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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.


Under the 2018 to 2022 Country Strategy Plan for Uganda, WFP is committed to increasing the use of cash-based transfers (CBT) in food assistance activities. In the operational areas of the Arua Area Office (i.e. the subregions of West Nile, Acholi and Bunyoro), there is a plan to accelerate a shift from in-kind provision to CBT in general food distribution
for refugees (GFA). In West Nile, WFP under a SIDA funded programme is also working with the District Local Governments to strengthen social protection systems, which includes the provision of nutrition- sensitive cash transfers to vulnerable, crisis-affected households. The SIDA Child- Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) Programme in West Nile focuses on strengthening social protection systems and piloting a nutrition- sensitive cash transfer.

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 (Markets Facilitator) SC8 to be based in  Koboko Selected candidates will be employed on a Service contract.


For cash recipients to realize maximum benefits of the transfer value for improved food and nutrition security, there is a need to ensure that their local markets respond to an increased demand for commodity items in terms of volume, diversity, quality, safety and pricing. In northern Uganda, WFP programmes are mostly located in remote rural areas where market systems are not developed. As CBT expands in the northern region, WFP is thus adopting a facilitative approach to local market systems development under its agricultural portfolio to fill a supply and demand gap, strengthen pro-smallholder and micro-enterprise supply chains for both dry and fresh foods, and collaborate with government and non-state actors to improve the quality of support services and foster the enabling environment for sustainable market development.

The position of the Programme Policy Officer will provide technical leadership in the area of market systems development to the Field Offices under the Arua Area Office. The incumbent will liaise with technical units in Kampala and ensure that WFP Market Sytesms intervention leverages other programmes, cash-based food assistance, and is aligned to the priority actions of the District Local Governments.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Contribute to programme design and adjustments (e.g. the Country Strategic Plan, market systems development strategy and collaboration matrix) to ensure alignment with national and sub-national priorities in agricultural and market development and programme integration within WFP.
  2. Provide input into the development and review of the Annual Performance Plan.
  3. In collaboration with AMEL conduct desk review, participate in studies (e.g. market systems and value chain analysis), and establish/maintain relations with the UN and other development organizations to develop a good understanding of systemic issues and best practices in pro-smallholder and micro-enterprise market
    developme intervention.
  4. In collaboration with AMEL contribute to the analysis of agriculture and market information, produced by WFP and other institutions, follow a trend, and remain on alert of potential shocks in agriculture and food supply chains.\
  5. Develop a system for the identification of market actors (e.g. producers, millers, traders, retailers, wholesalers and financial service providers) and retail engagement, and support the Field Offices to map them out for facilitation in relationship building.
  6. Provide technical backstopping to the Field Offices in the planning and implementation of market systems development activities, including sub-national capacity strengthening government programmes (e.g. the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project) and systems astrengthen the policy framework.
  7. Liaise with the technical units at the Head Office and other Area Offices for knowledge sharing to continuously seek innovation in programming.
  8. Support in the identification of knowledge and skill gaps and organization of capacity building initiatives for WFP and NGO partner staff in the market systems development approach.
  9. Draft, or provide input into, briefs, presentations, proposals, reports and other information materials for internal and external advocacy, communications, coordination and resource mobilization for the Arua Area Office as well as the Head Office.
  10. Facilitate capacity building to the Field Offices (FO) towards delivery of quality outputs and outcomes.
  11. Perform any other tasks as required


Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, international development, development economics or another related field like international relations, commerce, agricultural economics, or humanitarian studies.

At least 5 years of solid progressively responsible professional work experience with evidence of innovation in market systems and cash-based programming



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
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 capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
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.


This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


  • In-depth knowledge of the role of functional markets and access to nutrient-dense food commodities
  • Demonstrated strong engagement skills with counterparts; client/community focused with an ability to provide prompt and high-quality responses
  • Solid analytical, writing and communication skills
  • Knowledge of UN system policies and functions of gender-mandated agencies
  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations
  • Experience using MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and other WFP software an asset.
  • Strong experience in networking, community mobilization, training and facilitation.
  • Experience in Market Systems Development approaches e.g. Making Markets Work for the Poor will be an added advantage.


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.