UN Programme Policy Officer (Markets Facilitator) Jobs – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

 

Job Title:    Programme Policy Officer
(Markets Facilitator)

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station:
Uganda

 

About WFP:

United Nations 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 position of the Programme Policy Officer
will provide technical leadership in the area of market systems development to
the Field Offices under the Arua Area Office. The incumbent will liaise with
technical units in Kampala and ensure that WFP Market Sytesms intervention
leverages other programmes, cash-based food assistance, and is aligned to the
priority actions of the District Local Governments.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Contribute
to programme design and adjustments (e.g. the Country Strategic Plan, market
systems development strategy and collaboration matrix) to ensure alignment with
national and sub-national priorities in agricultural and market development and
programme integration within WFP.

·       
Provide
input into the development and review of the Annual Performance Plan.

·       
In
collaboration with AMEL conduct desk review, participate in studies (e.g.
market systems and value chain analysis), and establish/maintain relations with
the UN and other development organizations to develop a good understanding of
systemic issues and best practices in pro-smallholder and micro-enterprise
market development intervention.

·       
In
collaboration with AMEL contribute to the analysis of agriculture and market
information, produced by WFP and other institutions, follow a trend, and remain
on alert of potential shocks in agriculture and food supply chains.

·       
Develop
a system for the identification of market actors (e.g. producers, millers,
traders, retailers, wholesalers and financial service providers) and retail
engagement, and support the Field Offices to map them out for facilitation in
relationship building.

·       
Provide
technical backstopping to the Field Offices in the planning and implementation
of market systems development activities, including sub-national capacity
strengthening government programmes (e.g. the Development Response to
Displacement Impacts Project) and systems strengthen the policy framework.

·       
Liaise
with the technical units at the Head Office and other Area Offices for
knowledge sharing to continuously seek innovation in programming.

·       
Support
in the identification of knowledge and skill gaps and organization of capacity
building initiatives for WFP and NGO partner staff in the market systems
development approach.

·       
Draft,
or provide input into, briefs, presentations, proposals, reports and other
information materials for internal and external advocacy, communications,
coordination and resource mobilization for the Arua Area Office as well as the
Head Office.

·       
Facilitate
capacity building to the Field Offices (FO) towards delivery of quality outputs
and outcomes.

·       
Perform
any other tasks as required

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate for the United Nations World Food Programme
(WFP) Programme Policy Officer (Markets Facilitator) vacancy must hold an
advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines: social
sciences, international development, development economics or another related
field like international relations, commerce, agricultural economics, or humanitarian
studies.

·       
At least
five years of solid progressively responsible professional work experience with
evidence of innovation in market systems and cash-based programming

·       
In-depth
knowledge of the role of functional markets and access to nutrient-dense food
commodities

·       
Demonstrated
strong engagement skills with counterparts; client/community focused with an
ability to provide prompt and high-quality responses

·       
Solid
analytical, writing and communication skills

·       
Knowledge
of UN system policies and functions of gender-mandated agencies

·       
Team
spirit and excellent interpersonal relations

·       
Experience
using MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and other WFP software an asset.

·       
Strong
experience in networking, community mobilization, training and facilitation.

·       
Experience
in Market Systems Development approaches e.g. Making Markets Work for the Poor
will be an added advantage.

 

Competencies:

·       
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 re-design.

·       
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.

 

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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