"Qualified FEMALE candidates and candidates from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply."
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.
These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.
To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.
Since 1974, WFP has been using this approach to support the Government of Nepal with the provision of School Meals (SM) in food insecure districts of Far and Mid West Nepal. School Meals Programme is recognized as a key component of the School Sector Reform Programme (SSRP), a policy framework for improving the overall education system, and a crucial strategy to increase access to school. The SMP is also included in the action plan to reach out of school children and is considered to be a critical intervention of the 2010 “National Framework for Child-Friendly Schools.”
Starting in 2015, WFP’s SMP expands on equity and access objectives to also integrate interventions that focus on improving the quality of education in schools. In addition to provision of school meals, complementary interventions are being implemented to work towards a more holistic approach, which include water, sanitation and hygiene activities (WASH), literacy programmes such as early grade reading (EGR), digital learning activities, and infrastructure development.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Duties and Responsibilities:
WFP’s is seeking to hire a committed, innovative and experienced School Meals Programme Officer to join the Education Support Unit. The Programme Officer will manage the school meals component of WFP’s education portfolio and in advancing School Health and Nutrition agenda with the overarching aim of improving nutrition sensitive school meals programmes in Nepal..
The incumbent will report to the Head of Education Support Unit, under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of Programme.
Programme/Project Development and Planning
- Support Programme team to develop project documents for SMP policies, strategies and guidelines, aligning with overall WFP's Strategic Plans and Country Programme and integration with UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies;
- Support with writing funding proposals for new research and programmatic projects for the SMP and education related projects;
- Draft programme papers, briefs and other strategic materials for management use, information and/or consideration;
- Provide overall support to the Head of Programme/ Head of Education in all Education Support related activities and duties.
Technical and Operational Assistance for School Meals and Home Grown School Meals Planning
- Support and manage Food for Education Project, Ministry of Education (MoE) activities in timely planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the programme activities within the respective districts;
- Provide support in resource planning (food and non-food items), data-base and plan formulation;
- Provide support in ensuring SMP implementation guidelines / manual are fully followed by all concerned and provide feedback in the revision of guidelines as and when required;
- Coordinate and manage Partnership for Child Development’s support to the MoE to develop, implement and evaluate the Home Grown School Feeding Package for National School Meals Programme;
Facilitate and Assist Coordination of Stakeholders
- Support coordination for school meals programme with the government/Ministry of Education, Food for Education unit, WFP Sub-Offices (SOs), UN/bilateral/I/NGOs agencies and implementation strategies;
- Faciliate inter-sectoral response, specially with Ministries of Education, Health and Agriculure to achieve nutrition-senstive strategies and service delivery through school meals to support the Government of Nepal’s Zero Hunger (SDG2) and Quality Education (SDG4) Sustainable Development Goals;
- Undertake negotiations with different actors in the districts for smooth and timely implementation of the School Meals Programme;
- Represent WFP at relevant meetings and technical working groups (School Health and Nutrition, Education) as per the needs and foster relationships with development partners and the government.
Support Monitoring and Evaluation of Activities
- Organize and undertake field visits to monitor and supervise programme implementation;
- Provide inputs and assistance to programme and monitoring staff in the field for achieving periodic monitoring targets in close coordination with M&E unit.
Key Accountabilities (Not all-inclusive) continued:
- Research and analyse education policies to support the Education Support Unit in the development of school health and nutrition goals;
- Assist with missions from HQ, the Regional Bureau and donors as needed;
- Support with the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborate on improved SMP;
- Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to SMP needs;
- Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries; and
- Support with other SMP related tasks as necessary.
The position will include supervisory role, specifically for the School Meals Programme Officer planned for secondment to the Government of Nepal and School Meals Programme Assistant, with potential for additional supervisory role of consultants brought in for specific technical assistance during development of National School Meals Strategy and Guideline Development.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Public Health, 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;
Language: National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- 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.
||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.
||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.
OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources to inform programme strategies and development;
- Ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring; and
- Ability to develop 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.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Nepali;
- Strong analytical and interpersonal skills; and
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
- Has eight plus years of working experience and at least 5 year working in school health and nutrition and/or public health;
- Expertise in both nutrition and/or agriculture supply chain development;
- Experience working in partnership with UN, NGOs, government and civil society;
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Contract Type: Fixed Term (FT)
Contract Duration: 1 year (Renewable)
Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal
Nationality: Nepalese only
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Only candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit an online application by18 January 2018.
To apply, please visit http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings
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Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
The organization reserves the right to cancel or postpone the whole recruitment process without providing any reasons whatsoever.
No telephone enquiries will be entertained.
Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
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.