UN Jobs – Programme Policy Officer (Crisis Response) – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:    Programme Policy Officer (Crisis Response)

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station: Uganda

Reports to: Operational Information Management and Performance Reporting (OIM&PR) Officer


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 (Crisis Response) is accountable and responsible for the delivery of quality outputs in relation to annual budget planning, financial monitoring and reporting, while ensuring timely allocation of funds to programme activities (General Food Assistance, Nutrition and Capacity Strengthening) and Area Offices, while tracking budget utilization against plans and grant relevant funds within the approved period.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Efficient management of resources including in-kind food and Cash Based Transfers (CBT), planning and effectively utilizing programme non-food items in a timely manner and according to WFP standards and procedures.
  • Ensure the timely provision of General Food Assistance to refugees and other crisis affected populations in Uganda.
  • Lead on the development of budget estimates for transfer & capacity strengthening related costs (Cooperating Partners, staff and other related costs) and implementation costs (staff and non-staff cost) for all activities in close consultation with Area Offices, activity managers and functional leads (VAM, M&E, Nutrition, PDU).
  • Oversee the consolidation of the quarterly expenditure forecast plans for Activity 1 and Activity 2 of WFP’s CSP in Uganda and follow up when funds are pushed down to Area Offices or Activity Managers for spending. This will require the preparation of annual and quarterly disbursement forecasts for all components of SO1 activities, in line with the programme’s procurement and work plan.
  • Ensure compliance with internal control framework by overseeing the creation and closure of Purchase Requests (PRs) and Purchase Orders (Pos) by Crisis Response, Nutrition and Area/field offices working closely with Finance, Budget and Programming, Procurement units.
  • Support the identification, development, management of potential partnerships and liaison with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  • Provide project management support to General Food Assistance (GFA) and Nutrition programmes, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes and compliance with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Contribute to Crisis Response unit annual performance plan (APP) and quarterly programme reviews.
  • Contribute to accurate and timely reporting on GFA programme activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Support the SO1 Manager with the development and review of concept notes, briefing documents and presentations for internal and external audiences.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners, and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, such as early warning, risk analysis and contingency planning.
  • Others tasks as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy Officer (Crisis Response) job should hold an Advanced/Masters University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, or another field relevant to international development assistance.
  • Deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams in the area of humanitarian needs assessments (food or basic needs assistance).
  • Demonstrated capacity to prepare and analyse budgets and forecasts to support the development of recommendations for senior leadership on financial and business planning matters in accordance with Value for Money principles.
  • Has been responsible for the preparations and management of budgets in a humanitarian/development organization
  • Language: Fluency in oral and written English.



  • 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 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 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.



  • At least five years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in the private or public sector demonstrating high performance.
  • Proven experience in humanitarian or development programme management, including cash programming and/or supply chain principles.
  • Proven experience leading teams.
  • Proven capacity to manage sensitive strategic partnerships for the design and set-up of a joint projects.


NB: Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.


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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Deadline: 17th December 2021


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