Budget & Programming Officer - NOB
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently WFP focuses on four priority areas: Saving lives in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predicatable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition & Mother-and-Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country. WFP cherishes and takes pride in fostering a working environment of high capacity, diversity and innovation. We are currently seeking experienced and creative applicants for the position of Budget & Programming Officer -NOB to join our team**.**
This job is found in the Uganda Country Office (CO), and it reports to the Country Director or the designate. The Job holder operates with minimal supervision, and provides guidance to junior staff. The holder is heavily involved in day–to-day activities, analytical work and provides advice on less complex issues.
Ongoing and future WFP programmes in Uganda support the government and the Ugandan people to achieve zero hunger, and the Budget and Programming Officer is core to this mission. Direct implementation and direct assistance to food insecure households is only one aspect of WFP’s value proposition. Country capacity strengthening, strengthening food value chains, stimulating markets, and collaboration with the private sector are rapidly becoming central to WFP’s work.
To meet these objectives, resources must be prioritized and managed in a strategic manner. The Budget and Programming Officer is part of a high performance team that advises senior management, and leads a team that supports both strategic and operation decision-making. The Budget and Planning office sits at the centre of a cross-function country office management team, that includes programme, finance, and supply-chain. The team is responsible for demand planning, identification of appropriate sources, management and forecasting of resources, monitoring implementation of budgets, and ensuring a continuous feedback loop to allow course corrections and ensure accountability.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Contribute towards the development of plans, processes and procedures ensuring compliance with wider budget programming policies and WFP standards.
- Create and review project budget plans and monitor ongoing project performance against budget, ensuring adherence to guidance and policies, and providing financial analysis and advice to optimise resources
- Monitor and provide advice on fund utilisation, and advance financing, loan and borrowing/repayment and refinancing arrangements; alerting Country/Regional Directors to approaching deadlines for unassigned funds and potential resource shortfalls/surpluses, and proposing appropriate solutions.
- Monitor and provide advice on actions related to project closure and resource transfer.
- Monitor the resource pipeline to maximise operational effectiveness, following standards and processes, and providing advice on resource allocations based on severity of pipeline shortfalls using relevant pipeline tools.
- Support the preparation of food-demand plans to support management and usage of corporate Global Commodity Financial Facility and provide information to guide RB/HQ decision-making when multiple projects compete for the same stock.
- Create and review budget and project documentation, and ensure relevant resource data is recorded in internal systems for reference, in line with WFP standards and procedures.
Collate and analyse data for the preparation of accurate and timely reports, to enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to senior management and external stakeholders.
Proactively contribute ideas to senior officers for improvement to systems, techniques, tools, processes and procedures to better monitor and manage budgets and funds
Support the capacity building of WFP staff in budgeting, fund management and operational planning through answering queries and updating training materials, manuals and guidelines.
Represent the unit at internal meetings/committees/working groups as required, in order to obtain and provide information from a budget and resource programming perspective.
Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
Follow standard emergency preparedness practices and contribute to technical recommendations and guidance and monitoring the management of financial risks.
Other as required.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Advanced University degree in Business Administration, Finance, Economics or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
• Has contributed to the development of operational or office related budgets.
• Has contributed to the production of planning/budgetary reports or other analytical reports to support decision making.
• Has demonstrated a broad understanding of WFP’s financial architecture and how it support implementation of operations.