Programme Associate (Communication for Development), SC6 Arua (101791)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018

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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 for a qualified individual for the position of Programme Associate (Communication for Development), SC6 to be based in Arua. The successful candidate will be offered employemnt on Service Contract.


This job is located in WFP Uganda - Arua office. The incumbent is expected to lead the strategic use of information and communciation tools to improve the effectiveness of programmes towards attaining the strategic outcomes of the area office in Arua, while championong and promoting bahaviour change, community engagement, empowerment and greater public ownership of development initiatives. WFP designs new and innovative delivery strategies to support the Zero Hunger priorities in the region, and the incumbent will sieze opportunities to magnify livelihoods and resilience through targeted communication and engagement solutions.


To provide support to WFP's efforts to ensure proper Cash Based Transfer Controls and end-to-end accountability when expanding its cash based transfer programmes across its portfolio.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Under the guidance of the Head of Programmes - Arua, develop and enhance strong partnerships with community groups, leaders and other partners in the community and civil society for promotion of participation in support of programme goals;
  2. Develop coaching and training material and activities to build capcauty for participatory and strategic shift/change communication;
  3. Promote and celecbrate WFP's success in hunger reduction and progress towards CSP 2022;
  4. Ensure that at Area office level, the work that donors have funded through WFP and partner programmes is recognised by their local authorities, parthers and the people we serve;
  5. Increase joint communications and network with those wanting to advocate and engage on Zero Hunger and the related SDGs'
  6. Get more people to engage with CSP direction towards corporate agenda 2030 by raising awareness of its achievability and of what it will take to get there;
  7. Design, manage and facilitate the implementation of programme communication strategy, plan of action and activities for strategic communication and promotion for WFP's strategic shift in support of Area office programme delivery;
  8. Enable and empower field and Area office teams on communication planning including communciation around the integrated Road Mapto focus on the people we serve and their stories;
  9. In close coordination with the Country Officecommunication, design, formulate, manage, exxecute, monitor and evaluate the change process around WFP Uganda strategic shift as relates to WFP teams in West Nile and Acholi as well as the people we serve and partners. Based on this process, inform the community and partner mobilisation strategy, plan of action and programme activities in support of the Area office programme;
  10. Organise, the easearch, learning and productionof grassroots community relevant communiation materials;
  11. Provide effective communication and technical support to government counterparts and other partners in the development and strategic use of communciation for the relief and development nexus;
  12. Supervise submission of Internal and External SITREPs, participate in budget planning and ensure the compliance and the optimal appropriation of Area offie level portfolio budget and plans.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
  • Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
  • Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
  • Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.


Capability NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food AssistanceDemonstrates 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, Vouchers)Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized AreasUnderstands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
Emergency ProgrammingDisplays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/GovernmentUnderstands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


  1. A university degree obtained from a recognised education institution in any of the following areas: Community Development,Communication, Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology). Education, Organisational Development with emphasis on strategic communication planning for change management, community mobilisation, particulary communication, and research;
  2. At least fice (5) years of progressively responsible support experience in the development, planning and management of community development programmes, including several years in emergency and development contexts, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes;
  3. Experience in emergency operations and management especially in northern Uganda;
  4. Experience of inter disciplinary approaches in programme development and implementation in programme communication, social mobilisation, behavioural change and impact evaluation of communication interventions);
  5. Experience in organising and implementing training including development of curricula and methodologies, as well as community capcaity building;
  6. Fluency in English and any or more of the following languages: Luo, Acholi, Lugbara, Madi, Kakwa, Aringa, Alur and Langi


• Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
• Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
• Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.



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.

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