Programme Policy Officer (Livelihoods, Resilience & Climate Change), FT NOC, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Kenya

City: Nairobi, Kenya

Office: WFP Nairobi

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.

Posting Dates:

Opening Date: 17th August 2020 Closing Date: 30th August 2020

Organizational Background:

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.

WFP Somalia’s Interim Country Strategic Plan 2019-2021 focuses on a new strategic shift towards strengthening resilience of communities; recognizing the interconnected nature of relief, nutrition, safety nets, food systems, capacity strengthening and partnerships, addressing some of the above causes within the context of chronic drought and frequent climate-related shocks.

This position is open to qualified Kenyan candidates; female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of the Programme, and the overall supervision of the Head of Programme, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Provide leadership, technical oversight, guidance and supervision to the livelihoods, resilience and climate change technical team, Area Offices and partners;
Coordinate and oversee the implementation of livelihoods, resilience and climate change activities within the strategic framework of WFP and the Somalia programme;
In conjunction with programme unit, develop strategies for transitioning relief into recovery; livelihoods and resilience programmes;
Participate in the review of Monitoring & Evaluation tools and Cooperating Partners reporting formats for livelihoods and resilience activities;
Participate in support and supervision missions to project sites to monitor progress and assist Area Offices in resolving challenges;
Develop and provide inputs for donor funding proposals and donor reports;
Manage, prioritize and plan for resources to ensure that activities are implemented according to plan;
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Participate in the development of the Humanitarian Response Plan - Food security component as well as related reporting:

Provide guidance for Calls for Proposals, based on community action plans and seasonal analysis and response plans;
Oversee review of proposals for livelihoods activities and provide relevant feedback to Area Offices;
Present project proposals for livelihoods activities to the Country Project Committee;
Ensure that project information and database repository is kept up to date, provide activity briefs and information for communication and reporting;
Prepare briefing and communications materials, photos and beneficiary stories on livelihoods activities;
Participate on behalf of WFP in Resilience Strategy meetings with other stakeholders and relevant inter-agency groups and contribute to related documents and discussions;
Participation in the food security cluster meetings on behalf of WFP;
Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Advanced university degree in Agriculture, Urban and Rural Development, or other fields relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses

Experience: At least five years of postgraduate professional experience in designing and implementing multi-faceted food systems and livelihoods programmes in arid and semi-arid areas.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is a requirement.

Knowledge & Skills: In-depth knowledge and experience in the development of livelihoods and resilience strategies and operational plans;
Strong understanding of and expertise in community engagement processes and links to local governance;
Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions;
Courtesy, tact and the ability to maintain effective working relations with colleagues and external partners;
Should have strong analytical and communication skills;
Experience and familiarity within Somalia and/or the region is a plus.

Applications Instructions:

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment :

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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.