UN Programme Policy Officer (Social Behaviour Change Communication) Job Careers – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Head
of Nutrition
Grade: SC8
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: Saving lives in Emergencies; Building
Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition &
Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets.
WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.
Job Summary:  The Programme Policy Officer (Social Behaviour
Change Communication) will strengthen WFP capacity development agenda in Social
Behaviour Change Communication related issues and support management of WFP’s
nutrition programmes.
(not all-inclusive)
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Under
the direct supervision of the head of nutrition, the officer shall perform the
following tasks:
  • Support Social Behaviour Change Communication activities across a
    variety of WFP contexts:
  • Support the country office to design, implement, and monitor Social
    Behaviour Change Communication activities in Moderate Acute Malnutrition
    (MAM) programming
  • Ensure successful implementation of the WFP Social Behaviour Change
    Communication guidance manual in select focus countries
  • Develop Social Behaviour Change Communication strategy for WFP
    Uganda country office
  • Provide Social Behaviour Change Communication and nutrition
    technical advice to the country offices:
  • Give technical input to country offices related to Social Behaviour
    Change Communication and design/implementation of nutrition programmes
  • Collect technical inputs and lessons learned from area and field
    offices for improving the WFP programme implementation
  • Provide technical support in development and emergency contexts,
    with emphasis on acute malnutrition programming
  • Support social behaviour change communication-related capacity
    strengthening activities at both WFP co and decentralized levels:
  • Work with programme unit to design and deliver social behaviour
    change communication-related capacity-strengthening activities
  • Collaborate with WFP hq and external partners to develop learning
    activities related to Social Behaviour Change Communication for nutrition
  • Monitor and stay up to date with public health nutrition and Social
    Behaviour Change Communication landscape, emerging evidence, and global
    discussions on these topics:
  • Stay current on emerging scientific evidence in Social Behaviour
    Change Communication nationally and globally
  • Support a system for critically assessing Social Behaviour Change
    Communication and nutrition evidence for sharing internally in WFP and
    other partners
  • Stay active in the Social Behaviour Change Communication communities
    and government technical working groups
  • Provide input and relevant support for operational research
    activities involving Social Behaviour Change Communication for nutrition
  • Liaise with the knowledge management team to identify social
    behaviour change communication-related operational research opportunities
  • Support robust monitoring or evidence generation in the field and
    data management, analysis, interpretation and dissemination
  • Support grant writing, manuscript preparation, and case study
  • Support the nutrition-specific unit work plan with other relevant
    activities as needed, on a continual basis
  • Provide input for and review briefs/presentations for WFP management
  • Short communications and technical notes
  • Brown bag/journal club presentations
  • Support any other duties in nutrition unit as may be provided by the

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme
    (WFP) Programme Policy Officer (Social Behaviour Change Communication job
    placement should hold an advanced university degree in social behaviour
    science, public health, nutrition, food technology, medicine, medical
  • A minimum of five (5) years post graduate relevant experience
    working in public health, food security, nutrition, health systems
    strengthening and any other relevant university degree (e.g. Medical
  • Experience working in developing countries and building partnerships
    with sectors of health, nutrition, food security, and local non-governmental
  • Experience working and managing projects in the field including
    demonstrable partnership and management experience
  • Experience writing proposals and reports
  • Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e.
    nutrition, etc.).
  • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.
  • Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance: Demonstrates ability to identify key
    variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and
    programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or
  • 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 capacity to provide inputs into the development,
    implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
  • 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.
NB: Female
applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially
encouraged to apply
How to Apply:
All candidates who
desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit
their applications online at the link below.
Deadline: 14th March 2019
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