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Programme Policy Officer (IFMIS), SSA9


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Uganda
  • Grade: Junior level - SSA 9 - Special Service Agreement, Local Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed



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.


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 Programme Policy Officer (IFMIS) SSA9 to be based in Kampala. The selected candidate will be employed on a short-term contract (3 months). 


These job is found in  WFP Uganda Country Office, reporting to the Team Leader of  The Child Sensitive Social Protection Programme (CSSP), which is a SIDA-funded joint programme implemented by the Government of Uganda, UN World Food Programme and UNICEF. The overall goal of the programme is to improve community and household resilience among refugees and host populations in refugee-hosting districts of the West Nile.
The programme under its Capacity Outcome Statement is expected to enhance delivery capacities of national social protection programmes to effectively, efficiently, and equitably serve refugees and host communities in West Nile using SAGE, DRDIP & NUSAF as entry points in a way that improves their access to food and nutrition because of optimized and transparent programme design and delivery systems.
Through the capacity Needs assessment, it was determined that a feasibility study would be conducted on the deployment of the government’s Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) to support SAGE and DRDIP beneficiary payments and operational support for DRDIP programmes.
Feasibility study questions will be,
1. What are the current beneficiary payment modalities in place for both DRDIP and SAGE beneficiaries?
2. What policies are in place to support the current payment modalities?
3. Are the current payment systems for beneficiary payment linked to the government IFMS system?
4. Are there policies that would support the deployment of the IFMS as a beneficiary and operation payment system for DRDIP and SAGE programme?


To provide support to the feasibility study on the deployment of the government’s Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) to support SAGE and DRDIP beneficiary payments and operational support for DRDIP programmes.


  1. Identify and assess national policies in place that would support the deployment of IFMS as a beneficiaries’ payment platform.
  2. Identify key technical persons that would be engaged in informatic interviews to support the feasibility study.
  3. Consult key Person tools that would potentially be deployed to support beneficiary payments.
  4. Conduct interviews with key stakeholders.
  5. Assess the capacity of district local government officials in the use of Government to Person payment tools and platforms.
  6. Analyze the current beneficiary payment modalities in place for both DRDIP and SAGE beneficiaries to identify areas for integration with national single registry and payment platforms through desk reviews and consultations
  7. Conduct a validation meeting with key stakeholders on findings and recommendations.
  8. Any other duties that will be assigned by the led Consultant.


Education: Advanced (Masters) University degree in financial management, Statistics, Information Communication and Technology (ICT) or in related academic field. 
Language: Proficiency in English Language and proficiency in local language(s) widely used by beneficiaries in West Nile


  • At least 7 years of professional experience in social protection, government to person payment
  • Experience with application of client services standards to resolve or escalate clients’ service problems
  • AT least 3 years in-depth experience working with the IFMS.




  • 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.


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.


17 December 2021.


All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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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