Programme Policy Officer, Yaounde, Cameroon

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Cameroon

City: Yaoundé, Cameroon

Office: WFP Yaoundé, Cameroon

Closing date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Job Title : Programme Policy Officer (Emergency Response)

Job Level : NOC (Fixed Term Contract) â"‚ National Position

Number of openings : 01

Unit/ Division : Programme Unit

Contract duration : 12 months

Duty station : Yaoundé

About WFP

Assisting almost 100 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

Our mission 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.

Organisational context

In Cameroon, the WFP Cameroon Country Strategic Plan [CSP] (2018 - 2021) endeavours to ensure that targeted food-insecure and vulnerable populations benefit from more sustainable and inclusive food systems and increased resilience to shocks to meet their food and nutrition needs. Under this CSP, WFP will design and implement interventions to address food and nutrition security challenges, from production through to consumption.

In line with the CSP, WFP will apply its vast comparative advantages including experiences in delivery of food assistance to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable in timely, innovative, cost effective and sustainable ways, its deep field presence, logistics and supply chain, partnerships and relationships with national and regional authorities to; a) strengthen national systems and capacities to deliver food and nutrition security; b) contribute to greater efficiency in crisis response interventions; c) ensure access to nutritious food rather than provision while building the national capacities and systems for social protection, emergency preparedness and response and government-led programmes and services; and d) increase resilience by focusing on food systems rather than access to food, through development of integrated solutions that can be scaled up by Government and the private sector.

What will you do ?

This role is based in WFP Cameroon Country Office. The incumbent will report to the Head of Programme. The incumbent will operate with considerable independence in their specialities and may manage a team of national staff. The job purpose is to design and manage programmes that effectively meet food assistance needs or contribute to policy formulation and/or provide technical advice or oversight on programme strategy and implementation. The incumbent will act as the strategic outcome 1 coordinator for the crisis affected populations including refugees, IDPs, returnees and host population in Cameroon.

Why work with us?

WFP provides food assistance to more than 86 million people in 83 countries, including Cameroon. Your work will have a positive impact on lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.

You will join a diverse team of professionals and will have an opportunity to exchange your experiences with your colleagues and continuously learning from each other.

WFP invests in the training and development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, mentorship and other programs as well as through international mobility opportunities.

Our team is growing nationally and internationally and the timing to join us cannot be better!

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Key Responsibilities (not all-inclusive, nor exhaustive):

At this position, you will:

Formulate parts of WFP-wide programme policies in line with both organisational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field; or translate WFP-wide programme policy into Country level practices, programme guidance and implementation modalities and operations, to ensure a clear and strong connection between HQ, RB and field operations.

Develop operational partnerships and maintain established strategic partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work, with special focus on crisis response.

Provide technical advice and support to programme activities to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies and other relevant guidance.

Provide technical advice or mobilise technical expertise, on WFP’s programme and policy issues including the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies to support government efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition.

Manage or oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical programme reports, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.

Advice and support the development of functional training in areas of expertise to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partner to design and deliver effective food assistance programmes

Take the lead in the translation and operationalization of WFP’s programme strategy into country level practices, including development of functional training to enhance the capacity of WFP staff, government and partners to design and deliver effective crisis response programmes through knowledge exchange, and joint management of activities

Actively support and motivate the sub office programme team to achieve results and enable high performance, including through the provision of training and mentoring to enhance the capacity for WFP and partner staff to design and deliver effective food/cash and voucher assistance programmes.

Strengthen WFP’s leadership status in forums relating to WFP programmes activities, and facilitate coordination with other UN agencies and NGOs to ensure that WFP activities complement one another and do not overlap, and that synergies for the food assistance responses are created and maintained

Ensure that the WFP programme cycle incorporates gender and protection analysis, age and sex-disaggregated data, and gender-transformative activities.

Liaise with different WFP units (Programme, Procurement, Administration, Finance, Logistics, ICT and Security, BPU) to ensure coordinated design and implementation of Cash Based Transfers (CBT) and in-kind food transfers

In coordination with the CBT officer, provide effective support to Field Offices in SCOPE related activities to strengthen planning and timely implementation of CBT and In-Kind programming through SCOPE

Liaise with Monitoring and Evaluation unit and Communication focal points to analyze feedback from beneficiaries and provide appropriate responses

In close collaboration with the M&E, contribute to the operational research, outcome monitoring and evidence-building on issues relevant to the crisis response, ensuring documentation of the same in relevant information products for both internal and external use

Contribute to the preparation of accurate reporting on CBT General Food Distributions activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information and assist in compiling monthly statistics

Assist in establishing and refining Standard Operating Procedures, internal controls and procedures for effective delivery of assistance

Assist in reviewing and monitoring general food distribution interventions, document lessons learnt, advantages and challenges;
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Undertake field missions to support Field Offices

Coordination and partnerships:

Ensure establishment and maintenance of high-level engagement with government counterparts to create an enabling environment for quality technical assistance;
Foster productive partnerships with key stakeholders in government and UN agencies, I/NGOs, private sector and academia to ensure multi-sectoral and joint approaches to achieving improved food security and nutrition through social protection, school feeding, rice fortification, maternal child health and nutrition, livelihoods, climate change adaptation and resilience building etc.

Advocate for incorporating gender perspectives and social inclusivity in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men from diverse social groups.

Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.

Contribute to building and sustaining effective collaborative relationships with appropriate local government stakeholders in the areas of food security and nutrition policy and plan, social protection, nutrition, school-health and nutrition and livelihoods/resilience building.

Represent WFP in different forums specifically in government forums at appropriate levels, food security forums, sharing information that enhance collaboration with government agencies and build support for WFP activities

Qualifications and Key Requirements

Education :

Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, urban and rural planning, social sciences, agriculture, environmental sciences, agricultural insurance, project management and disaster risk management, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or

First University Degree in the same areas with 8 additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Experience :

5 years of progressive professional experience in emergency assistance, agricultural insurance and/or diverse aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food assistance.

Has experience working across diverse programme areas, including planning and implementation; experience in leading teams; programme experience at all levels from grassroots to management engagement.

Experience in the establishment of partnerships with public and private sector actors; understanding of policy issues

Has experience and performed the role of Government Liaison officer at national or provincial/regional level or with specific line ministries.

Has proven leadership skills within an organization and with Governments, donors and other partners.

Has extensive experience in conducting food security assessments, needs assessments, analysis of data, crafting response plans and recommendations for policy and programme development.

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.

Has general knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration.

Other Specific Job Requirements:

Must have strong organizational skills with an ability to work independently, as part of a diverse team, work and to take an idea from theory to practice.

Have Training and/or experience utilizing computers, including word processing, spreadsheet, project management and other standard WFP software packages and systems

Have ability to work systematically, use initiative, good judgement, and to communicate complex matters both orally and in writing; proven ability to work in a team environment and achieve common goals.

Language : Fluent in English (Level C) and French (level C).

Deadline for application

Date: 16th February 2021 at 11:59 PM.

This position open to Cameroonian nationals only.

Terms and Conditions

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 an inclusive work environment in which diversity is valued and where no form of discrimination is tolerated. We aim to achieve parity in our teams in West and Central Africa.

Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate based on HIV/AIDS status.

ï"¿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