World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Policy Officer

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. BACKGROUND 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. WFP has been present in Sri Lanka since 1968 and provided assistance to the country in emergency response and protracted recovery interventions in the aftermath of man-made disasters such as the 27-year conflict and recurrent natural disasters (droughts and floods/landslides). Following the end of nearly three decades of armed conflict in 2009, Sri Lanka attained lower-middle-income-country status in January 2010, and it was elevated to upper-middle-income status in 2019. Exactly one year after (2020), the World Bank has reclassified again the country in the lower-middle income category. Despite social-economic progresses, scope remains for progress in strengthening food security and nutrition given Sri Lanka’s continued alarming status on nutrition, especially wasting levels, realizing gender equality and eliminating geographic and socio-economic disparities. JOB PURPOSE The WFP Sri Lanka Country Office is looking for a dynamic leader to plan the strategic design and coordinate the implementation of activities as manager of the Strategic Outcome (SO) 4 of the CSP. The focus of this outcome is building resilience to enable vulnerable communities to better withstand shocks and stresses, and to augment government capacity to implement disaster-management and integrated disaster-risk-reduction strategies. The Programme Policy Officer will oversee the three broad activities planned to achieve the CSP SO4, which are implemented by dedicated Activity Managers and teams: • CSP Activity 6: Support nutrition-sensitive and gender-transformative livelihood diversification and income generation through integrated resilience-building activities • CSP Activity 7: Provide technical assistance for emergency preparedness and response operations to the Government • CSP Activity 8: Provide technical assistance to government and related agencies in the building of improved, unified, shock-responsive safety-net systems The Programme Policy Officer (NOB) will closely coordinate and complement the efforts of a peer Programme Policy Officer (NOB) responsible for activities under SO 2 (School Feeding) and 3 (Nutrition) of the CSP. Together, the two Programme Policy Officers will lead the Programme Unit ensuring leadership, Coordination and teamwork of staff of activities under the 4 SOs, throughout the different phases of the programme/project cycle. In case of activation of any emergency response activity under the CSP Strategic Outcome 1, whose overall management responsibility will remain with the Deputy Country Director, the Programme Policy Officer will be responsible to implement related activities coordinating the Country Office Emergency Preparedness and Response team. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive) Working under the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director, the Programme Policy Officer (NOB) will be responsible for the following duties within delegated authority (but not limited to): 1. Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance. 2. Provide Project Management Support to specific and defined programmes and projects of considerable size/complexity, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures. 3. Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained. 4. Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities. 5. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders. 6. Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery. 7. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages. 8. Support the Capacity Building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through providing inputs into training materials. 9. Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with Analysis and queries. 10. Be accountable for budget management for related strategic objectives and activities. 11. Other as required. STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 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. Language: Excellent oral and written communication skills in the English language. Working knowledge of local language/s. KNOWLEDGE • Project Management, including financial responsibilities for budget preparation and oversight • Knowledge about resilience building, including ability to articulate theoretical approaches and options; and implementation experience • Knowledge of relevant government policies related to agriculture and livelihood development, including relevant national safety net programmes to support the most vulnerable • Knowledge about Climate Change, disaster management and disaster risk reduction would be an advantage COMPETENCIES • Understands, supports and promotes the organisation's vision, mission, and business objectives • Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with other agencies/organizations, donors, government counterparts and other NGOs/ INGOs • Ability to conceptualize, develop, plan and manage programmes • Good analytical, negotiation, communication and advocacy skills • Thinks strategically and responds positively to change • Establishes clear plans and timeframes for project implementation • Leadership and teamworking DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
  • Minimum of 5 years of postgraduate progressively responsible relevant professional experience at a national or an international organizational in a senior management position with supervisory responsibilities

  • Demonstrated experience in leading one or more activities planned, especially those under the CSP SO4 to build resilience of vulnerable communities while strengthening relevant institutions’ capacities – design and implement livelihood diversification and income generation; provide technical assistance to build emergency preparedness and response capacities; provide technical assistance to improve social safety-net systems to respond to shocks

  • Demonstrated experience in policy analysis and development of strategic plans to support humanitarian and/or development interventions and achievements, including through participating/leading strategic planning processes

  • Demonstrated experience in fostering partnerships around relevant programmatic areas, engaging counterparts (example: UN agencies, donors, government counterparts and/or NGOs/INGOs) at appropriate level

  • Experience in developing successful proposals for programmes or activities related to resilience building

  • 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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS * Initial contract will be for a period of one year which is renewable, depending on the performance of the post incumbent, financial feasibility and the organizational requirements. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS Sunday, 2 August 2020 Qualified Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.
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