Programme Policy Officer (Livelihoods) UN Jobs at United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

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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 (Livelihoods) SSA9 to be based in Kampala. The selected candidate will be employed on Special Service Agreement


Adopted in December 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declaration, the Global Compact for Refugees (GCR) and its CRRF were premised on the Rationale of; Reducing the burden to countries hosting Refugees, taking forward the ambition to operationalize the principle of Burden Responsibility sharing and to galvanize action for increased response to refugee situations. Uganda launched the implementation of the CRRF in March 2017 and established the Steering Group and the CRRF Secretariat as the institutional frameworks, to steer its implementation, with the Steering Group as the decision-making body and the CRRF Secretariat as the technical implementing arm. The CRRF in Uganda is premised under 5 Pillars: 1) Admissions and Rights 2) Emergency Response and Ongoing needs 3) Resilience and Self-Reliance 4) Expanded Solutions 5) Voluntary Repatriation. The position will support pillar 3: Resilience and Self-Reliance. In 2021, Uganda launched the Jobs and Livelihoods Integrated Response plan (JLIRP) to accelerated self-reliance and resilience of refugees and host communities to foster their sustainable social, economic and financial inclusion in local development


 In line with GCR & CRRF Resilience & Self-reliance pillar, the Livelihoods officer will be responsible for coordinating effective mainstreaming of sustainable livelihoods interventions in Uganda’s refugee response for both host and refugee communities.


Take stock of and profile livelihoods and resilience actors at National, Sector, District, and settlement levels of Uganda’s refugee response.

• Maintain constructive working relationships in the Humanitarian-Development –Peace nexus for sustainable livelihoods and resilience interventions in refugee response.

• Support lead Ministries and other agencies in the design, implementation and evaluation of National, Sector and sub-national livelihoods programmes.

• Work with Department of refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister, and other partners to ensure that livelihood interventions and their respective deliverables and outcomes are routinely captured and updated in the National Refugee Response Management System (URRMS) and other knowledge management systems.

• Coordinate the various stakeholders to participate in monthly Livelihood Sector Working Group (LSWG) forums to ensure inter-sector knowledge exchanges and complementarities.

• Ensure effective participation of livelihoods and resilience sector partners in inter-sector refugee response dialogues that ensure synchronized planning, knowledge exchange and horizontal solutions to implementation of the various refugee response plans.

• Support dissemination and adoption of JLIRP to the various refugee hosting districts and livelihoods programmes.

• Collaborate with government agencies to guide and support research studies related to livelihoods and resilience sector for refugee response.

• Conduct sector- wide data and specific information analysis for CRRF reporting on local economy for respective refugee hosting districts.

• Support the generation of knowledge, documentation of experiences and lessons learned on successful approaches/models as well as dissemination to the various actors in refugee response.

• Coordinate engagement of the private sector and market-based solutions in refugee response programming.

• Perform other duties assigned by supervisor(s).


Education: A Master’s degree in Economics, Business studies, Development Studies, or relevant Social Science field

Experience: At least 5 years of field experience in country in the design and implementation of Sustainable livelihoods programmes is required. The individual should have updated contemporary development knowledge and extensive working experience in the understanding of Humanitarian + Development and Peace Nexus, Sustainable Development, Livelihoods Approaches and its links to Conservation and Natural Resource Management. Experience in capacity building, strategic planning, communication, documentation of lesson learned and best practices, as well as monitoring and evaluation is required. Prior experience of working with field based, diverse ethnics, cultures is desirable.

Skills and Abilities: Candidate should have excellent communication skills that include report writing, presentation, documentation, consultation and facilitation in English language. The position requires knowledge of data storage and analysis, computer programs like MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point.

Language: Proficiency in English Language and proficiency in local language(s) widely used by beneficiaries in West Nile



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Friday 14th October 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.

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