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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 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.

Brief description of WFP in Uganda

WFP delivers food assistance in emergencies and work with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP provides life-saving food assistance and livelihood opportunities to refugees in Uganda. In addition, WFP assists the most vulnerable people in Karamoja with food and nutrition assistance. Finally, WFP works with smallholder farmers and links them to markets.

As Uganda strives to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and become a middle-income country by 2040, WFP is also assessing its relevance and repositioning its role in Uganda.

 

ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?

We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Business Support Assistant (School Feeding Programme) SC5 to be based in Kotido Field Office. The selected candidate will be employed on Service Contract.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger.  It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda.

Karamoja sub-region where WFP has presence since 1964 is the poorest region in Uganda with over 80% population living under the poverty line. The region is prone to increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters, especially droughts, pests and diseases (humans, crops, and livestock) in part because of climate change.

WFP interventions in Karamoja involve working closely with the nine District Local Governments (DLGs) in joint design and programming, evidence gathering, knowledge sharing, strengthening sub-national capacities as well as well establishing partnerships with other development partners.

WFP focus in Karamoja is in the following areas: Nutrition activities to treat malnutrition and reduce stunting through nutrition specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes.  Building resilience to shocks and climate change in anticipation of increased food insecurity and limited livelihood opportunities.  Ensuring school children receive nutritious meals to meet their basic food and nutrition needs and including increasing enrolment and attendance. Working with the government and partners to reduce crop losses, improve household food security and increase a marketable surplus.  Deploying targeted relief assistance to crises-affected populations or households as informed by food security and nutrition assessments. Strengthening government’s shock-responsive systems to improve food security and nutrition in Karamoja.

WFP programmes in Karamoja use food to build assets, spread knowledge and nurture stronger, more dynamic communities that are food secure.

On average, WFP aims to bring food assistance to more than 1 million people in Karamoja sub region

These jobs are found in Country Offices (COs), Regional Bureaux (RBs), and Headquarters (HQ). Job holders performing front office management functions typically report to the Deputy Directors or Head of Offices. In cases where these positions support a specific business stream, the reporting line may be to the Head of Unit, Chief, or the designate.
At this level job holders are expected to take responsibility for completion of a range of business support activities requiring some interpretation of standard guidelines/practices. Job holders are able to recommend a course of action to staff at various levels and may allocate tasks to more junior colleagues.

JOB PURPOSE

To support the implementation of school based programmes including planning, monitoring, coordinating, and implementing the school feeding programme to enhance literacy levels in Karamoja and improve health and nutrition amongst school going children.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Programme Management

  • Assist in the planning, creation and implementation of various school feeding activities and processes.
  • Resolve a range of operational queries and problems faced in the execution of feeding interventions in schools.
  • Oversee the work of the District Local Governments (DLGs), and school feeding focal points at district and sub-regional levels providing practical advice and guidance to ensure implementation according to programme objectives, standards and timelines.
  • Support in identification of capacity gaps, organise and conduct capacity strengthening activities for government stakeholders, school feeding focal points and others.
  • Identify and implement community engagement strategies to influence towards improved education, health, and nutrition outcomes.
  • Prepare termly call forwards and food release notes to ensure that all schools receive both food and non-food items in a timely manner.

 

Coordination

  • Participate in the preparation of donor missions, workshops, coordination meetings and other relevant events related to school feeding programme.
  • Collaborate with internal WFP stakeholders to ensure integration of school feeding programme with the other activities in the WFP Karamoja programme portfolio.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES 2

  • Integrate into the school feeding programme such cross-cutting issues such as nutrition-sensitive and gender transformative approaches, protection and accountability, climate security through promotion of clean cooking initiatives, equal participation and consideration of women and men, boys and girls, and people living with specific needs and/or disabilities etc.

 

Programme Monitoring:

  • Regularly visit schools to monitor the implementation of the school feeding programme, identify the gaps in implementation and suggest actionable solutions.
  • Participate in meetings with communities, DLGs, lower local government entities, and development partners, and other stakeholders on issues related to school health, nutrition and education.
  • Collect and collate information within school feeding program to demonstrate best practices.
  • Monitor, update and track operational data related to the implementation and delivery of food, non-food commodities to schools.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES 3

  • Provide data and information to internal counterparts, DLGs and Ministry of Education  & Sports Programme Monitoring Unit (PMU) to support effective collaboration, implementation, and monitoring of the school feeding programme activities.
  • Record school feeding programme monitoring data in corporate systems.
  • Participate in school feeding programme related assessments.

 

Documentation and Knowledge Management

  • Document monthly school feeding programme progress reports and share with the relevant stakeholders.
  • Document success stories and human interest stories related to school feeding programme and disseminate.

WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK: COMMON STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR

Leads by Example with Integrity

Upholds WFP values, principles, and standards:

Demonstrates and encourages others to uphold the WFP values, principles and standards Respects others and values diversity:

Values diversity using respectful and inclusive language, and encourages others to do the same Stays focused and calm under pressure:

Stays focused and calm when under pressure and encourages others to do the same

Demonstrates humility and a willingness to learn: \

Shows humility and a willingness to learn and share knowledge, frequently seeking and acting on feedback, and taking up opportunities to develop

 

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments

Delivers results for maximum impact:

Holds self and/or others accountable for the delivery of results Delegates appropriately:

Delivers results against delegated tasks and seeks guidance and support where needed Adapts readily to change:

Responds readily to change adjusting work as needed

 

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork

Is inclusive and collaborative: Promotes inclusive teamwork and psychological safety by sharing ideas and openly raising issues

Gives timely and constructive feedback:

Supports development for others by giving timely and constructive feedback

Builds and shares new perspectives:

Listens attentively to others to capture, learn, build and share new perspectives

 

Applies Strategic Thinking

Communicates and fulfils WFP’s vision:

Fulfils WFP’s vision and is able to explain how their objectives support the vision

Embraces curiosity and new ways of doing things:

Demonstrates curiosity, and proposes new ways of doing things when relevant Analyses and evaluates data:

Gathers data and shares knowledge to inform team decision making

Considers the impact of decisions:

Implements decisions and asks questions to understand the impact for wider objectives

 

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Builds partnerships: Builds partnerships by seeking out opportunities to work with others

Collaborates to deliver common objectives:

Collaborates with partners by sharing information and working together to deliver common goals

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education

University graduate with second-class honours bachelors degree qualification from a recognised university (certified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO) in Uganda in one of the following fields:  Social and Behavioral Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Education, Development Studies or another relevant technical field.

Experience

Demonstrated experience in humanitarian and development programming, community engagement and mobilisation.  Experience working with communities at different levels, and in working in challenging rural contexts.  Experience working in Karamoja would be an asset.

 

Knowledge and Skills

Ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect education, health, nutrition amongst school going children and adolescents to inform quality programme design or re-design.  Ability to exhibit high level of creativity and innovation to design and implement  school feeding programme in Karamoja context. Demonstrated understanding of basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to school feeding programme. Demonstrated understanding and application of basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the sub-national and community level.

 

Language:

Fluency in written and oral English language.  Ability to communicate in Ngakarimojong, Lebthur and/or Swahili languages is a requirement.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Friday 17th February 2023

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emale and qualified applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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