Programme Policy Officer Job at United Nations World Food Programme

Job Title:              Programme Policy Officer 

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Grade: NOB

About US:

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: Saving lives in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition & Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.

Job Summary:  The Programme Policy Officer (Agricultural Market Linkages) will provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Work closely with internal units and field offices to bring synergy between Agriculture and Market Support (AMS) and other WFP assistance activities for vulnerable households and communities;
  • Support in the identification of strategic partnership to layer and sequence the AMS programme with the interventions of the development partners;
  • Coordinate the linkage between the AMS programme and the WFP local food purchase;
  • Participate in the design and selection of AMS implementation patnership arrangements; Identify market linkage gaps and facilitate access to services for smallholder enterprises;
  • Provide technical input into national policy and strategy development and review to strengthen inclusive market systems development;
  • Assist in the design and implementation of WFP’s capacity transfers to national institutions based on good practices and lessons-learnt from the AMD implementation and through South to South cooperation initiatives;
  • Support in evidence generation of AMS programme impact by ensuring the availability of quality output and outcome data;
  • Update and improve the AMS training materials and organise training of trainers for government counterparts, implementing partner organisations and WFP staff;
  • Contribute to drafting funding proposals, internal situational updates, corporate reports and donor reports.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy Officer (Agricultural Market Linkages) job placement should hold an advanced university degree obtained from a reputable education institution in any of the following areas: Agriculture, Economics, Development Economics or any related field OR a first university degree in the above areas with more than ten (10) years of demonstrable experience coupled with related training courses;
  • Previous experience in national policy and strategy discussion in agriculture and trade;
  • Experience in agricultural development project management at regional or national level;
  • Private sector experience in agricultural produce marketing (either working within a company or linkage between the private sector and development intervention);
  • Experience in research and project evaluation in smallholder market participation as the technical lead or a senior assistant
  • Experience in private or public agricultural extension services and cooperative development.
  • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
  • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


  • 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 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 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 candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit their applications online at the link below.

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Deadline: 18th November 2018


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