Programme Policy Officer SC8 (Nchelenge)
Job Title: Programme Policy Officer SC8 (Nchelenge)
WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.
Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
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.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, International Development, Social Sciences or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
Experience: At least 5 years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience (both in the field and Headquarters) in nutrition, public health management, development projects, emergency assistance, and/or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food security and nutrition assistance.
Language: Fluency in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.
The job holder reports to the Deputy Country Director and is typically involved in programme or policy activities or of a similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
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.
Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.
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.
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.
To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
1. Supervise and manage all activities at Nchelenge Field Office and Mantapala Refugee Settlement and ensure a smooth flow of communication and information between WFP team in Nchelenge and the Country Office.
2. Liaise with local authorities, NGOs, UN agencies and ensure effective coordination of activities including coordination and monitoring of distributions to refugees.
3. Supervise the implementation of assistance promoting food and nutrition security.
4. Execute regular monitoring plans per CO-level monitoring schedule and tools, report on monitoring data and organize field missions as well as participate in coordination meetings supporting CBT actors.
5. Provide monthly updates on refugee in-flows, cash distribution status and other food security related situation reports.
6. In liaison with the Zambia Country Office in Lusaka and extension staff from the Government and NGO partners, supervise training to smallholders in Post-Harvest Handling and Storage (PHHS) and facilitating access to appropriate hermetic sealed storage solutions.
7. Supervise staff tasked to build capacity of agrodealers and establish an efficient private sector led distribution network for PHHS equipment in districts where projects will be implemented.
8. Supervise provision of technical support to Government (MoA) and partners at field level in backstopping trainings for smallholders in production of drought tolerant value chains, post-harvest loss management, access and appropriate use of hermetic storage technologies such as Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags.
9. Coordinate technical assessments for the rural financial services such as credit and savings and provide linkage to the village savings and loans associations.
10. Support partnerships, coordinate and monitor the development of rural finance financial services such savings and credit activities with cooperating partners.
11. Support the incorporation of social behavioral change communication (SBCC) for nutrition across all activities.
12. Support business development for the processing of nutritious foods.
13. Perform other duties as required.
Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development. Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring. Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes. Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
Has experience in field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station.
Has field experience via field rotations or working in a sub-office, and through field postings.
Gained experience of analyzing political situations, assessing risk accurately and supporting managers and leaders in decision making that is sensitive to this.
Gained broader exposure across areas within a function (i.e. policy, programme etc.)
Participated in a vendor/government/ partner negotiation in support of broad function or Country Office requirements.
Participated in a moderately complex emergency operation/ development programme.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Deadline to receiving applications: 5th March 2021 at Mid-night.
Applications should be sent on-line only, through WFP recruitment website at: https://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.
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