Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Pro-ACT Coordination and Technical Support) (UN Jobs)
Organisation: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
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 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 Purpose: To ensure that the Pro-ACT project is implemented according to project timelines, provide technical support to DRDPM, liaise with partners and government agencies as needed.
Together with the Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management (DRDPM) of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), WFP and FAO are implementing the EU funded Pro-resilience Action (PRO-ACT): Strengthening Shock Responsive Systems in Karamoja. The PRO-ACT project seeks to increase resilience to food shocks of chronic and acute food insecure households living in Karamoja by strengthening existing early warning systems and capacities of national and local actors to predict, reduce and respond to shocks.
To this end, PRO-ACT drives the below four outputs:
- National and local stakeholders have improved capacity to generate and disseminate accurate, timely and actionable early warning (EW) information;
- National and local stakeholders have improved systems and capacity to effectively prepare for and mitigate the impact of shocks on food security and nutrition based on early warning (EW) information
- Communities and households in Karamoja benefit from anticipatory and early actions that contribute to strengthening their resilience to shocks and stresses.
- Shock-affected households in Karamoja benefit from early response to food crises.
Job Summary: WFP is seeking a Coordination and Technical Support Officer with specialized skills in early warning systems, anticipatory action and disaster preparedness and response. The officer will be seconded to the DRDPM, to provide technical support on overall coordination of PRO-ACT, as well as liaise with government, partner agencies to implement activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support OPM/DRDPM on different policy engagements EWS, DRM, EPR, etc.
- Compile reports for all the different activities implemented under the PRO-ACT
- Support the DRDPM with coordination of stakeholders
- Supervise day-to-day management of activities and project outputs at national level
- Ensure that all requests for activity implementation from OPM/DRDPM are reviewed before they are submitted to WFP
- Support the development of interventions around shock-responsive systems
- Convene and facilitate partners’ dialogue to refine appropriate anticipatory actions and contingency plans to mitigate potential impacts in the Karamoja region
- Closely work with technical leads from WFP Kampala and Karamoja to ensure implementation of all activities under Pro-ACT are accomplished
- Support WFP and OPM with the report writing for mid- and end of project timelines, support to communications and advocacy, presentations, knowledge sharing
- Perform other duties as required
- Organize Project Steering Committee and Project Management Team meetings, as laid out in the PRO-ACT governance structure.
- Support the organization and follow up of activities at national and district level.
- Facilitate validation of trigger models and anticipatory action plans for Karamoja.
- Support with the coordination of the simulation emergency response exercise
- Coordinate development and monitoring of annual, costed workplans
- Lead the development of reports, in accordance with donor reporting requirements.
- Ensure activity reports are produced and disseminated in a timely manner
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy Officer (Pro-ACT Coordination and Technical Support) job must hold an advanced University degree in social sciences, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, environmental science or other related field
- At least seven years of work experience focusing on disaster risk reduction and mitigation, early warning systems, EPR, seasonal and crop forecasting models, etc
- Candidate should have Excellent project planning, coordination, and management skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to coordinate across multiple units and organizations
- Proven ability to work in a team and establish effective working relationships with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds
- Good computer skills (Excel, Word, High level of ethical standards, integrity, transparency and accountability.
- Language: Fluency in oral and written English, including strong writing skills
- Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply
- WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
How to Apply:
All candidates who wish to join the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the aforementioned capacity should apply online at the online portal link below.
Deadline: 20th January 2023