UN Programme Policy Officer Job Careers – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Policy Officer

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station: Kampala,

Grade: P4

Reports to: Deputy
Country Director

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.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Lead strategic engagement with the host
    government to support the design, formulate and/or implement scalable and
    flexible social protection, safety net and AMS programmes that contribute
    to food and nutrition security;
  • Conduct policy reviews to determine
    WFP’s entry point in relevant activities and policy dialogue with the host
    Government; promote appropriate practices and policy changes;
  • Lead on identification and fostering
    strategic partnerships relevant to achieve the strategic shifts under the
    Country Strategic plan;
  • Lead the development of effective
    partnerships at the Country level with key partners, such as the World
    Bank, ILO, UNICEF, FAO, UNICEF, USAID, ECHO, EU and IGAD, to enhance WFP’s
    ability to effectively contribute to strengthening the systems and capacities
    of the Central and sub-regional government structures;
  • Manage, oversee and contribute to
    operational research and evidence building to influence policy dialogue;
    manage or oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and
    critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or
    proposals for internal or external use;
  • Work in close consultation with AMEL/VAM
    and other programme teams, lead the development of a learning agenda.
  • Closely coordinate with other programme
    and functional areas to ensure that resilience programmes and a system
    strengthening focus is applied in different areas of WFP’s work and that
    relevant knowledge is captured and informs WFP’s work in Uganda;
  • Provide technical support to upgrade the
    quality of existing safety nets, including school feeding, asset creation,
    Agricultural market support, food systems, resilience building and other
    activities; and help refine the institutional links between safety nets
    and emergency-related mechanisms, including through risk sensitive or
    shock responsive programmes;
  • Provide technical advice and/ where
    needed mobilize technical expertise to promote policy coherence and
    synergies between food and nutrition security programmes and national
    social protection/poverty reduction and agriculture frameworks;
  • Provide technical support and strategic
    guidance to ensure integrated programming across the resilience
  • Oversee the development of donor
    proposals and contribute to resource mobilisation efforts for resilience
  • Supervise other national and
    international programme staff; provide training and technical guidance in
    their work;
  • Perform other related duties as

Key Deliverables:

  • WFP in Uganda is well positioned to
    actively support the government in support of SDG2 targets, and as a
    partner of choice for hunger and nutrition sensitive policies, capacity
    building and operational support;
  • Evidence, knowledge and best practice is
    shared with relevant programme officers and senior staff across the region
    to improve the quality of WFP’s direct assistance and technical support;
  • The safety nets that WFP is implementing
    directly in the region are achieving enhanced outcomes for beneficiaries,
    and evidence and learning from these experiences is captured and shared
    internally and externally;
  • Well prepared, analytic work;
  • Well managed projects, programmes and/
    or operations.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United
    Nations UN World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy Officer job
    placement should a University degree in International Affairs, Economics,
    Nutrition/Health, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field
    relevant to international development assistance.
  • A minimum of eight years of postgraduate
    professional experience with increasing responsibilities in resilience,
    social protection in a bilateral, multilateral or nongovernmental
  • Very good knowledge of effective and
    sustainable practices and principles related government social protection
    systems in a variety of contexts.
  • Proven capacity to conduct policy
    analysis and to successfully engage in policy dialogue.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in bringing
    global strategies into the regional/country context.
  • Proven experience in building synergies
    among units, projects and regions.
  • Strong communication skills and ability
    to produce written work to very high standards.
  • Ability to work in a team and establish
    effective working relations with persons of different national and
    cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to deal patiently and tactfully
    with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Good analytical skills, resourcefulness,
    initiative, maturity of judgement, tact, negotiating skills;
  • Ability to identify the main hunger
    problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement
    context-specific programmes that strengthen government systems and
    integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
  • Demonstrates the ability to incorporate
    technical information into policy and strategy formulation and into
    programme design and implementation, and to appropriately communicate it
    internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage key
    stakeholders in policy dialogue to strengthen national government social
    protection systems.
  • Ability to translate policy and
    programme principles into relevant, effective, and context specific
    approaches, including in emergencies and protracted conflict situations.
  • Experience leading teams in strategic
  • Experience working in a multi-donor
  • Ability to work in a team and establish
    effective working relations with persons of different national and
    cultural backgrounds. Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people
    of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • High capacity for organization and
    coordination, as well as an ability to work with a high degree of
    independence in a team environment;
  • Experience in managing diverse and
    sometimes competing interests and perspectives to arrive at a durable
  • Fluent English, written and oral;
    excellent public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Excellent computer skills in MS Outlook,
    Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • A willingness to travel frequently,
    often to remote areas; ability to cope with situations which may threaten
    health or safety; flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal
    desk description.
  • Languages: 
    Fluency (level C) in English language.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from Uganda with Ugandan Nationality
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: 8th August 2019

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