World Food Programme recruits 01 Programme Policy Officer (Social Behaviour Change Communication)
Programme Policy Officer (Social Behaviour Change Communication), SC8 – Kampala
Area of expertise: Programme & policy
Type of contract: Short term opportunities
Closing date: 14 March 2019, 21:59 GMT
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.
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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. In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year. The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to food and contribute to lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.
Brief description of WFP in Uganda
WFP delivers food assistance in emergencies and work with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP provides life-saving food assistance and livelihood opportunities to refugees in Uganda. In addition, WFP assists the most vulnerable people in Karamoja with food and nutrition assistance. Finally, WFP works with smallholder farmers and links them to markets.
As Uganda strives to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and become a middle-income country by 2040, WFP is also assessing its relevance and repositioning its role in Uganda
ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?
We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Programme Policy Officer (Social Behaviour Change Communication), SC8 to be based in Kampala. Selected candidates will be employed on Service Contract
Uganda faces persistent problems of chronic and acute malnutrition which are linked to Poverty, displacement, chronic diseases and lack of basic social services. WFP Uganda is on the forefront of the nutrition programming with both nutrition-specific and nutrition sensitive programmes being implemented in all contexts of the country. In addition, WFP provides substantial policy and capacity development support and sub-national levels to strengthen the delivery of nutrition services in Uganda.
The position will strengthen WFP capacity development agenda in Social Behaviour Change Communication related issues and support management of WFP’s nutrition programmes.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under the direct supervision of the head of nutrition, the officer shall perform the following tasks:
1. Support Social Behaviour Change Communication activities across a variety of WFP contexts:
o Support the country office to design, implement, and monitor Social Behaviour Change Communication activities in Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) programming
o Ensure successful implementation of the WFP Social Behaviour Change Communication guidance manual in select focus countries
o Develop Social Behaviour Change Communication strategy for WFP Uganda country office
2. Provide Social Behaviour Change Communication and nutrition technical advice to the country offices:
o Give technical input to country offices related to Social Behaviour Change Communication and design/implementation of nutrition programmes
o Collect technical inputs and lessons learned from area and field offices for improving the WFP programme implementation
o Provide technical support in development and emergency contexts, with emphasis on acute malnutrition programming
3. Support social behaviour change communication-related capacity strengthening activities at both WFP co and decentralized levels:
o Work with programme unit to design and deliver social behaviour change communication-related capacity-strengthening activities
o Collaborate with WFP hq and external partners to develop learning activities related to Social Behaviour Change Communication for nutrition
4. Monitor and stay up to date with public health nutrition and Social Behaviour Change Communication landscape, emerging evidence, and global discussions on these topics:
o Stay current on emerging scientific evidence in Social Behaviour Change Communication nationally and globally
o Support a system for critically assessing Social Behaviour Change Communication and nutrition evidence for sharing internally in WFP and other partners
o Stay active in the Social Behaviour Change Communication communities and government technical working groups
5. Provide input and relevant support for operational research activities involving Social Behaviour Change Communication for nutrition
o Liaise with the knowledge management team to identify social behaviour change communication-related operational research opportunities
o Support robust monitoring or evidence generation in the field and data management, analysis, interpretation and dissemination
o Support grant writing, manuscript preparation, and case study development
6. Support the nutrition-specific unit work plan with other relevant activities as needed, on a continual basis
o Provide input for and review briefs/presentations for WFP management
o Short communications and technical notes
o Brown bag/journal club presentations
7. Support any other duties in nutrition unit as may be provided by the supervisor
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
• 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.
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
1. Advanced university degree in social behaviour science, public health, nutrition, food technology, medicine, medical anthropology;
2. At least five (5) years post graduate relevant experience working in public health, food security, nutrition, health systems strengthening and any other relevant university degree (e.g. Medical anthropology)
3. Experience working in developing countries and building partnerships with sectors of health, nutrition, food security, and local non-governmental organisations
4. Experience working and managing projects in the field including demonstrable partnership and management experience
5. Experience writing proposals and reports
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.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Thursday 14th March 2019
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.