Career Opportunities: Programme Policy Officer-NOA
World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Eswatini, Mbabane
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.
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JOB PURPOSETo provide support to.policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Under the overall guidance of the Country Director and direct supervision of the Head of Programme, the National Programme Policy Officer will be responsible for the following: • Contribute towards the development of WFP strategies and projects, ensuring alignment with WFP programme policies, standards and procedures • Facilitate the development and implementation of CO M&E Plans including establishment of baselines, review of progress indicators to inform timely decision making • Ensure that food is timely allocated to beneficiaries, accounted and reported on WFP corporate systems such as COMET • Prepare accurate and comprehensive reports on WFP's operations and performance to inform timely decision making including corporate reports such as SPRs • Review and give technical feedback on monitoring and evaluation plans for new programmes and budget revisions to ensure that plans are risk-based and focus on measuring results (e.g. checking monitoring and evaluation budgets are allocated and appropriate log-frame indicators and outcome targets are documented). • Supervise, monitor and ensure quality control of monitoring activities at country office including quality checks of fieldwork, monitoring data periodic reports; • Contribute to the analysis of outcome data and recommend improvements to programme interventions and to enhance WFPs ability to demonstrate outcome focussed results. • Review cooperating partner monthly reports in respect to M&E issues and ability to inform decision making; • Facilitate and coordinate the systematic collection and analysis of primary and secondary data using specific indicators as specified in the monitoring plan or information needs and generate relevant reports to inform timely decision making; • Follow-up on monitoring and evaluation findings to ensure that corrective actions are taken and/or adjustments are made to.programme responses as required; • Provide assistance, guidance and on-the-job training on monitoring, evaluation and reporting techniques for both WFP and cooperating partner staff to build capacity, increase awareness on the importance of monitoring and evaluation and encourage accountability for demonstrating results. • Represent WFP in different fora within the UN, civil society and government
• Liaise with project implementing authorities and undertake visits to view project outputs and beneficiaries, inspect storage places and points where WFP commodities are received in the country, in order to ensure that progress is made in the achievement of project objectives; • Other as required.
STANDARD MINIMUM. QUALIFICATIONS
• Education: Advanced University degree in Internatiorlal Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance. Alternatively, a First University degree in the same fields with additional years of related work experience and/or trainingetourses. • Language: Fluency in English (proficiency/level C) and Siswati.
OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS
• Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, Power point, Outlook). • Experience with statistical packages such as SPSS, STATA, • Excellent writing and communication skills; • Ability to participates and promote open dialogue with the team, valuing the diverse opinion of others. • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships, both internally and externally with partners and stakeholders. • Flexibility to adapt to changes (such as evolving programme needs, partners' requirements etc.). • Good analytical skills; ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources to inform programme design, implementation and monitoring_ • Result oriented attitude_ Ability to work under pressure and fight deadlines • Ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds • Supervisory skills (desirable)
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
• Minimum of 5 years post graduate, progressively responsible, job related experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, project management • Experience in implementing and managing programmes, as well as providing inputs into programme design. • Specific experience with Nutrition and food assistance programmes will be further valued. • Experience in Government partnership implementation and in technical assistance areas will be considered as a strong asset.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This is a local position for Swazi national only_ Female applicants are encouraged to apply_ WFP does not charge any fees from applicants at any stage in the recruitment process.
The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is a landlocked country, almost entirely contained within the northeast corner of South Africa. It faces numerous challenges including poverty, chronic food insecurity and HIV/AIDS.
With a population of 1.1 million people, 52 percent of whom are under the age of 20, Eswatini ranks 148 out of 188 in the 2016 Human Development Index. Despite its status as a lower middle-income country, 63 percent of people live below the national poverty line.
Eswatini has a high prevalence of HIV, affecting 26 percent of the population between the ages of 15 and 49. Life expectancy is 49 years, and 45 percent of children are orphaned or vulnerable. Chronic malnutrition is a major concern, though the situation is improving. Stunting currently affects 26 percent of children under 5 years, down from 31 percent in 2010. In the same age group, 2 percent suffer from wasting and 6 percent are underweight. The Cost of Hunger in Swaziland study found that 3 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is lost annually to child malnutrition.
Eswatini is ranked 128 out of 188 countries in the Gender Inequality Index. Factors contributing to increased vulnerability among women and girls include poor access to income-generating opportunities and social services; and gender-based violence.
About 77 percent (52 percent women and 48 percent men) of people rely on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. High dependence on rain-fed maize production, very low income levels of rural smallholders and high prices of food and agricultural inputs – such as seeds and fertilizers – together with high rates of HIV and AIDS among wage earners are the main drivers of food insecurity in the country.
Furthermore, effects from the El Niño-induced drought are still being felt. Preliminary results from a 2017 Annual Vulnerability Analysis Assessment state that about 159,000 people will be food insecure during the lean season, due to a combination of reduced income opportunities and poor agricultural performance leading to high reliance on purchases and relatively high food prices.