UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer (Food Security & Nutrition Assessment) Jobs in Uganda

UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer (Food Security & Nutrition Assessment) 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

  • The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the largest and longest-serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently, WFP’s work in Uganda focuses on Saving lives in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition & Mother-and Child Health and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.

    Are You Up to the Challenge?

  • We are seeking a National Consultant for the position of Programme Policy Officer (Food Security & Nutrition assessment) SSA8 to be based in Kampala. The selected candidate will be employed on a short-term contract of 6 months contract.

    Organizational Context

  • WFP is part of the Food Security and Nutrition Assessment Technical Working group (FSNA TWG). The membership of the TWG includes MOH, UBOS, OPM, MAAIF, WFP, UNICEF, UNCHR, district local governments and NGOs. The TWG conducts annual Food Security and Nutrition Assessments (FSNAs) in Karamoja and refugee-hosting areas.

  • The objective of the FSNAs is to assess the extent and severity of malnutrition in different age groups and food security of households as well as monitor selected food security, nutrition, health, water, and sanitation indicators to assess programme performance to generate information for improved programme and policy interventions.

    Job Purpose

  • Under the supervision of the VAM officer, the Programme Policy Officer (Food Security & Nutrition assessment) will provide technical support to the planned Food Security and Nutritional assessment (FSNA) in refugee settlements and host communities.

    Key Accountabilities

  • Conduct study design including sampling and development of study tools in line with the research questions of the assessment.

  • Concuct field data collection of both quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Conduct analysis of data collected in line with SMART data analysis protocols and quality assurance criteria.

  • Report writing of analysis findings and indicators as per the FSNA report template.

  • Creation of Power BI dashboard for FSNA data, annual time series and other analysis

  • Support the TWG in the dissemination of assessment findings and recommendations and develop tailored communication messages and briefs.

  • Document lessons learned and best practices.

  • Provide support to any other assigned actions and activities.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: At least an advanced (masters) university degree in either agriculture, economics, food security, statistics, data science, nutrition, geography, geospatial mapping, rural development,
    or other related fields.

  • National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.

  • Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.

  • Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.

  • Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.

  • Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.

  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • At least 5 years of experience in Food security and nutrition analyses.

  • Highly knowledgeable in food security, nutrition, and health practices, theories, and emerging concepts.

  • Proven experience working in multistakeholder platforms and capacity building of government and development counterparts, mentoring and training.

  • Sound understanding and knowledge of nutrition analysis especially SMART nutrition surveys, SPHERE standards among others.

  • Excellent data analysis capacity and previous experience writing reports of large population-based surveys.

  • Excellent understanding of the Government and WFP institutional frameworks.

  • Good knowledge of software Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), SPSS, STATA, Excel, Power BI.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer (Food Security & Nutrition Assessment) Jobs in Uganda ​

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