Programme Policy Officer United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

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 (Interagency Cash
Coordinator) will lead, on behalf of WFP and UNHCR, all coordination processes
in relation to cash transfers in Uganda including chairing meetings,
representing the CWG at strategic meetings, capacity building of agencies,
developing technical and cash coordination guidelines (including IM products,
CWG bulletins, etc) and ensuring a harmonized approach to the delivery of cash
transfers among CWG members, including joint procurement of Financial Service

This position is
expected to support the interagency cash working group and its members at
technical level, which will benefit the entire community of practice by
supporting organisations in the adoption of common tools such as the MEB
calculator and reference guidance, supporting Essential Needs and Multisectoral
Market Assessments. S/he will liaise with all relevant sectors e.g. WASH,
Health, Education, Food Security, Shelter, Environment and Livelihoods to
ensure that cash is not only mainstreamed in sector plans but also all sectors
actively participate in cash transfer programming and adapt a common and
harmonized approach to cash transfers. S/he will ensure that cash is
mainstreamed in the country Refugee Response Plan and RRP Information
Management products and considered as a tool for delivering assistance where
conditions permit. The accountability line of all TWG coordinators is to the
leadership of the inter-agency response, which are OPM (Commissioner) and UNHCR
(Representative). The CWG Coordinator thus also participates in the Inter
Sector Working Group.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Lead the
    coordination of developing a common approach to the delivery of cash-based
  • Lead the
    sharing of lessons learnt and best practices within the response and create a
    common repository
  • Lead the
    continued mapping of financial service provider capacity and analysis of the
    advantages/disadvantages of delivery mechanisms (smart card, mobile money
    transfers, cash in envelops), etc.
  • Ensure
    regular publication of cash-related information products: updated 4W’s,
    mapping, factsheets, infographics
  • Lead the
    technical coordination of inter-agency market assessment exercises.
  • Lead the
    planning and realization of inter-agencies Multi-Sectoral Situation and
    Response Analysis (SRA) that takes into consideration the essential needs
  • Support
    the technical coordination of inter-agency needs assessments exercises.
  • Support
    to determining need from an income and expenditures perspective including the
    MEB, Vulnerability Assessment and Gaps Analysis. Update the MEB when required.
  • Explore
    social protection as an opportunity for an integrated approach in humanitarian
    cash and voucher assistance.
  • Lead the
    regular dialogue between the Cash and Social Protection Working Groups

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal
    applicant for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Policy
    Officer (Interagency Cash Coordinator) CST II) job placement should possess an
    advanced University degree in one or more of the following disciplines:
    International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental
    Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development
  • At least
    6 years of post-graduate, progressively responsible, job related experience in
    the coordination and/or implementation of cash-based interventions.
  • Proficiency
    in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Competencies:
    Good analytical skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment,
    tact, negotiating skills, ability to communicate clearly both orally and in
    writing, ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations
    with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong
    management skills.

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