UN Head of Field Office Careers – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:    Head of Field Office
Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: 
Grade:  NOB
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 Head of Field Office will plan and manage
West Nile field operations to ensure the effective and efficient deployment of
programmes and use of allocated resources aimed at achieving Zero Hunger in the
West Nile sub-region.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Develop and maintain a sound knowledge and understanding of the
    national and district level economic, social and political situation to
    assess impact of programmes addressing Zero Hunger;
  • Provide inspiring leadership to Field Office team in terms of WFP’s
    Country Strategy Plan, guiding principles, policy interpretation, guidance
    on procedures, developing and maintenance of positive attitudes, coaching
    and mentoring, constructive team behaviour, and positive relations with
    all partners;
  • Through participatory approaches, support the District Local
    Government in designing and implementing community-based programmes while
    ensuring high standards of accountability and efficiency;
  • In collaboration with relevant sections of the Country Office, plan,
    coordinate and manage the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of
    WFP’s support in West Nile while steering the programmes towards an
    integrated approach;
  • Build capacity of WFP staff and district local governments to
    conduct analysis on food security, nutrition, markets, resilience, and
    related topics to effectively inform policies and programmes;
  • Play an active role in coordination with other UN agencies and partners
    in supporting the district local government drive towards coherence and
    cohesive programme delivery;
  • Contribute to the Country Office situation analysis, country
    programme formulation, country programme management plan, plans of action,
    project agreements, project cooperation agreements, annual and mid-term
    reviews, annual reports, and other required documentation;
  • Provide to government and partners technical support on situation
    analysis, early warning systems, policy, plan/programme/project formulation,
    project management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide field office staff with leadership in monitoring and
  • In cooperation with relevant units and partners in the field and
    country office, prepare or contribute to the annual report, donor reports
    and special reports, covering programme implementation, cash operations,
    personnel, special problems;
  • Ensure preparedness and response capacity building for the WFP field
    office while playing an active role in inter-agency emergency preparedness
    efforts with a focus preparedness and essential needs assessment and
  • Undertake rapid assessments as needed and lead emergency response
    interventions in West Nile with support from the Arua Area Office and
    other other Units in the Country Office;
  • Lead the field office teams to prepare and monitor annual workplans
    covering all units and staff members;
  • Approve and monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds in the
    Field Office, ensuring that funds and other resources are properly use in
    accordance with WFP’s rules and procedures;
  • Collaborate with the retail engagement unit to support the district
    local government and partners to improve supply chain management and
    develop the capacity of local retail sector to be a key component of
    integrated and cohesive programmes in the districts;
  • Monitor the procurement, storage, distribution, end use and
    maintenance of WFP’s supplies used within the districts;
  • Work in close collaboration with the Area Office HR partner, enable
    requisite talent acquisition, staff development and learning and
    performance management of the field teams;
  • Represent WFP in various field level engagements and activities;
  • Promote extensive and intensive community engagement while ensuring
    that communication activities are effectively carried out;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme
    (WFP) Head of Field Office job placement should hold an advanced
    University degree in Economics, Food Security Analysis, Statistics, Data Science,
    Public Health/Nutrition, Geography or other related field
  • A minimum of four years in developing, or supporting in the
    development of technical and functional plans to support the achievement
    of organizational strategic aims within a evidence-based programme;
  • Proven exposure to field operations, preferably in a hardship duty
    station or emergency;
  • Sound and practical experience in analysing local political
    situations and assessing risk accurately;
  • Proven experience in collecting geo-spatial and socio-economic food
    security data, conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, and
    reporting findings to Country Office leadership;
  • Deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
  • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.
  • Proven experience in leading surveys, multiple assessments in
    countries, including the design, data collection and analysis;
  • Proven experience of leadership of a technical team;
  • Proven experience community-led programme design and implementation;
  • Language: Fluency
    in written and spoken English language and a language spoken nationally

  • 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.
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: 16th June 2019
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