Programme Officer – World Food Programme (WFP)

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently WFP focuses on three priority areas namely, Emergency Humanitarian Action (EHA); Food & Nutrition Security (FNS); and Agriculture & Market Support (AMS). WFP has operations in various parts of the Country. WFP cherishes and takes pride in its human resources; therefore we seek to recruit competent persons for the position listed below:

Vacancy Announcement No: VA-14-2012
Position Title:                     Programme Officer
Grade:                            SB4/Min
Contract Type:       Service Contract
Duty Station :          Moroto

Job Purpose: Under the direct supervision of the Head of Sub Office, the incumbent will provide programme support to Field Offices and assist the Head of Sub Office the overall management of the Sub Office and will be required to undertake the following:-

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide programme support, coordination and replication of best practices, which includes implementation and monitoring of programmes and activities across WFP’s Field Offices in the Karamoja region;
  • Develop and sustain liaison with key professionals and NGOs engaged in the field of food security;
  • Prepare timely analytical and critical reports including proposals for improvements in operation and the scope of programmes;
  • Assess the need for food in emergency and refugee/displaced person situations, draw up plans for its timely arrival in coordination with government and other donors, and monitor the implementation of these plans;
  • Assist the government in identifying fields of development where food assistance can be usefully employed and give assistance in planning, formulating, and targeting recipients for new requests for WFP assistance;
  • Liaise with project implementing authorities and undertake visits to view project outputs and beneficiaries, inspect storage places and points where WFP commodities are received in the country, in order to ensure that progress is made in the achievement of project objectives;
  • Develop and maintain databases of indicators relating to food security and WFP projects;
  • Provide continuing liaison with bilateral food aid programmes, with UN agencies and with NGOs providing technical or other forms of assistance to WFP assisted projects;
  • Assist the government on the maintenance of all records, accounts and books as stipulated in the Plan of Operations or the Letter of Understanding and ensure that reports required for WFP are accurate and provided as scheduled;
  • Prepare periodic reports on the progress of operational projects and related government plans;
  • Ensure compliance with WFP’s policies, criteria and procedures with respect to food aid;
  • Assist in all matters related to the delivery of WFP emergency assistance and bring to the attention of appropriate staff any administrative constraints arising from rapidly evolving emergency situations in the field;
  • Assist in preparation/update of the early warning, risk analysis and contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises. Periodically monitor the management of risks and report on any actions taken;
  • Assist and prepare all necessary background for stakeholders visiting WFP operations in Karamoja
  • Provide training and technical guidance for staff in their work;
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications and Experience:
Applicants should be mature persons of high integrity with good analytical skills; resourcefulness, good interpersonal skills, ability to work in a multicultural team environment and a good sense of initiative and judgment coupled with the following:-

  • A University degree in any of the following fields, economics, agriculture, international affairs, business administration, social sciences, development studies or a field relevant to international development assistance obtained from a recognized institution;
  • At least one (1) year of postgraduate professional experience in commerce, business administration, development, or food aid support. and effective management of staff gained from a reputable organization;
  • General knowledge of WFP system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration;
  • Good knowledge and skills in using MS Office applications;
  • Good command of English is vital;
  • How to Apply

    Ugandan nationals who meet the above requirements are requested to submit their applications together with detailed curriculum vitae, copies of certificates under confidential cover quoting on the envelop the vacancy announcement number and name of the applicant to:

    The Human Resources Officer
    UN World Food Programme
    P. O. Box 7159
    Hand delivered applications should be dropped in a box at the reception of WFP Offices at plot 17-19, Clement Hill Road.
    Applicants should check on the Notice Board at the main entrance to confirm that their applications have been received one week after the closing date.

    Applications must be received by the deadline and only short listed candidates shall be contacted. Please note that incomplete submission will be disregarded.

    Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.  
    WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status
    WFP does not charge fees from applicants at any stage in the recruitment process.

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