United Nations World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - Social Protection & Resilience Jobs in Uganda

United Nations World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - Social Protection & Resilience Jobs in Uganda


Job Purpose

  • Under direct supervision of the Resilience and Social Protection specialist, the Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection and Resilience) will be responsible for supporting technical coordination and engagement with the government to strengthen the implementation of different national and sub national social protection and resilience programmes; and ensuring that provision of strategic guidance, in line with WFP’s corporate agenda, Country Strategic Plan and the Uganda National Development Plan 3 trajectory.

    Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

  • Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.

  • Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of considerable size/complexity, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.

  • Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.

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

    Key Accountabilities 2/2

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

  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.

  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through providing inputs into training materials.

  • Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries

  • Other as required.

    Other Specific Job Requirements

  • Ensure close coordination with Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Ministry of Karamoja Affairs on policy advocacy and funding opportunities relating to social protection and resilience activities in the country office.

  • To actively lead and extend technical assistance and advice/guidance to the implementation of government social protection programmes on policy, design and operational matters.

  • Oversee implementation and operations and support the secretariat coordination (internal and external) for the Sida project for effective implementation at country office. This includes acting as first level focal person between UNICEF, Government, Area Office/Field and Country office.

  • Support the PRO-ACT implementation and ensure WFP is positioned as a preferred partner of choice for the Government in social protection and contribute to broader donor engagement with the EU delegation (ECHO/DEVCO).

    Other Specific Job requirement 2/2

  • Facilitate timely access of WFP to Government's relevant policy documents, structures and institutions responsible for social protection, Disaster Risk Management and Resilience. This includes keeping the government informed on the value-addition of WFP's technical strengths in the implementation, and design of social protection programmes and systems.

  • Explore partnership opportunities with the Government, UN and civil society that strengthen existing capacities of WFP and Government programmes.

  • Ensure adherence to the national priorities and guidelines in the implementation for the National Social Protection Programmes.

  • Ensure timely responses to the Government queries on WFP operations and any request for support and technical assistance in the social protection and resilience portfolio.

  • Identify opportunities where WFP can support the Government's efforts and build/strengthen their capacities using the country capacity strengthening (CCS) approach.

  • Facilitate timely access of WFP to Government's relevant policy documents, structures and institutions responsible for social protection, Disaster Risk Management and Resilience. This includes keeping the government informed on the value-addition of WFP's technical strengths in the implementation, and design of social protection programmes and systems.

  • Explore partnership opportunities with the Government, UN and civil society that strengthen existing capacities of WFP and Government programmes.

  • Ensure adherence to the national priorities and guidelines in the implementation for the National Social Protection Programmes.

  • Ensure timely responses to the Government queries on WFP operations and any request for support and technical assistance in the social protection and resilience portfolio.

  • Identify opportunities where WFP can support the Government's efforts
    and build/strengthen their capacities using the country capacity strengthening (CCS) approach.

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities

    Purpose

  • 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.

    People

  • 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)

    Performance

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Partnership

  • 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.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

    Education:

  • Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses in Social Protection.

    Language:

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

    Desired Experience

  • At least three years of experience in social protection with additional experience in implementing technical programs.

  • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.

  • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - Social Protection & Resilience Jobs in Uganda


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