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

Job Title:    Programme Policy Officer (Agriculture Market Support)

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Head of Nutrition & Food Systems,

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:  Under the direct supervision of the Head of Nutrition & Food Systems, the Programme Policy Officer (Agricultural Market Support) will provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet objectives of the Agriculture Market Support Portfolio.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·        Articulate strategic direction of the AMS programme, provide on-the-job training and build competencies of the team members to create an enabling environment for action and performance         

·        Develop, revise and prioritise the budget for the AMS implementation for the extended CSP period as well as on an annual basis.

·        Position WFP as a credible agricultural development partner vis-vis the Government of Uganda, UN agencies, donors including multi-lateral institutions, as well as other agricultural

·        development partners through coordination, capacity support, joint programming and evidence generation

·        Ensure that qualitative and quantitative information and data are digitally captured, analyzed and disseminated to demonstrate programme impact, adjust the programme implementation, and catalyse the adaptation of AMS-like smallholder development models in national programmes.

·        Design a framework of collaboration, including participation in the review and formulation of national policies and strategies with MAAIF and MoTIC, and support in forming cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Gender to link agricultural development to national school feeding and social assistance programmes.

·        Build strategic partnership with donor projects (USAID, DFID, IA, BMZ projects), UN agencies and other agricultural players to harmonise targeting and create synergy in smallholder support.

·        Coordinate the AMS activity implementation of cooperating partners at the national level.

·        Seek and strengthen internal programme integration across SOs for effective use of resources, balanced support to refugees and nationals in refugee-hosting areas, demonstrated action for the transition from relief to development, as well as nutrition-sensitive and gender transformative programming.

·        Lead market systems development activity and link market-off-takers, including medium to large-scale WFP suppliers to AMS-assisted farmers’ organisations (FO).  

·        Identify opportunities and risk mitigation measures to increase agric. lending and insurances services to the FOs.

·        Liaise with the technical team at HQ, RNB and WFP Centers of Excellence for advice, contribution to corporate learning and documentation and South to South Cooperation.

·        Develop funding proposals, write/contribute to internal and external reports and provide inputs to the overall advocacy, resource mobilization and public communications of WFP Uganda.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·        The ideal candidate for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy Officer (Agriculture Market Support) job vacancy must hold an advanced university degree in agricultural economics/development studies/economics degree with strong programming and in leadership background

·        At least 10 years of relevant working experience, preferably in agriculture, agribusiness and agricultural finance in a government agency, development organisation or private company 

·        Prior experience working across the Program portfolio including VAM/Nutrition.

·        Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.

·        Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.

·        Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

·        Behavioural competencies such as Action Management, Client Orientation, Cognitive Capacity, Innovation, Partnering and Teamwork, marketing, supply chain, negotiation and sales principles.

·        Fluency in spoken and written English


·        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 the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

·        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.

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: 4th February 2021

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