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

Job Title:      Programme Policy Officer
Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Head of Programme
Position Grade: NOA

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 will support the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Guide the Head of Programme in issues related to cooperating partners, including review and selection of proposals to implement activities, management of field level agreements (FLAs) and inclusion of new prospective partners in roster;
  • The incumbent will supervise the Senior Programme Assistant, Compliance Officer and any other more junior staff in the FLA unit;
  • Render support to the Cooperating Partner Committee (CPC) at the Country Office level in all aspects of review and approval of project proposals submitted by cooperating partners to WFP;
  • Prepare field level agreements for signature following CPC approval;
  • Guide the technical units as well as area and field offices in all aspects of project review and implementation;
  • Review proposals to ensure that the given allocations (food, cash) are not exceeded;
  • Organize field missions and trainings to the Uganda area and field offices to train all staff involved in project review and implementation;
  • Work closely with cooperating partners to strengthen partnerships and improve the quality of proposals and of implementation of the agreements;
  • Guarantee all partner invoices are tracked, verified and processed for payment correctly and in a timely manner;
  • Prepare periodic reports, statistical information and tables;
  • Support area and field offices, including via field missions, as necessary;
  • Maintain accurate records and files within the field of work;
  • Draft correspondence related to the field of work; and
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy Officer job opportunity should hold an advanced University degree or University degree with experience in any of the following, international affairs, economics, Nutrition/Health, agriculture, Environmental Science, social sciences or any other fields related to International Development Assistance, attained from a recognized institution Or first University degree in the mentioned fields with additional years of related work experience;
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in humanitarian, public sector management, development projects and/or emergency assistance, gained from reputable organizations;
  • Proficiency in both oral and written English is essential;
  • Computer literacy i.e. working knowledge and experience using MS Office applications is a must.
  • Previous exposure in managing refugee operations is an added advantage
  • Prior exposure and experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.) is desired
  • Previous experience in implementing programmes and providing input into designing operations.
  • The applicant should preferably have provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

Functional Capabilities:
  • Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance: Demonstrates 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 Programming: Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
  • Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government: Develops 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.

4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities (Purpose, People, Performance and Partnership):
  • 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.

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: 10th August 2017

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