United Nations World Food Programme Intern – Agriculture Market Support Jobs in Uganda

United Nations World Food Programme Intern – Agriculture Market Support 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.

    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.

    Organizational Context

  • The UN 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 and establishing partnerships with other development partners.

  • WFP in Karamoja focuses on the following areas: Nutrition specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes to treat and prevent malnutrition and reduce stunting; Building resilience to shocks and climate change in anticipation of increased food insecurity and limited livelihood opportunities; Ensuring school children receive nutritious meals to meet their basic food and nutrition needs and including increasing enrolment and attendance; Working with the government and partners to reduce crop losses, improve household food security and increase a marketable surplus; Deploying targeted relief assistance to crises-affected populations or households as informed by food security and nutrition assessments; and Strengthening government’s shock-responsive systems to improve food security and nutrition in Karamoja

  • WFP programmes in Karamoja use food and cash to build assets, spread knowledge and nurture stronger, more dynamic communities that are food secure.

    Job Purpose

  • To provide support to Agriculture Market Support (AMS) programmes and activities to contribute to meeting the Agriculture Market Support needs of WFP beneficiaries and the Karamoja community.

    Key Accountabilities

  • Support to monitor and review the overall trainings provided to smallholder farmers and other value chain actors by the cooperating partner.

  • Support the program staff to mobilize, monitor and supervise a broad range of activities conducted by Farmer Organisations from input access, production, postharvest management, and marketing.

  • Support the Field Offices to conduct regular monthly review meetings on the progress of the Agriculture Market Support.

  • Assist in the implementation of the plan of action, review achievement and constraints and provide Feedback to the senior Programme Assistant.

  • Monitor the overall number and status of smallholder farmers in the project

  • Liaise with relevant institutions to link farmers to financial institution to enable farmers access micro-financing support for increased production.

  • Co-ordinate with Field Officer staff and partner to ensure every targeted farmer receives the mandated trainings and e-voucher for the postharvest equipment ordered. Besides, ensure all data related to postharvest equipment is collected and analysed for decision making.

  • In close coordination with Field Office staff and partners, visit smallholder farmers sites to verify progress and provide advice as required.

  • Assist in carrying out routine field visits to the targeted districts to support Field Offices on programmatic and operational issues in
    the implementation of AMS project/programme

  • Contribute to the periodic/monthly reports (offer support in the preparation of monthly reports and submit material for preparation of periodic project monitoring reports)

  • Carry out any other duties that may be assigned by the supervisor or WFP management.

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities

    Purpose

  • 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.

    People

  • 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.

    Performance

  • 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.

    Partnership

  • 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.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Has experience in community engagement to identifying underlying needs and appropriate interventions

  • General knowledge of monitoring and evaluation systems and standards as well as working with producer organizations and other agricultural value chain actors.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have graduated not before 2019

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics and Climate Change, Natural Resource Management and Marketing obtained from a recognized institution.

  • Basic understanding of Value Chain Development and Food System, Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management and support. Strong background knowledge on the operations Micro-Small-Medium Enterprises which work towards supporting smallholder farmers

  • Good knowledge and skills in using MS Office applications.

  • Knowledge of Local Language will be an added Advantage.

    Language

  • Fluency in written and oral English language. Ability to communicate in basic Ngakarimojong, Lebthur and/or Swahili languages is a requirement.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations World Food Programme Intern – Agriculture Market Support Jobs in Uganda


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