Programme Associate (Partnership Assessment/Evaluation) at World Food Programme (WFP Uganda)

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WFP is looking for talented people who are committed to joining our efforts to eradicate hunger. It offers unlimited opportunities to grow your professionalism,  talent and expertise. Start your journey to be a member of the world-wide effort to eradicate hunger. WFP has a policy of affirmative action for women.

ABOUT WFP

United Nations 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.

Brief description of WFP in Uganda

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the largest and longest-serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently, WFP’s work in Uganda focuses on Saving lives in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition & Mother-and Child Health and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.

ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?

We are seeking to fill the position of Programme Associate (Partnership Assessment/Evaluation) SC6 to be based in Kampala. The selected candidate will be employed on a short-term contract. (12 Months renewable).

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The jobs is in the WFP Uganda Country Offices (COs) directly reporting to the Partnership Officer.

At this level, the job holder is typically involved in Partnership Evaluation during the implementation of the Field Level Agreements and analytical work involving report writing and recommendations on the capacity gaps identified.

JOB PURPOSE

To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (1/2)

Capacity Assessment 

  • Coordinate and effectively plan the capacity assessment process together with the technical units and the Field/Area offices for prospective and current partners to inform the Partner Identification selection process.
  • Update corporate tools to fit the context of the country, project specifications and organizational structures.
  • Generate reports and matrixes with the findings from the assessments to inform relevant parties.
  • Following the assessments, support CPs in the follow up of the gaps identified from the assessments to ensure improvement in the organizations technical and programme capacity.

Performance Assessments:

  • Coordinate and effectively plan the performance process together with the technical units and the Field/Area offices for current partners during the course of the FLA.
  • Update corporate tools to fit the context of the country, project specifications and organizational structures.
  • Generate reports and matrixes with the findings from the performance assessments to inform the partners, management, and the relevant technical units.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (2/2)

Improvement Plan:

  • Following the performance evaluations and midterm reviews, develop improvement plans for CPs on identified areas of concerns.
  • Support CPs and WFP staff to monitor and follow up on the gaps identified from the assessments.
  • Together with the Field/Area Team track progress of agreed upon action points for improvement upon commencement of performance evaluations.

Support Services:

  • Assist in the cooperating partner selection process to develop more collaborative and strategic relationships in line with Country Strategic and WFP visions.
  • Support in all administrative processes to ensure the effective implementation of Field Level Agreements (FLAs) and/or MOUs in consultation with WFP teams and current and prospective partners. This is not limited to Service Outline Agreements (SOA) creation, WINGs administration, budget amendments/ addendums to FLAs and any arising tasks.
  • Support and participate in the Cooperating Partner Committee (CPC) meetings at the Country Office level and in consultation with the Field/Area Office.
  • Organize and participate in engagement sessions and trainings with WFP staff and CP staff.
  • As and when necessary, support in any other tasks pertaining to Partnerships Management.

KEY DELIVERABLES (1/2)

Outcome 1:

  • Prior to launching Request for Proposals (RFPs) confirm and assess the capacity of all Roster members.
  • Upon completion of the capacity assessment exercise, ensure reports highlighting key findings are developed and shared accordingly.
  • Development of Matrixes to inform management of the capacity gaps identified for current partners prior to commencing the FLA.

Outcome 2:

  • Updated Performance Assessment Tools to fit in the context of the evaluated activity when necessary.
  • One annual training for CPs and Area/Field Office Staff for the review of the Performance Evaluatio Tools on an annual basis.
  • On an annual basis, produce Performance Evaluation reports for every Cooperating Partner (CP) under each settlement and activity.
  • Matrixes with key findings from each evaluating CP to inform Management and Technical units/ Area and Field Offices of weak areas identified by CPs evaluating WFP.

KEY DELIVERABLES (2/2)

Outcome 3:

  • Development of Action Plans for each CP following Performance Evaluation Sessions.
  • Generated Progress Reports detailing the actions taken to improve on the weak areas identified during the assessment stages.
  • Development of the Progress Tracking Guide for Management and technical units.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A University degree from an accredited University in International Studies, Economics, Politics or any another another related field;

Experience:

  • At least three (3) years of progressive work experience in the UN system, with at least one year in partnerships management;
  • Experience working with policy discussions.
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluations specific to NGOs

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and under minimum supervision;
  • Strong written and analytical skills;
  • Strong computing skills and knowledge of Microsoft Applications
  • Basic knowledge of one of the local language

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
  •  Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food AssistanceDemonstrates 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, Vouchers)Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized AreasUnderstands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
Emergency ProgrammingDisplays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/GovernmentUnderstands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

04 February 2022.

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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