Programme Policy Officer (SF Policy Analysis) SSA-8

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme


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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.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

Since 2010, WFP and the Government of Armenia have been successfully implementing the School Feeding Programme in ten provinces of Armenia. Over the past decade, the School Feeding Programme in Armenia has emerged as a social protection intervention becoming a solid foundation to promote human capital development and national growth. One of the main objectives of the Programme is to enhance the national capacity for the management of school feeding and hand over the implementation of school feeding to the Government of the Republic of Armenia.

In 2020, WFP launched the corporate School Feeding Strategy (2020-2030) with the primary objective to support governments’ transition to nationally-owned school feeding programmes and advocate for an increased investment in the health and nutrition of school children and adolescents. In this context, WFP embarked on country situation analysis.  Through cross-analyzing country policy framework, SABER exercises, available FNGs and other available policy analytical products, WFP is aiming to provide the programme stakeholders with insights on what the strengths and weaknesses of policy environments in the area of school feeding, as well as broaden the landscape to school health and nutrition in line with the corporate WFP’s SF Strategy 2020-2030. This analysis can also inform and strengthen the planning of the capacity strengthening and technical assistance interventions. For Armenia, an essential preparatory phase has been carried out for building up the recommendations of the policy analysis. This incumbent is, therefore, intended to support the completion of the remaining sections of the school feeding policy analysis while also using the results of the preparatory phase, i.e. the reviewed and summarized policy documents.

Given the above, the Country Office identifies the need to hire a Programme Policy Officer (SF Policy Analysis) to accomplish the assignment.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Programme Policy Officer (SF Policy Analysis) will work under the direction of a WFP Lead Analyst. The National Consultant’s contract will be supervised by WFP Armenia’s Programme Policy Officer and M&E Officer of Bangkok Regional Bureau. The National Consultant will provide all possible support to the Lead Analyst to enable completion of the Policy Analysis for Armenia in line with the set analysis framework and the National Consultant role matrix. He/she will engage in regular (weekly or at least bi-weekly) interaction with the Lead Analyst to discuss and report on progress and address any issues arising during the consultancy. The Programme Policy Officer (SF Policy Analysis) will have the following key responsibilities:

1. Contribute towards the development of a limited number of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance;

2. 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;

3. Discuss with the Lead Analyst what other information, policy papers besides the policy documents reviewed during the preparatory phase, will be critical for the Policy Analysis based on the local knowledge and understanding of the context; review and summarise them to provide additional insights;

4. Finalize drafting the thematic analysis of the policy analysis as agreed with the Lead Analyst and submitting them to him/her for review and feedback;

5. Draft Policy Analysis;

6. Finalize the document as per feedback received from WFP and RBB and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.

7. Other as required.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, 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 2,5 years of experience in supporting, participating and conducting analytical exercises, having a policy analysis experience will be an advantage; Experience and/or previous engagement in projects, initiatives related to one or several of the following areas – school health and nutrition, education, human development, gender, social protection in Armenia; Experience and/or previous engagement in technical assistance and/or capacity strengthening in Armenia; Experience and/or previous engagement in strategic planning exercises; Experience analyzing large quantities of data/documents and translating it into palatable narrative; Experience working with the UN system, NGO’s, governments, etc. is desirabl.

Knowledge & Skills: Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook); Behavioral competencies such as Action Management, Client Orientation, Cognitive Capacity, Innovation, Partnering and Teamwork. Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills; ability to plan and organize work with minimum supervision; ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines. General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures is desirable.

Languages: Fluency in Armenian, and highly competent in both oral and written English language; working knowledge (level B) of Russian language is desired.

JOB PURPOSE

To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

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 Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates 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 Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops 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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Contract Duration: 23 working days

Applications must be submitted online through WFP e-Recruitment System. 

Internal WFP staff can access the VA through the internal WFP CAREER page via the link: http://newgo.wfp.org/services/e-recruitment

Make sure that you answer all mandatory questions accurately and to upload your updated CV in English.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 

The successful candidate will have to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 to be able to perform his/her duties. The UN strongly recommends UN personnel, and their dependents receive a COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by WHO. 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application not later than Friday, 24th December 2021.

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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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