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Posted in Agriculture, Environmental Health, Economics, Finance

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Type

Full Time



Description :

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme

Country: Zimbabwe

City: Harare, Zimbabwe

Office: WFP in Harare, Zimbabwe

Grade: P-3


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.


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.


Over a billion people in the world living on less than a dollar a day depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. For them, vulnerability to climate-related shocks is a constant threat to food security and well-being, trapping them into poverty in the long term. As climate change drives an increase in the frequency and intensity of these shocks, the challenges faced by food-insecure farmers will also increase. Thus, providing them with strategies to reduce and mitigate such risks becomes essential for overcoming hunger, achieving food security and increasing resilience.

With the increase in frequency and intensity of weather-related risks due to climate change in the country, WFP Zimbabwe has adopted a integrated approach to climate risk management by bringing together various tools and strategies: improved resource management through asset creation (risk reduction); improved agricultural practices (conservation agriculture and drought-tolerant seeds); strengthened market access; micro-insurance and macro-insurance through ARC Replica (risk transfer); livelihoods diversification and microcredit (prudent risk taking); savings (risk reserves); climate services; and forecast-based financing (FbF). On the social protection front, WFP in partnership with the government and other actors is working towards tackling the humanitarian-development nexus by integrating relevant WFP programmes into the national social protection framework.

With the different Disaster Risk Financing (DRF) instruments at micro and macro-levels being piloted and scaled up in the country by WFP as well as the inception of the 4-year Green Climate Fund (GCF) project, WFP Zimbabwe is in need of services of a Project Coordinator, with technical expertise in the climate risk management tools such as climate services and forecast-based financing, as well as project management and policy engagement expertise to manage the GCF project and lead this innovative Forecast-based Financing programme component.

The GCF Project Manager and FbF Activity manager will report to the Head of Resilience and work closely with other units in the Country Office, including Activity Managers under program Unit, WFP's Field Offices in Zimbabwe, as well as WFP's GCF, climate services, forecast-based financing and risk transfer teams at Regional and Global levels.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Given the specific requirements for the GCF project, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for various roles as indicated below.

GCF Project Management

Provide oversight, management, and support toward the implementation of all project components, plans and processes for the GCF project in alignment with WFP and Government of Zimbabwe policies and guidance.

Head the GCF Project Management Unit and co-ordinate engagement with the Project Steering Committee as well as the Project Technical Committee to ensure effective inception and implementation of the project, in collaboration with Climate Change Management Department.

Lead liaisons with government agencies, UN agencies, international financial institutions, and non-governmental organizations to ensure synergies with the GCF project and to engage in project implementation and/or joint programming where possible.

Develop a standard operating procedures package, inclusive of guidance on potential partner roster methodology; approaches to planning, implementing, monitoring, and reporting of the GCF project; and evaluating mid-term and final performance of all partners involved.

Ensure the preparation of accurate and timely reports (especially using primary data from monitoring) on GCF activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information.

Ensure strong collaboration with public, private, and/or civil partners leading to improved GCF project outcomes.


Co-ordinate the capacity building of WFP country office and field staff, partners, and government counterparts for all components under the GCF project.

Support the implementation of the WFP Zimababwe Country Strategic Plan by ensuring cross-cutting efforts such as nutrition-sensitivity, gender and diversity inclusion, protection and accountability, and linkages with other projects, including R4, FFA and Zambuko, SAMS, Savings and Loans are integrated with the GCF project.

Manage and provide supervision to the team members (national/international, long/short-term experts) and liaise with technical counterparts at WFP regional bureau and headquarters for the GCF project.

Perform all duties and functions of a program coordinator for the GCF as relevant to internal WFP processes and procedures (e.g., invoice/transfers clearance, corporate systems such as WINGS/COMET, serving as hiring manager, etc.).

Any other tasks as needed.



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.

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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.


Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance

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.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)

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

Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)

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

Emergency Programming

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

Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government

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..


Forecast-based Financing Coordination

Support a capacity needs assessment of national and local actors with regard to forecast based financing. Ensure that the FbF activities are implemented according to the timelines and technical requirements. Facilitate integration of FbF across other DRR and DRM portfolios within WFP as well as at local and national level in collaboration with implementation partners and government agencies as needed. Develop a and oversee implementation of a FbF workplan and documentation of progress, best practice and lessons learned in line with FbF outputs and as required by national level partnerships. Coordinate technical development of the FbF system including establishment of triggers, development and implementation of SOPs and integration of SOPs in early warning mechanisms. Advise and link with potential national and international financing mechanisms, including risk finance layering within the national Disaster Risk Financing framework. Support national and regional workshops for FbF


Strategy Development and Policy Engagement:

Lead strategic dialogue with the government and other development agencies on the development of a Disaster Risk Financing Strategy for the country.

Provide strategic inputs on climate risk management to WFP Zimbabwe's Country Strategic Plan (2022-2026), National Development Strategy, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Zimbabwe.

Advise, develop, support and oversee the integration of climate services, forecast-based finance and risk transfer components with other resilience components, asset creation, savings and credit, linkages to markets, appropriate seeds and agricultural practices.

Identify possible project innovations in integrated climate risk management, implementation modalities and partnerships to be implemented.

Advise on the possible expansion of resilience-building components within the GCF Project that would feed into the integrated resilience programme within the WFP and the country in collaboration with Climate Change Management Department.

Assess specific bottlenecks for the scale up of resilience-building components within the GCF project and recommend potential solutions to address them.

Explore and advance technical partnerships and linkages with key stakeholders to facilitate capacity development of relevant staff and knowledge management.

Build a network and enhance the capacity of key stakeholders on Integrated Resilience Approach, with reference to good practices identified during implementation of the GCF project .



An advanced university degree in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, finance, agriculture, geography and environmental sciences, agriculture, insurance, disaster risk management.


Fluency in both oral and written communication in English language.


At least 5 years of postgraduate experience in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and development of contingency plans.

Knowledge of global climate change policy frameworks and climate finance mechanisms such as GCF and Adaptation Fund are an asset.

Strong experience working with UN agencies, government entities, or civil society in the fields of climate change, resilience and/or environmental sustainability.

Experience in managing multi-donor projects and policy engagement with governments required.

Climate change adaptation experience in the Southern African region is desired.

Experience in the establishment of partnerships with public and private sector actors; and an understanding of key climate change related-policy issues


Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted at each stage;

All applications should be submitted online through the E-recruitment. Applications received through any other avenues will not be accepted.

Qualified female candidates regardless of disability are especially encouraged to apply.



25 May 2021


Female applicants and qualified applicants regardless of disability 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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