Programme Policy Officer Job at United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:    Programme Policy Officer (Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms)

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Project Name: Child-Sensitive Social Protection Programme in Refugee-Hosting Districts in the West Nile Region” (CSSP) with UNICEF

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Programme Policy Officer Social Protection (CST) 

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.

About CSSP Programme:

WFP is jointly implementing the “Child-Sensitive Social Protection Programme in Refugee-Hosting Districts in the West Nile Region” (CSSP) with UNICEF. WFP is responsible for the CSSP’s social protection systems strengthening pillar, which focuses on enabling improved delivery of three Government of Uganda social protection programmes at the district level, as well as developing a nutrition-sensitive cash-based transfer (CBT). This work will involve process improvements at the service delivery level in the districts and eventually improvements and integration of systems across programmes.

Job Summary:  Under the supervision of the Programme Policy Officer Social Protection (CST) within the Resilience and Social Protection programme team, the primary job purpose of the PPO-Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms is to improve the delivery process of CBT services to beneficiaries by contributing to the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of cash delivery mechanisms. This includes strengthening systems and processes of individual government programmes and design of a nutrition-sensitive CBT, including but not limited to targeting, registration, enrolment, delivery and case management (information updates and complaints).

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Support the development and implementation of CBT processes and components for initiatives led by the social protection unit and other programme sub-units:

·        Oversee and coordinate technical support for the improvement of CBT processes in government social protection programmes supported by the CSSP;

·        Support development and implementation of the CSSP’s CBT component and supporting processes and coordinate development of its management information system (MIS);

·        Support the development and implementation of CBT activities led by other Programme sub-units;

·        Coordinate with the CBT unit to support the harmonisation of social transfers with humanitarian cash delivery systems as required;

·        Support the appraisal of various cash assistance delivery mechanisms to suit specific programmes based on context and the required proposal development;Participate in the Cash Technical Working Group and other relevant internal fora on Cash-Based Transfers as required to improve cross-unit collaboration.

Support the development of improved Management Information System (MIS) tools and processes and their implementation in accordance with the CSSP for district and national partners:

·        Support the technical assessment, design, rollout and deployment of MIS tools and processes for stakeholders;

·        Support the design and implementation of process monitoring tools for quality assurance and to ensure compliance to WFP policies and procedures;

·        Engage and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to coordinate assistance delivery mechanisms across the various stakeholders;

·        Participate in relevant internal and external fora on assistance delivery mechanisms as required to improve cross-organizational collaboration

Support integrated resource management of the Social Protection and Resilience portfolio, setting up tools and process for portfolio management; monitoring and reporting on the CSSP budget; and mentoring junior members of staff for continuous update and use of these tools.

·        Support other work of the unit as determined in accordance with organizational priorities.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·        The ideal candidate for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy Officer (Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms) job vacancy must hold an advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

·        Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

·        Prior experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).

·        Experience in implementing programmes and providing input into designing operations.

·        Exposure and experience in policy discussions and decisions.

·        National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


·        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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Deadline: 28th January 2021

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