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.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Programme Policy Officer – NOB (Livelihood) Damaturu 1
Requisition ID: 161135
Location: Damaturu, Yobe
- Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Head of Programme, Damaturu Sub Office (SO), Yobe state, and technical supervision of the Head of livelihoods and resilience in Abuja, the Programme policy Officer – Livelihood will lead the activity management and provide technical advice on programme strategies regarding early recovery, livelihoods and resilience, and will support the Head of Programme in engagement with the Nigerian Government authorities and donor communities to ensure WFP programmes effectively meet food assistance and livelihood needs.
- The job holder will operate directly supporting the Head of Programme (SO) and providing expert advice on a range of livelihoods and resilience building interventions.
- To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.
Other Specific Job Responsibilities
- To ensure that the distributions of the WFP assistance is reaching the expected number of beneficiaries in all the planned LGAs of Yobe during the period of the contract.
- To ensure that the capacity strengthening activities are conducted to the beneficiaries in collaboration with the contracted local/international partners.
- Support to CO in developing project proposals (technical aspects, activity selection and planning, timelines and budgets).
- Support adoption of innovative solutions for low-cost livelihood technologies and approaches, including but not restricted to flood & gully protection structures, post harvest technologies, vegetable gardens, water harvesting technologies, low cost drip irrigation, aquaculture, IGAs and other social infrastructures
- Support project implementation and coordination in CO in implementation of integrated resilience projects; Institutional development support to strengthen CO structures to sustain scale up dynamics.
- Assist in advocacy and fundraising efforts to scale up, in general, the resilience and livelihoods activities in the country.
- Participate and carry out online and on-the job FFA trainings on specific innovations.
Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)
- Ensure effective management of livelihoods and resilience building activities of the Damaturu SO, including implementation management, aligning with the approved budget and reporting.
- Formulate a budgeted and sequenced ‘action plan’ articulating WFP’s transition from relief to livelihood recovery in Yobe state over the next 6 months (in line with the PCNI vision-Presidential committee on North East initiative and feeding into the WFP CSP-Country Strategic Plan).
- Contribute to the CO’s efforts in building up WFP’s capacity to delivery against the action plan. Particular attention will be given to the setup of the technical expertise required for participatory planning, agricultural/environmental asset creation and smallholder farmers support activities in North East Nigeria.
- Map NGOs/CBOs’ geographical presence and assess their technical ability to undertake livelihood interventions in the North-East. Identify potential partnerships.
- Support donor missions to the field in recovery/livelihood intervention areas.
- Support governments and other partners in identifying where livelihood and resilience programmes can be usefully employed and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of moderately complex livelihood and resilience programme to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of income generation and empowerment programmes at national and sub-national levels.
- Establish and maintain operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that support livelihoods, build resilience and support advocacy work.
- Enhance WFP’s leadership status in forums relating to area of specialism, for example livelihoods, resilience or engagement in humanitarian, transition and development contexts through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials.
- Contribute to resources mobilizations effort for WFP projects, including clearly articulating the need for livelihood and resilience and related programme opportunities, and follow up on the resource situation of projects including commodity and cash availability, seeking advice from senior colleagues where necessary.
- Advice and support the development of functional training in areas of expertise to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partner to design and deliver effective livelihood recovery and resilience programmes.
- Lead the development of sustainability plan and ensure the plan is implemented for all the interventions within the SO
- Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff to enable high performance.
- Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within a moderate budget.
- Support the RLU(Resilience and Livelihood Unit) to develop a manageable country level information profile (Country Fiches), descriptive of progress in the use of programing tools (3PA and 3A/FFA), coverage of institutional strengthening efforts, capacity of partners (Governments, NGOs), type, nature and level of partnerships (including RBA), monitoring and evaluation systems (e.g. ), and other of relevance;
- Participate and support training on 3PA related tools, particularly CBPP and SLP.
- Support the roll-out of the English version of the Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) programme guidance manual including guidance on asset creation and natural resource management for food security, context analysis, seasonal livelihood programming and community-based planning;
- Perform other related duties 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.
- Language: National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language
Desired Experiences For Entry Into The Role:
- Exposure to and experience with water works and infrastructure implementation, agriculture and livestock, watershed management,
- Natural Resource Management, International Development, Social Protection and planning, participatory approaches and community-led change projects; food security, nutrition programmes and safety nets desirable;
- Exposure to and experience with food security, nutrition programmes and safety nets desirable;
- Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) and experience in using geographic information systems is an advantage;
- Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgement, tact, negotiating skills; ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds;
- Ability to cope with situations which may threaten health or safety;
- Flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk description.
- Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
WFP offers an attractive compensation package.
Application Closing Date
22nd April, 2022, 11:59 PM WAT.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Terms And Conditions
- Only Nigerian nationals are eligible to apply for this position.
- Applications are to be submitted and received online and in English language only.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
- Canvassing is strictly prohibited. Canvassing of any sort will lead to automatic disqualification of the concerned applicant.
- The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year.
- 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.
- 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.