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The United Nations World Food Programme seeks to recruit a programme policy officer (Livelihood & Agriculture Market Support), SC8 (102848) – Uganda

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The United Nations World Food Programme seeks to recruit a programme policy officer (Livelihood & Agriculture Market Support), SC8 (102848) – Uganda

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Requisition # 102848 – Posted 13/01/2019 – Short Term-SC WFP – Africa, Central & Eastern – Uganda – Moroto – Working Job Language (1) – PROGRAMME & POLICY

About WFP :

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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. In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year. The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to food and contribute to lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.


Brief description of WFP in Uganda :

WFP delivers food assistance in emergencies and work with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP provides life-saving food assistance and livelihood opportunities to refugees in Uganda. In addition, WFP assists the most vulnerable people in Karamoja with food and nutrition assistance. Finally, WFP works with smallholder farmers and links them to markets.

As Uganda strives to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and become a middle-income country by 2040, WFP is also assessing its relevance and repositioning its role in Uganda.


Are you up to the challenge?

We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Programme Policy Officer (Livelihood & AMS), SC8 to be based in Moroto. Selected candidates will be employed on Service Contract.


Standard minimum qualifications :

Education : Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
Language : Ability to speak atleast one of the Karamojongo languages is desirable: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


Organizational context :

These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.


Job purpose :

To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.


Key accountabilities (not all-inclusive) :

  • Provide technical advice to Field Offices on Community Asset Creation, WFP Livelihood programming and Agriculture Market Support Programme including design, budgeting, planning, monitoring, and evaluation ;
  • Strengthen programme integration and synergies especially linkages between Assets Creation, Agriculture Market Support, School Feeding, Nutrition, etc ;
  • Provide technical guidance to the field offices on the AMS, Asset Creation and livelihood activities implementation ;
  • Support the engagements with other agencies/stakeholder including Makerere University to roll out the Three-Pronged Approach (3PA) as part of the NEPAD ARCH ;
  • Coordinate the 3PA region wide rollout plan in consultation with CO Livelihood and relevant ministries, including MGLSD, OPM, etc ;
  • Support Area Office in capacity Strengthening of National Social Protection programmes such as Northern Uganda Social Fund (NUSAF)/Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP) towards community lead and nutrition sensitive focus public works ;
  • In collaboration with Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation (AME) Unit, ensure that the required monitoring, studies, baselines, and evaluations are conducted for the asset creation and livelihood as well as Agriculture and Market Support Programme (AMS) ;
  • Conduct periodic field visits to the targeted districts to support Field Offices on programmatic and operational issues in the implementation of AMS, Asset Creation/livelihood programme ;
  • Actively search opportunity for strategic partnership including market linkages across the Karamoja sub-region ;
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation activities including qualitative and quantitative surveys to ensure that WFP generates evidence and lessons on Asset Creation, livelihood and smallholder ag production and marketing practices, and gender relations via the Asset Creation and AMS Programmes Implentation ;
  • Assist the Head of Programme in organizing regional coordination meetings on WFP’s ag development interventions and other related resilience programme with government counterparts, NGO partners, beneficiary representatives and other stakeholders ;
  • On behalf of AO conduct second-level review of AMS and Asset Creation partnership reports and ensure coherence between narrative reports and output data submitted in corporate monitoring systems ;
  • Support and establish linkages between the BIAM/SCOPE, CBT and other programmatic interventions like HISP for a holistic livelihood improvement in Karamoja ;
  • Identify technical knowledge gaps in Livelihood/FFA/ AMS among the WFP staffs and CPs staff  and provide tailored trainings, coaching and mentorship to enhance effective implementation and monitoring of the said programmes ;
  • In collaboration with the respective Field Offices and CPs, develop a database for all resilience sub-projects, understand their status and conduct a SWOT analysis for informed decision making ;
  • Develop appropriate agricultural livelihood options and methodologies that can be used to inform sustainable HISP agro based projects and scalability.


4Ps core organisational capabilities :

Purpose :

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives ;
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners) ;
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission ;
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

People :

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs ;
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment ;
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills ;
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

Performance :

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work ;
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors ;
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities ;
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

Partnership :

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles ;
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners ;
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders ;
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Functional capabilities :

Capability NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food AssistanceDemonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency ProgrammingDisplays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ GovernmentDevelops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.


Desired experiences for entry into the role :

  • Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.) ;
  • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations ;
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


Deadline for applications :

Sunday 27th January 2019



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