Consultant Head of Field Office (Kosti) – WFP


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations World Food Programme 
Job TitleConsultant level 2 Head of Field Office Kosti
Requisition ID398807
LocationSudan – Kosti  
Posted Date01/02/2023
Closing Date14/02/2023

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


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 Sudan has the potential to reach millions of food insecure people across Sudan – with a total of 9.2 million people assisted in 2022. WFP Sudan, one of the largest and complex operations for WFP globally,  is currently rolling out its five-year Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023), which aims to provide emergency assistance through a hybrid approach (Cash, food and vouchers), along with life-changing types of programmes (Nutrition, Resilience and School Feeding).


The Head of Kosti Field Office is to lead and manage WFP operations in White Nile State in Sudan, to ensure the effective and efficient management of human and financial resources and delivery of WFP programs and activities and also to manage more than 45,000 metric ton capacity of warehouse and serve as one of the strategic storage locations both for While Nile State and South Sudan operation. A large emphasis is placed upon building and maintaining relationships with local governments, UN agencies, donors and other partners in the area to reinforce WFP’s visibility.

The position is for 11 months on a consultancy basis.


The WFP Leadership Framework focuses on behaviours and HOW all staff deliver on the objectives. These behaviours, combined with our technical skills and knowledge, strengthen the performance of WFP in everything we do.


The WFP Leadership Framework defines the behaviours we can use every day. It comprises five elements that establish the common standards of behaviour that guide how we work together.

Leads by Example with Integrity – Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role-modelling care for others.

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments – Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change.

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork – Is inclusive and collaborative and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth.

Applies Strategic Thinking – Demonstrates commitment to gathering perspectives, analysing options and risks and proposing new ways of doing things.

Builds & Maintains Sustainable Partnerships – Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives.


  • Contribute to the development and implementation of procedures for programme and logistics field operations, ensuring that objectives are achieved in compliance with country and functional strategies, policies and plans and manage overall logistics and supply chain activities including the cross-border logistics operation from Sudan to South Sudan.
  • Plan and lead on the implementation of innovative logistics operations, initiatives and programs and hold to ensure timely, efficient and cost-effective supply of direct or indirect food assistance.  
  • Coordinate logistics, port operation, fleet and warehouse management support services in the assignment area and provide the necessary support to prepare contracts and supplier payments at Country Office level. 
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to WFP staff, partners and governments, building capacity to connect to markets, manage food systems and deliver food assistance to those in need.
  • Identify and build productive relationships and partnerships with counterparts in UN agencies, NGOs, governments and the private sector to share knowledge and resources and ensure coordinated delivery of food assistance.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, prepare CO Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA), provide technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the management of specific logistics risks to enable WFP to quickly respond and deploy food and resources at the onset of the crisis.
  • Effectively manage the Field Office to ensure transparent and efficient people management and the continued development of a cohesive and high-performing team, including the management of WFP fuel, fleet and mechanical workshop in Kosti.
  • Ensure efficient use of financial resources for the achievement of set objectives.
  • Hold accountability for the security of WFP staff, operations, premises and assets in the Field Office to ensure that WFP security and safety standards are locally set and followed. Actively participate and contribute to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT).
  • Hold accountability for close collaboration with governments and other partners in identifying where assistance can be usefully employed at the local level and ensure the provision of support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of food assistance programmes, including advice on the context-specific transfer modalities (food, cash or vouchers).
  • Hold accountability for timely monitoring and evaluation activities and for accurate and comprehensive analysis and reports on WFP operations and performance to inform operational planning and decisions.
  • Engage with beneficiaries, and inspect storage places and points where WFP commodities are received in order to ensure compliance with WFP policies and that progress is made in the achievement of project objectives.
  • Provide any other support to the operation as required.  


Education: Advanced University degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Economics, International Development, Social Sciences or another related field.
Work Experience: Minimum five years of relevant professional work experience
Experience in managing a small team
Previous experience with UN or other Humanitarian organization
Language: International Professional Fluency (level C) in English language. Knowledge of Arabic is considered an advantage


Opening date: 01 February 2023

Closing date:  14 February 2023

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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