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Strategic Workforce Planning Consultant – Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa
This role supports the design, delivery and monitoring of workforce plans and structural reviews and works in close collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, from WFP’s management, to functional subject matter experts, HR colleagues and external experts.
This position will be part of the HR Workforce Planning and Strategy Branch outposted to the WFP Regional Bureau Nairobi (RBN). Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like WFP, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following accountabilities:
- Act as a Subject Matter Expert on Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) and Organizational Alignment Reviews (OA), conducting SWP and/or OA exercises for the Country Offices based on established procedures, incorporating the results of functional and global workforce plans.
- Through desktop reviews and stakeholder meetings, assess the strategic direction of Country Offices as well as possible future scenarios and derive insights into the implications of these on the workforce using a strategic workforce planning methodology and software.
- Identify and analyze the current workforce and its relevant characteristics, including current skills of the workforce through skills gap analyses, talent reviews and/or functional talent assessments.
- Assess future demand for talent based on strategic direction, and future supply of internal talent through data analysis. Project supply versus demand models for the Country Offices and identify gaps.
- Work with HR colleagues and management to develop a strategy to close gaps by identifying appropriate workforce and/or talent management solutions to bridge the gaps over short, medium, and long-term including costs, timeframes, and benefits.
- Analyze Country Office current organizational set-ups, structures, workforce composition and design organizational structures based on the workforce planning results.
- Provide guidance and advice on formulating detailed implementation plans to ensure that the gaps between the current and future structures and workforce can be smoothly bridged.
- Prepare appropriate communications materials to keep all stakeholders informed of SWP and structure alignment progress, to request action and to build engagement.
- Monitor the implementation of Country Office workforce plans through the management of project plans, conduct lessons-learned exercises and contribute to the refining of workforce planning practices across WFP.
- Coordinate and streamline the collection, interpretation and validation of workforce data and its analysis ensuring that quality standards and data privacy compliance are maintained.
- Establish knowledge management systems, including best practices, benchmarks and knowledge repositories on Strategic Workforce Planning and organizational structures, sharing them proactively with the counterparts within the SWP team.
- Drive the efforts on creating awareness on SWP and OA processes and methodology as appropriate among established stakeholders (HR community, Leadership of the Regional Bureau and Country Offices). Lead capacity building/strengthening efforts among designated HR community in relation to organizational alignments and structural reviews.
- Other, as required.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
- University Degree in Human Resources, Statistics, Economics, Business Administration or other related field.
- Minimum 5 years of experience in Human Resources, Consulting or relevant post-graduate experience with excellent analytical, communication and project management skills.
- At least 3 years of international experience either working abroad or in an international environment, as part of a multicultural team.
Knowledge & Skills:
- Strong track record on organizational design and change management
- Strong analytical, critical thinking, planning and problem-solving skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to handle ambiguity and change, as well as balance multiple priorities
- Customer orientation
- Excellent written/verbal communication skills
- Ability to build effective relationships across and outside the organization, at all levels
- Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint
- High level of organization to compile and derive insights from data, working with multiple sources and coping with rapidly changing information
- Knowledge of workforce planning tools and data analytics/visualization/ reporting technology is desirable
Nutrition Officer, NOC
ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT (cont.)
- Enhancing food production from both crops and livestock through improved use of land and water resources.
- Diversifying crop and livestock production for improved nutrition.
- Facilitating smallholders’ access to credit, insurance, and other financial services.
- Recognizing and reducing gender inequalities as key to achieving sustainable food and nutrition security.
- Establishing a comprehensive and inclusive social protection system that contributes to ensuring the right to adequate food for all; and
- Integrating humanitarian and development assistance to “leave no one behind”.
Given these shifts, WFP Kenya seeks a skilled nutrition and development strategist to lead the integration of nutrition across the programme portfolio working closely with the government, other UN partners, County governments, NGOs and the Private Sector.
Under the general supervision of the Head of the Programme Support Unit, the incumbent will liaise with all other staff in the unit while executing strategic and technical nutrition duties and will work closely with strategic outcome leads in the implementation of nutrition-specific and sensitive interventions, programme reporting and in the analysis of information for food and nutrition security. The incumbent will also ensure the implementation of enabling systems for nutrition interventions, including advocacy, coordination and programme linkages and develop a comprehensive, integrated nutrition strategy focusing on the healthy lives Country Office.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (cont.)
Implementation and coordination:
- Work with senior management and relevant programme units to ensure effective advocacy, design and delivery of WFP nutrition programming.
- Oversee operational and strategic partnerships, including inter-agency collaboration with key agencies such as UNICEF, UNHCR, and UNAIDS, NGOs and engagement with government and the donor community to ensure a strong multi-sectorial response to nutrition and HIV.
- Represent WFP at national and regional meetings to contribute to technical discussions, exchange experiences, and identify and advocate for areas of potential collaboration.
- Contribute to emergency preparedness and response actions, providing technical recommendations on contingency planning, risk analysis and early warning related to nutrition risks for Kenyan and refugee communities.
- Manage the nutrition team providing guidance and coaching as required to ensure appropriate career development and enable high performance.
- Strengthening the capacity of WFP staff, partners, and national and regional governments to prepare for and respond to nutrition problems.
- Provide technical support to the government of Kenya on national nutrition-related initiatives, including the development of nutrition policies, strategies, action plans, protocols and guidelines, as well as policy development in areas complementary to nutrition (e.g., social protection, health, agriculture, and education, resilience building) in line with international guidance and current evidence.
- Provide technical guidance and support for the handing over and transitions of WFP-led malnutrition treatment programmes to Country governments.
- Support the Government of Kenya on SUN Movement initiative whilst coordinating with other SUN networks (UN, Business, civil society organisations, donors and academia)
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Advanced University degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition, Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field.
Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.
Experience: Minimum of five years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional in experience in public health and nutrition programme management.
OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS
- Experience in strategic planning at country level.
- Experience working in emergencies and development context in multiple countries.
- Experience in design for nutrition specific and sensitive programmes or approaches (directly or with government).
- Experience with nutrition in emergency or refugee context.
- Experience with designing and implementing social behavior change communication.
- Experience maintaining pipelines, developing systems and approaches for nutrition
- Experience building strategic partnerships with multiple governments to raise awareness on nutrition related issues.
- Experience working with governments to develop nutritional strategies and establishing policies.
- Experience developing partnerships in nutrition and working with multiple stakeholders with varying viewpoints and agendas.
- Experience in nutrition assessment, data analysis and management
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
- Experience presenting nutrition findings/global evidence to governments to build country specific nutrition plans/programmes.
- Experience managing multi-functional teams.
- Experience with managing large-scale nutrition programmes, including experience with CMAM and stunting prevention programmes.
- Successful record in advocacy, networking and inter-agency collaboration and management.
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously.