UN Jobs – Programme Policy Officer (EDP Team Leader) – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Policy Officer (EDP Team Leader)
Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: 
Mbarara, Uganda
Reports to:
Senior Programme Policy Officer
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 (EDP Team Leader) will provide support to policy and
programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Actively contribute towards the development of a limited number of
    projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme
    policies and guidance.
  • Provide project management support to specific and defined
    programmes and projects of small to moderate size that are relatively
    straight forward in nature, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider
    programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous
    quality standards are maintained.
  • Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior
    colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on
    programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and
    consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration,
    monitor ongoing projects.
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential
    partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national
    government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g.
    through project management support of learning initiatives.
  • Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and
    assisting them with analysis and queries.
  • Other as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme
    (WFP) Programme Policy Officer (EDP Team Leader) 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
  • Previous experience in implementing technical programs (i.e.
    nutrition, etc.).
  • Experience in implementing programmes and provide input into designing
  • Experience in providing input into policy discussions and decisions.
  • 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,
Personal Competencies:
  • 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
  • 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 sub-national entities and government owned food and
    nutrition security 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: 20th May 2018
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