World Food Programme (WFP)

National Programme Policy Officer (School Meals Programme Implementation)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

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. 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 Since 2010, WFP and the Government of Armenia have been successfully implementing the School Feeding Programme in ten provinces of Armenia, thanks to the strategic multi-year contribution of the Russian Federation. WFP and the National School Feeding Programme provide daily nutritious meals to more than 100,000 primary school children across the country.    One of the main objectives of WFP Armenia Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019 – 2024, is to gradually hand over the school feeding programme to the Government of the Republic of Armenia by 2023. This process of nationalization requires putting in place several initiatives to ensure full sustainability of the Programme.  Since 2010, WFP has invested in renovating school kitchens and canteens, training schoolteachers and principals, as well as kitchen staff on providing daily nutritious meals. WFP has also been gradually aligning with the National School Feeding programme, providing cash transfers to schools, so that schools can directly purchase nutritionally diverse commodities from local suppliers.  In 2020, WFP and the Government of Armenia launched the Transformative School Feeding Programme – which positions schools as centres of lifelong learning that benefits not just for school children, but also their parents and communities. This widened scope of school feeding will include three major components:
  1. Schools equipped with infrastructure so that they are self-reliant: in addition to renovating and equipping kitchens and canteens, targeted schools will receive additional infrastructure such as solar panels and greenhouses, as well as supporting school gardens and orchards - this will enable children and communities to access nutritionally diversified food all year round;

  2. Activities on healthy lifestyle and nutrition campaigns for childrens’ parents and for the benefit of the whole community;

  3. Technical and vocational trainings will be conducted to upgrade the skillsets of future workforce – covering areas from cooking to greenhouse management, which will further enable them to access jobs in the future.

JOB PURPOSE Particular support will be provided in contributing to formulating a new National Sustainable School Meals Strategy. Moreover, WFP will strengthen the national capacity more broadly by contributing to the development of evidence-based national strategies, targeted policies and activities linking school feeding to the  scoial protection platform. Key national institutions will be at the centre of WFP’s capacity strengthening efforts with the ultimate goal to enable the Government to fully implement the National School Feeding Programme.   Given the above, the Country Office identifies the need to hire a national Programme Policy Officer (School Meals Programme implementation), to continue coordinating the implementation of the WFP/Armenia School Meals Programme and supporting the capacity strengthening of the Government of Armenia to take over the National School Feeding Programme in the country. This role will be under the overall guidance of the Country Director and the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director TERMS AND CONDITIONS Grade: National Officer - Level A (NOA) Contract: Fixed-Term (FT) - One-year renewable DURATION OF CONTRACT 12 months, with possibility of renewal KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  • Coordinate the implementation of the core components of the School Feeding  Programme in Armenia, ensuring (1) schoolchildren in the targeted areas receive a nutritious, hot, diversified meal that meets their basic food and nutrition needs every day that they attend school; (2) schoolchildren benefit from rehabilitated school facilities and equipment, including kitchens that improve the delivery of school meals; (3) schools and communities benefit from investments in school-based agricultural projects;

  • Contribute towards the development new school-based programmes, workplans as well as standard operating procedures, ensuring alignment with the Country Strategic Plan, wider programme policies and guidance;

  • Guide and supervise field implementation staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them to develop appropriate resource allocation plans;

  • Work closely with Finance and Supply Chain units to manage and plan resources – including budget and procurement planning;

  • Work closely with key partners and stakeholders of the School Feeding Programme implementation, including Government counterparts at central and field levels, NGOs, implementing partners and other UN agencies;

  • Coordinate transitional model from direct food to cash-based transfer modality; develop and oversee the work plan;

  • Coordinate needs assessment and field missions develop appropriate plans for the improvement of infrastructure and equipment at schools, other initiatives linked to the transformational school feeding, to improve the delivery of the school meals;

  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programme and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders;

  • Work closely with communications officer to develop visibility and communications materials for the School Feeding Programme;

  • Contribute to the capacity strengthening of the national government and implementing partners to administer the School Feeding Programme according to the handover plan, as required;

  • Support policy and strategy development on transformative school feeding programme, in line with national standards;

  • Support WFP’s technical assistance to relevant ministries for the preparation of regulations and guidelines on school meals, in line with national health and hygiene specifications and international standards;

  •  Support efforts to engage in partnerships to enhance school feeding implementation and raise financial support for transformative school feeding activities;

  • Contribute to WFP’s global evidence base on school feeding activities and actively share evidence and experiences from Armenia;

  • Perform other related duties if required.

  • 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.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES 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 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 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. STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education:   Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, 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. Languages:  Fluency (level C) in both oral and written communication in English and Armenian languages. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of Russian is desired. KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:
  • At least three years of progressively responsible professional experience in a wide variety of projects, plans and processes, reporting, partnership and coordination with government and other high standing entities;

  • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations;

  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

  • Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team;

  • Ability to plan and organize work with minimum supervision;

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE All qualified candidates who meet the above requirements are encouraged to submit their online application accompanied by an updated Curriculum Vitae (in English). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS Deadline is 8 July 2020.
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