Closing date: Saturday, 16 September 2023



Sub-office manager



Fixed Term




Kiffa & Kaédi, Mauritania



1 year (renewable)

WFP promotes gender equality and is committed to achieving parity in its country and regional offices.

The feminine candidacies are deeply encouraged.


The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is the largest humanitarian agency fighting world hunger.

WFP’s mission is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.

Every day, WFP works to ensure that the most vulnerable populations, especially women and children, can have access to the nutritious food they need to lead productive and healthy lives.

Do you have experience planning and managing field activities?

Do you have experience in field operations, preferably in a difficult duty station or emergency situation?

Would you like to contribute significantly to achieving the “Zero Hunger” goal?

If yes, then this position is for you. An excellent opportunity to become a full member of a diverse and passionate team, which works on various projects directly contributing to assistance to beneficiaries.


The Islamic Republic of Mauritania has made significant progress in development in recent years. Extreme poverty stands at 6.5%, with most of the poor living in rural areas. The country remains highly vulnerable to climate change and environmental degradation, and is threatened by cyclical droughts and their impact on the livelihoods of rural and transhumant populations. The security situation in Mali remains worrying, with a growing number of refugees, endangering social cohesion.

WFP supports the government’s efforts through an assistance strategy aimed at responding to humanitarian needs by satisfying basic food and nutritional needs, strengthening the resilience of communities and supporting sustainable development efforts, particularly through strengthening of an adaptive national social protection system. Under the CSP (Country Strategic Plan), most of WFP’s work consists of strengthening existing government programs. WFP emphasizes the gradual transition from direct implementation to enhanced technical support to the government to achieve national priorities in pursuit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


The incumbent will be the head of the Kiffa or Kaédi sub-office and will be placed under the authority of the representative and Country Director of the World Food Program.

1.Manage  the sub-office effectively to ensure effective and efficient staff management and the continued development of a cohesive and high-performing team. This includes overseeing program implementation, administration and finance, TEC, logistics and security;

2.Plan  and manage WFP field operations in the area of ​​assignment to ensure effective management of food aid and ensure that day-to-day operational issues are resolved in a timely manner to avoid disruptions. losses or delays. Activities implemented may include school feeding, malnutrition management (treatment and prevention) and asset creation through cash transfers. Depending on the sub-office and the year, humanitarian assistance during the cyclical lean period may also be included.

3.  Ensure that allocated resources are used efficiently and in accordance with agreed plans, and that any deviations are reported to the regional/country office. This involves participating in weekly food coordination meetings, bi-weekly budget allocation meetings and monthly resource management meetings. The Sub-Office Head will be responsible for ensuring that funds are spent in accordance with donor agreements and for authorized posts.

4.Assume  responsibility for the security of WFP staff, operations, premises and assets in the sub-office to ensure that WFP security and safety standards are established and respected locally. Actively participate and contribute to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT), providing weekly updates to the WFP team in Nouakchott and the UN Resident Coordinator.

5.Liaise  with the country office RAM team to undertake monitoring and evaluation of activities in a timely manner and prepare accurate and comprehensive reports on WFP operations and performance, which will be reviewed regularly by the country office to inform effective planning and operational decisions.

6.  Contribute to the preparation of reports on programs and activities that enable coherent decision-making based on the information presented to stakeholders. Write briefing notes and develop information sheets as needed;

7.  Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks for the completion of the project.

8.  Establish effective and collaborative relationships with local authorities and contribute to training and capacity building for effective preparation and response to food assistance needs. This will involve participating in regular coordination meetings.

9.  Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships for collaboration to improve food assistance programs. Develop and maintain liaison with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, civil society, beneficiaries and other partners and media involved in food security.

10.  Support capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare and respond to food assistance needs.

11.  Ensure presence and frequent monitoring in project areas, sites and distribution centers.

12.Organize  donor missions and other field visits for country/regional office colleagues.

13.Contribute  to donor reports, project proposals and other communications materials.

14.  All other required tasks.

OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS (details to be determined by position managers):

This section is optional to describe other tasks, skills and knowledge required for your role.

WFP Leadership Framework  :  Common standards of behavior relevant to your role

Lead by integrated example

Respects WFP values, principles and standards:

Demonstrates and encourages others to

respect the values, principles and

WFP standards

Respect others and value diversity:

Value diversity by using a

respectful and inclusive language, and

encourage others to do


Stay focused and calm in stressful situations:

Stay focused and calm in

stressful contexts, encourage them

others to do the same and offer

advice and support for managing

difficult situations

Demonstrates humility and

demonstrates a will

to learn:

Demonstrates humility and promotes

learning and sharing

knowledge, searching

frequent feedback and

taking into account observations,

by seizing the opportunities to


Generates results and delivers on commitments

Provides results for a

impact maximal :

Identifies and aligns objectives with

required results, take responsibility for it

responsibility and/or encourages

culture of accountability among peers and team members to deliver results for maximum impact

Delegates appropriately:

Delegates responsibly and

provides appropriate support

enabling its teams to produce


Easily adapts to

Change :

Easily accepts change

in different contexts and adapts


Promotes collaborative teamwork and a spirit of inclusion

Is inclusive and collaborative:

Promotes open-mindedness in

teamwork and safety

psychological by encouraging

colleagues to collaborate, to share

their ideas and to freely report problems

Communicate observations

constructive at the time


Helps his team members to

improve by communicating

constructive comments to

right moment

Built and shared news

Perspectives :

Solicit opinions, gain confidence, and listen attentively

various points of view to grasp,

learn, build and share

new perspectives

Apply strategic thinking

Communicate and achieve the vision

from  PAM:

Communicates and realizes the vision and

WFP operational results for

provide meaningful solutions

Shows curiosity and  explores new ways of doing things:

Demonstrates curiosity, designs and

implements new ways of doing things when relevant

Analyzes and evaluates data:

Collects data and different

points of view, sharing of

knowledge and uses evidence

to inform decision-making

Takes into account the impact of


Implements decisions,

considering the risks and

implications of actions for

teams, projects and others


Establishes and maintains lasting partnerships

Creates partnerships:

Initiates and builds partnerships

identifying and promoting

opportunities in areas

of common interest and benefits

Collaborates to achieve common goals:

Collaborate with partners to

achieve common goals by sharing information and

working together on

agreed solutions


Abilities Title

Description of expected behavior for this skill level

Strategy & Planning

Applies in-depth knowledge of key national and international socio-political issues as well as the complexity and range of WFP programs to plan and supervise program implementation in the area of ​​responsibility, ensuring coordination and monitoring in order to ensure efficient response to office needs


Applies understanding of WFP operations in the area of ​​assignment to ensure the optimal deployment of food aid and assistance programs and the resolution of high-impact operational issues that arise.

Demonstrates a thorough understanding of WFP programs, supply chain and budgeting principles.


Proactively establishes WFP’s profile within its area of ​​responsibility, effectively leveraging this profile to drive fundraising initiatives. Uses understanding of WFP structure and delivery model and strong business knowledge to effectively develop, manage and monitor budgets, often with limited funds.


Applies negotiation, networking and diplomacy skills to develop, nurture and maintain mutually beneficial external partnerships with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, civil societies, UN agencies, donors , beneficiaries and other partners/media engaged in the field of food security, in order to improve assistance programs.

Collaborate with governments and other partners to identify opportunities for food assistance programs consistent with WFP’s strategic objectives at the local level, and negotiate the optimal approach for implementing these programs.

Staff management

Supervise and guide a team of direct and indirect collaborators; supervise all sub-office staff and maintain regular coordination with colleagues in the Mauritania country office.


  •  Development of effective work plans to contribute to the achievement of WFP’s strategic objectives in a defined area;
  •  Experience in field operations, preferably in a difficult or emergency duty station;
  •  Experience in analyzing local political situations and accurately assessing risks;
  •  Experience in managing financial budgets;
  •  Experience leading a small to medium-sized team to ensure effective achievement of objectives;
  •  Participation in negotiations with suppliers, government or a partner;
  •  Participation in emergency operations/development program.
  •  Experience in successfully implementing development programs (e.g. integrated resilience program).
  •  Experience in security and sub-office management.


Level of education :

Master’s degree in economics, international development, social sciences or other related field, or university degree with additional years of professional experience and/or training/coursework.

Experience :

A minimum of three (3) years of progressive professional experience, particularly in the field of nutrition, public health management, development projects, emergency assistance and/or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral assistance in the area of ​​food security and nutrition.

Experience working in the humanitarian/development sector, ability to work and meet deadlines.


Proficiency (level C) in French and at least one or more local languages. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language, preferably Arabic and/or English, is strongly desired.



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