Programme Policy Officer(Budget & Partnerships Agreements)
- Post Date:June 6, 2022
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- Career Level OfficerQualification DegreeExperience 3-5 Years
- Industry Non Governmental
Requisition ID: 160242
Location: Zimbabwe – Harare
WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.
The 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 Zimbabwe, WFP has a strong track record of delivering food assistance and managing supply chains during crises, while building resilience to shocks among vulnerable communities. The July 2022-December 2026 Country Strategic Plan (CSP) provides a road map to promote shock-responsive social protection and sustainable and resilient food systems.
The July 2022-December 2026 articulates collaborative efforts to better anticipate future needs, improve data and forecasting and strengthen livelihoods and local capacities to withstand, respond to and adapt more readily to sudden or chronic stresses. WFP will support informed decision making on food security and nutrition in Zimbabwe, and will integrate nutrition, gender, protection and inclusion, youth engagement, technological innovation and decentralized zero hunger action throughout the plan. WFP will establish new partnerships and leverage existing ones to their full potential, including those with the other Rome-based and other United Nations agencies.
WFP Zimbabwe’s July 2022-December 2026 CSP focuses on the below areas;
- Social and humanitarian assistance for food-and nutrition-insecure populations in targeted rural and urban areas.
- Support to urban food insecure households for resilient livelihoods.
- Support to rural communities for climate resilient livelihoods, sustainable management of natural resources and enhanced participation in local markets and value chains.
- Collaboration with national actors to enhance capacities to develop, coordinate and implement well-informed, effective and equitable actions for achieving food and nutrition security.
- Services to humanitarian and development actors in Zimbabwe so they can implement their programmes and provide support to their beneficiaries in an efficient, effective and reliable way at all times, including during crises
The positions job purpose is to facilitate the administration of Program Partnerships Agreements, activity budgets and results documentation using WFPs Standard Operating Procedures and Corporate systems.
This advertised position of the Programme Policy Officer Programme Support (NOA) will be part of a team that will contribute to provide support to the programme unit and the below accountabilities will be performed within that context. The position holder will report to the Operations Manager.
Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities
The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out the following tasks and responsibilities:
- Contribute towards the development of a limited number of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
- Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of small to moderate size that are relatively straight forward in nature, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
- Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
- Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
- Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
- Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects.
- Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
- Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives.
- Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
- Support monitoring of fund utilization, and advance financing, loan and borrowing/repayment and refinancing arrangements, and alert supervisors to approaching deadlines for unassigned funds and potential resource shortfalls/surpluses.
- Provide guidance in the process of Partnerships Agreements management ensuring all the due-diligence processes have been followed in line with corporate guidance, including fund management, partnership processes, budgeting and budget negotiations, proposals revision, capacity assessments, performance assessment and reporting.
- Track the progress of the Partnerships Agreements in terms of consumptions and alerting technical units and Field Offices for expected Partnerships Agreement amendments and adjustments.
- Collaborate with relevant units for timely reconciliation of programme data from the different WFP Corporate systems including: the planning and reporting system; beneficiary data management System; financial management system; and Commodity Management system.
- Contribute to gender transformation, youth engagement and the inclusion of disadvantaged groups in all programme efforts.
- Other as required.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
- Advanced University degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, International Development, International Relations, Sociology, or other fields related to international development, or, a First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
- Fluency (level C) in English language and proficiency in any of the local languages is desirable.
- Three years of relevant professional (managerial) experience related to national development programmes, policies, strategies or plans and institutional structures, preferably revolving around food security and/or nutrition.
REQUISITE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Understanding of Agenda 2030 and respective targets – particularly SDG1, SDG2 and SDG17 – and how the work of WFP can contribute to achieving them;
- Familiarity with intervention modalities, programme and project lifecycle tools, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation desirable.
- Highly proficiency and computer literacy.
- High level of numeracy, financial analysis and results tracking skills
- Knowledge of key national and regional contexts and issues.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality written outputs and ability to present in English and the working language.
- Ability to work as part of a team, participating in open dialogues and valuing diverse opinions of others, regardless of gender, culture, background, experience, or country assignment.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
- Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders, conveying an informed and professional demeanour toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
- Appetite for exploring and experimenting with new ideas and approaches.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Qualified candidates are requested to submit their application via E- Recruitment attaching a signed application letter, a Curriculum Vitae and a signed Personal History Form (P11) available at http://www.unon.org/docs/P11. This advert is open to nationals of Zimbabwe Only. Female candidates with relevant qualifications and experience are encouraged to apply.
WFP DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING).
The deadline for receipt of applications is 8 June 2022.
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.