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Expression of Interest Call - Chief of Party,Resilience Food Security SC10/CST1, Multiple D. Station
World Food Programme (WFP)
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Job Expired 4 Oct 2021
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Job Description


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


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.


These roles are likely found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs). Job holders are likely to report to the relevant Director or more senior Programme post.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) is seeking applications for funding for a Resilience Food Security Activity in Mozambique (Fiscal Year 2022). The main goal of the intervention is to improve nutrition outcomes for children under 2 in Zambezia.


World Food Programme (WFP) is recruiting for a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded project that will work at the individual, household, community and institutional levels to address the underlying causes of food insecurity, malnutrition and strengthen transformative opportunities. This includes a focus on improving food access and incomes through agriculture and other livelihoods initiatives; enhancing ecosystem services through natural resources management; combating under-nutrition, especially for children under 2 and pregnant and lactating women; and reducing and mitigating disaster impact through early warning and community capacity building and preparedness activities.




Master’s degree in a relevant field or a bachelor’s degree in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, public health, business administration, or a related field combined with two years of applicable experience.


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience with progressively responsible management experience working with programs that are of a similar scope and complexity. USAID cooperative agreement or contract management experience is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in project designs, strategic planning, and implementation of market systems, agriculture, and resilience activities. Proven leadership in adaptive management and CLA approaches.
  • Proven leadership skills managing projects of a similar size and scope in developing countries facing complex, volatile, and uncertain contexts
  • Prior experience effectively managing USAID resilience activities involving implementation by multiple sub-awardees
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in food security and nutrition sectors and experience in managing program implementation and financial reporting
  • Experience in recruiting, developing, and managing staff
  • Prior experience working in Africa, familiarity with the country’s social, political, economic, and cultural landscape

Languages: Fluency in English and Portuguese is required.
Fluency in Elomwe is a preference.


Other: Existing networks and connections across sectors are a considerable asset.


  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to lead collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of relevant stakeholders (producers, private sector, NGOs, government, and research institutions)
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners
  • Must understand and demonstrate commitment to the importance of gender and youth dynamics in food security programming and within staff and management of the activity
  • Demonstrated experience in adaptive management and learning techniques is highly encouraged
  • Proven success serving in a leadership role for a project addressing issues related to resilience, agriculture, natural resource management, agribusiness, or similar, preferably in Region
  • Experience working in Mozambique highly desired

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Chief of Party (COP) is responsible for the overall management and representation of the activity. These responsibilities include:

  • Oversee day-to-day project management including staff activities, administrative procedures, and partner relationships.
  • Provide leadership and vision for programmatic efforts related to the project objectives, activities, and outcomes.
  • Strengthen partnerships (public and private sector entities).
  • Support the project planning, monitoring, performance, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Serve as the day-to-day country-level representative for the project and point of contact for USAID.
  • Ensure project operations comply with World Food Programme policies and procedures as well as USAID rules and regulations.
  • Ensure that all project goals and activities are achieved and that all project deadlines are met.
  • Other as required.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


The World Food Programme Mozambique Country Office calls for an Expression of Interest from qualified individuals both National Officers - Service Contracts and International Consultants.

  • All applicants who meet the selection creteria will be contacted for further assessments and to confirm their continued interest and availability.
  • Successful candidates will be placed on a roster for short-term opportunities on a need - basis

Contract Type: Service Contract/International Consultancy

Duration: January 2022 – December 2026

Duty Stations: Maputo or Quelimane


4th October 2021


Female qualified 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.

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