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Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection) SC 9 (re-advertised)

Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Social Affairs
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2019-11-22

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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.

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.

WHY WORK AT WFP?

Join us to make a difference!

SAVING & CHANGING LIVES Make a difference, the world will notice. We are driven by our mission to fight world hunger and feed people’s dreams of a brighter future

GLOBAL COMMUNITY: Build bridges that unite people across the world. Being part of a global, diverse and multicultural community like WFP, will continuously expose you to new ideas and perspectives.

UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES: Unlock possibilities you never thought you'd find. WFP goes anywhere it is needed and does whatever it takes to get the job done.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

This position is part of WFP Jordan’s capacity strengthening pillar.

The person will report to the International Social Protection Officer.

Job holders operate with a high degree of independence managing 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.

JOB PURPOSE

The Government has developed a National Social Protection and Poverty Reduction Strategy that calls for improved targeting, coordination and expansion of social protection programmes and safety nets, such as the National Aid Fund (NAF) and the National School Meals Programme (NSMP). WFP Jordan is embarking on a new three-year strategy (Jordan Country Strategic Plan 2020 - 2022) which foresees the expansion of support to national social protection systems and safety nets in Jordan (such as social assistance including cash assistance and the school feeding programme). That will include providing strategic guidance, policy/technical support and direction to support government efforts.

This position will support WFP’s activities in support of the government’s safety nets and social protection activities, in line with the National Social Protection and Poverty Reduction Strategy.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  1. Contribute to efforts in support of the government social protection and safety nets by providing technical assistance, working closely in partnership with government counterparts.
  2. Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of considerable size/complexity, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  3. Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  4. Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  5. 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.
  6. Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  7. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships leading to improved food assistance packages.
  8. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government counterparts to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs
  9. Guide and supervise staff, acting as a point of reference and support
  10. Other as required.
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.

Experience: Three years progressive work experience for candidates holding an advanced university degree and five years for first university degree holders in social protection/safety net activities.

Language: Fluency (level C) in both English language and Arabic

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE
  • Experience working in or closely with national government at central level
  • Experience in capacity strengthening of and or providing technical support to government counterparts
  • Experience in partnership management- building and maintaining strong partnerships
  • Experience of policy and/or statistical analysis in the field of social protection/safety nets
  • Experience developing and using targeting criteria, distribution systems for social benefits, beneficiary feedback mechanisms and assessments, monitoring and/or evaluation is desirable but not a mandatory requirement for this position
REQUIRED SKILLS
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and in writing
  • Ability to coordinate and communicate with Government counterparts and other stakeholders
  • Ability to negotiate with tact and build policy dialogue with government and partners
  • Strong team player who is able to establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds
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 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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Applications must be submitted online through WFP e-Recruitment System

Internal WFP staff can access the VA through the internal WFP CAREER page via the link: http://newgo.wfp.org/services/e-recruitment

External applicants are kindly requested to follow the link: http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings

Make sure that you answer all mandatory questions accurately and attach your updated CV in English.

• Join WFP to be part of saving lives and changing lives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4rFCbNDXiw&feature=youtu.behttp://ar.wfp.org/videos/recruitment-video-ar

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

8th November 2019

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Female 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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