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 lifetime. 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. In 2020, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to fight hunger globally, including its work during the coronavirus pandemic.
In Syria, WFP provides food assistance to more than 4.6 million people each month. This includes families who require emergency assistance when affected by conflict and displacement and also those who need help to improve their nutrition and food security. WFP supports children across Syria with healthy meals and snacks at school, mothers with nutritious diets, and families and communities with sustainable livelihood projects.
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.
CONTRACT TYPE & DURATION
Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract - G6
Duration: 12 months
Duty Station: Damascus
Number of required employees: 1
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
After ten years of conflict, families across Syria are facing unprecedented levels of poverty and food insecurity. WFP estimates that 12.4 million Syrians are now food insecure. This is an increase of 4.5 million in the last year alone and the highest number ever recorded. Years of conflict, displacement, soaring food prices and a decline in the value of the Syrian Pound have affected the lives and nutritional status of some of the country’s most vulnerable people, including women and children. The price of basic food items is now 29 times higher than pre-crisis averages.
WFP is currently planning to scale up the use of cash-based transfers in Syria as an effective and efficient path to achieve food security and nutrition results as they empower people with means and choice to address their essential needs in local markets; and boost local markets through the injection of cash.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Coordinate supply chain operational issues related to CBT with CO Logistics CBT focal points to ensure smooth implementation of CBT programmes
- Assist with macro and micro retail supply chain assessments as required
- Conduct analysis and mapping to identify gaps in the retail network based on programmatic objectives, and ensure this exercise is updated periodically
- Establish requirements for retail shop selection aligned to the programmatic objectives and assist procurement with the details to be included in the contractual agreements with retailers
- Coordinate with procurement to keep track of contracts and contract extensions of the retailers, and oversee regular performance evaluations are completed in a timely manner to ensure continuation of operations
- Supervise payment process on daily basis in coordination with the Logistics Officer (CBT)
- Supervise the reconciliation of commodities and invoices
- Participate in the CO CBT Technical working group and relay all relevant info to the CO and FO Logistics CBT Focal Points.
- Provide support and build capacity of FO Logistics CBT focal points on issues related to retailers such as retail capacity assessment, retailer selection, retailer monitoring; retailer evaluation; invoices, and reconciliation.
- Participate as advisor in the Local Procurement Committee (LPC) choosing retailers in governorates.
- Assist with operational contingency planning and preparedness reviews, to ensure a coordinated response, and to ensure that supply chain related risks and requirements are taken into consideration
- Ensure the safeguard of internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained
- Provide CBT updates, data and reports upon request
- Perform other duties, as required by the supervisor
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area is desirable.
Experience: At least five years of experience in logistics, supply chain, retail, warehousing, monitoring & evaluation or another related field
Languages: Fluency (level C) in oral and written communication in Arabic & English.
Knowledge & Skills:
- Demonstrated knowledge of cash-based transfers
- Experience managing projects and working cross-functionally
- Excellent IT skills and attitude open for innovation
- Attention to details and meticulous
- Ability to adapt and respond quickly to various stakeholders’ requests.
- Ability to demonstrate a client-oriented approach, high sense of responsibility, and courtesy.
- Excellent communication skills
- Mature judgment with excellent interpersonal skills
- Knowledge of the retail sector and retail best practices are a plus
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Please upload your professional CV in English in PDF format making sure to include the following in terms of “Experience”:
- Company/Organization name and scope of work of the organization
- Exact Position Title
- Contract type: part-time, full-time, volunteer, consultant, or freelancer
- Start and End date of Employment for each position: From (dd/mm/yyyy) to (dd/mm/yyyy)
- Responsibilities: To mention the main responsibilities that highlight your gained skills and experience
- A proof of your experience will be required in the final stage of recruitment.
Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to the next stage of the selection process.
Candidates must get an auto confirmation email once application is submitted.
How to apply
HOW TO APPLY
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Qualified female applicants 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.