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Programme Policy Officer (School Feeding) (UN Jobs)

About Organisation:

The 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.

 

Job Summary of the Programme Policy Officer

The Programme Policy Officer (School Feeding) will oversee the school meals program in Karamoja and manage the urgent transition to a home-grown school feeding (HGSF) approach. This role will integrate nutrition, livelihoods, agriculture production, and climate adaptation to enhance the sustainability and impact of school meals in the sub-region. The Program Policy Officer will ensure that the program that is implemented in 315 schools and serves about 220,000 students supports local agricultural production, improves dietary diversity, strengthens community livelihoods, and builds resilience to climate change.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Programme Management 

  • Develop, implement, and manage the transition plan for the school meals program to a home-grown school feeding (HGSF) model.
  • Ensure the integration of nutrition, agriculture, livelihoods, and climate adaptation into the school meals program to enhance food security and nutritional outcomes for schoolchildren.
  • Collaborate with local authorities, NGOs, community leaders, and other stakeholders to ensure cohesive and comprehensive program delivery.

Agricultural Support and Livelihood Integration

  • Establish and manage systems for local procurement of food supplies to support local farmers and boost the local economy.
  • Provide training and support to local farmers on sustainable climate-smart agricultural practices, climate-smart agriculture, and nutrition-sensitive farming.
  • Develop and promote income-generating activities for communities, particularly those linked to agricultural production and food supply for schools.

Nutrition and health

  • Ensure that the meals provided meet the nutritional standards necessary for the healthy development of schoolchildren.
  • Implement nutrition education programs within schools to promote healthy eating habits among children.
  • Work with health professionals to monitor and evaluate the health and nutritional status of children receiving school meals.

Climate Adaptation

  • Promote climate-smart agricultural practices that enhance resilience to climate change and reduce environmental impact.
  • Implement strategies to mitigate climate-related risks affecting agricultural production and food security.
  • Support the development of sustainable water and soil management practices to enhance agricultural productivity.
  • Promote clean cooking or energy-efficient cooking practices, including greening initiatives and environmental conservation initiatives, in schools and communities around them.

Community Engagement

  • Lead community awareness and education campaigns on the benefits of home-grown school feeding, nutrition, and climate adaptation.
  • Foster strong relationships with community leaders, parents, school administrations, and district local government officials to promote community ownership and sustainability of the program.
  • Encourage and facilitate the active participation of parents and caregivers in the school meal program.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Oversee the collection, analysis, and reporting of program data to inform decisions and measure impact.
  • Conduct regular assessments of the program to evaluate its effectiveness, identify challenges, and implement improvements.
  • Prepare regular reports on program progress, challenges, and achievements for WFP and donor requirements.

Policy Development

  • Advocate for policies that support the integration of nutrition, agriculture, livelihoods, and climate adaptation into school feeding programs at local and national levels.
  • Develop and update guidelines and standards for the HGSF program to ensure consistency and quality across the sub-region.
  • Perform any other duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience of the Programme Policy Officer:

Education:

  • Advanced degree in agriculture, nutrition, public health, environmental science, development studies, or a related field.

Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in managing school feeding programs, agricultural projects, or nutrition initiatives.
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing integrated programs that combine nutrition, agriculture, livelihoods, and climate adaptation.
  • Experience working in a humanitarian or development context, preferably with an international organization, NGO, or United Nations.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Technical Skills: Strong understanding of home-grown school feeding models, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and climate-smart practices. Proficiency in program planning, implementation, and monitoring. Knowledge of food security, livelihood programming, and climate adaptation strategies.
  • Key Competencies: deep knowledge of school feeding programs, nutrition, agriculture, livelihoods, and climate adaptation. Strong ability to plan, implement, and monitor integrated school feeding programs effectively. Ability to collaborate with various stakeholders and foster partnerships. Skilled in training and mentoring local staff, farmers, and community members. Proficient in using data to inform program strategies and measure impact. Committed to engaging and empowering communities to improve nutrition, livelihoods, and resilience. Soft Skills: Excellent communication and people skills. Strong leadership and team management abilities. Critical thinking skills and adaptability to changing environments. Commitment to community engagement and participatory approaches.
  • Languages: fluency in oral and written English. Working knowledge of local languages is an added advantage.

How to apply:

All suitably qualified candidates who wish to join the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are encouraged to apply online at the link below.

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