UN WFP Jobs – Programme Policy Officer at World Food Programme

Organization: UN World Food
Programme (WFP)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Position Grade: P3
Reports to: Project Manager
(Post Harvest Loss Minimisation)
About US:
The UN 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.
Job Summary:  The UN WFP Programme Policy Officer will be
responsible for effectively leading teams of people and partners to implement
agreed strategies/set objectives in post-harvest loss minimisation (PHLM)
interventions. The Programme Policy Officer will also design and manage
programmes of moderate size or complexity as required.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Actively contribute to formulation of
    WFP-wide programme policies in line with both organisational strategy and
    the practical realities of operating in the field; or translate programme
    policy into Country level practices.
  • Offer timely technical support or mobilise
    technical expertise on programme and policy issues including assessment
    and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities
    and appropriate food products, the deployment and testing of innovative
    approaches and the development of strategies to support government efforts
    to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
  • Lead groups of people and partners to
    implement agreed strategies & set objectives.
  • In charge of developing and implementing
    effective beneficiary training programs.
  • Carry out supply chain management, project
    planning and develop implementation matrices.
  • Actively co-ordinate multiple, concurrent
    stages within a project.
  • Steer TOT sessions with WFP staff and NGO
    partners.
  • Support counterparts in governments and
    other partners in identifying beneficiaries and implementing partners and
    provide technical expertise for the planning, formulation and
    implementation of PHLM programmes to strengthen government and community
    ownership and effectiveness of 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 PHLM through direct participation, briefings, information
    products and other materials.
  • Manage operational research and evidence
    building on issues relevant to PHLM.
  • Oversee the preparation and dissemination
    of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of
    information products or proposals for internal or external use.
  • Actively contribute to resources
    mobilisations 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.
  • Offer advice and support the development
    of functional training in areas of expertise to enhance the capacity of
    WFP staff and partner to design and deliver effective food assistance
    programmes.
  • Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff
    to enable high performance.
  • Perform any other operational support, as
    required.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy Officer should hold an
    advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics,
    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 five or more years of
    postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in public
    sector management, development projects, emergency assistance, and/or operational
    aspects of food aid or commercial transactions;
  • Past experience in project management.
  • Possess the ability to develop and
    implement effective beneficiary training programs.
  • Ability to lead TOT sessions with WFP
    staff and NGO partners.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of
    supply chain disciplines.
  • Ability to develop Project planning and
    implementation matrices.
  • Capacity to co-ordinate multiple,
    concurrent stages within a project (training, farming equipment
    procurement, production and delivery, M&E)
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Language: Fluency in oral and
    written English and French; Intermediate knowledge of another official UN
    language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’
    s working languages).
Personal Competencies:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Effective action management to plan,
    coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks;
  • Excellent cognitive capacity and problem
    solving skills;
  • Outstanding teamwork and interpersonal
    skills with ability to work patiently and tactfully with people of
    different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Excellent partnership skills to build
    strategic relationships with a wide range of internal and external
    stakeholders.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) should follow the procedures below to
Apply Online:
Step 1: Register and create your online CV (if you have not
done so before)
Step 2: Click on Description to read the position requirements
and Apply to submit your application.
NOTE: You must complete Step 1 and 2 in order for your
application to be considered for this vacancy.
Deadline: 6th May
2015

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