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WFP - World Food Programme
Industry: ONG
Country: Cameroon
City: Yaoundé
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  • Posted: 20 March 2015

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide.

Country Director


Terms and Conditions :

Selected candidate will be employed on a two-year fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. After the completion of the first term, contract may be extended or renewed if certain conditions are met. WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary ranging from USD96,540 to USD104,444, post adjustment, rental subsidy, 30 days' annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.




Advanced University degree in Economics, International Development, Social Sciences or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or advanced training/courses.


  • Minimum 13 years of professional experience working in international humanitarian and development sector.
  • Experience in conflict settings and emergency operations.
  • An ability to deal with a stress and fast changing situation linked to conflict in the neighbouring countries is a priority.
  • Proven experience at HQ or RB. Has participated in strategic planning process.
  • Experience in CO operations, preferably in hardship duty station and/or emergency situation.
  • Demonstrated Communication experience by leading and engaging staff successfully through change.
  • Proven people management experience.
  • Partnership experience with successful implementation of partners at global, local and community levels.
  • Experience leading successful negotiations with vendors, partners, donors, and/or other stakeholders.
  • External communication experience via managing external relationships with local communities, partners, donors, etc.
  • Experience in analysing the political situation and dynamics - risk management and assessment
  • Management experience, including strategic planning, budgeting, office management, etc.


Working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of English and French.


Reporting to the Regional Director, WFP's West Africa Regional Bureau, the Country Director role includes the following key accountabilities: Develop and oversee the implementation of country strategies, policies and plans, aligned with government, WFP and wider national and UN strategies, policies and processes as appropriate. Ensure timely and effective responses to meet changing food security and nutrition needs. Contribute to the development of wider WFP strategies and policies ensuring that operational realities inform planning. Demonstrate ownership of, promote and deploy WFP corporate initiatives and strategies. Hold accountability for effective management of WFP operations within the area of assignment to ensure timely and effective delivery of food assistance. Provide effective leadership to a Country Office to ensure the continued development of a cohesive and high performing WFP country team. Identify and build productive relationships with partners at a national level, and at regional and global levels as appropriate, to raise resources for WFP and enable the effective positioning of WFP to achieve country goals. Actively work with government agencies to build knowledge and capacity to meet food assistance needs within the country and to prepare for and respond to hunger related emergencies. Under the guidance and coordination of the Resident Coordinator (RC), participate and actively contribute, as a member of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and Humanitarian Country Team (including Cluster Agency responsibilities), to strengthening of UN country coherence and promoting of joint planning to meet the zero hunger challenge. Build productive relationships with beneficiaries, civil societies, and national NGOs. Positively represent WFP in the media to build awareness and advocate for WFP activities in fighting hunger in the country. Take lead to ensure that evaluation, audit and compliance recommendations are efficiently implemented within the CO. 2 Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men. Develop and maintain appropriate emergency preparedness plans and activities to ensure readiness and ability to take timely and appropriate actions in the event of a food assistance emergency. Other as required.

Job Locations Availability

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    Cameroon - Yaoundé

Required Skills

  • People Management
  • General Management
  • International Project Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • People Skills
  • People-oriented
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • communication and listening skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Fluency in French