Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Kampala, Uganda

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th March, 2021

Job Description


Within the above-mentioned context, and under the supervision of the Head of Livelihoods and Asset Creation Unit, the incumbent will support WFP Uganda livelihoods initiatives. Based in Kampala with frequent field visits to the refugee hosting districts and Karamoja regions, the incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the livelihoods programming and implementation, providing support to programme activities directly implemented by WFP as well as the support provided to national and subnational governmental entities to strengthen systems. More specifically, the officer will support policy dialogue and capacity strengthening activities to strengthen the government of Uganda Labour Intensive Public Works programmes, to effectively meet the livelihood needs of refugees and host communities, as well as Karamoja population.

WFP’s extended (2018-2025) Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Uganda highlights the importance of ensuring that food insecure populations in areas affected by increasing climate variability and shocks have access to adequate and nutritious food all year. To achieve this strategic outcome, WFP asset creation initiatives revolve around two pillars of action:

Pillar 1: enhancing national planning tools for resilience building: Through this pillar, WFP will be able to bring DLG and communities into the centre of resilience planning with a focus on the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. Moreover, WFP – together with the Makerere University School of Public Health (MaKSPH), through a multiyear partnership running from 2019-2022 – will review and enhance current national planning tools, adapt WFP seasonal Livelihoods Programming and Community Based Participatory Planning (SLP/CBPP) to the Ugandan context and national standards, and ensure government ownership and leadership in the rollout of planning tools. Lastly, in order to bring sustainability to the process, the potential integration of planning tools for resilience building into university curricula is envisaged; starting with MaKSPH as the national lead institution and cascading down to regional universities such as Muni, Gulu, and Mbarara universities.

Pillar 2: enhancing the contribution/delivery of national social protection programmes to build resilience and sustainable livelihoods. Through this pillar WFP plans to enhance government capacity to deliver LIPW with improved quality, sustainability and equity of assets created in national public works programmes

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Oversee project implementation and provide tailored field support
  • Provide technical advice and support to Area Offices and Field Offices on the WFP Livelihood and Asset Creation programming and design; including on targeted population, geographical coverage, resilience building, budgeting, planning, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Contribute to integrating programming including promotion of linkages between Assets Creation, Social Protection, Agriculture Market Support, School Feeding, Nutrition, etc
  • Support the WFP programme unit and CBT Focal Point to ensure CBTs complement WFP and other partners’ livelihood programming;
  • Lead the engagements with Makerere University to adapt and roll out the WFP Three-Pronged Approach (3PA).
  • Coordinate the 3PA region wide rollout plan in consultation with relevant ministries, including MGLSD, OPM, etc


  • Support identification of priorities and delivery of capacity strengthening initiatives to National Social Protection programmes such as Northern Uganda Social Fund (NUSAF) and Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP) towards community -lead and nutrition-sensitive Labour-Intensive Public Works.
  • Manage, monitor and assess the implementation of effective Asset Creation Activities
  • Propose modifications or corrective actions when needed.
  • Support development and delivery of ambitious learning agenda to improve internal learning and external evidence-based advocacy on the role of asset creation to build resilience to shocks.
  • Support integrated resource management for asset creation and livelihoods activities



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • An advanced degree in any of the following areas obtained from a recognised education institution: Business Management, Computer Science, Telecommunications Engineering, Social Sciences or any related area;
  • At least five (5) years of post-graduate professional experience in design and implementation of humanitarian and development assistance delivery mechanism at community and national level;
  • Knowledge of natural-resources based livelihoods strategies, approaches and methodologies;
  • Knowledge of effective approaches to promote income generating activities across vulnerable populations in development and humanitarian contexts;
  • Proven experience in working with government entities to strengthen their capacity and provide technical assistance.


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