WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.
Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and WFP is committed to
promoting diversity and gender balance
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
The WFP Corporate Planning and Performance (CPP) division was established as part of the restructuring of the Resource Management Department. CPP is responsible for management of resource allocations, providing technical support to facilitates all phases of the corporate performance management cycle (planning, budgeting, monitoring, reporting) as well as management of corporate supporting informed decision-making by providing consistent, evidence-based reporting on the effectiveness, efficiency, and economy of WFP operations. CPP aims to facilitate maximum beneficiary reach, value for money, improve planning, support data-driven decisions and report on results that demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of WFP operations.
WFP accountability commitments under Agenda 2030 are ambitious and long term. The organization needs to continuously adapt to the changing contexts for its programmes, policy and operations, and commensurate changes in performance management and technology. As technology innovations become available such as big data analytics and machine learning capabilities, CPP needs to focus on ensuring that the best technology, or combination of technologies is leveraged to ensure that stakeholders are supported with timely, accurate operational data to optimize performance across key strategic objectives.
The primary legacy component of the CPP Product portfolio is the Country Office Tool for Managing (programme operations) Efficiently (COMET). COMET remains the only digital system at WFP that has the depth and breadth to track business processes critical for the implementation of its programmes. As the central corporate performance management system, it reflects corporate business processes in line with the WFP Strategic Plan (SP) 2017–2021, the Corporate Results Framework (CRF) 2017–2021, the Financial Framework Review and the policy on Country Strategic Plans (CSPs).
The new Strategic Plan (2022-2026) and Corporate Results Framework, as well as pending business requirements, will have an impact on performance planning, management and reporting platforms, including COMET, and will call for system adaptation. The practical and short-term achievements will address business requirements with improvements based on current platforms or on pilots focused on new solutions that are systems agnostic and best fit business needs. The more transformational outcomes over the longer term will support CPP Business Objectives within the new Strategic Plan (SP) and Corporate Results Framework (CRF).
The performance management cycle includes an annual reporting platform called SPRING, which is WFP’s corporate web-based reporting platform. SPRING supports the Annual Country Reporting (ACR) process from drafting to reviewing through to approval. SPRING streamlines the production of ACRs and improves their consistency and quality by obtaining verified data from COMET and WINGS automatically and by ensuring standardized reporting (narrative, structure, layout). SPRING serves as a platform for authoring (CO level), reviewing (CO, RB, and HQ level) and approving ACRs (CO and RB level) and thus also strengthens the accountability and transparency of the ACR process. CPP is responsible for ensuring that SPRING functionalities are in place, system enhancements are identified, and that dataflow works between the various systems.
CPP will also be called upon to develop new products in line with emerging priorities and identify ways to improve business processes in line with corporate priorities on digital transformation, greater demand for data analysis for decision support and data visualization. This includes more focus on the inter-operability of systems and reporting at all levels to ensure alignment between WFP second generation CSPs, UNSDCF and overall system-wide reporting on Agenda 2030 through platforms such as UN-INFO.
To that effect, CPP is seeking a Senior Product Manager focused on programme design, needs-based and implementation planning, and annual reporting, and overall, the key components of performance management within WFP. A product team (CPP/TEC) for the design and development of new solutions and the maintenance and management of legacy systems will be formed. The Product Manager will be expected to establish and coordinate a cross-divisional Working Group, whose objective will be to provide holistic views of products and associated business requirements, as well as advise and support the management of associated funds.
DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT:
Under the overall supervision of the Director, CPP, and under the direct and daily supervision of the Deputy Director, Performance Management (CPP), and working in close collaboration with all CPP Unit Chiefs, particularly the M&E (COMET) and Reporting (SPRING) teams in CPP), TEC, other relevant functions, Country Offices and Regional Bureaux, the role and responsibilities of the Product Manager as follows:
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Advanced university degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience or trainings/courses. Certifications from top tech companies or universities is a plus.
11 years or more of relevant progressive work experience in data management, data architecture, data governance, and/or data analysis.
Proven experience in negotiating and managing teams, coaching and mentoring.
Extensive experience in project management, project management tools for collaboration, and in effectively managing the demands of multiple complex projects simultaneously.
Proven track-record of successfully delivering large-scale (multiple-team and/or multiple-year) products or projects, preferably in humanitarian or nongovernmental context.
Proven experience in a Field context.
Knowledge of traditional and agile IT development methodologies.
Familiarity with Human Centered Design.
Experience in another UN Organisation a plus.
Knowledge & Skills:
Established use and understanding of monitoring and reporting activities, demonstrating knowledge of results hierarchy, performance metrics and
measurement, of statistics and quantitative methodologies, and of linking those to qualitative analysis.
Fluency in oral and written English.
Intermediate knowledge of another UN language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) or WFP working language of Portuguese.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.
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Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 28 April 2021, midnight Rome time
Ref.: VA 141712
Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries 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.