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Programme Policy Officer (System Strengthening),NOA

Uganda (Uganda)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Uganda (Uganda)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-29

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WFP is looking for talented people who are committed to joining our efforts to eradicate hunger. It offers unlimited opportunities to grow your professionalism,  talent and expertise. Start your journey to be a member of the world-wide effort to eradicate hunger. WFP has a policy of affirmative action for women.

ABOUT WFP

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.

ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?

We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of  Programme Policy Officer (System Strengthening) NOA to be based in Arua. The selected candidate will be employed on Fixed Term

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The SIDA SP programme has a strong focus on strengthening National and District Capacities to effectively deliver Social Protection interventions. The Systems Strengthening Officer will provide technical leadership and assistance with emphasis on strengthening social protection systems and building capacity of the District Local Governments (DLGs) in RHDs. As a member of SIDA SP Technical Team, the Advisor will ensure technical excellence through contributions made to project implementation, delivery, monitoring and evaluation with a focus on Enhanced DLG Capacities to Plan, Budget, Deliver, Lobby and Advocate for SP Financing. S/he will support the implementation of learning agendas, tool development and relevant strategic initiatives including supporting the Decentralized Planning Processes at Sub County Levels. The Advisor will liaise closely with technical advisors from other sectors to ensure seamless quality programming. Finally, the Advisor will be responsible for sharing WFP’s comparative advantage (on Capacity Strengthening), information, and experiences in Social Protection Programming within and outside the organization, as well as incorporate a broad-based approach for the overall well-being of those impacted.

JOB PURPOSE

To support the implementation of learning agendas, tool development and relevant strategic initiatives including supporting the Decentralized Planning Processes at Sub County Levels. The Advisor will liaise closely with technical advisors from other sectors to ensure seamless quality programming. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. He/she will be responsible for mainstreaming the application of the Corporate Country Capacity Strengthening Framework in Arua Area Office operations. This will be achieved through a combination of technical support, systems strengthening, partnership enhancement and documentation expertise.

 2.  More specifically, he/she will coordinate and support the implementation of capacity strengthening, including but not limited to i) lead on the finalization of Social Protection Local Government and Partner Workplans in alignment with Country office and on the review of existing FLAs; ii) lead on the adaptation of tools and frameworks for capacity strengthening.

3. He/she will facilitate the capacity-building of staff and partners through training measures, i.e. providing technical assistance both remotely and on-the-ground to field-offices across Arua Area Office in application of approaches, including coordination and support of specialized training formats.

4. Establish a monitoring mechanism to capture WFP operations’ impact on capacity strengthening at DLG, Sub County and Community Level. ▪ Document capacity strengthening best practices while at the same time supporting the revision of Capacity Strengthening tools and processes.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES CONTINUED

5.Document capacity strengthening best practices while at the same time supporting the revision of Capacity Strengthening tools and processes.

6.Coordinate partnership with relevant stakeholders specialized in capacity strengthening expertise (NGOs, private sector, academics, etc.) in line with DLGs and WFP priorities. 

7. Advise project staff on technical issues related to SP programs such as financing, coordination and referral mechanisms, SP workforce development, with an emphasis on providing comprehensive support at the community and household level..

8. Support program efforts by providing guidance and hands-on support in conducting assessments, advising on partnerships and strategies.

9. Ensure the day-to-day implementation of the work plan capacity building related activities and provide input into the development, on-going management and maintenance of the work plan.

10. Provide technical support to partners and government counterparts to implement social protection system strengthening activities and to ensure that agreed targets are met.

11. Collaborate with relevant international development, donor and research institutions through relationship building, information sharing, and representation on Social Protection system strengthening.

12. Stay abreast of state-of-the-art developments in quality and innovations related to SP system strengthening and share relevant information as appropriate

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

▪ Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Relations, or a related field.

▪ A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience in project management, humanitarian or development project implementation, office management, and/or knowledge management.

 ▪ Experience designing and implementing institutional capacity development programs is essential.

▪ Facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes. ▪ Knowledge of change management theory and best practices.

▪ Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and colleagues.

▪ Excellent writing and speaking English abilities; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

▪ Experience speaking professionally in front of groups and facilitating high-level meetings.

▪ Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (professional level).

▪ Willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances.

▪ Leadership qualities and ability to create synergies where applicable.

▪ Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team

. ▪ Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.

▪ Understanding of social protection programming priorities, strategies and monitoring and evaluation tools and systems.

▪ Technical expertise in principals, theories, concepts and techniques in the area of social protection systems strengthening, including knowledge of and ability to integrate across related disciplines

. ▪ Knowledgeable of National Social Protection Programme in Uganda is an added advantage. • 

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.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Thursday, 29th October 2020

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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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