Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Gaziantep, Turkey

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th December, 2018


Job Description

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.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience: Minimum three years of work experience in humanitarian response is an asset, preferably including coordination and analysis, project formulation and implementation, including awareness of issues related to social protection and resilience building.
  • Language: Fluency in written and spoken English and Turkish.
  • Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

There is an ongoing Regional Emergency Response in Syria and neighboring countries intended to meet the basic needs of displaced Syrians affected by conflict. In Turkey, WFP collaborates with the Government to ensure basic needs to vulnerable Syrian refugees.This post falls within the broad framework of the operations for the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), a component of the region emergency response. It is located in the WFP Gaziantep Area Office in Turkey with some travel to the field (Southeast Turkey). The incumbent will report directly to the Programme Policy Officer (SC9) in Ankara responsible for Coordination. He/she will operate with a high degree of independence and will be involved in ESSN activities, with special emphasis on the support for refugees in Turkey.

Supervision: Programme Policy Officer (Basic Needs Coordination) in Gaziantep will report to the Programme Policy Officer team lead in Ankara.

JOB PURPOSE

The objective of the Basic Needs Working Group, and the ESSN Task Force in Turkey is to ensure a timely, coherent and effective basic needs response by mobilizing stakeholders to respond in a strategic manner to the humanitarian crisis and Turkish operation for refugees. The role of the Programme Policy Officer (Basic Needs Coordination) is to lead, support and facilitate this process on behalf of WFP. He or she will work closely with the WFP Head of Area Office to ensure that all activities are in line with agreed and established priorities for sector coordination and WFP EMOP activities and priorities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The following are key accountabilities of the post with the incumbent;

  • Contribute to formulation of WFP-wide programme policies in line with both organizational 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 mobilize 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 basic needs 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 basic needs, 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 mobilizations 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.
  • Advise 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.

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.

OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS

Desirable experience:

  • Has strong knowledge of Southeast Turkey context and NGO partners.
  • Has experience working across the Program portfolio.
  • Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.

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