United Nations World Food Programme - Programme Policy Officer - Climate Risk Management Specialist Jobs in Uganda

United Nations World Food Programme - Programme Policy Officer - Climate Risk Management Specialist Jobs in Uganda

Job Purpose

  • To support WFP's climate portfolio, in particular the forecast-based financing for drought initiative and integration of agricultural insurance in social protection and/or agricutultural support programmes in Karamoja.

  • Based in WFPs’ Kampala office, the expert will provide technical leadership as well as liaise with partner agencies to strengthen coordination and advocacy efforts for the integrated climate risk management approach.

    Key Accountabilities

    (not all-inclusive)

  • Within the Resilience and Social Protection Team, and under the direct supervision of the Livelihoods and Asset creation policy officer, the focus of this role will be to ensure that the emerging FbF portfolio is implemented according to project timelines, integrated across other DRR and DRM and country office Climate Solutions and resilience initiatives and, in coordination with implementation partners and government agencies as needed.

  • The emerging FbF portfolio is composed of the 'Scaling up Drought Anticipatory Actions for Food Security in Africa”, the “Strengthening shock-responsive systems in Karamoja” project, and agricultural insurance project.

    The Programme Officer will be working on various workstreams around the following areas:

    Capacity building and capacity strengthening:

  • Lead of the design and delivery of an index-design training and other capacity building activities, for all stakeholders (i.e. government, private sector, public service providers (UNMA) as well as to WFP National staff

  • Support the development of “last mile climate services” to project focus communities

    Minimum Qualifications


  • Advanced university degree in agriculture, climate adaptation, disaster risk management, agricultural insurance, meteorology, hydrology, environmental science, or other related field.


  • At least eight years of work experience focusing on disaster risk reduction and mitigation, EPR, early warning systems, seasonal and crop forecasting models and/or agricultural insurance.

  • Experience in Uganda, regional EWS and/or WFP climate-related programmes is an added advantage.


    Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives :

  • Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.

  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.

  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous
    situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.

  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.

  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning

  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships

  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.

    Functional Capabilities

  • Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

  • Strategic Management Utilizes up-to-date understanding of humanitarian and development actions in different contexts and knowledge of global geo-political issues, monitoring requirements and/or the evaluation mandate to enhance existing approaches, systems and processes to monitoring and/or evaluation that suit WFP’s strategic and operational needs.

  • Performance Management Demonstrates thorough understanding of WFP’s performance management system and ability to manage resources and relationships to lead monitoring actions or deliver complex evaluations (including joint & interagency) of a variety of WFP programmes, processes or policies to WFP monitoring and/or evaluation quality standards.

  • Qualitative/Quantitative Methodology Applies in-depth understanding of developing practice in analytical approaches, methods and tools for an appropriate mix to deliver quality monitoring results or complex evaluations on diverse topics relevant to WFP’s strategic and operational results frameworks.

  • Technical Communication Able to tailor and synthesize evaluation evidence and engage diverse internal and external stakeholders proactively in appropriate ways to maximize learning and use of evaluation concepts and evidence for improving WFP programme performance.

  • Programme Monitoring and Review Applies programme lifecycle knowledge to the development of monitoring systems and applies corporate guidance to draft ToR, co-lead

  • Programme Review implementation, and draft initial findings and recommendations on the effectiveness of food assistance activities.

    How to Apply

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