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14 October 2016

United Nations Programme Policy Officer (Capacity Strengthening) Career Jobs - World Food Programme (WFP)

Organization: World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Capacity Strengthening Coordinator
Position Grade: SC 10
Reference Number: 16-0022529

About US:
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). WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.

Job Summary: The Programme Policy Officer (Capacity Strengthening) will work the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to strengthen the integration and interoperability of Government-led mechanisms, procedures and stakeholder forums for acute and chronic food security needs. The jobholder will provide senior level management and strategic implementation of WFP Uganda’s capacity strengthening programme. The incumbent will coordinate and manage capacity development activities to support the Government of Uganda in emergency preparedness and response related to the World Food Programme’s mission and country strategic plan.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         Offer support in developing and coordinate implementation of a 4-year strategy for capacity strengthening, focusing on emergency preparedness and response, including aspects of gender equality, vulnerable groups and the environment;
o   Enhance partnerships, establish and maintain a mechanism for efficient and effective linkages with UN agencies, Government, Civil Society, donors and other institutions for capacity strengthening initiatives within WFP mandated areas.
·         Support the formation of an evidence based-foundation for joint Capacity Strengthening efforts with government, in the areas of analysis of food security, disaster risk management, response analysis and supply chain support;
o   The jobholder will actively engage OPM to conduct a baseline Disaster Risk Management (DRM) capacity assessment of Government.
o   Formulate plans and priorities based on this capacity assessment for joint activities across all units within WFP.
·         Coordinate and facilitate ongoing training of Country Office capacity strengthening team;
o   Work closely with WFP field offices to ensure they are empowered to support capacity strengthening processes.
·         Develop indicators for monitoring and evaluation of WFP's capacity strengthening efforts, if possible including the disaggregation of various groups and impact on the environment;
o   Support the preparation and delivery of necessary financial and operational revisions and reports related to these areas.
·         Develop communication products for internal and external needs;
o   Support the preparation of funding proposals for donors and proactively engage with donors to promote WFP's role in capacity strengthening to the government
·         Packaging training materials for continued implementation of capacity strengthening activities, including with other WFP country office in the region;

o   The jobholder will identify appropriate institution, training programs, workshops, conferences and possible sites for study tours, exchange programmes, on the job training, required to support the achievement of objectives.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The applicants for the United Nations UN World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy Officer (Capacity Strengthening) career opportunity should hold an Advanced university degree in Political Science, Disaster Management, Development, International Relations or other related field from a recognized institution Or First University degree in one of the fields above with additional years of related work experience or trainings/courses, attained from a recognized institution;
·         A minimum of seven years’ working experience in project management, humanitarian or development project implementation, office management, and/or knowledge management;
·         Previous experience designing and implementing institutional capacity development programs is essential;
·         Prior exposure and experience working on joint projects between the Government of Uganda and international organisations;
·         Working knowledge of or experience in food assistance or relief, logistics, development, humanitarian aid, and/or social safety nets;
·         Skilled in facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes;
·         Knowledge of change management theory and best practices;
·         Previous exposure and experience speaking professionally in front of groups and facilitating high-level meetings.
·         Proficiency in both oral and written English is essential;
·         Computer literacy i.e. working knowledge and expertise in using MS Office applications;

Personal Competencies:
·         Professionalism Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and colleagues. Strong inter-personal skills, including the ability to manage multi-stakeholder processes. Values diversity and works effectively with colleagues and contacts in the immediate and wider teams in pursuit of objectives. Anticipates and manages risk. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
·         Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style, and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
·         Planning and Organizing – Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities where necessary; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans as necessary; uses time efficiently.
·         Creativity – Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet clients need; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks outside the box; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking.

How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit their applications online at the link below.

Deadline: 7th November 2016

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