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Programme Policy Officer (Innovation Advisor) SSA 8

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Kampala, Province centrale, Uganda
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Published 12 days ago


Company Description:

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

In Uganda, WFP

provides monthly food (in-kind and cash) assistance to almost 1.3

million refugees across 13 rural settlements as well as other

crisis-affected populations, most recently providing emergency food

assistance in response to alarming levels of food and nutrition

insecurity in the Karamoja region. WFP Uganda also provides agricultural

and market support to smallholder farmers, buying directly from farmers

for its school feeding programme where possible. The UN agency uses its

supply chain network to not only transport food but also other

commodities such as medical protective gear to support the government

COVID-19 response. WFP Uganda is also working closely with the

government to strengthen its social protection systems and make them

more responsive to shocks, both critical ingredients to achieving food

security.





Job Description:


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NOTE: WFP DOES NOT SOLICIT FOR FEES OR ANY FORM OF PAYMENT FROM JOB APPLICANTS

WFP

is looking for talented people who are committed to joining our efforts

to eradicate hunger. It offers unlimited opportunities to grow your

professionalism,  talent and expertise. Start your journey to be a

member of the world-wide effort to eradicate hunger. WFP has a policy of

affirmative action for women.



ABOUT WFP



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

In Uganda, WFP

provides monthly food (in-kind and cash) assistance to almost 1.3

million refugees across 13 rural settlements as well as other

crisis-affected populations, most recently providing emergency food

assistance in response to alarming levels of food and nutrition

insecurity in the Karamoja region. WFP Uganda also provides agricultural

and market support to smallholder farmers, buying directly from farmers

for its school feeding programme where possible. The UN agency uses its

supply chain network to not only transport food but also other

commodities such as medical protective gear to support the government

COVID-19 response. WFP Uganda is also working closely with the

government to strengthen its social protection systems and make them

more responsive to shocks, both critical ingredients to achieving food

security.

 

ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?

We are seeking a

qualified individual for the position of Programme Policy Officer

(Innovations Advisor) SSA 8 to be based in Kampala. The selected

candidate will be employed on a short term contract of 3 mothns with a

possible 8 months extension. 



ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT



The job is found in WFP Uganda Country Office. The incumbent will be

reporting to the Head of Partnership for Uganda with a dotted line to

the WFP Innovation Hub for Eastern Africa (for technical support), will

be working with functional units in Uganda including Partnerships,

Supply Chain, Programme, etc. and Area/Field Offices as well as

stakeholders within the Uganda external innovation ecosystem. 

The

Government of Uganda has made a formal commitment to valuing the impact

of innovation through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

(MOSTI) which recognizes the importance of Science, Technology, and

Innovation to drive socio-economic growth and transformation. In

parallel, the private sector/informal Uganda innovation ecosystem has

been developing at a rapid pace over the past few years and there is

strong potential for various WFP Uganda teams and programmes to tap into

burgeoning innovation programmes. Recognizing the growing innovation

space in the country, including an increase in innovation hubs and

entrepreneurial activity, WFP is eager to understand how best to connect

with and foster this growth. 

WFP Uganda is tapping into the support

of the WFP Innovation Hub for Eastern Africa which identifies,

supports, and scales high potential solutions to end hunger – based in

Nairobi. The key objective is to facilitate and foster innovation in the

context of WFP Uganda activities, help innovation projects to scale,

develop local innovation ecosystems, without compromising country- and

department-specific initiatives while ensuring an orchestration of

efforts, and the creation of synergies between projects. Ultimately, the

goal is to bring to scale innovative solutions that can help us get

close to a world without hunger. 



JOB PURPOSE



The role will be responsible for the development and growth of

impactful and sustainable innovations by leveraging WFP brand, public

and private partners, deep field access, and expertise to develop,

nurture and scale sustainable innovations to increase food security in

Uganda. The incumbent will identify problem statements or (market)

opportunities, source innovations, manage innovation programme

implementation and events with the support of the WFP Innovation Hub for

Eastern Africa, and support the scale-up of innovations through

partnerships management and close coordination with relevant WFP and

external stakeholders. 



KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (1/2)



Understand the key gaps and opportunities where innovations can play a role:



Lead internal consultations to identify WFP innovation needs in

Uganda, what has been tested as well as current innovation plans and

pilots

Facilitate strategic connections to actors in the regional

innovation ecosystem (private sectors, other UN agencies, government,

etc.) 

Lead external consultations to better understand needs of

local innovation ecosystems as well as market failures and opportunities

overlapping with WFP positioning and key priorities.

Understand the innovations that have been tried across WFP and what could be replicated in Uganda



Source, select and support innovations 



Identify key opportunities for innovation to enhance WFP Uganda’s

impact and programmes, bringing bespoke support to develop pilots.

Build

a network with local innovation entities (innovation centres,

incubators, accelerators, etc.) to understand partnership opportunities

and latest innovations.

Recruit, review and select innovative projects to attend innovation programmes and bootcamps.

Lead preparation and writing of all fundraising proposals and scout innovation funding and partnership opportunities. 



STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS



Education: Bachelor’s degree in business, innovation, design,

technology, international development or other related degrees Language:

International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. 



DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE



A minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible national or

international experience in an innovation function in a private business

or start-up and/or in innovations in the humanitarian or international

development sector.

Experience working in the humanitarian or

international development sector and/or in the start-up or innovation

world with a focus on humanitarian and/or development issues, especially

in Uganda.

Experience owning and building strategies to develop new concepts

Experience navigating a complex network of stakeholders



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 levelProgramme 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.



OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS (1/2)



Knowledge and skills 



Passion and deep understanding of the Ugandan innovation ecosystem and relevant context

Wide-reaching networks in the innovation community in Uganda

Start-up

experience and/or start-up mentality, i.e. experience of working and

leading across functions/teams to get things done in a hands-on way

Proven track record of driving projects, effectively managing projects and events from design to completion

Strong conceptual thinking to develop new strategies and innovative projects

Able to interact with a broad range of stakeholders and external audiences with maturity and tact

Ability

to manage and motivate indirect reports (matrix management), set clear

expectations, and encourage them to develop their skills and take

ownership



OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS (2/2)



Ability to own and lead multiple strategic areas of work

Excellent

communication/presentation skills, with the ability to write strategy

documents, develop business plans and deliver presentations

Collaborative

spirit, able to partner with a wide range of people at all levels and

across different cultures and to act with credibility and diplomacy

Self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy

Sets high-level of ownership over projects to achieve impact for WFP stakeholders

Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme



DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS



22 October 2021



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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.


Company Description:

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…

Details at a Glance

  • Application Deadline
    December 31, 2021
  • Payment
    Salary
  • Stipend / Wage
    NC

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