UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer (Climate Change and Resilience Consultant) Jobs in Uganda

UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer (Climate Change and Resilience Consultant) 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 works 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 in Karamoja with food and nutrition assistance. Finally, WFP works with smallholder farmers and links them to markets. WFP is also supporting Uganda in its objectives to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and become a middle-income country by 2040.

  • Introducing climate change and adaptation in its existing portfolio of work is particularly important to WFP. Uganda is highly vulnerable to climate change and climate-related shocks. As WFP supports the Government of Uganda to progress towards Zero Hunger, addressing the ever-increasing threats posed by climate change is paramount. This requires a thorough analysis of the situation and understanding Government priorities and WFP’s capacity.

  • WFP is seeking a technical expert who can guide the Country Office to define pathways to address the impact of climate change through its current programme portfolio. The technical expert will use a consultative approach involving the WFP Uganda Country Office, Government and other key stakeholders to scope out potential areas and develop a strategy for WFP to systematically address climate change risks to food security. The Country Office is also seeking technical support for opportunities relating to climate change adaptation and sustainable energy solutions.

    Are You Up to the Challenge?

  • We are seeking an International Consultant for the position of Programme Policy Officer (Climate Change and Resilience Consultant) to be based in Kampala. The selected candidate will be employed on a short term contract of 8 months (renewable) contract.

    Organizational Context

  • The incumbent will operate with a high degree of initiative and independence to ensure strategic engagement objectives are fully achieved. This requires alignment of actions complementary to Government policies and priorities, analytical work and working with various partners. At this level, the jobholder is expected to contribute to strategic goal identification. The position requires working closely with senior policy makers and senior management teams in other agencies.

    Job Purpose

  • Provide technical guidance on the vision, strategy and conceptual framework linking Climate Change and Resilience to the current portfolio of programmes in Uganda.

    Key Accountabilities

  • Determine the existing policy and institutional context for addressing Climate Change and Adaption in Uganda

  • Conduct a context analysis--including policy, institutional and programmatic contexts on the situation and national priorities for adapting to and mitigating the effects
    of climate change. Of special interest within this would be:

  • Opportunities to enhance climate risk reduction, absorption and transfer through the social protection sector; and

  • The scope and modalities to increase access to clean energy sources.

  • Identify potential resources (technical and financial) in consultation with WFP Partnerships, Regional Bureau and Headquarters among donors, including International Financial Institutions (IFIs).

  • Prepare a report articulating the current status, areas of convergence with current WFP Uganda programmes.

  • Design a strategy and roadmap in consultation with WFP teams showing pathways for integrating Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation within the current portfolio

  • Develop an overarching framework that shows integration of climate change and resilience activities under the different streams of work especially defining the scope of work under Social Protection and Resilience, Food Systems and Crisis Response.

  • Design and facilitate an overall vision, strategy and roadmap to guide WFP Uganda’s work on climate-resilience.

  • Validate findings with key stakeholders in Government, Development Partners, the UN and Civil Society.

  • Guide WFP’s technical assistance to WB-UECCC Energy Access Scale up Project and other related activities

  • Define the specific programmatic, operational, HR and budgetary elements to inform the Programme Operational Manual.

  • Assist in establishing implementation guidelines.

  • Provide technical support as needed for climate change adaptation and climate risk management to other WFP activities.

    Deliverables/outputs:

  • A report on the status of initiatives, plans and opportunities for enhancing Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation through the social protection sector.

  • A conceptual framework with recommended pathways to change, including programme components, budgetary requirements, and the institutional framework.

  • Vision, strategy and roadmap documents for WFP’s climate-resilience work.

  • Partnership design and delivery executed for potential partnership identified, and agreement reached with UECCC.

  • A report mapping and prioritizing IFI and other funding opportunities.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Proficient in Government Policies related to Climate Change, Mitigation and Adaptation, Social Safety Nets, Social Welfare, Food Security and Nutrition.

  • Substantial experience in and commitment to evidence-based policy advocacy.

  • Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations and partners.

  • Track record of commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives and sharing credit.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

    Education:

  • Advanced University degree in Environmental Science, International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Social Sciences, or other relevant field.

    Language:

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.

    Other Specific Job Requirements

    Knowledge & Skills:

  • More than 8 years of experience in developing policy, programmatic, institutional, and budgetary frameworks on the topic in Africa.

  • Excellent skills in facilitating and leading on policy and programme level dialogue and partnership skills to build strategic relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Ability to think and plan strategically.

  • Capability to clearly communicate programme objectives.

  • Interpersonal skills: independent ability to negotiate.

  • Previous experience working with government and other UN agency stakeholders is a distinct advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer (Climate Change and Resilience Consultant) Jobs in Uganda ​


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