs, Economics, Education, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or Secondary Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
- Language: Fluency (level C) in written and spoken French and English are mandatory. Knowledge of Spanish/Portuguese and Haitian Creole would be an asset.
- Advanced knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook is a must.
Note: Only those candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for interview and test.