Post graduate Degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Agriculture/Agronomy, Horticulture, Agriculture Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Education Range management, or University degree with relevant experience.
Fluency in both oral and written communication in one or more UN language, preferably English
This position is based in Zambia Country Office. The Job holder will operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.
The World Food Programme (WFP) Zambia is implementing a five- year Country Strategic Plan (CSP), which is a result of rigorous consultations with the government, donors and other stakeholders, and reflects their appetite to support and partner with WFP in the country. The CSP is informed by, and strongly aligns with national and United Nations priorities, and global commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It embraces the government’s long-term vision 2030; aligns with 16 key strategic areas of its 7th National Development Plan (NDP7); and contributes to the joint Zambia -UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF). The CSP is informed by WFP’s long standing and broad experience in the country, embracing lessons from evaluations and reviews which calls for greater synergy, a consolidation of pilot initiatives, and improved gender sensitive approaches to programme design. Finally, it is guided by the Zero hunger Strategic Reviews (ZHSR).
Advancing the WFP Corporate Strategic Plan (2017-2021), the CSP addresses both SDG2 and SDG17 and WFP’s strategic results 1,2,3, and 5. WFP is implementing six activities to achieve four Strategic Outcomes (SO). These SOs will: respond to crises and shocks including support to refugees (SO1); address root causes of malnutrition (SO2); build the resilience, enabling environment and market access for smallholder farmers especially women (SO3) and support government institutions to provide social protection systems (including home grown school meals), disaster preparedness and response SO4.
Under strategic outcome 3 and 4 of the CSP, WFP is supporting vulnerable communities especially women and children to build their resilience against climate and socio-economic shocks. In the recent past, Zambia like any other country in Southern Africa has had increased frequent occurrence of climate induced risks such as prolonged dry spells, droughts, flooding and pests (Fall Army Worm), while the longer-term repercussions of COVID-19 on food security remain unknown. WFP will be implementing early recovery initiatives in five (5) selected districts that were adversely impacted by drought during 2019/2020 season to help affected households recover from the devastating effects
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