UN Head of Programme Job Careers – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:    Head of Programme

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station: 

Grade:  NOC

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 Head of Programme will design and manage
programmes of moderate size or complexity 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: 

  • Manage technical cooperation and engagement with the District Local
    Governments to address root causes of food and nutrition insecurity.
  • Support the design and management of Livelihoods programme including
    planning, monitoring and management of response interventions in support
    of the strategic outcomes
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with district local governments
    and other stakeholders including private sector actors.
  • Engage with Gender focal points to ensure that gender equality, and
    in particularly, women’s empowerment, is effectively mainstreamed
    throughout the areas of engagement and implementation.
  • Represent the Area Office at appropriate strategic and technical
    working groups and coordination structures.
  • Manage, supervise, coach and promote learning of programme teams
    including performance management.
  • Provide oversight and application of accountability practices to
    enhance effective risk management.
  • Support identification and commissioning of relevant learning and
    analysis which informs the Area and Country Office approach to promotion
    of market systems development and promotion of sustainable and productive
    agricultural practices.
  • Co-ordinate learning, research and documentation of lessons learnt
    and emerging thinking relating to livelihoods in Westnile
  • Strengthen Zero Hunger programme linkages with community based low
    carbon development, climate finance, climate change adaptation, climate
    resilience, natural resource management and interface with food and
    nutrition security.
  • Ensure effective management of programme partnerships, in-line with
    WFP’s corporate guidance.
  • Manage the Area Office’s internal and external technical support
    relating to community engagement, crisis response, cash-based transfers,
    market systems development and agricultural policy advocacy.
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation to build evidence for learning.
  • Analyse key surveys and research studies, evaluations, and reports
    to identify and document lessons, and produce analytical summaries for
    internal use and / or policy application.
  • Explore areas where WFP can enhance its contribution to policy
    review including District Local Government by-laws, in accordance with the
    commitments in WFP’s Country Strategy plan.
  • Contribute to communications and reports with emphasis on
    demonstrating the evidence and impact of WFP’s programmes;
  • Work closely with the Communications team to ensure public
    communications and public diplomacy reflect WFP’s commitment to zero
  • Guide technical application of programmes that ensure synergies
    particularly in the areas of social protection and nutrition
  • Actively integrate climate-related response and environmental
    protection into the Area Office’s programme planning and delivery.
  • Oversee the preparation and submission of periodical and on-demand
    programme reports.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme
    (WFP) Head of Programme job placement should hold an advanced degree in
    Rural Development, Development Economics, Business, Social Protection,
    Agriculture or related discipline 
  • At least seven years of relevant operational, technical and
    leadership experience in the development and humanitarian fields;
  • Proven technical expertise in qualitative or quantitative analysis
    to support programmes;
  • Experience in Social Protection delivery systems in Northern Uganda
    is desirable;
  • A sound understanding of the political, economic, social and
    cultural environments impacting on rural and urban livelihoods in Uganda
  • Experience in planning and management for results especially while
    working within community engagement settings
  • Excellent management skills and experience of managing partnerships
  • Experience with / proficiency in the analysis, management and
    synthesis of reports; research skills and experience in managing research
    also desirable
  • Excellent communication skills including excellent written and
    verbal skills in English; knowledge of one or more of the following
    languages is an added advantage – Luo, Acholi, Lugbara, Madi, Kakwa,
    Aringa, Alur and Langi.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain productive,
    professional relationships with government and local community
    counterparts, donors, civil society and other stakeholders
  • High capacity for organization and coordination, as well as an
    ability to work with a high degree of independence in a team environment


  • 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 interpret basic data in the context of
    WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design,
    implementation and monitoring.
  • 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: 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.

NB: Female
applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially
encouraged to apply

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: 16th June 2019

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