Project Manager (School Feeding Programme Support to the African Union Commission), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – WFP

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United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is looking for qualified applicants for following open  position in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Title: Project Manager (School Feeding Programme Support to the AUC)

Type of Contract: Consultant

Division: STR – Strategic Partnership Division

Duty Station (City, Country): Addis Ababa

Duration: 11 months

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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, physical or mental disability.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

The World Food Programme has supported the people and governments of Africa for over half a century on issues ranging from ending poverty and hunger to sustaining peace and promoting stability. For nearly two decades, the organization has engaged the African Union (AU), a political institution established to articulate and advocate continental political, economic, and social development ambitions and priorities. In recognition of the AU’s growing importance and influence in global and continental affairs, WFP has been enhancing its engagement, advocacy, and technical support to promote the implementation of AU decisions, policies, strategies, and programmes. WFP’s support to the AU is coordinated by the WFP Africa Global Office based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

With over 60 years’ experience in School Feeding, WFP is the world leader in school feeding across the world. WFP advocates for the universal adoption of school feeding programmes as a safety net that helps increase children’s access to education and learning opportunities and strengthens their health and nutrition status. WFP focuses increasingly on assisting countries to establish and maintain nationally owned programmes. In countries still requiring operational support, the organization implements school feeding programmes with clear hand over strategies to ensure long-term sustainability and country ownership

In 2020 WFP launched a new ten-year organizational strategy for school feeding. One of the strategy’s priorities is to support the efforts of the African Union to scale up home-grown school feeding in Africa. By enhancing the capacity of the AU WFP expects to substantially contribute to closing the current school feeding gap in the continent. By creating ownership and accountability within the continent and national governments.

The overall goal is to improve the quality and scale of national school feeding programmes across Africa, ensuring that 62 million additional primary schoolchildren living in extreme poverty have access to integrated school health and nutrition packages, contributing to their learning and education outcomes. This will benefit children’s own development and wellbeing, and that of their families and communities and contribute to Africa’s human capital development.

To do so, WFP has mobilized support to launch a three-year project that will seek to enhance the technical and human capacity of the AU Commission (AUC) to develop public goods, knowledge and evidence that would be used to provide targeted and context specific support to national governments; and improve the performance and functionality of the Home-Grown School Feeding Cluster led by the AUC’s Department of Education, Science, Technology and Innovations (ESTI).

Reporting to and under the supervision of the Head of the WFP Addis Office and coordinating activities with the Head of Partnerships and Advocacy of the School-based Programmes (SBP) Division, the Project Manager will:


ACCOUNTABILITY / RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead the implementation and coordination of school feeding/ school health and nutrition related activities with the African Union, African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and other continental bodies and partners.
  • Lead the support to the AU Home Grown School Feeding Cluster and the implementation of their work plan, ensuring coordination and alignment among all relevant WFP divisions and regional bureaux engaging institutions and organs of the African Union on school feeding/school health and nutrition (WFP internal School Feeding Working Group).
  • Ensure linkages and alignment with other priority areas supported by WFP with the African Union.
  • Work with appropriate AUC institutions, including the Departments of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (ARBE) and Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS); and engage relevant school feeding focal points at the African Union Development
  • Agency-NEPAD as the implementing arm of the African Union; as well as relevant continental partners (UNICEF, FAO, UNESCO IICBA, etc);
  • Contribute to strengthening policy and technical capacities and the coordination of Home-Grown School Feeding initiatives across African Union institutions and organs under the auspices of the AUC Home-Grown School Feeding Cluster;
  • Design and implement a continental Home-Grown School Feeding advocacy and outreach strategy to increase political commitment and mobilize resources;
  • Support the establishment of the first continental school health and nutrition database as a public good;
  • Facilitate the generation of strategic evidence from the performance of country level programmes to guide school health and school feeding decision-makers in Africa;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

DELIVERABLE AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT:

  • Strengthened partnership with relevant AUC institutions and partners on Home-Grown School Feeding c6HVSJb DmW49e
  • Strengthened political commitment and engagement at continental level for Home-Grown School Feeding
  • Timely implementation of the Cluster workplan , ensuring alignment of activities and engagement of partners.
  • A final continental advocacy and outreach strategy for Home Grown School Feeding to increase political commitment and mobilize resources
  • At least two cluster activity reports supervised and presented to AUC management.
    Inputs provided to the project progress report and annual report to be submitted to donor.
    QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

Education:

Advanced University degree in social sciences, international affairs, international development, development economics, or other related fields, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.

Experience:

Eight years of relevant professional work experience in upstream policy work, technical assistance and/or advocacy.
Minimum of four years of work experience in the field of school feeding and/or school health and nutrition.
Knowledge and skills:

Proven experience and technical ability to manage large projects.
Effective interpersonal, management and negotiation skills proven through successful interaction with stakeholders, including senior government officials, regional body authorities, experts and the international community.
Demonstrated ability in team management and collaboration
Languages:

Excellent command and highly proficient in spoken and written English (C1 Effective Operational Proficiency)
Working knowledge of French preferred
Terms and Conditions

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


How to Apply

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

http://www.wfp.org Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Ref. VA No. 156006

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.

Deadline for applications: 14 February 2022

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