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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.

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 South West Area Office  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 qualified individual for the position of Programme Policy Officer (Crisis Response/Partnering-GFA/CBT),SC8 and the job holder will be based at South West Area Office.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.


The Programme Policy Officer (Crisis Response/ Partnering- GFA/CBT) will provide support to policy and programme design and monitoring implementation of activities that effectively meet the food assistance needs of Refugees and other crisis affected people under the South-West Area Office in line with Strategic Outcome 1 of the Uganda Country Strategic Plan. Ensure coordination, management and facilitation of partnerships in the South-West region.


  • Efficiently manage planning of resources including food and CBT, and programme non-food items and ensure effective utilization in a timely manner and according to WFP procedures.
  • Enhance the capacity of staff and partners to strengthen skills, competencies and abilities of the team involved in general food assistance, through stakeholder/community engagements.
  • Efficiently manage planning of resources including food and CBT, and programme non-food items and ensure effective utilization in a timely manner and according to WFP procedures.
  • Enhance the capacity of staff and partners to strengthen skills, competencies and abilities of the team involved in general food assistance, through stakeholder/community engagements.
  • Ensure the timely provision of emergency food assistance to refugees and other crisis-affected populations in South-Western Uganda, in collaboration with UNHCR, OPM, District Local Governments or other stakeholders involved in the intervention.
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration; monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.


  • Provide project management support to General Food Assistance programs ensuring compliance with WFP standards and procedures and alignment with the wider programs of the Country Office.
  • Facilitate the establishment and / strengthen programmatic partnerships with government entities, UN agencies, NGOs, and other operational partners for building of synergies, coherence and complementarity of programs. Ensure strong collaboration, coordination and networking in order to identify opportunities, avoid duplication of activities and create innovations to improve, complement and supplement WFP assistance programs for the overall realization of self-reliance and resilience.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders through monthly, quarterly, annual, operational and ad-hoc reports.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, such as early warning, risk analysis and contingency plan make necessary recommendations; prepare periodic and ad-hoc reports on the progress of operational projects in the South-West and make recommendations and/or proposals for improvements in operations.



  • 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.


Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with at least 4 additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


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.


Desired experience

• At least five years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in the relevant field.

• Demonstrated interest and experiences in humanitarian and development work, and stakeholder engagement are desired. Specific technical knowledge of and/or experience in the area of in-kind food, social protection, cash and voucher transfers is an asset.

• Prior experience in implementing programmes and providing input into designing operations, policy discussions and decisions.

• Effective cognitive abilities, analytical and problem-solving skills.

• Ability to communicate effectively and build sustainable partnerships.

• Excellent influencing and communication skills, both written and verbal

• Very good training skills, hardworking, calm, mature, logical, culturally sensitive, result-oriented and interest in humanitarian development work.


Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Understanding of local languages/dialects of the duty station is an added advantage



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.