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The United Nations World Food Programme seeks to recruit a programme policy officer (Nutritionist), SC8 (102828) – Uganda

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The United Nations World Food Programme seeks to recruit a programme policy officer (Nutritionist), SC8 (102828) – Uganda


Requisition # 102828 – 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 (Nutritionist), 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 of the Karamonjong languages is desirable and Fluency (level C) in English language.


Organizational context :

The position of the Programme Policy Officer – Nutritionist was established in the Area Office following the recent organizational alignment to provide support to Nutrition programme activities in the Area Office. The nutritionist will be responsible for managing the implementation of the joint KNP workplan at Karamoja level and therefore play a pivotal role in ensuring a high level of coordination, collaboration and joint implementation with WFP-UNICEF as well as cooperating partners and the MoH to achieve effective implementation. She/he will also be responsible for implementation of broader nutrition programmes in the AO including support to MCHN and nutrition sensitive programming in other WFP related activities.


Job purpose :

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


Key accountabilities (not all-inclusive) :

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme Area Office Karamoja and the technical guidance of CO-Nutrition unit, the Nutritionist will perform the following tasks :

  1. Coordinate nutrition activities including KNP as well MCHN at Karamoja level. Under the KNP, the Nutritionist shall work closely with UNICEF and respective district local government to realize expected output and outcome of the joint programme ;
  2. Monitor implementation of the KNP joint workplan (JWP) and report on progress of the activities ;
  3. Participate in implementation of WFP-led KNP activities i.e. workshops, monitoring missions, trainings, etc… as required ;
  4. Provide nutrition technical support and guidance to WFP Karamoja Field Offices, nutrition focal persons and partners involved in the implementation of KNP and MCHN activities as well as broader nutrition programmes in the region ;
  5. Work closely with and organise support (administration, logistics, as needed) to WFP programme colleagues/consultants undertaking analytical work and the SCOPE-CODA nutrition pilot ;
  6. Participate in ad hoc working groups and/or technical fora instituted as part of the KNP inception phase ;
  7. Prepare reports on KNP-related workshops and field visits, minutes of meetings and other events ;
  8. Promote increased awareness of both WFP colleagues and partners on the KNP inception, including disseminating any updates to the joint work plan or progress reports, when available ;
  9. Participate in regular Health and Nutrition cluster meetings together with nutrition focal points, UNICEF and partners ;
  10. Prepare and consolidate Nutrition reports, Updates and Briefs, for WFP supported nutrition programmes in Karamoja region ;
  11. Consolidate FRNs and Distribution plans] for WFP supported nutrition programmes in Karamoja region ;
  12. Perform other relevant duties as required.


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.


  • 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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