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United Nations World Food Programme seeks to recruit a programme policy officer (Asset Creation), SC8 Kampala (101381)

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United Nations World Food Programme seeks to recruit a programme policy officer (Asset Creation), SC8 Kampala (101381)

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


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 for a qualified individual for the position of Programme Policy Officer (Asset Creation) to be based in Kampala.The successful candidate will be offered employment on Service Contract.


Organizational context

Within the above-mentioned context, and under the supervision of the Head of Livelihoods and Asset Creation Unit, the incumbent will support Livelihoods activities. Based in Kampala with frequent field visits to the refugee hosting districts and Karamoja regions, the incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the livelihoods programming and implementation, providing support to policy and programme activities designed to effectively meet the livelihood needs of refugees and host communities, as well as Karamoja population.


Job purpose

WFP’s new five-year (2018-2022) Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Uganda highlight the importance of ensuring that food insecure populations in areas affected by recurring climate shocks have access to adequate and nutritious food all year. To achieve this strategic outcome, WFP plans to provide cash and food transfers for women and men participating in community asset-creation projects and technical assistance for the Government through South–South cooperation and other initiatives.


Key accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

Project Implementation and Tailor Field Support :

  1. Provide technical advice and support to Area Offices and Field Offices on the WFP Livelihood and Asset Creation programming and design; including targeted population, geographical coverage, budgeting, planning, monitoring, and evaluation ;
  2. Contribute to integrating programming including promotion of linkages between Assets Creation, Agriculture Market Support, School Feeding, Nutrition, etc ;
  3. Advocate for Asset Creation Activities as a form of Social Protection ;
  4. Support the WFP programme unit and CBT Focal Point to ensure CBTs complement WFP and other partners’ livelihood programming ;
  5. Support the engagements with Makerere University to roll out the Three-Pronged Approach (3PA) as part of the NEPAD ARCH ;
  6. Coordinate the 3PA region wide rollout plan in consultation with relevant ministries, including MGLSD, OPM, etc ;
  7. Support with the Capacity Strengthening to National Social Protection programmes such as Northern Uganda Social Fund (NUSAF) and Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP) towards community lead and nutrition sensitive focus public works ;
  8. Coordinate the Cooperating Partners EOI and RFP exercises, as well as CP capacity assessment and performance evaluations ;
  9. Manage, monitor and assess the implementation of effective Asset Creation Activities ;
  10. Propose modifications or corrective actions when needed.

Reporting and Donor engagement

  1. In collaboration with Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation (AME) Unit, ensure that the required monitoring, studies, baselines, and evaluations are conducted for the asset creation programmes.
  2. Contribute to the project’s Technical and Financial Project Proposals and Reports ;
  3. Support on the implementation of preparatory work (i.e. Rural Access Index) ;
  4. Conduct regular field visits to the targeted refugee settlement and host communities and support AOs/FOs on programmatic and operational issues within these refugee settlement and host communities.

National Engagement

  1. Participate in coordination fora and technical collaborations around livelihoods and resilience programming (both for Karamoja and refugee hosting districts) ;
  2. Attend interagency coordination meetings on Livelihood in coordination with OPM, UNHCR and relevant partners ;
  3. Develop and maintain a good working relation with the relevant agencies (Ministries, NGOs, UN agencies).


4Ps Core organisational capabilities


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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 : International Professional: 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.


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

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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