UN World Food Programme Policy Officer (Market Development) - Jobs in Uganda

UN World Food Programme Policy Officer (Market Development) - Jobs in Uganda

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.

Organizational Context
The job is found in Uganda Country Offices (CO) and reports to the Head of Supply Chain.

Towards the overarching goal of Zero Hunger, the UN World Food Programme in Uganda is implementing a new program that seeks to strengthen the food systems to promote increased value chain employment opportunities for youth and women. WFP will leverage its local and regional procurement policy to scale up evidence-based commodity trading by smallholder farmers, micro and small enterprises (MSEs). Besides, WFP continues to expand the use of Cash Based Transfers (CBT) interventions as effective instruments to address immediate and transitional needs of vulnerable populations during crisis and emergencies.

Job Purpose
To lead markets and retail development by ensuring markets are functional while offering opportunities for young people and women..

Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)
  • Lead the market development expansion of WFP Uganda while demonstrating the highest level of personal integrity and professionalism, strict compliance to WFP’s policies and procedures.
  • Ensures WFP’s cash disbursement increases agent banks/retail shops that are run by the youth, women, and refugees.
  • Collaborate with the CPs and selected FSPs, agricultural technology companies, financial technology companies, and BSD providers to create awareness of agribusiness growth opportunities through WFP’s cash assistance,
  • Provide appropriate and effective skilling and increase access to capital for young people.
  • Facilitate business growth or improvement for commission agents e.g., the bank agents, especially, youth, women, and refugee businesses involved in WFP cash assistance
  • Collaborate with CPs and other partners and ensure effective forward and backward linkages for market actors to strengthen business relationships with wholesalers and directly with local farmer groups/organizations, traders, and millers that are youth, women, and refugee led.

    4Ps Core Organizational Capabilities

  • 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.

    Standard Qualifications

    University Degree in Supply Chain Management, Economics, Business Administration, Logistics, or another related field.


  • Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language (English) in use at the duty station. Knowledge of at least one local language including Swahili will be an advantage for this role.

  • 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.

    International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language:
    Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

  • At least five (5) or more years of progressive work in market facilitation, retail development, business development or support services with the private sector and particularly in rural context gained from reputable organizations.
  • Experience coordinating supply chain activities with other units/ teams.
  • Experience conducting analytical and conceptual work in support of strategy design and implementation.
  • Experience in analyzing and supporting the implementation of end-to-end supply chain operations.
  • Experience in coordinating periodic planning across functions and with partners.
  • Experience in implementing operational supply chain strategies in a country.

    How to apply
    For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Policy Officer (Market Development) Jobs in Uganda

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