Programme Policy Consultant (URBAN SAFETY NETS), Juba

WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME - SOUTH SUDAN COUNTRY OFFICE

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER 88041

POSITION TITLE: PROGRAMME POLICY CONSULTANT (URBAN SAFETY NETS)

POSITION GRADE: CST II

CONTRACT TYPE: CONSULTANCY

CONTRACT DURATION: 6 MONTHS

DUTY STATION: JUBA

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.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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 and/or trainings/courses.

Language:

Working knowledge (written and oral) of English (proficiency/level C)

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

These roles are likely found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs). Job holders are likely to report to the relevant Director or more senior programme post.

Job holders are likely to manage a moderate portfolio of activities that may include contribution to and/or direct management of programmes in COs of moderate complexity, or contribution to policy formulation and provision of technical advice at RB or HQ level for a defined area of expertise. Job holders operate with considerable independence in their specialities and may manage a substantial team of junior professional and support staff

JOB PURPOSE

To design and manage programmes of moderate size or complexity that effectively meet food assistance needs, or contribute to policy formulation and/or provide technical advice or oversight on programme strategy and implementation.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Develop and lead the implementation of the strategy and work plan for the Urban safety nets section to contribute to the overall strategy of the Safety Nets and Resilience Unit;
  • Oversee the operational activities regarding social safety nets programmes, such as:
  • Operational and distribution planning;
  • Partnership selection and management;
  • Fund management and consumption monitoring.
  • Enhance the linkages between WFP and relevant line ministries through national policy dialogue to strengthen support urban poor populations;
  • Contribute to WFP-wide policy discussions regarding urban safety nets, in alignment with WFP's strategies and policies, ICSP and relevant guidance;
  • Engage with other WFP units to ensure requirements for beneficiary relationship management (registration, distribution) are put in place and effectively working;
  • Liaise with other relevant teams within WFP (M&E, Gender and Protection, VAM, Nutrition, etc.), ensuring programme integration;
  • Lead discussions on the potential for expansion of urban safety nets in South Sudan, both internally to WFP as well as externally towards key stakeholders;
  • Lead and contribute to the discussions on strategic programmatic choices of urban safety nets programmes, such as conditionality, targeting, modality of transfer and transfer value;
  • Prepare donor proposals, reports and visibility materials to highlight and advocate for the programme and the to document good practices and lessons learned;
  • Build capacity of WFP field office staff to encourage a greater level of activity management at the field level, through trainings, technical backstopping, and remote support.

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

 

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP's Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP's mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit's goals to the broader context of WFP's mission.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an 'I will'/'We will' spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team's conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team's commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team's plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner's unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Programme 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 the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

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 REQUIREMENTS

Knowledge & Skills: A demonstrated ability to prepare concise and well-written reports and documents in English is critical.

Proficiency in utilizing computers, including word processing, spreadsheet, power point, and other office software packages and systems.

Experience working with vulnerable urban populations and providing capacity enhancement and training.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

At least 5 years post graduate, progressively responsible, job related experience in community-led development, food security interventions, programme management, or fields related to the above disciplines.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WHO ARE MEETING MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS. PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT WFP DOES NOT CHARGE ANY FEE AT ANY STAGE OF RECRUITMENT PROCESS.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

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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.

Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018