Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection, Learning & Policy) needed in Kampala, Uganda, Uganda, Uganda

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Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection, Learning & Policy), Kampala, Uganda
Closing date: Wednesday, 28 February 2024


WFP is looking for talented people who are committed to joining our efforts to eradicate hunger. It offers unlimited opportunities to grow your professionalism, talent and expertise. Start your journey to be a member of the world-wide effort to eradicate hunger. WFP has a policy of affirmative action for women.


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 (Social Protection, Learning & Policy) SC10 to be based in Kampala. The selected candidate will be employed on Service Contract


Since July 2019, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have implemented a joint programme with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The Child-Sensitive Social Protection in Refugee-Hosting Districts of West Nile, Uganda (CSSP) programme supports the Government of Uganda to make social protection and health systems more efficient, transparent, child- and nutrition-sensitive, and to scale up the coverage and efficiency of existing programmes. The programme’s overall objective is to improve community and household resilience among refugees and host populations in refugee-hosting districts of West Nile. This will be achieved by working within existing government systems and programmes to address social protection, health and nutrition needs, and vulnerabilities in the West Nile sub-region. WFP is implementing the programme’s social protection systems strengthening and nutrition-sensitive cash transfer components.


Under the supervision of the Programme Policy Officer Social Protection (CST) within the Resilience and Social Protection programme team, the primary job purpose of the PPO-Social Protection Learning & Policy is to establish and support collaborative learning, knowledge generation and feedback. Working closely with monitoring and evaluation colleagues, the PPO will facilitate processes to help the CSSP team and partners advance their learning agenda and achieve their learning goals and the delivery of knowledge products.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

 Lead development, implementation and monitoring of a learning agenda and uptake strategy (including communication and advocacy) for the Child Sensitive Social Protection Programme (CSSP) that engages both the WFP social protection team and its partners
 Coordinate research, monitoring, evaluation and learning activities under the CSSP that translate evidence into knowledge products

 Establish and lead a virtual learning network for WFP’s social protection team across its country, area and field offices

 Facilitate team members to undertake real-time learning and collectively identify areas to further develop social protection capacities


5.Introduce and regularly apply tools, techniques and exercises to identify and capture lessons and other learning; participate in internal reviews and assessments to support lesson learning

 Organise activities that foster learning at the individual and group level, such as brown bag seminars, webinars, virtual roundtables, etc.
 Identify and work with WFP and external subject matter experts to provide CSSP team members and partners with access to technical expertise
 Work with subject matter experts to shape and finalize knowledge products 
 Coordinate disseminating information to government and development partners and other key stakeholders in the social protection sector
 Other tasks and duties as required and/or assigned by the supervisor


Leads by Example with Integrity

Upholds WFP values, principles, and standards: Demonstrates and encourages others to uphold the WFP values, principles and standards Respects others and values diversity: Values diversity using respectful and inclusive language, and encourages others to do the same Stays focused and calm under pressure: Stays focused and calm when under pressure and encourages others to do the same

Demonstrates humility and a willingness to learn:

Shows humility and a willingness to learn and share knowledge, frequently seeking and acting on feedback, and taking up opportunities to develop

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments

Delivers results for maximum impact: Holds self and/or others accountable for the delivery of results Delegates appropriately: Delivers results against delegated tasks and seeks guidance and support where needed Adapts readily to change: Responds readily to change adjusting work as needed

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork

Is inclusive and collaborative: Promotes inclusive teamwork and psychological safety by sharing ideas and openly raising issues

Gives timely and constructive feedback: Supports development for others by giving timely and constructive feedback

Builds and shares new perspectives: Listens attentively to others to capture, learn, build and share new perspectives

Applies Strategic Thinking

Communicates and fulfils WFP’s vision: Fulfils WFP’s vision and is able to explain how their objectives support the vision

Embraces curiosity and new ways of doing things: Demonstrates curiosity, and proposes new ways of doing things when relevant Analyses and evaluates data: Gathers data and shares knowledge to inform team decision making

Considers the impact of decisions: Implements decisions and asks questions to understand the impact for wider objectives

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Builds partnerships: Builds partnerships by seeking out opportunities to work with others

Collaborates to deliver common objectives: Collaborates with partners by sharing information and working together to deliver common goals


Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Supply Chain Management and Optimization

Displays aptitude at monitoring and reporting on supply chain operations to enable teams to efficiently assess the performance and sustainability of current networks.

Planning, Project & Resource Mgmt

Supports the planning, forecasting & resource management efforts of own team by collecting data from diverse sources.

Information Management & Reporting

Collates accurate and timely information and data to enable informed decision making on reporting within individual unit and consequently the greater humanitarian community.

Market Analysis, Contracting and Operational Execution

Ability to collect and collate necessary information to enable WFP to make informed operational decisions.

Warehouse and Inventory Management

Demonstrates ability to carry out day to day activities around warehouse and inventory management in a manner that complies with WFP’s operational warehouse procedures.

Technical Assistance and Coordination

Demonstrates awareness of the importance of technical assistance and coordination with key stakeholders and an ability to carry out logistics activities, respecting individual mandates and programme priorities.


Education: Advanced degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Business or related area Experience:

 At least five (5) years of post-graduate professional experience in research, knowledge management and/or policy dialogue Desirable:
 Experience working with Uganda government social protection programmes
 Experience with WFP systems and procedures Knowledge & Skills:
 Exceptionally strong communication, advocacy and facilitation skills
 Highly effective at networking and sourcing expertise
 Deep understanding of social protection systems and processes
 Familiarity with adult learning approaches and techniques and leading and motivating groups Languages: Fluency in English (both oral and written communication)


Wednesday 28th February 2024

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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