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Job Title: Supply Chain Officer-Food Systems
Type and Level of Contract: Fixed Term, NOB
Functional Unit: Supply Chain
Duty Station: Lilongwe (1)
Duration of Contract: 12 Months (renewable)
Date of Advertising: 12.06.2024 Deadline: 25.06.2024


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.


WFP partners with the Malawi Government, other UN agencies, NGOs, civil society and the private sector, to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular emphasis on reaching Zero Hunger (SDG 2), and aligning with government strategies, particularly its Vision 2063.

WFP focuses on innovation, resilience programming and climate change adaptation to address underlying challenges in the food systems.

Our work improves livelihoods for smallholder farmers and other vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on women and youth.

WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment. WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities. A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various countries, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe. WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, leave plus medical insurance.


This job is tenable at Malawi Country Office. Successful candidate shall be reporting to the Head of Supply Chain. The job holder shall make definite contributions within the established policies and procedures, shall apply considerable knowledge derived from educational training and practical experience and shall exercise independent analysis for further reviews and decisions. At this grade level, staff receive supervision, but must work under broader instructions developing analytical tools and achieve outputs for effective food systems and supply chain execution. The incumbent shall also act as team leader in Food Systems operations working closely and in coordination with relevant stakeholders.


To provide analytics and contributions to food systems and supply chain activities, contribute to planning and coordination of field food systems and supply chain operations, to ensure actions are in line with an effective and integrated supply chain approach meeting the changing lives needs of the country and service provision requirements for partners.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Contribute to the development and implementation of food systems plans and procedures, in line with the global WFP food systems strategy and regional/functional strategies, policies and plans, to achieve efficiency, agility, reliability, quality and to support national capacity strengthening in government food agencies.
2. Contribute to strengthening of integration and main streaming of gender, youth, nutrition, and climate action in activities being proposed and implemented.
3. Provide substantive contributions to value chains development, retail and markets development, and retail networks, in support of national food systems challenges and operational optimization.
4. Assist in promoting documentation and dissemination of success stories, particularly those involving women and youth, to drive transformative changes in food systems.
5. Contribute to planning and implementation of food safety and quality and postharvest loss management initiatives, and services to ensure a timely, cost-effective, and integrated approach and in close cooperation with key food systems stakeholders.
6. Perform analyses and detailed conceptual work putting together comprehensive reports identifying opportunities for improvement and effective operationalization of food systems unit activities within his/her area of responsibility.
7. Conduct regular financial analysis and budget reviews, drawing out insights and recommending actions to senior staff for maximizing use of resources and effectiveness of food systems operations budgets.
8. Build and maintain productive partnerships mostly at operational level and collaborate with counterparts in the key food systems functions contributing to an integrated supply chain approach to government food agencies and cross-functional operational alignments.
9. Build and maintain productive partnerships with key food systems and supply chain counterparts amongst government and other national organizations, UN agencies, NGOs and private sector to share operational knowledge contributing to coordinated and cost-effective food systems operations
10. Provide technical contribution to value chains, market analysis and supply chain networks mapping to inform the selection of appropriate operations modalities to improve supply chain performance.
11. Support the monitoring of supply chain activities to check that appropriate internal controls are followed to increase the day-to-day efficiencies and overall performance of supply chain operations.
12. Prepare accurate, comprehensive, and timely reports, dashboards and other visual materials on food systems activities including trends to support informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to the stakeholders.
13. Guide and supervise staff, acting as a point of referral, providing training, and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
14. Other as required.


Education: Advanced University degree preferably in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Social Science, Environmental Science, Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Logistics, or other related field, or First University degree with three additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and any local language


• Experience coordinating food systems activities with other stakeholders.
• Experience conducting analytical and conceptual work in support of strategy design and implementation.
• Experience in coordinating periodic planning across functions and with partners.
• Experience in analyzing and supporting the implementation of end-to-end supply chain operations and implementing improvement initiatives.
• Experience in supervising staff.
• Relevant work experience in a humanitarian and development organizations dealing with livelihoods, resilience building, market system development, nutrition, food security analysis, market development and linkages.
• Experience in working with smallholder farmers on climate-smart agriculture, with particular focus on selected value chains and value chain actors (including financial institutions, aggregators, government institutions, processors, and many others).
• Experience working in the UN or any international organization and on development projects/programs will be added advantage.

WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK: COMMON STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships Demonstrates and encourages others to uphold the WFP values, principles and standards Identifies and aligns objectives to the required outcomes, holding self and/or others accountable for the delivery of results for maximum impact Promotes inclusive teamwork and psychological safety by encouraging colleagues to collaborate by sharing ideas and openly raising issues Communicates and fulfils WFP’s vision and operational outcomes to deliver meaningful solutions Initiates and builds partnerships by identifying and promoting opportunities for mutual areas of interest and benefit Values diversity using respectful and inclusive language, and encourages others to do the same Delegates responsibly and provides appropriate support empowering others to deliver results Supports development for others by giving timely and constructive feedback Demonstrates curiosity, designs and implements new ways of doing things when relevant Collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives by sharing information and cocreating innovative solutions with beneficiaries when appropriate Stays focused and calm when under pressure, encourages others to do the same, and offers guidance and support to manage difficult situations Responds readily to change in different contexts and adapts accordingly Seeks out, trusts and listens attentively to diverse views to capture, learn, build and share new perspectives Gathers data and different perspectives, shares knowledge and uses evidence to inform decision making Demonstrates humility and a willingness to learn and share knowledge, frequently seeking and acting on feedback, and pursuing opportunities to develop Implements decisions, considering the risks and implications of actions for teams, projects and other initiatives


Deadline for applications: 25 June 2024


WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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