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World Food Programme 

Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection), NOD
 
Vacancy No:RBN/003/2016

Grade: Fixed Term (NOD level)
 
Duty Station: WFP Regional Bureau for East & Central Africa, Nairobi
 
Salary: As per UN Salary Scales
 
This vacancy is open to both male and female candidates. 

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
 

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. 

We are seeking to fill the position of Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection) in support of the Regional Bureau office, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Strengthening social protection and safety-net mechanisms is a key priority for WFP in East and Central Africa. 

Several governments within the RBN region are seeking to establish and scale up their own social safety-net mechanisms to help address long standing, chronic vulnerability and prevent and mitigate the impact of shocks. 

WFP recognises that a more strategic engagement in Social Protection is critical to effectively contribute to the 2030 agenda and achieve SDG2, and a Safety Nets and Social Protection unit was recently established in HQ to guide and position WFP corporately. 

In the RBN region, WFP also recognizes the need to collaborate more strategically with humanitarian and development partners in order to better support governments establish and strengthen their own social protection systems. 

RBN also recognises the opportunity to better capture regional practices, to contribute to and leverage global organizational knowledge, and to more effectively support country offices.

Accountabilities: Under the overall supervision of the Senior Regional Programme Advisor, the Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection) will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Support WFP COs’ strategic engagement with host governments in the region to design, formulate and/or implement scalable and flexible social protection and safety net programmes that contribute to food and nutrition security;
  • Provide technical advice or mobilise technical expertise to support country offices promote policy coherence and synergies between food and nutrition security programmes and national social protection/poverty reduction frameworks;
  • Assist COs to conduct policy review to determine WFP’s entry point in social protection policy dialogue with host Governments;
  • Coordinate activities with the SNSP unit in HQ and actively contribute to shaping the corporate social protection agenda from the RBN perspective;
  • Lead the development of effective partnerships at the regional level with key partners, such as the World Bank, ILO, UNICEF, FAO and IGAD, to enhance WFP’s ability to effectively contribute to strengthening the social protection systems of governments in the region;
  • Assist countries to upgrade the quality of existing safety nets, including school feeding, public works programmes, resilience building and other activities; and help refine the institutional links between safety nets and emergency-related mechanisms, including through risk sensitive or shock responsive programmes;
  • Explore the use of innovative approaches for improved efficiency and effectiveness such as the single registry for targeting, the expansion of cash-based delivery platforms and modelling safety nets in pastoralist settings;
  • Promote and advocate with other UN agencies the inclusion of improved nutrition as an explicit objective of social protection programmes and explore nutrition-sensitive interventions that contribute to prevent all forms of malnutrition;
  • Ensure gender analysis are properly integrated in needs assessments and taken into consideration during the design and implementation of social protection programmes;
  • Contribute to evaluating and generating evidence on the potential and interest to invest in safety-net mechanisms also during emergencies and in more fragile contexts;
  • Map current best practices and successful experiences with urban safety-nets across the region that can be scalable and applicable to other countries;
  • Manage, oversee or contribute to operational research and evidence building to influence policy dialogue; manage or oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use;
  • In close consultation with the regional Knowledge Management officer and other programme teams, lead the development of a learning agenda in the region on social protection.
  • Closely coordinate with other programme and functional areas to ensure that a social protection and system strengthening focus is applied in different areas of WFP’s work and that relevant knowledge is captured and informs WFP’s work in the region;
  • Engage in high level regional consultations and technical discussions with UN agencies, donors, academia and other relevant actors in matters related to social protection and resilience;
  • Develop donors proposals and contribute to resource mobilisation efforts for social protection activities;
  • Supervise other national and international programme staff; provide training and technical guidance in their work;
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Expected Results:
  • WFP in the region is well positioned to actively support governments to strengthen their national social protection systems, in support of SDG2 targets, and as a partner of choice for hunger and nutrition sensitive social protection policies, capacity building and operational support.
  • Social Protection evidence, knowledge and best practice is shared with relevant programme officers and senior staff across the region to improve the quality of WFP’s direct assistance and technical support.
  • The safety nets that WFP is implementing directly in the region are achieving enhanced outcomes for beneficiaries, and evidence and learning from these experiences is captured and shared internally and externally.
  • Well prepared, analytic work.
  • Well managed projects, programmes and/or operations.
Qualifications and Experience
 
Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition / Health, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings /courses.
 
Experience: 
  • At least eight years of postgraduate professional experience with increasing responsibilities in social protection in a bilateral, multilateral or nongovernmental organization. 
  • Very good knowledge of effective and sustainable practices and principles related government social protection systems in a variety of contexts. 
  • Proven capacity to conduct policy analysis and to successfully engage in policy dialogue. 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in bringing global strategies into the regional/country context. 
  • Proven experience in building synergies among units, projects and regions.
Knowledge & Skills
  • Good analytical skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgement, tact, negotiating skills;
  • Ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that strengthen government systems and integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
  • Demonstrates the ability to incorporate technical information into policy and strategy formulation and into programme design and implementation, and to appropriately communicate it internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage key stakeholders in policy dialogue to strengthen national government social protection systems.
  • Ability to translate policy and programme principles into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches, including in emergencies and protracted conflict situations.
  • Experience leading teams in strategic discussions;
  • Experience working in a multi-donor environment;
  • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds. Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • High capacity for organization and coordination, as well as an ability to work with a high degree of independence in a team environment;
  • Experience in managing diverse and sometimes competing interests and perspectives to arrive at a durable consensus;
  • Fluent English, written and oral; excellent public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Excellent computer skills in MS Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint;
  • A willingness to travel frequently, often to remote areas; ability to cope with situations which may threaten health or safety; flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk description.
Language: Fluency (level C) in English language.
 
Desirable skills:
  • Training and/or experience using MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and outlook.
Application procedures:
 
Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications ONLY, according to the following procedures:

Go to: http://i-recruitment.wfp.org/vacancies/16-0020974
Step 1: Create your online CV
Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.

NOTE: You must complete Step 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.

Vacancy Announcement No:RBN/005/2016
 
Knowledge Management Officer
 
Grade: Service Contract, SC9 (NOB equivalent)
 
Duty Station: WFP Regional Bureau for East & Central Africa, Nairobi
 
Salary: As per UN Service Contract Salary Bands

This vacancy is open to both male and female candidates.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
 

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. 

We are seeking to fill the position of Knowledge Management Officer in support of the Regional Bureau office, based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The Regional Bureau provides strategic guidance, policy/technical support and direction to WFP operations and activities in nine countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.
 
Accountabilities: Under the direct supervision of the Regional Programme Officer and the overall guidance of the Regional Director and the Senior Regional Programme Advisor, the Knowledge Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Develop or coordinate the development of internal products, for improved programme design and implementation, and external products, to demonstrate the role of WFP in addressing food insecurity and nutrition.
  • Coordinate the annual Standard Project Reporting (SPR) process, in collaboration with HQ teams and Country Offices in the region.
  • Coordination with country offices and with other regional bureau teams, and also strengthen country offices’ capacity to make better use of information;
  • Provide crosscutting analysis related to WFP's work in the RBN region, particularly with regard to high profile emergency operations and innovative project activities, in collaboration with RBN management;
  • Coordinate the annual RBN Standard Project Reporting (SPR) process to ensure high-quality, timely reporting to donors on results achieved and resources used;
  • Collaborate with technical units in RBN Regional Bureau and Country Offices such as M&E, Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping (VAM), programme and supply chain to develop an evidence base for WFP impact in the region;
  • Based on documented evidence, develop information and knowledge products in collaboration with partnerships, public information and reports that demonstrate the role of WFP in addressing food insecurity and nutrition, and in mainstreaming gender, accountability to affected populations and protection, across RBN Country Offices;
  • Support Country Offices in the region organise, package, utilise and disseminate relevant information to inform programme design and implementation and for external audiences;
  • Collect lessons learned, best practices and proven innovations in programme design, implementation, monitoring and reporting as well as other WFP business processes from Country Offices, Regional Bureaux and Headquarters, and disseminate them within the region;
  • Monitor, collate and disseminate information from leading think tanks, academic institutions, regional organizations, such as IGAD and the AU, as well as International Organizations, including the UN Secretariat, OCHA end the World Bank;
  • Monitor and review regular sources of information and data from Country Offices required for the regular updating of information and knowledge products, e.g., M&E reports, VAM assessments, evaluations, national food statistics reports, and cluster data;
  • Support with audit preparations for CO/RB; and
  • Perform other related duties, as required.
Expected Results:
  • Well written and well-presented analytical information products;
  • Stronger capacity of the regional bureau and of country offices to incorporate existing information into programme design and implementation;
  • Quality and timely submission to HQ of the annual Standard Project Reports;
  • Lessons learned and recent advances in relevant areas collected and disseminated in an user friendly format;
  • Streamlined information management processes in the regional bureau;
  • Well-managed projects.
Qualifications and Experience
 
Education: Advanced University degree with course work in communication, economics, international relations, development, government, or other related fields, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training / courses.
 
Experience: At three years of progressively responsible professional experience in knowledge management or related field. Experience working in the international development / humanitarian sector an advantage.

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Good analytical skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgement, tact;
  • Proven ability to coordinate projects across units;
  • Capacity to produce high quality products when working under pressure and with competing deadlines;
  • Ability to adjust own communication style to different internal and external audiences and purposes;
  • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • High capacity for organization and coordination, as well as an ability to work with a high degree of independence in a team environment;
  • A willingness to travel to remote areas; ability to cope with situations which may threaten health or safety; flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk description.
Language: Fluency (level C) in English language.

Desirable skills:
  • Training and/or experience using MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and outlook.
  • Knowledge of graphic design and multimedia communication tools an advantage.
  • Specialized technical background in quantitative analysis, such as statistics and econometrics an advantage.
  • Fluency in French.
Application procedures:
 
Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications ONLY, according to the following procedures:

Go to: http://i-recruitment.wfp.org/vacancies/16-0020973
Step 1: Create your online CV
Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.

NOTE: You must complete Step 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.

Deadline for applications: 08 May 2016. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

If you have any queries relating to this VA please send them to: wfp.rbnhr@wfp.org

WFP does not charge fees at any stage during the recruitment process.

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

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