Wednesday, June 2, 2010

WFP, National Program Officer, Deadline June 16, 2010.

Vacancy Announcement No. 2010/TLS-006
The World Food Program is launching a pilot program for the implementation of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) as a productive social safety net. The project will work with food insecure communities in Baucau and Bobonaro districts to identify and undertake cash-for-work opportunities which will result in community asset creation for improved food security and disaster risk reduction.
We are currently seeking one qualified candidate for the below position.

Post Title:             National Prog                        
                                  Officer – (1 position)
Contract Type:   Service Contract
Post grade:           NO-A
Duration:  One year Service Contract
(with 3 months SC probation period)
Duty Station:       Dili ( with frequent  
                                  district travel)
Deadline of Application: 16 June 2010
Within delegated authority, the National Program Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
§  Responsible for overall program implementation and monitoring of activities in the region;
§  In coordination with project partners, lead and document coordination and reporting meetings for the Productive Safety Net Program;
§  Provide support to the Government staff for the development and implementation of cash-for-work projects;
§  Training and sensitization (PRA) of participating communities with government, partnering agencies and community leaders;
§  Work with district and community leaders to identify community priorities in asset creating cash-for-work opportunities;
§  Liaise with project implementing authorities and undertake visits to view project outputs and beneficiaries in order to ensure that progress is made in the achievement of project objectives;
§  Liaise with National Disaster Management Directorate (NDMD) and other government counterparts for project development and oversight;
§  Develop and sustain liaison with key professionals and NGOs engaged in the field of food security and disaster risk reduction working in the project areas;
§  Compile regular reports for the Monitoring and Evaluation component of the project and provide routine data and feedback;
§  Oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports including proposals for improvements in operation and the scope of programmes;
§  Provide continuing liaison with bilateral food aid programmes, with UN agencies and with NGOs providing technical or other forms of assistance to WFP assisted projects;
§  Identify and undertake training and capacity building opportunities for government counterparts participating in the project;
§  Prepare periodic reports on the progress of operational projects and related government plans, including contribution to Guidelines for the Implementation of CCTs;
§  Ensure compliance with WFP’s policies, criteria and procedures with respect to food aid and other assistance provided through the project;
§  Assist Regional and Country Directors and Program Advisers in all matters related to the delivery of WFP emergency assistance and bring to the attention of appropriate regional/country staff any administrative constraints arising from rapidly evolving emergency situations in the field;
§  Supervise other program staff at district and sub-office level; provide training and technical guidance in their work;
§  Perform other related duties as required.

Suitable candidates for the National Program Officer position will have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social science, development studies or economics.

Desirable skills and/or experience:
§  5 years of experience in related work.
§  The candidate will also have particularly good working knowledge of Ministry of Social Solidarity as well as familiarity with the Ministries of Agriculture and Health. The National Officer – Social Safety Nets must be adept at building and supporting government and NGO partnerships.
§  Good computer skills in Microsoft excel, PowerPoint and Word skills are required. Skills in data base design and management as well as a basic understanding of statistics will also be a strong advantage.
§  Fluency in both oral and written English and knowledge of local languages.
§  Familiarity with the targeted districts will be an added advantage.

Qualified candidates are requested to quote the Vacancy Number on the envelopes and send or hand deliver their application letter, enclosing their updated CVs together with copies of academic and professional certificates, names and addresses of three referees to:

Human Resources Unit                               
World Food Programme
Rua Balide, Mascarenhas,  P.O. Box133, Dili, Timor Leste.

Post is open only to national of the country. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Date issue :  2 June 2010.