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Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection, Learning & Policy) – WFP Uganda

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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 Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection, Learning & Policy) , SSA10 to be based in Kampala.  The selected candidate will be employed on Special Service Agreement

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

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.

We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection Learning & Policy), SSA10 to be based in Kampala.

JOB PURPOSE

WFP is jointly implementing the “Child-Sensitive Social Protection Programme in Refugee-Hosting Districts in the West Nile Region” (CSSP) with UNICEF. WFP is responsible for the CSSP’s social protection systems strengthening pillar, which focuses on enabling improved delivery of three Government of Uganda social protection programmes at the district level, as well as developing a nutrition-sensitive cash-based transfer (CBT). This work will involve process improvements at the service delivery level in the districts and eventually improvements and integration of systems across programmes. These activities will generate a significant amount of complex information that needs to be systematically investigated, captured, packaged and disseminated to both CSSP partners and inside WFP, and WFP aims to support this through collaborative learning. Collaborative learning is a core element of the CSSP and WFP’s growth path in the social protection sector.

 

Under the supervision of the Programme Policy Officer Social Protection (CST) within the Resilience and Social Protection programme team, the primary job purpose of the PPO-Social Protection Learning & Policy is to establish and support collaborative learning, knowledge generation and feedback. Working closely with monitoring and evaluation colleagues, the PPO will facilitate processes to help the CSSP team and partners advance their learning agenda and achieve their learning goals and the delivery of knowledge products.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Lead development, implementation and monitoring of a learning agenda and uptake strategy (including communication and advocacy) for the Child Sensitive Social Protection Programme (CSSP) that engages both the WFP social protection team and its partners
  2. Coordinate research, monitoring, evaluation and learning activities under the CSSP  that translate evidence into knowledge products
  3. Establish and lead a virtual learning network for WFP’s social protection team across its country, area and field offices
  4. Facilitate team members to undertake real-time learning and collectively identify areas to further develop social protection capacities
  5. Introduce and regularly apply tools, techniques and exercises to identify and capture lessons and other learning; participate in internal reviews and assessments to support lesson learning

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES CONTINUED

6. Organise activities that foster learning at the individual and group level, such as brown bag seminars, webinars, virtual roundtables, etc.

7. Identify and work with WFP and external subject matter experts to provide CSSP team members and partners with access to technical expertise

8. Work with subject matter experts to shape and finalize knowledge products

9. Coordinate disseminating information to government and development partners and other key stakeholders in the social protection sector

10. Other tasks and duties as required and/or assigned by the supervisor

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • 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.

People

  • 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)

Performance

  • 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.

Partnership

  • 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.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Supply Chain Management and Optimization Displays aptitude at monitoring and reporting on supply chain operations to enable teams to efficiently assess the performance and sustainability of current networks.
Planning, Project & Resource Mgmt Supports the planning, forecasting & resource management efforts of own team by collecting data from diverse sources.
Information Management & Reporting Collates accurate and timely information and data to enable informed decision making on reporting within individual unit and consequently the greater humanitarian community.
Market Analysis, Contracting and Operational Execution Ability to collect and collate necessary information to enable WFP to make informed operational decisions.
Warehouse and Inventory Management  Demonstrates ability to carry out day to day activities around warehouse and inventory management in a manner that complies with WFP’s operational warehouse procedures.
Technical Assistance and Coordination Demonstrates awareness of the importance of technical assistance and coordination with key stakeholders and an ability to carry out logistics activities, respecting individual mandates and programme priorities.

 

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Advanced degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Business or related area
  2. At least five (5) years of post-graduate professional experience in research, knowledge management and/or policy dialogue
  3. Exceptionally strong communication, advocacy and facilitation skills
  4. Highly effective at networking and sourcing expertise
  5. Deep understanding of social protection systems and processes
  6. Familiarity with adult learning approaches and techniques and leading and motivating groups
  7. DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
    • Experience working with Uganda government social protection programmes
    • Experience with WFP systems and procedures

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Thursday 17th June 2021

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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.

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