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Vacancy Announcement No: 64941

Job Title: National coordinator for Universal Salt Iodization
Type of Contract: SC
Grade Level: L9
No. of Post: 1
Duty Station: Khartoum
Duration: One Year
Closing Date: 16 Oct 2017


ABOUT WFP

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.
 
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 shattered lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year. The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

WFP’s greatest strength is its 14,000 dedicated people working tirelessly around the world to reduce hunger, often under difficult conditions where security threats and risks to personal safety are considerable. The global context in which WFP operates is rapidly changing which means the need for effective people management is becoming more important than ever before. In this context, WFP launched its People Strategy in November 2014. It articulates key strategic focus to build an engaged workforce, with the right skills, in the right roles enabling WFP to continue fulfilling its humanitarian response role while simultaneously building its capabilities to address the long-term goals of Zero Hunger.

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

WFP is the leading UN agency for the prevention and treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition and develops food-based programmatic approaches for the prevention of stunting and micronutrient deficiencies.

WFP, jointly with FAO and WHO has recently been awarded a multi-year grant on food fortification to work on improving the nutritional status of vulnerable populations across Sudan through increased availability, access, and consumption of fortified food, micronutrient powders and bio fortified varieties of crops. The project will focus on three critical aspects: the legal and regulatory environment, the supply and the demand and will collectively strengthen institutional frameworks and increase community, private sector and government awareness of the benefits of food fortification.

 

PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

One of major pillars under this grant will be in the area of Universal Salt Iodization (USI). To facilitate this work, WFP is seeking an experienced, qualified individual to undertake the role of the National USI Coordinator. This position will be based in the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in Khartoum, Sudan and work closely with the Ministry of Industry (FMOI), the private sector and partners on facilitating salt iodization in the country.

 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Fortification Grant Manager, the National USI Coordinator will be expected to undertake the following tasks.

  1. In collaboration with the FMOH, ensure a functional coordination mechanism is in place for USI.
  2. Jointly develop a detailed work plan for USI with the FMOH, FMOI and related stakeholders ensuring that all aspects of the process (policy, process, implementation, capacity development) are covered.
  3. Design and implement an M&E strategy for Universal Salt Iodization at national and subnational level.
  4. Lead the development of a robust Quality Assurance and Quality Control system (including operational guidelines) in line with national legislation.
  5. Regularly monitor the support provided to the national laboratory and the zonal labs at the production areas to enhance the quality control and quality assurance mechanism.
  6. Facilitate regular coordination meetings at strategic and technical levels and ensure that all discussions adequately highlight the gaps and potentials actions to address USI.
  7. Contribute to the finalization of the development, endorsement and roll out of the National Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Micronutrient Deficiencies, ensuring that iodine deficiency is adequately addressed.
  8. Enable a conducive legal environment and set up the required institutional frameworks allowing the private sector to invest in salt iodization in Sudan
  9. Ensure the existing USI revolving fund is functional and allows for the regular purchasing of purchase potassium iodate for effective implementation.
  10. Undertake capacity development of public and private sector partners enabling them to produce, distribute and monitor the quality of iodized salt.
  11. Report regularly to the Director of the National Nutrition Program at FMOH and the WFP Head of Nutrition Unit
  12. Prepare progress reports, including achievements, challenges, lessons learnt and financial information, for internal and external audience.
  13. Undertake additional tasks as required ensuring that the project objectives are achieved.

 

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • 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.

People

  • 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.

Performance

  • 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.

Partnership

  • 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.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance

Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.

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.

Emergency Programming

Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.

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

Education: Advanced University degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Food Technology, Project Management or other field relevant to international development assistance.

Experience:  At least 5 years of relevant experience with progressively increasing responsibilities in the field of nutrition and health and/or food technology.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and Arabic.

 

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • Proven experience in coordinating projects in the health and nutrition field with a focus on policy/legislation
  • Experience working on the prevention and control of micronutrient deficiencies would be highly valued.
  • Proven track record of producing high quality reports and/or publishing on programmatic experiences lessons learned.
  • Strong analytical, networking, and coordination skills with excellent written and oral communication. Ability to negotiate with a variety of actors from the public sector and civil society.
  • Leadership, resistance to stress, ability to work within and lead a team, strong drive for results, cultural sensitivity.
  • Excellent computer skills (Office suite). Knowledge of a statistical package and of software for research in social sciences would be an asset.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

This vacancy is open to qualified Sudanese Nationals Only.
WFP is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. In the pursuit of WFP’s mission to feed the hungry poor, WFP employees must uphold the highest standards of ethical and
professional conduct at all times. WFP has zero tolerance for fruad & corruption, sexual exploitation and discrimination.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Applicants are required to create their personal account and fill in the profile form with his/her personal details in WFP Career Web-Site through the links provided below.
Applicants must ensure filling the mandatory sections, attaching the CV, answer the pre-screening questions and  agree on legal statement prior to submitting the application.

External applicants - Interested external applicants can apply on WFP Career Site: http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings

Applicants may apply using LinkedIn profile (if available).
Quailfied female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.




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