Head of Programme, NOC

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World Food Programme | Arua, Nord, Uganda

World Food Programme

Published 11 days ago

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.


We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Head of Programme, NOC to be based in Arua. Selected candidate will be employed on Fixed Term


The World Food Programme (WFP) works with the Government of Uganda, UN agencies, academic and research institutions, civil society organisations and other humanitarian and development partners to deliver on our overall goal of Zero Hunger and Strategic Partnerships in Uganda.

Programme activities are guided by a five-year Country Strategy Plan 2018-2022 which is aligned with the Uganda National Development Plan. Outcome area in our strategy is to address root cause of hunger, malnutrition and stunting while supporting poor households to improve their food security and consumption, secure access to community assets and productive resources with a focus on partnering with district local governments in programmes that better support poor people, particularly women, to increase their resilience and generate more sustainable livelihoods. We will focus on support to systems strengthening for the effective implementation of relevant public policies in agriculture and on a market systems approach that provides markets for and adds value to products produced by especially the most vulnerable individuals and households.

WFP Uganda is constantly exploring the design of new and innovative delivery strategies to support the zero hunger priorities in Northern Uganda, and the incumbent will seize opportunities to magnify livelihoods and resilience through an integrated programming approach and district local government-led engagement and solutions.


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)

Manage technical cooperation and engagement with the District Local Governments to address root causes of food and nutrition insecurity.

Support the design and management of Livelihoods programme including planning, monitoring and management of response interventions in support of the strategic outcomes

Develop and strengthen partnerships with district local governments and other stakeholders including private sector actors.

Engage with Gender focal points to ensure that gender equality, and in particularly, women's empowerment, is effectively mainstreamed throughout the areas of engagement and implementation.

Represent the Area Office at appropriate strategic and technical working groups and coordination structures.

Manage, supervise, coach and promote learning of programme teams including performance management.

Provide oversight and application of accountability practices to enhance effective risk management.

Support identification and commissioning of relevant learning and analysis which informs the Area and Country Office approach to promotion of market systems development and promotion of sustainable and productive agricultural practices.

Co-ordinate learning, research and documentation of lessons learnt and emerging thinking relating to livelihoods in Westnile

Strengthen Zero Hunger programme linkages with community based low carbon development, climate finance, climate change adaptation, climate resilience, natural resource management and interface with food and nutrition security.

Ensure effective management of programme partnerships, in-line with WFP’s corporate guidance.

Manage the Area Office’s internal and external technical support relating to community engagement, crisis response, cash-based transfers, market systems development and agricultural policy advocacy.

Oversee monitoring and evaluation to build evidence for learning.

Analyse key surveys and research studies, evaluations, and reports to identify and document lessons, and produce analytical summaries for internal use and / or policy application.

Explore areas where WFP can enhance its contribution to policy review including District Local Government by-laws, in accordance with the commitments in WFP’s Country Strategy plan.

Contribute to communications and reports with emphasis on demonstrating the evidence and impact of WFP’s programmes;

Work closely with the Communications team to ensure public communications and public diplomacy reflect WFP’s commitment to zero hunger

Guide technical application of programmes that ensure synergies particularly in the areas of social protection and nutrition

Actively integrate climate-related response and environmental protection into the Area Office’s programme planning and delivery.

Oversee the preparation and submission of periodical and on-demand programme reports.




Qualification, Experience and Languages required:

Advanced degree in Rural Development, Development Economics, Business, Social Protection, Agriculture or related discipline relevant to the requirements of this post

At least seven years of relevant operational, technical and leadership experience in the development and humanitarian fields; 

Proven technical expertise in qualitative or quantitative analysis to support programmes;

Experience in Social Protection delivery systems in Northern Uganda is desirable;

A sound understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural environments impacting on rural and urban livelihoods in Uganda

Experience in planning and management for results especially while working within community engagement settings

Excellent management skills and experience of managing partnerships 

Experience with / proficiency in the analysis, management and synthesis of reports; research skills and experience in managing research also desirable

Excellent communication skills including excellent written and verbal skills in English; knowledge of one or more of the following languages is an added advantage - Luo, Acholi, Lugbara, Madi, Kakwa, Aringa, Alur and Langi.

Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain productive, professional relationships with government and local community counterparts, donors, civil society and other stakeholders

High capacity for organization and coordination, as well as an ability to work with a high degree of independence in a team environment





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.


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)


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.


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.




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..




16th June 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.

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.



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Excellent communication skills including excellent written and verbal skills in English; knowledge of one or more of the following languages is an added advantage - Luo, Acholi, Lugbara, Madi, Kakwa, Aringa, Alur and Langi.

Excellent communication skills including excellent written and verbal skills in English; knowledge of one or more of the following languages is an added advantage - Luo, Acholi…


Arua, Nord, UG