World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Policy Officer (Urban Response)

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 & JOB PURPOSE The World Food Programme’s (WFP) 2017–2021 Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Zimbabwe is a significant step forward on WFP’s vision for zero hunger as it addresses food security and nutrition challenges. The CSP has priority actions based on: lessons learned, discussions with the Gove The objectives of WFP’s urban interventions are to collaborate with the government and partners at all levels to maximize the food security and nutrition impact of existing safety net programmes and to offer technical, advisory services related to the design, operationalization and evaluation of the cost-efficiency and effectiveness of food security and nutrition-sensitive safety nets and other food security, nutrition and resilience-building interventions. Currently, WFP is implementing a cash-based transfer intervention in 8 urban domains across the country and is scaling it up to 20 urban domains to respond to the needs of the urban communities. WFP Zimbabwe seeks applications for a Reporting Officer from qualified candidates for its urban programme based at the Country Office (CO) in Harare. The ideal candidate would be able to effectively coordinate across different functional units, cooperating partners, and field offices to collect the required information and synthesize it for both internal and external reporting requirements. The candidate would be required to have strong inter-personal and communication skills to articulate the complexities of the urban programme in a reader-friendly manner. rnment, donors and partner consultations, the findings of the Zero Hunger Strategic Review and an assessment of funding opportunities. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  1.             Liaise with different WFP units (Logistics, Procurement, Programme, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Cash-based transfers (CBT), Finance and Vulnerability Assessment & Mapping (VAM) to ensure coordinated preparation and implementation of WFP’s urban intervention.

  2.             Provide technical advisory support to programme implementation in targeted urban areas in close coordination with the Field Offices and Cooperating Partners.

  3.             Support the design and implementation of a baseline urban vulnerability assessment within the new urban domains for beneficiary selection and targeting.

  4.             Support Cooperating Partners in designing and rolling out remote community engagement and training activities.

  5.             Support the ICT team, Field Offices, VAM and partners to ensure accurate data entry for beneficiaries in SCOPE.

  6.             Coordinate with Field Offices, CBT and partners for timely cash disbursement and mop-up cycles.

  7.             Coordinate with CBT and the financial service provider(s) for identification and resolution of issues affecting cash disbursement.

  8.             Support Field Offices in ensuring effective coordination with relevant government departments, local partners, and community stakeholders to ensure project buy-in.

  9.             Support the CO (Management, CBT, VAM, M&E, ITC, LSP, Supply Chain, Nutrition) and the Field Offices in identifying bottlenecks in project implementation and documenting lessons learned.

  10.           Provide regular updates to CO Management on progress, challenges and opportunities related to the successful implementation of the urban scale up.

  11.           Work with CO, RBJ, and HQ colleagues to develop WFP communications materials as appropriate.

  12.           Any other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

KEY DELIVERABLES
  1. Organize learning and knowledge management workshops, as feasible, with all stakeholders following key milestones throughout the project.

  2. Produce a guidance manual documenting the approach and outcomes of the urban vulnerability needs assessment.

  3. Develop a project tracker for urban cash assistance programme documenting key deliverables, timelines, roles & responsibilities of stakeholders involved, and intervention implementation process

  4. Prepare a lessons-learned document based on the urban project coordination and implementation experience.

  5. Prepare monthly reports on results and effectiveness of alternative cash disbursement modality pilots.

  6. Prepare guidelines for urban programme roll-out in the context of COVID-19.

  7. Review and prepare a monthly report with the Budgets and Programme Unit on urban programme budget (including TRAC and donor) spend and planned expenses.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education: University degree in Political Science, International Development, Urban Policy, International Relations, Monitoring and Evaluation or related fields Experience: At least five years’ work experience required in a reporting and/or copy-editing role with WFP and/or the UN system.  Humanitarian/development field experience is desirable as is working knowledge of reporting requirements of different donors including DFID, CERF, ECHO, SDC and/or USAID. Experience in food security, cash based transfer and resilience programming will be an added advantage. Knowledge and Skills: Significant experience in information coordination and management; Knowledge of WFP and food security and nutrition issues; strong inter-personal skills; strong monitoring and evaluation skills with an understanding of reporting technical documents including VfM, logframe, budgets, risk registers; strong impact, outcome, output and activity based reporting, and Microsoft Publisher skills. Language(s): Strong written and spoken English skills are required.  Working knowledge of another UN language is an added advantage. FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

  • Please note that only applicants who are short-listed at each stage will be contacted;

  • These positions are open ONLY to nationals of Zimbabwe;

  • All applications should be submitted online through the E-recruitment. Applications received through any other avenues will not be accepted.

  • Qualified and experienced Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

NB: WFP DOES NOT CHARGE ANY FEES AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING AND OTHER PROCESSES). DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 03 JULY 2020 Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries 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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