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WFP seeks to recruit a Programme Policy Officer – NOA, Nairobi/Kenya

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WFP seeks to recruit a Programme Policy Officer – NOA, Nairobi/Kenya

About  WFP :

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.

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.

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 :

Purpose of the position :

The purpose of this position is to prepare quality concepts notes, funding proposals and reports to donors as well as meeting corporate reporting requirements. The position holder will also function as the monitoring focal point for the Relief and Refugee outcome.  This entails working closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation unit in the design of tools and analysis of data for reporting purposes. Furthermore, it will be required to engage and assist external partners to undertake independent monitoring and surveys for WFP programmes as part of the Country Strategic Plan.

Under the Integrated Road Map, the WFP Kenya Country Strategic Plan will define WFP’s role and portfolio of assistance that is aligned with the Government of Kenya’s prioritized Development Goals. The Financial Framework Review will through an alternative budget structure enable alignment of resources with results to improve decision making and the Corporate Results Framework will guide the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on WFP’s programs in Kenya and measure management performance.

The primary purpose of this position is to ensure that WFP prepares quality concepts notes, funding proposals and reports to donors as well as meeting corporate reporting requirements.

The relationship with donors often depends on the quality of the reports they receive, including critical analysis of project monitoring data. Effective and efficient resource management must therefore be documented in view of meeting programme objectives, and having the expected impact for the beneficiaries. Donors may also require additional information, which should be reported in a timely and accurately manner to ensure that confidence in WFP operations is held high.

Given the strong linkages between reporting and monitoring, the position holder will also function as the monitoring focal point for Outcome 1. This entails working closely with the M&E unit in the design of tools and analysis of data for reporting purposes. Furthermore, it will be required to engage and assist external partners to undertake independent monitoring and surveys for WFP programmes as part of the CSP.

Duties and responsabilities and expected outputs  (not all-inclusive) :

Preparation of funding proposals, donor reports and executive briefs : 60%

  • The candidate must demonstrate strategic understanding of WFP’s vision for Outcome 1 as part of the CSP (2018-23) and collaborate closely with the Head of the Relief and Refugee Unit, the Reports Officer and the Donor Relations Unit to ensure that concept notes, funding proposals and reports meet the needs of WFP and the requirement of the donors ;
  • Excellent analytical – and writing skills will be required ;
  • Furthermore, the position holder must be flexible and able to navigate in an environment with changing reporting requirements as designed by key donors .

Draft and coordinate inputs for Annual Country Reports for Outcome 1 : 15 %

  • Annual corporate reports including ACR and inter-agency reports such as JAM.

Reviewing monitoring tools and training field staff on report writing : 20%

  • As part of the CSP new monitoring tools have been developed for Outcome 1. To ensure that these are being applied appropriately, the staff member will assist in supporting training requirements for staff in both Kakuma and Dadaab.
  • Support in the development of tools to monitor among other the implementation and effects un-restricted cash transfers and share tools with external evaluation partners.
  • Translate monitoring findings into reporting templates ensuring that indicators are effectively reported in a uniform format.

Responsabilties :

Participate in coordination meeting both internally and externally : 5 %

  • The position holder will often be required to take part in meetings including internal and external coordination meetings.
  • The position holder will require periodically to travel to Kakuma and Dadaab to meet with partners and/or visit programme sites with partners, or in the capacity of filling in for colleagues or provide inputs to new initiatives and activities in the field.

Other: 

  • Prepare funding proposals, donor reports and executive briefs ;
  • Draft and coordinate inputs for Annual Country Reports ;
  • Review data, monitoring tools and training field staff on report writing ;
  • Participate in coordination meeting both internally and externally .

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.

Terms and conditions :

  • WFP is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge fees from applicants at any stage of the recruitment process. Only short listed applicants will be contacted ;
  • For any queries write to Nairobi.queryhr@wfp.org ;
  • Qualified female candidates are PARTICULARLY encouraged to apply.
Deadline : 30th June 2019

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