World Food Programme recruits 01 Programme Policy Officer (Agronomist)
World Food Programme
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement
Opportunités de carrière : Programme Policy Officer (Agronomist) NOB Niamey (160466)
WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.
ABOUT WFPThe 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.
CONTEXTNiger is a low-income, landlocked Sahelian country, ranked last in the global Humanitarian Development Index (HDI). The country faces chronic vulnerabilities caused mainly by poverty, demographic pressure, economic and climatic shocks, food insecurity, in addition to persistent gender inequalities. National budgets dedicated to social protection are limited and capacity in terms of human and financial resources are low, especially at the decentralized level for food security, nutrition and education. In addition, annual population growth is 3.9%, the highest in Africa, and out of 14.4 million hectares of arable land in Niger, 3.9 million hectares are degraded.
Grounded in the government’s High Commission for the Initiative « Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens » (I3N), WFP began rolling out an integrated, participatory, multi-year and multisectoral livelihoods programme in 2014. Working together with partners and the Government, WFP’s livelihoods approach combines asset creation, school feeding and nutrition interventions, capacity strengthening, adolescent girls support, lean season assistance, social protection, and other activities. Five years of this approach in Niger have highlighted several positive effects in assisted communities, including on social cohesion, agricultural productivity, as well as women’s and youth empowerment. Based on these results, WFP scaled-up integrated livelihoods interventions since 2018 as a contribution to the I3N “Pro-resilience” program launched in 2018. To ensure the success of the programme, WFP Niger works with a range of relevant strategic and operational partners to enhance leadership and capacity strengthening with the government, strengthen synergies and complementarities with UN agencies and NGOs, and to enhance evidence building on the impact of livelihoods interventions with research institutions.
Looking forward, WFP Niger aims at further scaling-up livelihoods interventions, with a focus on strengthening the integration and leveraging synergies between different WFP activities as well as with other programs, such as WFP’s support to the National Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) programme. WFP is working to advance operational partnerships to ensure real convergence of efforts on the ground and consolidate complementary, harmonised and concerted action, particularly with UN agencies (e.g. UNICEF, RBA), NGOs (e.g. USAID RISE II, World Vision), and technical partners (e.g. GIZ). At the same time, WFP is working to enhance government ownership and sustainability of interventions by reinforcing partnerships with government technical services, strengthening community participation and community-based approaches, investing in local businesses and income generation, and advancing progression strategies in coordination with NGO, UN and government partners. Further, to build a robust evidence base to inform programme design and implementation, WFP is promoting evidence building and knowledge transfer by documenting good practices, partnering with universities, and testing new tools and indicators to measure livelihood outcomes.
ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXTThese 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 operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.
JOB PURPOSETo provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)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. Other as required.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIESPurpose 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 CAPABILITIESCapability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency levelProgramme 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.
OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTSThis section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE• Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.• Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.• Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation : 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.Language : Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.
TERMS AND CONDITIONSWFP offers equal opportunities to all
WFP is committed to promoting a work culture in which every employee understands and is able to carry out their work responsibilities and maintain the dignity of their co-workers. WFP offers career opportunities for its employees and supports them in their professional development with training and continuous learning actions.
WFP is also committed to creating and maintaining a harmonious climate in the workplace, based on mutual respect and understanding, free of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority and respectful of diversity. WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion in its workforce and encourages qualified women and men from all religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. WFP has a zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate based on the status of HIV / AIDS.
Finally, WFP seeks to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment and is confident that its mission to fight global hunger can only be achieved if women, men, girls and boys equal opportunity for access to resources and services and participation in decision-making roles
Contract Duration: 1 year (Renewable)
Remuneration: The gross salary for this grade varies from 20.678.000 fcfa to 26.007.000 fcfa per annum in addition to which you will be granted an allowance for spouse and dependent children under certain conditions.
Eligibility: This vacancy is open to candidates of Nigerian nationality.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
WFP is an employer of choice for women. We value your contributions and are sensitive to your needs. That is why:
« We work to ensure that you have a work/life balance »
6 months maternity leave with full pay.breastfeeding breaks of up to 2 hours per day and rooms for nursing mothers.Flexible working hours (due to illness of children, spouse, etc.) including telecommuting if necessary. »We encourage and work to develop your career » through:
opportunities for growth and development of leadership capabilities.training opportunities, capacity building to boost their career.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONSClosing date of application: 18 April 2022
Applications should be sent only on-line through WFP recruitment website.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
If you do not hear from us within 2 months, please consider your application unsuccessful.
All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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