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

 Job Title:    Programme Policy Officer
(Systems Strengthening)

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station:
Uganda

 

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 SIDA SP programme has a strong focus on
strengthening National and District Capacities to effectively deliver Social
Protection interventions. The Systems Strengthening Officer will provide
technical leadership and assistance with emphasis on strengthening social
protection systems and building capacity of the District Local Governments
(DLGs) in RHDs. As a member of SIDA SP Technical Team, the Advisor will ensure
technical excellence through contributions made to project implementation,
delivery, monitoring and evaluation with a focus on Enhanced DLG Capacities to
Plan, Budget, Deliver, Lobby and Advocate for SP Financing. S/he will support
the implementation of learning agendas, tool development and relevant strategic
initiatives including supporting the Decentralized Planning Processes at Sub
County Levels. The Advisor will liaise closely with technical advisors from
other sectors to ensure seamless quality programming. Finally, the Advisor will
be responsible for sharing WFP’s comparative advantage (on Capacity
Strengthening), information, and experiences in Social Protection Programming
within and outside the organization, as well as incorporate a broad-based
approach for the overall well-being of those impacted.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
He/she
will be responsible for mainstreaming the application of the Corporate Country
Capacity Strengthening Framework in Arua Area Office operations. This will be
achieved through a combination of technical support, systems strengthening,
partnership enhancement and documentation expertise.

·       
More
specifically, he/she will coordinate and support the implementation of capacity
strengthening, including but not limited to i) lead on the finalization of
Social Protection Local Government and Partner Workplans in alignment with
Country office and on the review of existing FLAs; ii) lead on the adaptation
of tools and frameworks for capacity strengthening.

·       
He/she
will facilitate the capacity-building of staff and partners through training
measures, i.e. providing technical assistance both remotely and on-the-ground
to field-offices across Arua Area Office in application of approaches,
including coordination and support of specialized training formats.

·       
Establish
a monitoring mechanism to capture WFP operations’ impact on capacity
strengthening at DLG, Sub County and Community Level.

·       
Document
capacity strengthening best practices while at the same time supporting the
revision of Capacity Strengthening tools and processes.

·       
Coordinate
partnership with relevant stakeholders specialized in capacity strengthening
expertise (NGOs, private sector, academics, etc.) in line with DLGs and WFP
priorities.

·       
Advise
project staff on technical issues related to SP programs such as financing,
coordination and referral mechanisms, SP workforce development, with an
emphasis on providing comprehensive support at the community and household
level.

·       
Support
program efforts by providing guidance and hands-on support in conducting
assessments, advising on partnerships and strategies.

·       
Ensure
the day-to-day implementation of the work plan capacity building related activities
and provide input into the development, on-going management and maintenance of
the work plan.

·       
Provide
technical support to partners and government counterparts to implement social
protection system strengthening activities and to ensure that agreed targets
are met.

·       
Collaborate
with relevant international development, donor and research institutions
through relationship building, information sharing, and representation on
Social Protection system strengthening.

·       
Stay
abreast of state-of-the-art developments in quality and innovations related to
SP system strengthening and share relevant information as appropriate.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Programme
Policy Officer (Sys. Strengthening) job vacancy must hold an Advanced
university degree in one of the following disciplines: Social Sciences,
Development Studies, International Relations, or a related field.

·       
A
minimum of seven (7) years of relevant, progressively responsible professional
experience in project management, humanitarian or development project
implementation, office management, and/or knowledge management.

·       
Experience
designing and implementing institutional capacity development programs is
essential.

·       
Facilitating
and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes.

·       
Knowledge
of change management theory and best practices.

·       
Technical
expertise in principals, theories, concepts and techniques in the area of
social protection systems strengthening, including knowledge of and ability to
integrate across related disciplines. Excellent writing and speaking English
abilities; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people
informed.

·       
Experience
speaking professionally in front of groups and facilitating high-level
meetings.

·       
Excellent
oral and written communication skills in English (professional level).

·       
Leadership
qualities and ability to create synergies where applicable.

·       
Excellent
interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.

·       
Excellent
oral and written communication and presentation skills.

·       
Understanding
of social protection programming priorities, strategies and monitoring and
evaluation tools and systems.

·       
Knowledgeable
of National Social Protection Programme in Uganda is an added advantage.

 

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 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.

 

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

 

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