Business Support Assistant Job – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title: Business Support Assistant (School Feeding Programme)

Organisation: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station: Kotido, Uganda

About US:

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 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: To support the implementation of school based programmes including planning, monitoring, coordinating, and implementing the school feeding programme to enhance literacy levels in Karamoja and improve health and nutrition amongst school going children.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Programme Management

  • Assist in the planning, creation and implementation of various school feeding activities and processes.
  • Resolve a range of operational queries and problems faced in the execution of feeding interventions in schools.
  • Oversee the work of the District Local Governments (DLGs), and school feeding focal points at district and sub-regional levels providing practical advice and guidance to ensure implementation according to programme objectives, standards and timelines.
  • Support in identification of capacity gaps, organise and conduct capacity strengthening activities for government stakeholders, school feeding focal points and others.
  • Identify and implement community engagement strategies to influence towards improved education, health, and nutrition outcomes.
  • Prepare termly call forwards and food release notes to ensure that all schools receive both food and non-food items in a timely manner.

Coordination

  • Participate in the preparation of donor missions, workshops, coordination meetings and other relevant events related to school feeding programme.
  • Collaborate with internal WFP stakeholders to ensure integration of school feeding programme with the other activities in the WFP Karamoja programme portfolio.
  • Integrate into the school feeding programme such cross-cutting issues such as nutrition-sensitive and gender transformative approaches, protection and accountability, climate security through promotion of clean cooking initiatives, equal participation and consideration of women and men, boys and girls, and people living with specific needs and/or disabilities etc.

Programme Monitoring:

  • Regularly visit schools to monitor the implementation of the school feeding programme, identify the gaps in implementation and suggest actionable solutions.
  • Participate in meetings with communities, DLGs, lower local government entities, and development partners, and other stakeholders on issues related to school health, nutrition and education.
  • Collect and collate information within school feeding program to demonstrate best practices.
  • Monitor, update and track operational data related to the implementation and delivery of food, non-food commodities to schools.
  • Provide data and information to internal counterparts, DLGs and Ministry of Education & Sports Programme Monitoring Unit (PMU) to support effective collaboration, implementation, and monitoring of the school feeding programme activities.
  • Record school feeding programme monitoring data in corporate systems.
  • Participate in school feeding programme related assessments.
  • Documentation and Knowledge Management
  • Document monthly school feeding programme progress reports and share with the relevant stakeholders.
  • Document success stories and human interest stories related to school feeding programme and disseminate.

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Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant must hold a University graduate with second-class honours bachelors degree qualification from a recognised university (certified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO) in Uganda in one of the following fields: Social and Behavioral Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Education, Development Studies or another relevant technical field.
  • Demonstrated experience in humanitarian and development programming, community engagement and mobilisation.
  • Experience working with communities at different levels, and in working in challenging rural contexts.
  • Experience working in Karamoja would be an asset.
  • Ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect education, health, nutrition amongst school going children and adolescents to inform quality programme design or re-design.
  • Ability to exhibit high level of creativity and innovation to design and implement  school feeding programme in Karamoja context.
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to school feeding programme.
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the sub-national and community level.
  • Fluency in written and oral English language. Ability to communicate in Ngakarimojong, Lebthur and/or Swahili languages is a requirement.

How to Apply:

All candidates who wish to join the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the aforementioned capacity should apply online at the online portal link below.

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Deadline: Friday 17th February 2023

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