Programme Policy Officer (School Feeding)

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Job Description

ABOUT WFP:

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.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

School feeding programmes are used in many countries to promote education, health and agriculture. They also serve as an incentive for parents to send and keep their children in school while simultaneously improving children’s ability to focus on learning instead of their hunger.

In a context of widespread poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, school feeding has been an important safety net in Sierra Leone since independence, ensuring that many children can participate in primary education, and receive a daily minimum healthy diet. However, the various models of school feeding that have been in place in Sierra Leone have each their disadvantages, among them high financial and administrative costs, little diversity, little or no contribution to the local economy, in terms of food production and processing.

At the core of new National School Feeding Policy (endorsed by parliament in May 2021) is the wish to pursue a home-grown model. This is expressed in this policy ‘s vision of s sustainable school feeding programme that ensures nutritious and healthy school meals to children enrolled in schools in Sierra Leone, using to the largest extent possible food produced and processed by local producers, and implemented entirely by national actors and agents. In order for WFP to align to the new policy, collaborations with the Asset Creation team is crucial so to secure deliveries to schools.

WFP is one of four main implementing partners of the National school feeding programme covering 5 districts in the School year 2022/23.

JOB PURPOSE

To provide effective technical and operational support to the school feeding programme that meets the objectives of WFP food assistance needs for the respective districts. She/he will be responsible for any school feeding related issue implemented under the sub office.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Head of School Feeding, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring the effective and quality implementation of WFP school feeding and support to the Government’s National school feeding programme, specifically through the following duties:

  • Keep up to date on corporate and Regional campaigns and alliances and proactively advocate for these in Sierra Leone
  • Support planning, monitoring and coordination of WFP school feeding implementaiton in close collaboration with in-house CO units including programme, Asset Creation, VAM, M&E, budget and programming, Logistics, and procurement.
  • Follow up on monitoring of budget and expenditures as well as food pipeline for WFP School Feeding;
  • Support the design and implementation of WFP’s HGSF in Sierra Leone and ensure objectives are met, food safety and quality standards are adhered, linkages with small holder farmers are maximized, gender and environmental considerations are adhered to, synergies with other programmes are fully explored,;
  • Assist in establishing systems and structures to implement a sustainable nationally owned HGSM programme based on previous lessons learnt,
  • Collaborate closely with MBSSE and relevant development partners, identify capacity gaps and design training workshops and communication and information materials for the district counterparts, education development partners, as well as school authorities.
  • Ensure food quality control and compliance with nutrition, food safety and quality standards including national and international standards to minimize risks to health, and injury,
  • Develop training material for schools’ staff to fully implement school feeding guidelines storing food and preparing the meals.
  • Support advocacy, communication and fundraising efforts related to home grown school feeding in the Country Office;
  • Any other business as required.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:     Advanced degree in Agriculture, Food Security, Development Economics or relevant field or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training courses.

Experience:    Three years relevant experience with School Feeding Programmes with cash based or local procurement components.

Knowledge & Skills:   Proven capacity to provide tailored technical support to countries on home grown school feeding programme design and implementation.

Proven capacity to produce high quality guidance, training material and written reports.

Capacity to represent the Country Office in meetings and strategic engagements with partners.

Ability to think creatively and strategically, ability to work autonomously

Capacity to work in a multi-cultural environment, excellent writing skills, project management.

Strong networking skills

Languages:   Fluency (level C) English

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food AssistanceDemonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
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 ProgrammingDisplays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ GovernmentDevelops 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.

COMPETENCIES

Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance:  Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance and education throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher):  Demonstrates ability to consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas:  Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring of Home-Grown School Feeding.

Demonstrate strong strategic thinking and engagement

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • Proven success working with technical teams (i.e., school feeding, nutrition, agriculture, and social protection with similar role).
  • Experience implementing complex projects.
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions
  • Has ability to analyze and interpret information and provide solutions.
  • Experience implementing school feeding activities an added advantage 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Position open to Sierra Leone Nationals only

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP.

http://www.wfp.org  Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

24 May 2022

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https://career5.successfactors.eu/career?company=C0000168410P&career_job_req_id=162027&career_ns=job_listing&navBarLevel=JOB_SEARCH

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.