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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Kobok
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-16

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Head of Field Office, NOB



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.


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.


We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Head Of Field Office (West Nile), NOB to be based in West Nile (Koboko). Selected candidate will be employed on Fixed Term


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 operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.


To plan and manage West Nile field operations to ensure the effective and efficient deployment of programmes and use of allocated resources aimed at achieving Zero Hunger in the West Nile sub-region.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Develop and maintain a sound knowledge and understanding of the national and district level economic, social and political situation to assess impact of programmes addressing Zero Hunger;
  • Provide inspiring leadership to Field Office team in terms of WFP’s Country Strategy Plan, guiding principles, policy interpretation, guidance on procedures, developing and maintenance of positive attitudes, coaching and mentoring, constructive team behaviour, and positive relations with all partners;
  • Through participatory approaches, support the District Local Government in designing and implementing community-based programmes while ensuring high standards of accountability and efficiency;
  • In collaboration with relevant sections of the Country Office, plan, coordinate and manage the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WFP’s support in West Nile while steering the programmes towards an integrated approach;
  • Build capacity of WFP staff and district local governments to conduct analysis on food security, nutrition, markets, resilience, and related topics to effectively inform policies and programmes;
  • Play an active role in coordination with other UN agencies and partners in supporting the district local government drive towards coherence and cohesive programme delivery;
  • Contribute to the Country Office situation analysis, country programme formulation, country programme management plan, plans of action, project agreements, project cooperation agreements, annual and mid-term reviews, annual reports, and other required documentation;
  • Provide to government and partners technical support on situation analysis, early warning systems, policy, plan/programme/project formulation, project management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide field office staff with leadership in monitoring and learning;
  • In cooperation with relevant units and partners in the field and country office, prepare or contribute to the annual report, donor reports and special reports, covering programme implementation, cash operations, personnel, special problems;
  • Ensure preparedness and response capacity building for the WFP field office while playing an active role in inter-agency emergency preparedness efforts with a focus preparedness and essential needs assessment and analysis;
  • Undertake rapid assessments as needed and lead emergency response interventions in West Nile with support from the Arua Area Office and other other Units in the Country Office;
  • Lead the field office teams to prepare and monitor annual workplans covering all units and staff members;
  • Approve and monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds in the Field Office, ensuring that funds and other resources are properly use in accordance with WFP’s rules and procedures;

Collaborate with the retail engagement unit to support the district local government and partners to improve supply chain management and develop the capacity of local retail sector to be a key component of integrated and cohesive programmes in the districts;

Monitor the procurement, storage, distribution, end use and maintenance of WFP’s supplies used within the districts;

In collaboration with the Area Office HR partner, enable requisite talent acquisition, staff development and learning and performance management of the field teams;

Represent WFP in various field level engagements and activities;

Promote extensive and intensive community engagement while ensuring that communication activities are effectively carried out;



  • 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.


Qualification, Experience and Languages required:


Proven experience of at least 4 years in developing, or supporting in the development of technical and functional plans to support the achievement of organizational strategic aims within a evidence-based programme;

Proven exposure to field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency;

Sound and practical experience in analysing local political situations and assessing risk accurately;

Proven experience in collecting geo-spatial and socio-economic food security data, conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, and reporting findings to Country Office leadership;

Proven experience in leading surveys, multiple assessments in countries, including the design, data collection and analysis;

Proven experience of leadership of a technical team;

Proven experience community-led programme design and implementation;


Advanced University degree in Economics, Food Security Analysis, Statistics, Data Science, Public Health/Nutrition, Geography or other related field


Fluency in written and spoken English language and a language spoken nationally


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
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 ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
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.


• Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
• Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
• Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


16th June 2019


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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