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Chief, Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction, D1

WFP - World Food Programme

Rome, Italy

JOB PURPOSE

The Chief of the Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes Unit leads WFP’s policy, programme guidance, technical support and innovations globally in this area. This includes providing both strategic and technical advice to the organization, especially to Country Offices and Regional Bureaux. The incumbent represents WFP, in close collaboration with a number of other units within the organization, in relevant inter-agency and policy processes. The incumbent manages a team of fixed-term staff, consultants, and secondments as well as a range of specialized projects to further the organization’s ability to address the impact of climate change and disasters on food insecure people and countries.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Lead overall policy, programme and technical support to WFP climate and disaster risk reduction activities;
  • Lead in taking the lessons learned from the pilot innovative climate and disaster risk reduction programs and embed it in the WFP corporate systems;
  • Develop a strategy for effective role out of the climate change policy and raise relevant resourcing;
  • Develop a strategy on how to develop organizational capacity in climate and disaster risk reduction related programs and lead its implementation;
  • Lead WFP’s positioning and signifying its role in climate change adaptation with the external partners through active participation in relevant inter-agency, inter-governmental and other processes and forums;
  • Manage WFP's portfolio of innovative global climate and disaster risk reduction programs and ensure these are progressively streamlined into WFP’s systems and processes. This includes a range of initiatives focused in three main areas: i. Climate change adaption, analysis and services; ii. Resilience, risk management and insurance; and iii. Fuel, stoves, and carbon credits;
  • Clarify strategy and role of Unit in light of WFP’s new climate change and environmental policies, as well as its disaster risk reduction policy, and define needed human and financial resources to achieve targets;
  • Identify key areas of collaboration with other WFP units and other organizations, including research institutions;
  • Lead WFP's technical and policy support to Country Offices and Regional Bureaux, and through these offices to support national government efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change and disasters on those most vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition;
  • Lead WFP’s advocacy and communication efforts on climate change and disaster risk reduction;
  • Lead resource mobilization efforts for global climate and disaster risk reduction policy and programme initiatives;
  • Ensure effective management of financial, human and other resources;
  • Lead WFP’s positioning and clarifying its role in climate change in relevant inter-agency, inter-governmental and other processes and forums.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Specialized professional experience:

  • Minumum of 10 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Extensive experience in climate change and disaster risk reduction policy processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience, the Global Framework on Climate Services, and other relevant processes;
  • Extensive experience in technical areas including climate change adaptation, early warning, preparedness, risk financing and insurance;
  • Preferably extensive experience in field operations supporting international humanitarian and/or development programmes, and across the whole project cycle, including project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and management of personnel, budgets and communication streams;
  • A proven track record of partnering with and influencing at the highest levels within and beyond the organization;
  • Experience managing a large multicultural team.

Education:

Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance.

Language:

Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

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