WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

WFP is looking for talented people who are committed to joining our efforts to eradicate hunger. It offers unlimited opportunities to grow your professionalism, talent and expertise. Start your journey to be a member of the world-wide effort to eradicate hunger.

WFP has a policy of affirmative action for women.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.



The 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 works 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


We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Programme Policy Officer (Agriculture & Market Support), SC10 to be based in Kampala. Selected candidates will be employed on a Service Contract.


The position is under Programme, Nutrition and Foos Systems based in Kampala.


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Nutrition & Food Systems, the Programme Policy Officer (Agricultural Market Support) will provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet objectives of the Agriculture Market Support Portfolio.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Articulate strategic direction of the AMS programme, provide on-the-job training and build competencies of the team members to create an enabling environment for action and performance
  2. Develop, revise and prioritise the budget for the AMS implementation for the extended CSP period as well as on an annual basis.
  3. Position WFP as a credible agricultural development partner vis-vis the Government of Uganda, UN agencies, donors including multi-lateral institutions, as well as other agricultural
  4. development partners through coordination, capacity support, joint programming and evidence generation
  5. Ensure that qualitative and quantitative information and data are digitally captured, analyzed and disseminated to demonstrate programme impact, adjust the programme implementation, and catalyse the adaptation of AMS-like smallholder development models in national programmes.
  6. Design a framework of collaboration, including participation in the review and formulation of national policies and strategies with MAAIF and MoTIC, and support in forming cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Gender to link agricultural development to national school feeding and social assistance programmes.
  7. Build strategic partnership with donor projects (USAID, DFID, IA, BMZ projects), UN agencies and other agricultural players to harmonise targeting and create synergy in smallholder support.
  8. Coordinate the AMS activity implementation of cooperating partners at the national level.


9. Seek and strengthen internal programme integration across SOs for effective use of resources, balanced support to refugees and nationals in refugee-hosting areas, demonstrated action for the transition from relief to development, as well as nutrition-sensitive and gender transformative programming.

10. Lead market systems development activity and link market-off-takers, including medium to large-scale WFP suppliers to AMS-assisted farmers’ organisations (FO).

11. Identify opportunities and risk mitigation measures to increase agric. lending and insurances services to the FOs.

12. Liaise with the technical team at HQ, RNB and WFP Centers of Excellence for advice, contribution to corporate learning and documentation and South to South Cooperation.

13. Develop funding proposals, write/contribute to internal and external reports and provide inputs to the overall advocacy, resource mobilization and public communications of WFP Uganda.


  • Advanced university degree in agricultural economics/development studies/economics degree with strong programming and in leadership background
  • At least 10 years of relevant working experience, preferably in agriculture, agribusiness and agricultural finance in a government agency, development organisation or private company
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Behavioural competencies such as Action Management, Client Orientation, Cognitive Capacity, Innovation, Partnering and Teamwork, marketing, supply chain, negotiation and sales principles.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

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 the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

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..


  • Has experience working across the Program portfolio including VAM/Nutrition.
  • Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.
  • Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.


4th February 2021


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.

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.