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

Job Title:    Programme Policy Officer (Asset Creation) Re-advertised

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Head of Livelihoods and Asset Creation Unit

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:  Within the above-mentioned context, and under the supervision of the Head of Livelihoods and Asset Creation Unit, the incumbent will support WFP Uganda livelihoods initiatives. Based in Kampala with frequent field visits to the refugee hosting districts and Karamoja regions, the incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the livelihoods programming and implementation, providing support to programme activities directly implemented by WFP as well as the support provided to national and subnational governmental entities to strengthen systems. More specifically, the officer will support policy dialogue and capacity strengthening activities to strengthen the government of Uganda Labour Intensive Public Works programmes, to effectively meet the livelihood needs of refugees and host communities, as well as Karamoja population.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       Oversee project implementation and provide tailored field support

·       Provide technical advice and support to Area Offices and Field Offices on the WFP Livelihood and Asset Creation programming and design; including on targeted population, geographical coverage, resilience building, budgeting, planning, monitoring, and evaluation

·       Contribute to integrating programming including promotion of linkages between Assets Creation, Social Protection, Agriculture Market Support, School Feeding, Nutrition, etc

·       Support the WFP programme unit and CBT Focal Point to ensure CBTs complement WFP and other partners’ livelihood programming;

·       Lead the engagements with Makerere University to adapt and roll out the WFP Three-Pronged Approach (3PA).

·       Coordinate the 3PA region wide rollout plan in consultation with relevant ministries, including MGLSD, OPM, etc.

·       Support identification of priorities and delivery of capacity strengthening initiatives to National Social Protection programmes such as Northern Uganda Social Fund (NUSAF) and Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP) towards community -lead and nutrition-sensitive Labour-Intensive Public Works.

·       Manage, monitor and assess the implementation of effective Asset Creation Activities

·       Propose modifications or corrective actions when needed.

·       Support development and delivery of ambitious learning agenda to improve internal learning and external evidence-based advocacy on the role of asset creation to build resilience to shocks.

·       Support integrated resource management for asset creation and livelihoods activities.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       The ideal candidate for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)  Policy Officer (Asset Creation) job vacancy must hold an advanced degree in any of the following areas obtained from a recognised education institution: Business Management, Computer Science, Telecommunications Engineering, Social Sciences or any related area;

·       At least five (5) years of post-graduate professional experience in design and implementation of humanitarian and development assistance delivery mechanism at community and national level;

·       Knowledge of natural-resources based livelihoods strategies, approaches and methodologies;

·       Knowledge of effective approaches to promote income generating activities across vulnerable populations in development and humanitarian contexts;

·       Proven experience in working with government entities to strengthen their capacity and provide technical assistance.


·       Experience managing asset creation and livelihoods programmes

·       Experience sourcing, managing and coordinating technical assistance

·       Experience in providing input into policy discussions and decisions


·       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.

NB: Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

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 March 2021

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