Programme Policy Officer (Agriculture Market Support)

World Food Programme, Kampala, Uganda

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsPolicy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th February, 2021

Job Description


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Nutrition & Food Systems, the Programme Policy Officer (Agricultural Market Support) will provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet objectives of the Agriculture Market Support Portfolio.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Articulate strategic direction of the AMS programme, provide on-the-job training and build competencies of the team members to create an enabling environment for action and performance         
  • Develop, revise and prioritise the budget for the AMS implementation for the extended CSP period as well as on an annual basis.
  • Position WFP as a credible agricultural development partner vis-vis the Government of Uganda, UN agencies, donors including multi-lateral institutions, as well as other agricultural
  • development partners through coordination, capacity support, joint programming and evidence generation
  • Ensure that qualitative and quantitative information and data are digitally captured, analyzed and disseminated to demonstrate programme impact, adjust the programme implementation, and catalyse the adaptation of AMS-like smallholder development models in national programmes.
  • Design a framework of collaboration, including participation in the review and formulation of national policies and strategies with MAAIF and MoTIC, and support in forming cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Gender to link agricultural development to national school feeding and social assistance programmes.
  • Build strategic partnership with donor projects (USAID, DFID, IA, BMZ projects), UN agencies and other agricultural players to harmonise targeting and create synergy in smallholder support.
  • Coordinate the AMS activity implementation of cooperating partners at the national level.


  •  Seek and strengthen internal programme integration across SOs for effective use of resources, balanced support to refugees and nationals in refugee-hosting areas, demonstrated action for the transition from relief to development, as well as nutrition-sensitive and gender transformative programming.
  •  Lead market systems development activity and link market-off-takers, including medium to large-scale WFP suppliers to AMS-assisted farmers' organisations (FO).  
  •  Identify opportunities and risk mitigation measures to increase agric. lending and insurances services to the FOs.
  •  Liaise with the technical team at HQ, RNB and WFP Centers of Excellence for advice, contribution to corporate learning and documentation and South to South Cooperation.
  •  Develop funding proposals, write/contribute to internal and external reports and provide inputs to the overall advocacy, resource mobilization and public communications of WFP Uganda.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships 
  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance

  • Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)

  • Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

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 ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches

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..


  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree in agricultural economics/development studies/economics degree with strong programming and in leadership background
  • At least 10 years of relevant working experience, preferably in agriculture, agribusiness and agricultural finance in a government agency, development organisation or private company
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Behavioural competencies such as Action Management, Client Orientation, Cognitive Capacity, Innovation, Partnering and Teamwork, marketing, supply chain, negotiation and sales principles.


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