World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - NOC Jobs in Kenya

World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - NOC Jobs in Kenya


About WFP

  • The United Nations World Food Programme 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.

    Job Purpose

  • To design and manage programmes of moderate size or complexity that effectively meet food assistance needs, or contribute to policy formulation and/or provide technical advice or oversight on programme strategy and implementation.

  • This position is required to provide overall leadership, management and coordination of WFP’s portfolio in promoting resilient livelihoods under Outcome 2 and specifically Activity 3 of the CSP.

  • Specific activities include management of in-kind and cash transfers, design and implementation of appropriate and transformational livelihoods assistance, capacity strengthening of national and county governments, promotion of access to financial services including micro-insurance and savings and credit schemes.

  • This will include prioritisation and management of resources including financial flows from multiple funding sources, provision of normative guidance to field operations for effective and efficient delivery.

  • It will also entail retaining an oversight and forging synergies with the Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA), which is also housed within WFP and forms part of CSP Outcome 2.

  • The Programme Policy Officer will be the Activity Manager for Activity#3 (Resilient Livelihoods), under the direct supervision of the Strategic Outcome Manager for SO#2 (Food Systems and Resilient Livelihoods).

    Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

  • Contribute to formulation of WFP-wide programme policies in line with both organisational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field; or translate programme policy into Regional/Country level practices.

  • Developing programme guidance and implementation modalities and operations, to ensure a clear and strong connection between HQ and field operations.

  • Provide advice and support to COs on moderately complex issues to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions, and other relevant guidance.

  • Provide technical advice or mobilise technical expertise on programme and policy issues including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and appropriate food products, the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies to support government efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition.

  • Assist counterparts in governments and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully employed and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of moderately complex food assistance programmes to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of food security and nutrition programmes at national and sub-national levels.

  • Establish and maintain operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work.

  • Enhance WFP’s leadership status in forums relating to area of specialism, for example food security, nutrition, livelihoods, resilience or engagement in humanitarian, transition and development contexts through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials.

  • Manage operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to food assistance.

  • Manage the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.

  • Contribute to resources mobilisations efforts for WFP projects, including clearly articulating the need for food assistance and related programme opportunities, and follow up on the resource situation of projects including commodity and cash availability, seeking advice from senior colleagues where necessary.

  • Advice and support the development of functional training in areas of
    expertise to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partner to design and deliver effective food assistance programmes.

  • Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff to enable high performance.

  • Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within a moderate budget.

  • Contribute to Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e. early warning, risk analysis, and contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises and needs.

  • Other as required.

    Key Deliverables

    Main outputs expected from the position include the following:

  • Annual activity implementation strategies and budgetary reports developed, implemented and reported in line with WFP financial framework.

  • Technical guidance developed and made available to both Nairobi and field based staff as well as implementing partners where necessary.

  • Project funding proposals developed.

  • Activity grants programmed and managed according to WFP financial guidelines and donor requirements.

  • Strategic, complementary and implementation partnerships forged and formalised where appropriate.

  • Policy briefs/concepts for policy and strategic engagement with government.

  • Activity reviews and evaluations carried out and reports available.

  • Human resource requirements for delivery of the activity are identified, recruited and managed.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

    Education

  • Advanced University degree in Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, or other field relevant to resilient livelihoods development, OR First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

    Language

  • National Professional Fluency (level C) in English language.

    Desired Experiences for Entry into the Role

  • Has experience working across the Program portfolio including VAM/Nutrition.

  • Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.

  • Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.

  • At least five years of postgraduate professional experience in designing and implementing multi-faceted food systems and livelihoods programmes in arid and semi-arid areas.

  • Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.

  • Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.

  • Proven ability to take initiative, develop and execute demanding work plans.

  • Ability to analyse and identify opportunities and challenges and develop and propose solutions to programmatic challenges.

  • Proven ability to establish and maintain excellent working relations with colleagues and external partners and deal tactfully and patiently with different people.

  • Experience in managing diverse interests and perspectives and build consensus.

    Skills & Competencies

  • Food Systems and resilient liveihoods-related project planning and management.

    Specific competencies are required in:

  • Community based, multi-sectoral programmes to improve food security and nutrition including productivity and access to financial services.

  • Budget/grant management.

  • Team/Staff development, leadership, motivation to enable high performance.

  • Policy and strategy development and has provided input into policy decisions.

  • Proven ability to establish and maintain excellent working relations with colleagues and external partners, and deal tactfully and patiently with different people.

  • Experience in managing diverse interests and perspectives and build consensus.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills and ability to participate in and facilitate meetings and/or trainings.

  • Proposal development.

  • Partnership management, organisation representation.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - NOC Jobs in Kenya



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