Programme Policy Officer (Data Analyst and Information Management) – World Food Programme (WFP Uganda)


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.


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

WFP delivers food assistance in emergencies and work with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP provides life-saving food assistance and livelihood opportunities to refugees in Uganda. In addition, WFP assists the most vulnerable people in Karamoja with food and nutrition assistance. Finally, WFP works with smallholder farmers and links them to markets.

As Uganda strives to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and become a middle-income country by 2040, WFP is also assessing its relevance and repositioning its role in Uganda.


We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Programme Policy Officer (Data Analyst and Information Management) SC8 SC8 to be based in Kampala. The selected candidate will be employed on Service Contract.


This job is found in the WFP Uganda Country Office. The incumbent will work with minimum supervision and will be heavily involved in activities and analytical work of a high complexity, and will contribute to Operational Information Management and Performance Reporting Improvement.


The Data Analyst will work for the Uganda Country Office (UGCO) as part of a team and under the supervision of the Operational Information Management and Performance Reporting (OIM&PR) Officer and is responsible for primarily GDT data analysis and data anomaly detection. The Analyst will develop corporate visualization solutions derived from multiple data sources using state-of the-art tools to enable insight and decision-making at various levels; perform ad-hoc analysis and presenting results in a clear manner; implement any software required for accessing, handling, processing, analyzing and visualizing data appropriately and Implement data collection procedures to include information that is relevant for building analytic systems while assisting in processing, cleansing, and verifying the integrity of data used for analysis;

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Utilize statistical tools for analysis identifying trends for descriptive and predictive analysis primarily focused on Global Distribution Tool (GDT) data and broadly focused on food distribution, beneficiary identification, food security and livelihoods, ensuring its readiness for visualization and dissemination.
  2. Identify ways of gathering and utilizing internal data which can help us better understand how to maximize the impact and outcomes of our programmmes.
  3. Identify opportunities to leverage existing external datasets for increased impact and more targeted programme activities.
  4. Review, update, develop, maintain, and oversee overall ETL pipeline for remote food security monitoring utilizing tabular data at the lowest possible administrative level.



  • 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.



  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Computer Science, environmental management, Data Communication & Software Engineering, food security, nutrition or other relevant.
  • At least 4 (four) years of professional experience for candidates with bachelor’s degree, or 2 (two) years with master’s degree, progressive responsibility in data analysis.


  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in development, implementation and maintenance of business intelligence/analytics or related areas is required.
  • Proven experience in data collection, cleaning, processing, compilation and statistical analysis;
  • A minimum of two (2) years’ experience with MS Power BI, SQL, Qlik Sense, Python for data science, R, STATA/SPSS, Tableau, managing large datasets, data engineering, data integration, big data analytics tool (Palantir), databases tools (MS Access, PHP, SQL).
  • Experience with Microsoft SQL or other relational databases is required.
  • Experience in solving analytical problems using quantitative techniques;



  • Familiarity with analytical techniques such as text mining, sentiment analysis, predictive analysis and event detection;
  • Experience with DAX, advanced Excel Formulas and Power Query;
  • Experience with the following Office365 tools: Flow, Forms, PowerApps and SharePoint;
  • A passion for empirical investigation and for answering hard questions with data in a clear and precise way;
  • Ability to take high level, loosely-defined business problems and identify precise, quantitative solutions;


  • Fluency and accuracy in both oral and written communication in English.


Thursday, 2nd December 2021

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.

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