Programme Policy Officer (PHHS)

Lusaka, Zambia, Full Time K0 - K1500

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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.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

WFP has joined a consortium of public and private institutions, known as the Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA), to help smallholder farmers unlock new opportunities. The Alliance works by supporting smallholder farmers to move from subsistence farming to market-oriented agriculture by connecting demand for their crops with commercial markets, improving their access to agricultural inputs and finance, and connecting them to post-harvest solutions, with the aim of boosting incomes and building long-term resilience.
FtMA is a consortium of six agri-focused organizations, with a mission of making markets work better for smallholder farmers since 2016. Through a demand-led approach, FtMA works with local agricultural ecosystem players to sustainably improve farmer livelihoods whilst fostering commercial viability of value chain stakeholders. FtMA promotes the growth of viable smallholder facing business models through strategic and hands-on partnerships. FtMA coordinates the ecosystem, co-innovates products and services, and provides information management covering market access, access to finance, access to inputs and technology, and post-harvest handling and storage to overcome critical value chain bottlenecks in smallholder crop markets.
WFP hosts the coordination of this comprehensive value chain intervention and is looking for an individual to push forward these efforts.
These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.

JOB PURPOSE

To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Overall, establish and manage private and public partnerships in Post- Harvest Handling and Storage (PHHS), Markets and Logistics’ domain with the Private sector.
Inform the FtMA Managing Director and Acting FtMA Zambia Country Coordinator monthly on progress against a subset of agreed upon target indicators, and make recommendations as needed to maximize achievement of outcomes and impact.
Spearhead fine-tuning and mainstreaming FSC anchor model in PHHS, Markets and Logistics spheres including aggregation.
Provide support of PHHS, Markets and Logistics operations including online platforms and work with input providers.
Support Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of activities related to PHHS, Markets and Logistics pathway.
Lead in designing and refining scalable, sustainable approaches and strategies suitable for PHHS, Markets and Logistics pathway operations.
Liaise and be the link between FtMA and Alliance Partners on matters related to PHHS, Markets and Logistics
Conduct regular field monitoring and proactive troubleshooting visits to FtMA’s FSCs.
Provide advisory support to cooperating partner field staff through the designated Project Manager.
Attend and represent FtMA-Zambia in stakeholder meetings/forums.
Ensure appropriate documentation of the project implementation process and progress
Provide insights and suggestions to the Team as required to ensure project milestones are met.
Contribute to the formulation of the annual workplans

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: University degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Agriculture Economics or a field relevant to Agriculture. An advanced degree in a relevant field is a plus
Language: At least eight (8) years of experience in agribusiness, either in private sector enterprises or in non-profit value chain related projects, with a strong exposure to the private sector.
National Professional: Fluency in both oral and written English language.

OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS

Demonstrated knowledge of agricultural economics; field level experience with smallholders and pro-smallholder SMEs.
Demonstrated knowledge of establishing, mentoring and coaching smallholder Farmers into successful and profitable business entities particularly in aggregation and markets.
Demonstrated knowledge of PHHS, Markets and Logistics spheres with a strong sense of how to deliver success in these sectors
Proven success in building up scalable and sustainable crop aggregation business models.
Ability to work independently, establish priorities and monitor own work plan with minimum supervision in close coordination with the geographically diversified FtMA team.
Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with results-oriented private sector partners as well as internal clients.
Solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including ability to work and deliver projects proactively and under pressure.
Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiating skills.
Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
Ability to frequently travel within the country.

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.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Deadline for submission of applications: 18th June 2022 at Midnight.
Applications should be sent on-line only, through WFP recruitment website at: www.wfp.org/careers
Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.