UN Careers – Programme Policy Officer (Technical Advisor) – World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:    Programme Policy Officer (Technical Advisor) (UN Jobs)

Organization: World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda


About Organisation:

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 (Technical Advisor) will support the Country Director’s Office with reporting, knowledge management and communication; strategic partnerships, specifically with a view to Government authorities and UN partners; internal and external coordination of stakeholders in particular regarding strategic initiatives; and contribute to strengthening WFP’s profile both  internally and externally through a strategically coherent and evidence-based presentation of WFP operations and results. The role overall is expected to facilitate informed and timely decision-making at senior management level.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to formulation of WFP-wide programme policies and strategies in line with the Country Strategic Plan 2018 to 2025 and informed by contextual understanding of humanitarian and development work in Uganda.
  • Enhance partnerships (internal & external), establish and maintain mechanisms for efficient and effective linkages with UN agencies, Government, Civil Society, private sector, academia, donors and served communities for purposes of achieving the CSP commitments/breakthroughs.
  • Develop plans and priorities, including facilitation of WFP internal planning processes, plan and manage strategic initiatives and guide transitioning them gradually to respective technical or support units within WFP, as appropriate.
  • Provide advice and support to the Country Director on complex issues to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies, partner expectations and other relevant guidance.
  • Identify for management decision, appropriate institutions, training programs/workshops, conferences, exchange programmes, on-the-job training, required to support the achievement of objectives of the CSP.
  • Provide technical advice or mobilize technical expertise on programme and policy issues including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, and the development of strategies to support government efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
  • Assist counterparts in governments and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully employed and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of complex food assistance programmes to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of food security and nutrition programmes at national and sub-national levels.
  • Establish and maintain operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work.
  • Enhance WFP’s leadership status in forums relating to food assistance in humanitarian, transition and development contexts through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials.
  • Coordinate preparation of timely analytical and critical reports, and a variety of information products or proposals for use within the Country Director’s Office.
  • Contribute to resource mobilizations efforts for WFP projects, including clearly articulating the need for food assistance and related programme opportunities, and follow up on the resource situation of projects including commodity and cash availability, seeking advice from senior colleagues where necessary.
  • Develop and coordinate systematic reviews to keep the CSP on track or undertake corporately acceptable adjustments where required, including regular feedback to the Government of Uganda.
  • Others related assignments as required by the supervisor from time to time

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environment Science, Social Sciences or other fields relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses


  • Over 8 years relevant working experience in humanitarian operation with leadership responsibilities and collaboration with government entities.
  • Has experience working with the World Food Programme at Senior Level and across the Programme portfolio.
  • Has led an Area /Field Office or country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.
  • Significant experience in having engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of or experience in food assistance or relief, logistics, development, humanitarian aid, and/or social nets
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Strong partnership management skills
  • Languages: Fluency in oral and written English. Working knowledge of local languages is an added advantage.


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: 28th June 2024


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Date Posted 2024-06-17T06:50
Valid Through 2024-06-29T00:00
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization WFP Uganda – United Nations World
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala , 0256, Uganda

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