UN Programme Policy Officer Job Opportunities - United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)


Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station:  Mbarara, Uganda

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: Saving lives in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition & Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.

Job Summary: The Programme Policy Officer (Emergency Coordinator) - Consultant
design and manage programmes that effectively meet food assistance needs, or contribute to policy formulation and/or provide technical advice or oversight on programme strategy and implementation.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Ensure WFP is able to assume direct general food distribution responsibilities in all five settlements in the region, establish the WFP teams in each settlement, and ensure management and accountability systems, processes and structures are in place and functioning;
  • Manage WFP’s emergency response to the ogoing DRC influx in the settlemetns of Kyangwali, Kyaka and others that may start receiving or be established in the coming months;
  • Coordinate with UNHCR and Office of the Prime Minister to roll out biometric reverification and introduce biometric controls at general food assistance collection centres across all settelments in the region;
  • The incumbent will also manage the consolidation of WFP food assistance collection centres in each of the five settlements and oversee the installation/construction of the required infrastructure at all sites;
  • Facilitate the transition of general food distribution from traditional group distribution to serving/scooping individual household entitlements;
  • Strengthen the capacity of WFP field staff to implement, manage and monitor WFP-supported refugee response programming;
  • Establish clear roles, responsibilities and required actions for addressing protection and other sensitive issues encountered in the field and establish transparent issue log and resolution mechanism;
  • Perform other relevant duties and task as laid out in the generic job description of head of field/area office.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy Officer (Emergency Coordinator) - Consultant job placement should hold an 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.
  • Experience working in a Country Office or equivalent level position within technical area.
  • Previous experience in managing discussions with experts in VAM/Nutritionists.
  • Experience in leading a country / are office programme team or a substantial component of a complex programme.
  • Previous direct experience of different programme approaches.
  • Previous experience in working with government agencies and gained policy experience.
  • Has led team in strategic discussions.
  • Experience working in HQ or a Regional Bureau.
  • Language: Fluency (level C) in English language.

Personal Competencies:
  • Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance: Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
  • Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher): Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.
  • Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.): Demonstrates the ability to incorporate technical information into programme design and implementation and appropriately communicate it internally and externally.
  • Emergency Programming: Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
  • Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government: Demonstrates the ability to engage key stakeholders (e.g., WFP units, external partners) in policy dialogue to strengthen national government food and nutrition security strategies and programmes.

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: 13th March 2018

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