Programme Policy Officer (LIPW Advisor) SSA10 (86742)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 09 August 2018
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 17 August 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 a qualified individual for the position of Programme Policy Officer (LIPW Advisor) to be based in in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development - Kampala. The selected candidate will be employed on Special Service Agreement - SSA10.


There are several programmes taht include Public Works (PW) components being implemented in the country, particularly in Northern Uganda and Karamoja. they include the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF), the Karamoja Livelihoods Improvement Programme (KALIP), the Community-Driven Development (CDD) Programme and Agricultural Livelihoods Recovery Programme (ALREP) with social protection objectives. the core function of the advisor is to build counterparts' capacity from a technical and leadership and management perspective.


The Advisor will work towards achieving consensus within the LIPW Technical Working Groups on all issues relating to Labour Intensive Public Works; incorprate capacity building and strengthening (Human Resource and Istitutional) into the agenda.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Supporting the dissemination of the Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPWs) guidelines;
  2. Supporting Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) to establish a National LIPWs Technical Working Committee that will be responsible to appraise, supervise and monitor LIPW projects;
  3. Strengthening the coordination and the capacity of members of the technical working committee to appraise, supervise and monitor LIPW dub projects;
  4. Developing the ToT Training Manual and Materials;
  5. Training selected ToTs at various levels;
  6. Supporting and supervising district level disseminations;
  7. Working as a liaison for UN WFP and MGLSD in ensuring implementation of the project;
  8. Developing and environmental and social management framework and plan for LIPW; working with the communication teams of WFP and ESPP to develop and implement a Communications and Advocacy plan for LIPW,
  9. Supporting completion and generation of consensus on the M&E and Implementation framework for LIPW guidelines;
  10. Supporting the development and implementation of a Risk Management Framework;
  11. Supporting the assessment of Public Works programmes to ascertain whether they can be incorporated into labour intensive public works as per LIPW guidelines;
  12. Developing a Database to track all public works interventions in the country;
  13. Enhance the relationship with key stakeholders in LIPW e.g. NUSAF
  14. Other as required.



  • 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..



1. Advanced University degree in any of the following fields: Social Sciences, Development Studies, Education and/or any relevant field in the Humanities

2. Post Graaduate Diploma in the fields above.


1. At least seven (7) years' experience in Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW) as it relates to social protection and programmes led in conjunction with partner governments.

2. Experience in building capacity of government counterparts,


  • Has experience working across the Program portfolio including VAM/Nutrition.
  • Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.
  • Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.


Friday 17th August 2018


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.

This vacancy is archived.

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