Jobs at World Food Programme

Job Title: Senior Programmes Assistant

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 WFP Senior Programme Assistant will primarily collaborate with district Farmer Organizer Groups, work closely with local metal artisans and be responsible for coordinating district level efforts to support selected smallholder farmers in adopting appropriate techniques to reduce post-harvest losses
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The applicant will be absolutely clear on all details contained within the Special Operation (SO) Workplan
  • Offer technical support to the district leadership in all aspects of the Special Operation (SO) Workplan.
  • Responsible for managing the four critical stages of the SO within district i.e. Capacity Development, Equipment Manufacturing and Procurement, Field Support and Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Intuitively coordinate SO post-harvest enhancement programmes through the Farmer Organiser Group selected in the district;
  • Intuitively review the contract terms and conditions for the Farmer Organiser Group and monitor service delivery of the Farmer Organiser Group as per the agreed framework;
  • Maintain records /statistics/reports of programme activities within the district;
  • Actively participate in local PHHS training workshops; ensure training facilities are of the required level and training facilitators are correctly delivering the training material to invited farmers.
  • Participate in the preparation and implementation of training/capacity building workshops (assist with venue selection, farmer invitations, copies of training materials, stationary, travel vouchers etc) and provide a written report at the end of each training session;
  • Monitor the overall number and status of smallholder farmers in the project (ensuring >30% are women) and prepare an assessment report at requested stages during the SO;
  • Work closely with the Programme Officer to ensure micro-financing support is available for participating farmers to purchase the required PHHS equipment;
  • Support in the identification of competent local metal artisans with the potential to construct silos for according to specific SO fabrication requirements. Support Programme Officer in all areas of negotiations, either directly with artisans or with suppliers of raw materials, to ensure budgetary targets are met.
  • Significantly co-ordinate the distribution of all manufactured silos (as well as hermetic storage units purchased from outside of the district) to participating farmers within the agreed time period and budgeted cost.
  • Work in close collaboration of Farmer Organiser Group, visit smallholder farmers sites to verify progress and provide advice as required;
  • Report to the Programme Officer on the status of all SO KPI’s (in relation to smallholder farmers and SO partners) on a regular basis; weekly, monthly, etc;
  • Collect and gather market intelligence within the district through research and networking to improve the knowledge basis in WFP;
  • Technically support the SO Project Manager in strengthening partnerships with key stakeholders in post-harvest handling, including those managed by Government, UN agencies, NGOs and the private sector;
  • Actively participate in meetings with key stakeholders to update them on the progress of the SO and to address any concerns which may arise;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned the Programme Officer.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidates for the UN World Food Programme Vacancy should possess a good University degree or postgraduate studies in any of the following fields, public administration, transport, development studies /economics, agriculture or other related field from a recognized institution;
  • A minimum of five years’ relevant working experience in a related field gained from reputable organizations;
  • Proficiency in both oral and written English is essential;
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in using MS Office applications;
  • Possess the ability to speak at least one of the local languages will be an added advantage.
  • All candidates should be highly motivated and task oriented to achieve clear objectives within a specific period of time.
  • They must be mature persons with sound judgement, good analytical skills, ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing, ability to work in a team, ability to resolve operational problems, work with minimum supervision, cope with situations which may threaten health or safety, and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds
How to apply for the job: 
All suitably qualified Ugandan nationals who meet the aforementioned job requirements are encouraged to submit their applications together with detailed curriculum vitae, copies of certificates under confidential cover quoting on the envelop the vacancy announcement number and name of the applicant to:
The Human Resources Officer, UN World Food Programme, P.O. Box 7159, Kampala. Uganda.
Hand delivered applications should be dropped in a box at the reception of WFP Offices at plot 17-19, Clement Hill Road.
NB: All applicants should check on the Notice Board at the main entrance to confirm that their applications have been received one week after the closing date. Applications must be received by the deadline and only short listed candidates shall be contacted. Piease note that incomplete submission will be disregarded.

Deadline: 7th July 2014

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