Programme Policy Officer (GFD) – World Food Programme

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  • Salary Offered: N400,000 - N600,000
  • Jobs by States: Borno
  • Career Level: Mid-Senior level
  • Experience: Fresh
  • Gender: Both
  • Industry: Programme / Project Management
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
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Closing date: Wednesday, 31 January 2018

ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill Programme Policy Officer post at the NOA level, based in WFP Nigeria, Maiduguri Office. If you are a Nigerian national, committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for people in need, we would like to hear from you!




ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.

Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.

JOB PURPOSE

To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Reporting to the Programme and Policy Officer (first level) & the Head of Programme Unit (second level), the National Programme Officer will carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Assist in the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working, leading to improved food assistance packages
  • Support the lead Partnership Programme Officer to develop and sustain liaison with key professionals and NGOs engaged in the field of food and nutrition security;
  • Assist in the research and analysis of potential partnerships for WFP assistance programmes/ projects to support colleagues in the development programmes and activities
  • Assist in liaising with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing partnership
  • Assist in identifying the capacity gaps and support the capacity building of partners to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs.
  • Support in managing partnership, and performance evaluation process on biannual basis ensuring that rigorous qualify standards are maintained; and ensure compliance with WFP’s policies, criteria and procedures
  • Assist in the preparation of Field Level agreements (FLA), Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) of all approved partnership proposals, and submit to the lead Partnership& FLAs Officer for review before final submission for approval to management
  • Contribute to the preparation of periodic and timely reporting on NGOs and other partnerships that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Assist in the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports including proposals for improvements in operation and the scope of programmes;
  • Assist in the design and maintaining of databases of all partnership agreements including FLAs, and MOU relating to WFP projects
  • Support in providing guidance to support staff/ units/ sections, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries
  • Supervise the day-to-day activities of junior staffs within the section as assigned
  • Perform any other duties as requested

EXPECTED RESULTS & CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS

  • Well prepared, analytical work; well managed projects, programmes and/or operations.
  • Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgement, tact, negotiating skills; ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to cope with situations which may threaten health or safety; flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk description.
  • Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

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

Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

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: University degree in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, international affairs, business administration, social sciences, development studies or a field relevant to international development assistance.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and any other in use at the duty station.

Experience: At least one year of postgraduate professional experience in commerce, development, administration or food aid support.

Knowledge: Training and/or experience utilising computers, including word processing, spreadsheet and other standard WFP software packages and systems. General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
  • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.





TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Only Nigerian national (or residents with valid residence and work permits) are eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted online and in English only.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Canvassing for positions in WFP is strictly prohibited. Any sort of canvassing if discovered will lead to automatic disqualification of the concerned applicant.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: WFP will apply a rigorous and transparent selection process including thorough assessment of technical skills to ensure the best candidates are selected for the job. Please ensure that your application contains accurate and complete information on academic qualifications, employment record and language skills. WFP will only consider academic credentials and degrees obtained from an accredited educational institution. Only successful candidates will be invited for an interview.

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply to become a part of our organization. WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

04 Feb. 2018

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