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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Nay Pyi Taw
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-21

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Programme Policy Officer NOA

Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)

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

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

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 Contract Type  Fixed Term NO-A
 Position Title

 Programme Policy Officer/ Activity Manager

 (Asset Creation and Livelihood)

 Number of Post  One
 Duty Station  Nay Pyi Taw
 Report to  Deputy Head of Programme
 Duration of Service  12 months (Extendable)
 Opening Date for Application  07 February 2019
 Closing Date for Application  21 February 2019

ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme 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 shattered lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year. The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been presented in Myanmar since 1994 and is now focusing on helping the Government reach its national Zero Hunger Challenge by 2025. WFP’s work in the country is guided by three priorities: emergency preparedness and response; nutrition; and provision of social safety nets.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

WFP’s mission is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 as per the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2. It works to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The Myanmar CSP 2018-2022 approved by the WFP Executive Board in November 2017 and it aims to contribute to three Strategic Outcomes that are aligned to four Strategic Results of SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for Development). A total of eight Activities are planned  to be implemented to achieve the contributions to the three Strategic Outcomes.

Under the Integrated Road Map (IRM) WFP has committed to a new way of working, linking not only all activities to the defined Strategic Outcomes, but also linking the resources used for implementing the activities to the results achieved.

The three strategic outcomes are:

 SO 1: “Crisis-affected people in food insecure areas meet their food and nutrition needs all year round.” Lifesaving food and/or cash will be provided to women, men, girls and boys affected by natural disasters, armed conflict, and inter-communal violence.

 SO 2: “Vulnerable people in states and regions with high food insecurity and/or malnutrition have access to food all year round.” WFP will provide food/cash assistance to vulnerable populations, while providing technical assistance to support the government in strengthening its social protection programmes, food systems and emergency preparedness capacity.

 SO 3: “Children under 5 in Myanmar have improved nutrition in line with national targets by 2022.” WFP will contribute to increasing the availability and access to safe and nutritious food for vulnerable and affected populations in crisis and non-crisis situations to enhance their nutrition and resilience. WFP will also support the government in implementing national nutrition actions, including SBCC, preventive nutrition specific and sensitive interventions, and scale-up of management of acute malnutrition.

JOB PURPOSE

This job is located in WFP Myanmar office in Nay Pyi Taw.
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 purpose of this job is to provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of Deputy Head of Programme and overall supervision by the Head of Programme/ Deputy Country Director the incumbent will perform the following duties:-

  • Responsible for overall programme management of Asset Creation and Livelihood (ACL) activities; plan and design the programme activities, including planning outputs and resource requirements, together with relevant partners and beneficiaries, integrating cross-cutting themes such as gender, M&E and CBT.
  • Build capacities of WFP and Cooperating Partners’ staff for Community Based Participatory Planning (CBPP), Feasibility assessments, Seasonal Livelihood Programming. Provide the programme guidance as necessary.
  • Develop and update Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) of ACL and regular updates on ACL fact sheet and short publications (as necessary) together with PCR unit.
  • Perform day to day management of activity programmes under the leadership of the person with strategic outcome responsibilities. Where applicable, coordinate with and provide support to Field Offices and other colleagues in implementing and monitoring activity operations. In details, assess and evaluate Asset Creation and Livelihood proposals including project design, work norm, bill of quantity and abstract cost, and take all necessary actions before, during and after the implementation of the activities.
  • Collaborate with the government at national level and regional level for establishing agreement and/or annual workplan and collaborating for activity implementation and achieving outputs and outcomes in support of national strategies. Support the implementation of Multi-Sectoral National Plan of Action on Nutrition (MS-NPAN) in close collaboration with Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI).
  • Engage in resource mobilization efforts for the activity and coordinate with PCR unit for fundraising and reporting; (e.g. preparing proposals, raising funds, etc.). Perform as a focal person for accessing Green Climate Fund (GCF) by coordinating with Chin State Government and specialist from Regional office. Prepare bimonthly report or progress reports, provide the inputs for donor reports, funding proposals.
  • Collaborate with and report progress on the activity delivery quarterly to the SO Manager and management team.
  • Track performance of projects contributing to the outcomes, collaborating with VAM and M&E on monitoring of inputs, outcomes and impact of the programme.
  • Lead the recruitment and development of individuals to the activity programme teams, performing as a member of country office’s recruitment committee.
  • Liaise with project implementing authorities and undertake visits to monitor project outputs and outcomes, in order to ensure that progress is made in the achievement of strategic outcomes.
  • Manage the activity budget; certify the budget plan and expenses under the activity.
  • Verify food/cash distribution plan and distribution report.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • 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.

People

  • 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.

Performance

  • 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.

Partnership

  • 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.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

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.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

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 additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Knowledge & Skill:

Preferable to have strong organizational skills with an ability to work independently, as part of a diverse team, work and to take an idea from theory to practice.

Training and/or experience utilising computers, including word processing, spreadsheet and other standard WFP software packages and systems. General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration.

Language:

Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Myanmar.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

Preferable to have at least three years of experience in livelihood/food security with additional experience in implementing technical programs, provided input into designing operations and policy discussions/ decisions.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

This post is opened for Myanmar Nationals Only.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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Female applicants and qualified applicants 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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