Programme Policy Officer-Nutrition

World Food Programme, Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd January, 2019


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.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

These job is found in Bangladesh Country Office. The staff member will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer Nutrition (Head of Nutrition Cox’s Bazar)

JOB PURPOSE

To provide support to nutrition programmes and activities to contribute to meeting the nutritional needs of WFP beneficiaries and strengthening government capacity in Cox’s Bazar.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The overall aim of this role is to provide technical support to the WFP Cox’s Bazar office on its nutrition strategy and programme implementation focusing on: planning, quality implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation of critical experiences and programme results. More specifically the Programme Policy Officer(Nutrition) will:

  • Contribute to the development of WFP Cox’s Bazar nutrition activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider nutrition policies and guidance
  • Provide technical assistance and liaise with implementing partners (internal and external) to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  • Provide technical assistance to Government, particularly the Civil Surgeon’s Office for the implementation and scale up of Nutrition Programmes particularly nutrition-specific programming for malnutrition prevention and treatment and emergency nutrition preparedness and response in collaboration with other humanitarian actors.
  • Support the identification of potential partners and partnership negotiations to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to meeting nutrition needs.
  • Contribute to the preparation of proposals for WFP and Government nutrition specific and sensitive programme funding and partnerships as and when required.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff and partners including government staff to prepare for and respond to nutrition needs, for example through the preparation and review of training materials and on the job supervision for further strengthening of MAM treatment.
  • Support the revision and finalisation of the integrated BSFP/TSFP protocol and guidelines in collaboration with the Nutrition Sector and relevant stakeholders
  • Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  • Ensure a coordinated approach in line with WFP standards and procedures and in alignment with government policies and strategies, in collaboration with other nutrition stakeholders in Cox’s Bazar
  • Technically support and enhance capacity for the development and co-ordinate data gathering and monitoring/assessment systems for nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained in Cox’s Bazar.
  • Technically support and enhance capacity for tracking and analysis of data to provide input into reporting activities and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on nutrition activities that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Represent WFP in coordination fora and platforms, to facilitate consultation and collaboration with key government bodies, the sector and partner organisations.
  • Provide guidance to support and junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with programme administrative and financial processing tasks, and assisting them with nutrition analysis and queries.
  • Any other tasks as required and deemed appropriate.

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.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

  • 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.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education: Advanced University degree in human nutrition and/or public health nutrition or related subject.
  • Language: Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and Bangla
  • Experience: At least 5 years of experience in Food Security, Nutrition Security and/or related fields possibly with a UN organization, or international development organization

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Good understanding on the Nutrition situation in Bangladesh and the knowledge of the National Plan of Action for Nutrition 2;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, consistency in follow-up, ability to work with diverse teams, capability and initiative to provide timely technical advice and independent ability to facilitate coordinated planning and subsequent follow-up on implementation and reporting;
  • Action management and results orientation;
  • Identifies early warning indicators and reacts on them;
  • Strong capability to manage and collaborate across organizational units;
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with multidisciplinary/multicultural team;
  • Proven capacity to coordinate and communicate with Government officials and cooperating partners

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