World Food Programme in Zambia
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Programme Manager

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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.

Job Purpose

Responsible for overseeing the implementation the Country Office’s strategic objective on Social Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), specifically focused on capacity strengthening, to help strengthen social safety nets that address the basic food and nutrition needs of vulnerable Zambians throughout the year, including in times of crisis.

Key Accountabilities

Drive the implementation of WFP Zambia Country Office Social Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) portfolio, specifically oversee implementation of WFP’s support to the Government Social Safety Nets and Disaster Risk Reduction programmes.

Serve as focal person with Ministry of Community Development and Social Service (MCD&SS) and Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), in implementation of Social Cash Transfer, other social safety nets and Disaster Risk Reduction support that contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 2 Zero Hunger.

Develop options for framing WFP assistance to national social protection in Country Strategic Plans for 2019 – 2023.

Oversee implementation of WFP support to Government social safety net programmes increasing integration, collaboration, and shock-responsiveness of programmes.

Support the Zambia country office in the strategy formulation, design and monitoring of programmes and in DRR, such as climate adaptation and resilience building.

Provide specific technical advice, or mobilize technical expertise, for specific climate risk and related resilience analysis to support regional and country level efforts in advocacy, policy, programming and resource mobilization.

Support WFP’s policy engagement at national fora to reinforce WFP’s role and added value, its services and capacities, in relation to DRR, climate adaptation and resilience building.

Expand dialogue with relevant Government partners to better understand capacity development needs linked to and how WFP can better support these needs.

Increase collaboration with non-Government partners and other UN agencies to strengthen overall capacity development portfolio.

Support and contribute to development of the country strategic plan, funding proposal and other related funding concept notes.

Contribute to Country Office Emergency Preparedness, such as early warning, risk analysis, and contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises and needs.

Perform other tasks as required.

4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities


Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.

Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.

Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.

Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


Look for ways to strengthen people's skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.

Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.

Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.

Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.

Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.

Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.

Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning

Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships

Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations

Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.

Standard Qualifications

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.

Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses

National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different

Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.

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

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

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