World Food Programme in Zambia
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Head Of M&E and VAM – International CST

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Job Description

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.

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.

Organizational Context:

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director, the incumbent will play a key role in managing and implementing programme quality assurance activities. The position was created to strengthen WFP’s capacity to implement the Country Strategic Plan, to measure our impact on alleviating hunger through food assistance, and to advance results-based performance and accountability across the office. The Unit is also tasked with identifying measures of success, and to report on progress, results and lessons learned: to demonstrate the impact of WFP’s food assistance on the lives of the beneficiaries.

Job Purpose:

The incumbent will support performance management including leading the country office annual performance planning and review process, and review of risk registers, vulnerability assessment, monitoring and evaluation activities within a country office, ensuring that WFP programmes generate quality evidence on the needs, outcomes and effects of WFP’s food assistance, resilience and capacity strengthening activities on the lives of beneficiaries with which to inform operational decision making and strategic reorientation.

Key Accountabilities (Not All-Inclusive):

  • Guide assessments and monitor performance of CO programme and supply chain activities, and enable data-driven decision-making, including:
  • Lead the implementation of VAM, Monitoring, Review and Evaluation plans that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage progress towards achieving expected results (as set out in the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) and other global and regional plans), while being compliant with WFP evaluation and monitoring requirements.
  • Contribute to the development of VAM projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider WFP policies and guidance.
  • Support the development of food security and vulnerability analysis and the preparation of timely reports on food assessment needs in line with wider VAM policies, processes and guidance to enable effective decision-making on the development of country strategy, policies and programmes.
  • Support evidence-based decision-making on programme design and implementation, notably through making monitoring, review and evaluations findings accessible, developing innovative, user-friendly and informative products.
  • Support WFP Management in addressing and tracking implementation of recommendations from VAM, monitoring, reviews and evaluations to ensure that follow-up actions are taken as required.
  • Build VAM and M&E capacity of WFP staff and partners through design and delivery of training and information sharing.
  • Manage, supervise and guide the M&E and VAM team, including a core team in CO, monitoring assistants, and provide technical oversight to field staff.
  • Facilitate at Country Strategic Plan (CSP) design stage the development of a logframe and Theory of Change (ToC) guiding the framework of the CSP.

Other Specific Job Requirements:

  • Ensure that CO monitoring systems and tools are in place and compliant with corporate standards, including the minimum monitoring requirements (MMR), standard operational procedures (SOP) and establishment of baselines and targets in alignment with the updated corporate result framework (CRF).
  • Coordinate and oversee the production of VAM and monitoring reports with status of results and implementation progress including Annual Country Report (ACR).
  • Support thematic reviews and lessons learned which are intended for internal learning, strategic and operational decision-making.
  • Ensure outcome data is collected in a timely manner and contribute to the analysis of outcome data and recommend improvements to programme interventions and to enhance WFPs ability to demonstrate outcome focused results.
  • Collaborate with the WFP technical teams to complete annual and mid-year reporting of key performance indicators, performance measurements, and programme targets established in the annual performance plans.
  • Supervise and/or manage all country-led evaluations with support from RBJ or HQ Office of Evaluation.
  • Manage online interactive dashboards and visualizations that enhance the visibility of WFP results to both internal and external audience

Standard Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Advanced University degree in Business Management, Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mathematics, Sociology, Social Development, Development Economics or Performance Management or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.
  • Experience: At least five years of progressively responsible professional post graduate experience in VAM, monitoring, research, evaluations and/or assessments at multiple field locations or programme management.
  • Knowledge and Skill: Ability to analyse and translate numerical data to show WFP’s outcomes and impact against the objectives; ability to explain WFP projects and operations to counterparts and to communicate with Government and partners clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures. Over and above, ability to understand the cultural and political environment and to work well with colleagues.
  • Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. Working knowledge of a second official UN language is desirable.

Desired Experiences for entry into the role:

  • Cultivated sustainable relationships with local NGOs, government authorities, and other implementation partners.
  • Has research experience using variety of analytical tools and methods for causality analysis, forecasting, and other data modeling needs.
  • Performed monitoring, evaluations and assessments at multiple field locations.

4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities:


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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