UN Job Vacancies – Programme Policy Officer (Market Systems) – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)


Job Title:    Programme Policy Officer
(Market Systems)

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station:


About WFP:

United Nations World
Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting
hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger
in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes
to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and
children, can access the nutritious food they need. In emergencies, WFP gets
food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict
and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to United help
communities rebuild their lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million
people with food assistance in 80 countries each year. The organization has the
global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships
necessary to provide access to food and contribute to lasting solutions,
especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.


Job Summary:  The Programme Policy Officer (Market Systems)
will provide technical leadership in the area of market systems development to
the Field Offices under the Arua Area Office. The incumbent will liaise with
technical units in Kampala cash-based food assistance, and is aligned to the
priority actions of the District Local Governments.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Head of
Programme, Arua, the Programme Policy Officer 
Market Systems will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Contribute to programme design and adjustments (e.g. the Country
    Strategic Plan, market systems development strategy and collaboration
    matrix) to ensure alignment with national and sub-national priorities in
    agricultural and market development and programme integration within
  • Provide input into the development and review of the Annual
    Performance Plan. 
  • In collaboration with AMEL conduct desk review, participate in
    studies (e.g. market systems and value chain analysis), and establish/maintain
    relations with the UN and other development organizations to develop a
    good understanding of systemic issues and best practices in
    pro-smallholder and micro-enterprise market developme intervention. 
  • In collaboration with AMEL contribute to the analysis of agriculture
    and market information, produced by WFP and other institutions, follow a
    trend, and remain on alert of potential shocks in agriculture and food
    supply chains.
  • Develop a system for the identification of market actors (e.g.
    producers, millers, traders, retailers, wholesalers and financial service
    providers) and retail engagement, and support the Field Offices to map
    them out for facilitation in relationship building.
  • Provide technical backstopping to the Field Offices in the planning and
    implementation of market systems development activities, including
    sub-national capacity strengthening government programmes (e.g. the
    Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project) and systems and
    strengthen the policy framework.   
  • Liaise with the technical units at the Head Office and other Area
    Offices for knowledge sharing to continuously seek innovation in
  • Support in the identification of knowledge and skill gaps and
    organization of capacity building initiatives for WFP and NGO partner
    staff in the market systems development approach. 
  • Draft, or provide input into, briefs, presentations, proposals,
    reports and other information materials for internal and external
    advocacy, communications, coordination and resource mobilization for the
    Arua Area Office as well as the Head Office.
  • Facilitate capacity building to the Field Offices (FO) towards
    delivery of quality outputs and outcomes.
  • Perform any other tasks as required


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations World Food Programme
    (WFP) Programme Policy Officer (Market Systems) job vacancy must hold a
    basic university degree in one of the following disciplines: social
    sciences, international development, development economics or another
    related field like international relations, commerce, agricultural
    economics, or humanitarian studies.
  • At least  five years of solid
    progressively responsible professional work experience with evidence of
    innovation in market systems and cash-based programming



  • 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 subnational entities and government owned food and
    nutrition security programmes.


How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified candidates who wish to join the United Nations World Food Programme
(WFP) are encouraged to apply online at the link below




Deadline: 1st October 2020


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