Job Title: Programme Officer
Organization: World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Special Operation Project Manager
Vacancy Announcement No: VA-01-2014
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently WFP focuses on three priority areas namely: Emergency Humanitarian Action (EHA); Food & Nutrition Security (FNS); and Agriculture & Market Support (AMS). World Food Programme (WFP) has operations in various parts of Uganda.
Job Summary: The Programme Officer for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) will be responsible for leading and supporting teams in five districts (consisting of WFP staff and Special Operation (SO) partners) to achieve the ambitious objectives of WFP’s Special Operation to reduce post-harvest food losses in Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Be absolutely clear on all details contained within the Special Operation (SO) Work plan.
- Offer strong leadership in all aspects of the Special Operation (SO) Work plan.
- Be highly accountable for delivering on formal SO Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) i.e. delivering a 70% reduction in food losses for all participating Ugandan farmers.
- In charge of managing the four (4) critical stages of the Special Operation (SO) which are Capacity Development, Equipment Manufacturing and Procurement, Field Support, and Monitoring and Evaluation
- Grow the Special Operation (SO) workplan to identify specific objectives within each stage to provide clear direction to all support staff and partners.
- Develop tools to monitor or assess performance of WFP staff and SO partners against agreed objectives.
- Assist with selecting appropriate SO partners and briefing Farmer Organizer Groups on all aspects of the SO, clearly outlining the KPI's and assessment systems.
- Take lead in the process of identifying competent local metal artisans with the potential to construct silos according to specific SO fabrication requirements.
- Oversee all areas of negotiations, either directly with artisans or with suppliers of raw materials, to ensure budgetary targets are met.
- Offer leadership in the process of identifying suppliers of finished hermetic storage units according to specific SO requirements.
- Manage all aspects of negotiations, either directly with manufacturers or with local agents to ensure budgetary targets are met.
- Develop frameworks within which improved post-harvest management (processing, drying and storage) techniques are imparted to smallholder farmers.
- Share best-practice lessons from developed countries.
- Actively participate in designing standardised, comprehensive training materials for Post-Harvest Loss Reduction to be delivered to smallholder farmers.
- Technically support the SO Project Manager in strengthening partnerships with key stakeholders in post-harvest handling, including those managed by Government, UN agencies, NGOs and the private sector.
- Ensure compliance and adherence with the set terms and conditions agreed to by the Farmer Organiser Groups and manage any deviations accordingly.
- Organize regular meetings with all SO partners and WFP staff.
- Regularly review progress and promptly address all concerns arising.
- Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports or any other form of reports as requested by the SO Project Manager.
- Regular travel to the 5 selected districts; Supervise the work of district level Senior Programme Assistants; provide them with training and technical guidance in their work as required.
- Perform any other duties as assigned the SO Project Manager.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The prospective UN World Food Programme (WFP) should ideally a University degree in any of the following fields, economics, agriculture, international affairs, business administration, social sciences, development studies or a field relevant to international development assistance or other related field from a recognized institution;
- A minimum of six years’ postgraduate professional experience in commerce, business administration, development, or food aid support or any other related field gained from reputable organizations;
- All qualified candidates should be highly motivated and task oriented to achieve clear objectives within a specific period of time.
- WFP requires mature persons with sound judgement, excellent analytical skills
- Possess the ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing
- Ability to work in a team, ability to resolve operational problems, work with minimum supervision, cope with situations which may threaten health or safety, and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds
- Proficiency in both oral and written English is essential;
- Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications;
- Possess the ability to speak local languages will be an added advantage.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified Ugandans who are appropriately qualified and desire to in the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) are requested to send their applications together with detailed curriculum vitae, copies of certificates under confidential cover quoting on the envelop the vacancy announcement number and name of the applicant to:
The Human Resources Officer, UN World Food Programme, P.O. Box 7159 Kampala.Uganda
Hand delivered applications should be dropped in a box at the reception of WFP Offices at plot 17-19, Clement Hill Road.
NB: Applications must be received by the deadline and only short listed candidates shall be contacted. Applicants should check on the Notice Board at the main entrance to confirm that their applications have been received one week after the deadline.
Deadline: 16th March 2014