International Consultant Progr.Policy Officer School Feeding Manager CST II, closing on 17/07/2022
Application deadline 6 months ago: Sunday 17 Jul 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
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Programme Policy Consultant – school feeding programmes Manager.
Programme Policy Officer (School feeding Programme Manager CST II
TYPE OF CONTRACT:
DUTY STATION (City, Country):
School feeding and school-based programmes are a key focus for the Burundi Country Office ICSP and Strategic Outcome 3 (Food Systems) remains the largest outcome area under the ICSP (2022-2024). The Country Office is currently managing several projects funded by Kingdom of Netherlands, World Bank, The Principality of Monaco, etc.; and is about to Launch 2 new projects with funding from ECW (Education cannot Wait) and GPE/AFD
Since supporting the establishment of the National School Meals Programme (PNAS) in 2008s, WFP has been providing financial and technical assistance to the Government to expand and strengthen the PNAS, ensuring that pre-primary and primary school students in the 7 Government’s priority Provinces receive school meals. While the CO continues to manage direct implementation of programmes in 800+ schools, WFP’s capacity strengthening / technical assistance work to the Government and communities continues to grow.
The Government has just completed a SABER and requested WFP support to design a long-term “transition strategy” to guide its future engagement including the identification of remaining capacity gaps, plans for targeted technical assistance initiatives, timelines and milestones for successive rounds of handover, etc.
There are increasing demands arising out of the current projects and intensive engagement required around scaling up in new areas. However, the Country Office does not currently have sufficient capacity and thus has identified the need to employ an International Consultant.
The Consultant will serve as the Activity 4 (school feeding) manager and will be responsible for the overall management of the school feeding team, in coordination with experts hired and the National Officer.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under the guidance of the Head of Programme, the incumbent will carry out the following activities / tasks:
- Manage the Country Office school feeding Activity 4 team, consisting of an international consultant, a NOB Programme Policy Officers, and a G6 Programme Associate, ensuring a common goal, coordinated and clear communication to field offices, support units and management, and the smooth running of operations.
- Coordinate WFP’s school feeding programme operations to ensure strengthened and sustainable school feeding programmes.
- Lead / coordinate the development of a “operational plan” for the implementation of 2 new projects.
- Assist the Head of Programme in the coordination of the development of the McGovern-Dole award proposal
- Oversee the planning and tracking of programme quality and progress, including the implementation of oversight and evaluation-related actions, strong programme documentation and the identification of gaps and potential solutions.
- Lead WFP’s school feeding operational and strategic partnerships – including with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, the Office of the First Lady and Cooperating partners – to ensure cohesive and coordinated support to the PNAS.
- Engage with WFP’s Regional Bureau and HQ on initiatives and guidance to ensure that school-based programmes in Burundi benefit from new learning, tools and models.
- Oversee compliance with donors and corporate requirements, including regular donor reporting and communication.
- Manage the enhancement of WFP’s school-based programmes through the integration of gender, AAP, disability and other cross-cutting themes.
- Coordinate and participate in regular field missions to provide oversight and support to school feeding operations in the field.
- Represent WFP during meetings with partners to contribute to technical discussions, exchange of knowledge and experiences, and identify areas for potential collaboration.
- Support the professional development of team members, including in the area of country capacity strengthening and perform other tasks as required
- Lead knowledge management initiative in coordination with Communication, CBT, nutrition and other units including i) Developing knowledge products on school health and nutrition related topics (integration HGSF, food system and etc.) such as: Country case studies; a series of standardized slide presentations; and information brief; ii) Organise learning and experience sharing events/sessions; ASFD, etc.
- Lead the selection and implementation of the Scholl of Excellency agenda
- The incumbent will work closely with the SABER Expert to develop the national HGSF transition strategy.
- Support country level initiatives (as required during the time of the assignment) including designing the transition strategy, finalization of SABER exercise, the Decentralized procurement Model, the use of CBT in school feeding Model, designing of new proposals, advocacy for more investments in School feeding and school-based programmes.
- Take on other activities in relation to school health and nutrition work as required.
- The 2 New projects (Twige Neza and ECW) project is signed, officially launched, implemented with an effective coordination
- A detailed operation plans for the project are available
- All resources allocated to SMS are timely and efficiently used
- FLAs and MoU are renewed/extended, and the project start as quick as possible
- regular after-action review organized, lessons learned documented and plan to improve the response developed
- SOPs and Factsheet revised, and programmes implemented accordingly
- The McGovern-Dole Proposal and required documents are timely submitted
- The SABER based Road map and PNAS Strategy are available
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Masters/Advanced university degree in a relevant discipline: food security, nutrition, Management and development studies, social sciences, economics, social safety nets or other field relevant to international development assistance.
- At least 6 years of work experience in the area of public health, school feeding or related field
Previous experience in designing transition strategies and frameworks in the region.
Previous experience providing support to Country Offices in specific school feeding activities at the regional level.
- At least 6 years of experience in managing development projects and teams, including for school feeding / school-based programmes with increasing level of responsibility.
- Programme design, support and implementation experience will be an asset
Knowledge & Skills:
- Strong organizational and project management skills with ability to work with high degree of autonomy.
- Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to transform analytical products into presentable visual pieces with key messages.
- Strong knowledge management skills including demonstrated ability to produce professional level written outputs and ability to present in French and English.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills including good facilitation, negotiation and problem solving skills.
Ability to undertake policy discussion and dialogue with senior level stakeholders within Government and non-governmental organisations and value diverse opinions, regardless of background, experience, or country assignment.
Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with persons of different cultural backgrounds and multi-task as needed.
- Willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
- Ability to work independently in a timely and organised manner.
Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Fluency in French and English languages.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Duty Station: Bujumbura, Burundi
Contract type: Consultant-regular (CST II)
Contract duration: 8 months
Reporting: Head of Programme
Closing 17 July 2022