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WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

Are you an experienced Supply Chain Officer interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organization investing in its people?

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, October 5, 2022 (10:59 PM CET)

WHO WE ARE

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP’s values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

To learn more about WFP, visit our website: UN World Food Programme (WFP) and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

WHY JOIN US?

  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across the various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

According to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) 2022 report (July 2022), the number of undernourished people in Latin America and the Caribbean reached 56.6 million in 2021 – corresponding to 8.6 percent of the population. This figure represents an increase compared to 2020, when four million people were already plunged into hunger between 2020 and 2021 and comes on top of an increase of nine million people between 2019 and 2020. In 2021, more than 40 percent of the region – 268 million people – faced moderate or severe food insecurity. The latter affected 93 million people – 14.2 percent of the population – representing an increase of almost 30 million compared to 2019.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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 so 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’s Supply Chain Cash-Based Transfers team (SCOL-R) global mission remains removing ‘Market Inefficiencies to Improve Access, Price, Quality and Service for the Vulnerable’ through the creation of sustainable markets in support of zero hunger. With USD 2.1 billion transferred to 38 million people in 67 countries in 2020 (up from USD 10 million in 10 countries in 2009), 5,903 retailers contracted globally, 6,541 shops providing assistance to beneficiaries, and 1,356 markets mapped in 36 countries, there is a need to support Country Offices in setting up more efficient, standardized, and automated processes, coupled with the tools required to measure the impact of WFP’s work in markets. Irrespective of the delivery mechanism within CBT chosen to assist beneficiaries effectively and efficiently, Supply Chain (SC) has an active value-add role to play – from assessment to sourcing to reconciliation and market development activities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

You will:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of supply chain plans and procedures, in line with the global WFP supply chain strategy and regional/functional strategies, policies and plans, to achieve operational cost efficiency, agility, reliability, quality and to support national capacity strengthening.
  • Provide substantive contributions to regional/country context analyses and to the management of end-to-end operational supply chain (financial service providers and retail networks), in support of operational supply chain challenges and operational optimization.
  • Contribute to planning and implementation of supply chain operations, initiatives, and services to ensure a timely, cost-effective, and integrated approach and in close cooperation with key supply chain stakeholders.
  • Perform analyses and detailed conceptual work putting together comprehensive reports identifying opportunities for improvement and effective operationalization of supply chain within the area of responsibility.
  • Conduct regular financial analysis and budget reviews, drawing out insights and recommending actions to senior staff for maximizing use of resources and effectiveness of supply chain operations.
  • Build and maintain productive partnerships (internal and external) that collaborate with counterparts in the key supply chain functions contributing to an integrated supply chain approach to cash-based assistance.
  • Provide technical contribution to market analysis and supply chain network mapping to inform the selection of an appropriate transfer modality.
  • Support management of supply chain operations, or manage less complex supply chain operations, in compliance with the established supply chain strategies, policies, procedures and controls, and following corporate standards, with special emphasis on quality control, loss prevention, risk mitigation and cost-effectiveness.
  • Support the monitoring of supply chain activities to check that appropriate internal controls are followed to increase the day-to-day efficiencies and overall performance of supply chain operations.
  • Support management of financial service providers and retailers to promote safe and efficient planning and execution of WFP cash-based operations.
  • Prepare accurate, comprehensive, and timely reports, dashboards, and other visual materials on supply chain activities in cash-based transfers, including trends to support informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to the stakeholders.
  • Guide and supervise staff at COs in LAC, acting as a point of referral, providing training, and supporting them with more complex analyses and queries.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions and support quick emergency response to deploy cash-based assistance and resources at the onset of the crisis.
  • Strengthen supply chain (logistics & procurement) involvement in cash-based transfers (CBT) in accordance with roles and responsibilities entrusted to the function (analysis, contracting, reconciliation).
  • Train supply chain teams in LAC COs on the various roles and responsibilities of the supply chain function in CBT.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of supply chain plans for CBT in LAC aimed to achieve operational cost efficiency, agility, reliability, and achievement of programmatic objectives.
  • Implement the market functionality index (MFI) assessment in all COs in LAC.
  • Advance efforts to avail emergency response capability in LAC using market-based interventions (CBT).

  • Support CBT supply chain processes required by LAC COs (analysis, procurement, contracting and reconciliation)

QUALIFICATIONS AND KEY REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION:

You have:

  • University degree preferably in Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Economics, Business Administration, Logistics, or another related field.

EXPERIENCE:

You have: Minimum of three (3) years of post-graduate professional work experience including:

  • Coordinating supply chain activities with other units/ teams.
  • Conducting analytical and conceptual work in support of strategy design and implementation.
  • Coordinating periodic planning across functions and with partners.
  • Analyzing and supporting the implementation of end-to-end supply chain operations.
  • Working with internal and external partners.
  • Implementing supply chain improvement initiatives.
  • Supervising staff.

At least one year of experience focused on Cash-Based Transfers.

LANGUAGE:

You have:

  • Fluency (level C) in the English language.
  • Fluency (level C) in the Spanish language.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (A WFP’s working language)

MORE ABOUT YOU

You have:

  • Strong knowledge of project management
  • Excellent skills in working in international teams and managing projects under tight deadlines and resource constraints in an engaging and solution-oriented environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Good research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure as part of a team
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Windows, and Microsoft Office 365, especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other related software
  • Strong information management skills

WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK

These common standards of behaviour guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork

Applies Strategic Thinking

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ((link)) including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Panama City, Panama to take up this assignment.

REMINDERS BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete, and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable).
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application.
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
  • Please contact us at [email protected] in case you face any challenges with submitting your application
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.