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

UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition) 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.

    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.

    Are You Up to the Challenge?

  • We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition) SC8 to be based in Moroto. The selected candidate will be employed on Service Contract.

    Organizational Context

  • The World Food Programme (WFP), 2020 Noble Peace Prize winner, is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda.

  • WFP interventions in Karamoja involve working closely with the nine District Local Governments (DLGs) in joint design and programming, evidence gathering, knowledge sharing, strengthening sub-national capacities as well as establishing partnerships with other development partners.

    Job Purpose

  • To provide leadership as nutrition activity lead for Karamoja Area Office in addition to supporting policy and nutrition programme activities that effectively meet nutritional needs of the people that WFP serves in Karamoja Region.

    Key Accountabilities


  • Contribute to the development of nutrition projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider nutrition policies and guidance.

  • Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities.

  • Promote WFP nutrition policies, guidelines and protocols.

  • Collect and update information on nutrition indicators, actors and activities in Karamoja sub-region for analysis and identification of gaps and needs, potential areas of scale-up, partners or stakeholders and priority activities.

  • Identify potential funding and partnership opportunities to scale up nutrition and support development of donor proposals.

    Programme Design, Management and Implementation

  • Provide project management support to specific and defined nutrition activities, ensuring a co-ordinated approach with other programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.

  • Ensure that the nutrition programme activities are implemented with the utmost quality, and are well harmonised across different programmes and bases, and that implementation of planned activities is done in a timely manner.

  • Manage changes to the nutrition programme scope, schedule and costs and ensure required amendments are executed in a timely manner.

  • Develop and coordinate data gathering, analysis and monitoring systems to ensure generation of evidence of impact of the nutrition programme and that rigorous quality standards are maintained.

  • Provide high quality input into data analysis and report writing, including publication of manuscripts and other nutrition knowledge management products.

  • Develop lessons learned by documenting good practices and success stories.

  • Track and analyse data to provide input into reporting activities and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on nutrition activities that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

  • Support the development of donor reporting and updates as needed.

  • Identify high risk areas requiring special attention and/or support from the Country Office.

  • Guide and supervise junior staff, acting as a point of referral while ensuring development of a cohesive, innovative and high performing team.

  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.

    Partnership and Coordination

  • Participate in coordination meetings with external stakeholders in the Karamoja Nutrition and Health sector, working group and/or task forces. If needed, expand to other sectors such as Food Security, WASH, etc.

  • Support the identification of potential partners and partnership negotiations to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to meeting nutrition needs of the
    people in Karamoja.

  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to nutrition programme delivery.

    Budget & Fund Management

  • Monitor nutrition programme activity budget spending in line with spending plan and ensure diligence in funds utilisation including timely spending and value for money.

  • Ensure high quality financial reporting and compliance, including spot checks and audits as appropriate.

  • Support and review CP expenditure plans, invoicing and financial reporting

    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.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications


  • Advanced University degree, or University degree with experience and training/courses, in one or more of the following disciplines: Nutrition, Public Health, Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field.


  • At least 10 years (or equivalent in years) demonstrated post graduate experience in implementation of nutrition, public health, food security programmes in the deep field and in a leadership role. Experience developing partnerships in nutrition and working with multiple stakeholders with varying viewpoints and agendas.

  • Experience with Behaviour Change Communication for improving nutrition outcomes. Additionally, extensive experience implementing technical programmes especially in the areas of community development, decentralisation processes, capacity strengthening including policy discussions and decisions.

  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation tools and processes, reporting and budget management. Experience in undertaking situational and risk analysis to inform effective nutrition programme delivery and strategy direction.

  • Experience in leading teams to ensure effective delivery of objectives. Demonstration experience and knowledge of complex emergency operations including design and delivery of development programmes. Demonstrated experience in vendor, government, partner negotiation in support of broad functions or requirements.

    How to Apply

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

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