United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Standards and Continuous Improvement Lead (Remote with Central European Time – CET), Rome, Italy

Job Overview

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT:

The Technology Division (TEC) is the digital business engine of the World Food Programme, providing the business with multi-pronged and resilient technical capabilities able to respond with the immediate agility required in conflict zones on the one hand and with the longer-term stability to cope natural disasters on the other.

Technology and connectivity are rapidly reaching some of the most vulnerable people and places affected by crisis, but they are also increasingly expanding to the services responding to those same crises. As one of the main humanitarian actors, WFP has the opportunity and the obligation to leverage data and technology to better know and serve those in need by digitally transforming the way it works.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Under the general supervision of the Chief of TECM and direct supervision of the Head of Infrastructure Services, the incumbent is required to oversee and coordinate the Standards and Continuous Improvement (SCI) team.

The position will carry out supervisory responsibilities including lead and deploy Agile Service Management and Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives, hiring and training staff members, planning and assigning their goals, performance, and coaching of staff and decisions regarding development and performance management. He/She serves as a member of the TECM management team and participates in diverse Management Boards and acts as a technical subject matter expert, project manager, and resource manager, supporting strategic initiatives throughout IT with a focus on Agile Service Management, DevOps, Standards and CI practices. The incumbent ensures compliance with agreements, SLAs, user collaboration, interactions and response to changes. He/she is responsible for coordinating the activities around planning, production and adoption of Agile Service Management and CI best practice, and for guiding the success of a product and leading a cross-functional team responsible for improving it, setting the strategy, roadmap, features definition while ensuring maximum product adoption by the customers. This role will also be responsible for independently managing core improvement project(s) including identifying the root cause of issues, selecting the appropriate resolution activities, planning and executing the resolution project, and effectively communication the change across all levels of the organization. The role will also provide periodic reporting on projects to executive leadership.

As a member of the team, will help to define the rhythm of the business, work across teams to gain alignment and develop and execute program plans across multiple stakeholders. To do this, he/she will manage process improvements across numerous stakeholders, branches and geographies, create certainty out of ambiguity and maintain a firm grasp over the operational aspects. Working with a large group of diverse stakeholders, you must be able to operate at a strategic level, while simultaneously being able to dive deep into the details of each program to drive results.

ACCOUNTABILITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Take lead role with stakeholders to align on strategy, process design objectives, resources allocation;
  • Act as internal consultant, developing short- and long-term strategies for the organization and incorporating Agile Service Management, DevOps, ITIL v4 and other practices;
  • Coordinate and lead key projects for improvement across all levels of the organization;
  • Supervise several teams directly or collaborate with managers to re-engineer processes;
  • Design the Agile Service Management and Continuous Improvement function, including mission, goals, objectives, working structure, and communication model;
  • Driving process-related activities for Incident Management, Problem management, Change management, Configuration Management and Release management;
  • Develop, maintain, and improve a tracking mechanism to evaluate individual project success and combined project success toward organizational improvement;
  • Actively participate in the formulation and implementation of a Knowledge Management (KM) action plan supported by TEC, internal systems and processes;
  • Collaborating across TEC teams to ensure CMDB functionality is appropriate, and data is up-to-date;
  • Lead and motivate the team, providing coaching, training, and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

Education

University Degree and training with an emphasis on Computer Science/Engineering, Information Systems.

Experience

  • At least 5 years of proven experience in operations and or process engineering/continuous improvement role and significant experience leading teams of staff with somewhat varied areas of expertise;
  • Proven experience in operations and or process engineering/continuous improvement role;
  • Experience on training and leading problem-solving activities;
  • Proven experience as change agent by driving change in organizations and implementing continuous improvement tools, while utilizing and improving existing methodologies;
  • Cloud experience and / or certification on AWS, Azure or GCP is a plus.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Certified in ITIL v4, Agile, SCRUM and/or DevOps;
  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery experience is a plus;
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to reduce complex problems into simpler ones and willingness to dive deep into processes to drive results;
  • Ability to collect feedback and translate into opportunities for service improvement;
  • Strong strategic view and negotiation skills with the ability to work effectively across internal and external teams;
  • Collaborative hands-on team member, relationship-builder with a strong business partnering skills and customer service oriented;
  • Excellent critical thinking and proactive problem-solving abilities;
  • Strong project management skills, excellent interpersonal, communications and presentation skills;
  • Excellent oral, editing and writing skills;
  • Ability to influence and adapt communication styles to different situations and individuals;
  • Ability to work independently, to prioritize and meet deadlines;
  • Passionate and committed to excellence;
  • Ethics & Values, Client Orientation, Cognitive Capacity, Stress Resistance, Behavioural Flexibility.

Language

Fluency in oral and written English with an intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is desirable.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

WFP offers a competitive compensation package, which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP.

(link) Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 07 September 2021 at 11:59pm Rome time

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Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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