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

Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Home Grown School Feeding)

Organisation: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda


About US:

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 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:  To provide effective technical and operational support to the school feeding programme that meets the objectives of WFP food assistance needs. She/he will be responsible for any school feeding related issue implemented in the Uganda Country Office.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the effective management of school feeding programme in Uganda in internal and external coordination with relevant stakeholders and cooperating partners. Ensure that leadership of this role enables innovation, flexibility, and adaption to shifting circumstances
  • Provide overall technical backstopping and guidance on the implementation of Home-Grown School Feeding programme to the Area Offices
  • Liaise with Food Systems/Resilience unit to ensure the activity implementation is in line with WFP’s corporate guidelines, feeds into policy and strategic discussions • Identify capacity gaps at national and sub national levels and search for innovative solutions
  • Management and guidance of staff and focal points designated for the School Feeding programme ensuring that the operational and implementation plan are organised, reporting is effective, engagement with partners and relevant stakeholders is supportive.
  • Provide support and capacity building where necessary, to ensure this is implemented smoothly.
  • Regular oversight missions to the selected provinces within the area of responsibility – acting as the focal point for higher-level engagement with relevant internal and external stakeholders. Joint oversight missions and coordination with relevant WFP staff from other departments.
  • Liaise with relevant internal operational units for follow-up on tasks related to finance, supply chain, procurement, reporting, external engagements, partnerships, and relevant regional and HQ engagements. • Problem solving of any challenges that present a risk to WFP, its partners, and the project by providing innovative and forward-looking solutions.
  • Compilation of reports that encompass all programmatic aspects of school feeding.
  • Representation of WFP and school feeding at any UN or humanitarian/development coordination meeting and working groups.
  • Engagement with other UN or NGO bodies that are implementing complimentary or related programming in responsibility.
  • Contribute to the development of strategic and innovate solutions for the scale up and diversification of future school feeding mechanism.
  • Other as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the job placement should hold an advanced University degree obtained from a recognised education institution in any of the following areas: Education, International Affairs, Economics & Planning, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses
  • A minimum of seven (7) years relevant working experience coordinating or managing programmes in reputable organisations in any of the following areas: Education, Agriculture, Livelihood, Nutrition, Policy, or any other related area.
  • An understanding of the principles, issues and global frameworks relating to school feeding health and nutrition;
  • Experience in undertaking similar or related studies; Familiarity with the Uganda policy environment on education, school feeding, health and nutrition, knowledge of education systems strengthening,
  • Experience working with government entities
  • Excellent analytical, communication and drafting skills are required; Maturity, initiative, courtesy, tact and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines.
  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English essential.



Functional Capabilities

  • Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
  • 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.


How to Apply:

All candidates who wish to join the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the aforementioned capacity should apply online at the online portal link below.


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Deadline: 1st July 2022


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