World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - Emergency Preparedness & Response Officer - Jobs in Uganda

World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - Emergency Preparedness & Response Officer - 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

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 Crisis response team is in urgent need of the Programme Policy Officer (Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer), who will be responsible for all actions related to Emergency Preparedness and Response Programmes in WFP Uganda.

These actions are a key component of WFP’s preparedness and response to emergencies.

The Officer will be in the foreground of discussions with the Government, communities, UN agencies and first responder organisations on Disaster Preparedness and will advise on capacity strengthening activities to (semi-) Government actors in the field of emergencies.

Job Purpose

The Incumbent will be responsible for the preparation of EPRP by liaising with other stakeholders such as the Government, communities, UN agencies, NGOs and Red Cross organisations.

The incumbent is also responsible as the liaison between WFP and other national stakeholders concerning Early Warning Systems.

Under WFP’s CSP, Activity 2, WFP will provide technical assistance and services to enable the Government of Uganda and first responders to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

WFP will support the Government and first responders such as the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) and strengthen their capacities to address acute food needs in emergencies, focusing on shock-prone areas and urban populations vulnerable to income and food-price shocks.

The main focus will be on coordination, collaborating with local government and communities, needs assessment, response design, mobilization and management of resources, procurement, establishment of supply chains, gender-transformative responses, enhancing the shock-responsiveness of national social protection, monitoring, evaluation and accountability systems.

The EPRP Programme Officer will contribute towards programme formulation and provide technical advice and oversight of the programme as part of Activity 2; “provide technical assistance and services to the government of Uganda and to first responders to prepare for and respond to emergencies” as stated in WFP’s Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022).

The incumbent will report to the Head of Crisis Response and work closely with other teams including the Capacity Strengthening Officer, the Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping, Monitoring and Evaluation; and Supply Chain teams.

Key Account-abilities

  • The Incumbent is required to provide technical guidance to support the Uganda CO in developing an EPR road map and developing EPRP and Concept of
  • Operations for several types of disasters:
    rapid and/or slow onslaught disasters (floods, landslides, or droughts) and for epidemics.
  • The responsibilities of the Programme Policy Officer (Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer) are divided into different workstreams: Facilitation of the EPRP exercise, Follow-up and Communication.1.
  • Facilitation of the EPRP exercise
  • Brief Management and Heads of Units on the
  • EPRP and its implementation process.
  • Facilitate the risk assessment session.
  • Explain to Management and Heads of Units how to fill-in the MPA and ERA checklists and assist them in order to assure these are completed.
  • Create and be in charge of the emergency folder(s).
  • Ensure the CDs approval of the filled-out templates.
  • Ensure the roll-out of the EPRP to Area Offices/Field Offices.
  • Coordinate the monitoring of the critical indicators for the risks identified.
  • Ensures that the exercise is repeated at least once a year.
  • Communicate and liaise with RBN and the HQ Early Warning structures on the development and monitoring of risks identified.
  • Communication of EPR related issues to relevant internal and external partners.
  • Representation of WFP in inter-agency meetings regarding EPR issues.

    Qualifications & Experience Required


  • Post-graduate university degree in social sciences, development studies or another relevant field.
  • Specific studies on DRR and/or EPR desirable


  • At least 6-10 years of experience in Humanitarian work, International Development and/or DRR/EPR
  • Proven Experience and in-debt knowledge of operations around Emergency Preparedness and Response Package
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in capacity strengthening of government and civil society institutions;
  • Flexibility and excellent communication skills
  • Strong analytical, planning and writing skills


  • Fluency in oral and written English.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 9th June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - Emergency Preparedness & Response Officer - Jobs in Uganda

    Find jobs in Uganda. Jobs - Uganda jobs. Search our career portal & find the latest Ugandan job positions, career opportunities & jobs in Uganda.

    Jobs in Uganda - banking jobs, IT jobs, accounting jobs, NGO jobs, business administration, ICT, UN jobs, procurement jobs, education jobs, hospital jobs, human resources jobs, engineering, teaching jobs, and other careers in Uganda.

    Find your dream job from 1000s of vacancies in Uganda posted and updated daily - click here!

  • Click here to post comments

    Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Jobs in Uganda.

    Scholarship 2020/21

    Undergraduate Scholarships 2020/2021
    Masters Scholarships,
    PhD Scholarships,
    International Scholarships.