Job: Program Policy Officer (Food Systems and Smallholder Farmer Support Coordinator) at the World Food Program (WFP)

Request ID: 173184
Location: Damaturu, Yobe

Organizational context

  • The position is located in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Offices (RB) or Country Offices (CO) and post holders report to a more senior Program Policy Officer.
  • Job holders operate with a high degree of independence, managing more junior staff to ensure that program and policy objectives are fully achieved. They are typically involved in a wide variety of program and policy activities and analytical work, some of which can be of considerable complexity. At this level, job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.

Purpose of the position

  • Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, Damaturu Sub-Office and working closely with the Livelihoods teams, the Program Policy Officer (Food Systems and Smallholder Farmer Support Coordinator) will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of food systems and smallholder farmer (SHF) interventions support activities in targeted local government areas (LGAs).
  • S/he will coordinate with relevant units including supply chain, RAM, gender through joint planning, monitoring and representation while ensuring program convergence with other integrated resilience programs within WFP.
  • The incumbent will report, document and build on the experience that defines WFP’s role in supporting food systems and smallholder farmers for integration into all WFP programs.
  • The incumbent will also serve as the main focal point for coordination with government at state level and with WFP technical officers in Maiduguri and Abuja. She/He will play a key role in donor relations/liaison and building partnerships around the food systems transformation agenda at the field level.

Main responsibilities (non-exhaustive)

  • Provide technical guidance to the WFP area and sub-office in the strategic planning and implementation of food systems and smallholder support initiatives.
  • Act as the organizational focal point for North East cross-sector initiatives related to food systems and SHF support interventions.
  • Represent WFP in coordination forums with states, level governments and other governance systems and networks related to the food systems transformation agenda.
  • Support in the design, implementation and coordination of specific SHF support interventions ensuring that work plans and activities are formulated, implemented and monitored according to the specific risk profiles of LGA, conflict analysis, partnerships, government capacity and program priorities.
  • Work with other partners to identify and advise on ways to strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers and their organizations, including management structure and processes with a particular focus on strengthening marketing and operational capacities
  • Collect, synthesize and report seasonal production and marketing data (area, volume and price) of food crops, mainly sorghum and millet in places where WFP has SHF interventions
  • Contribute to building WFP’s capacity and learning in programming for food systems, support to SHF, resilience and the triple link. 8.
  • Oversee and support the area office on knowledge management and lessons learned from implementation by drafting/finalizing key documents, reports, updates and briefing notes and knowledge/information exchange to ensure continued generation of evidence from supported interventions
  • Coordinate closely with other UN agencies, development partners and state government counterparts and targeted communities in area of ​​responsibility to ensure alignment and complementarity of SHF support and food systems interventions.
  • Any other task assigned by the supervisor.

Expected deliverables:

  • Timely progress reports
  • Regular coordination with CO/AO technical leads with other business units during implementation
  • Documented lessons and successes from the implementation of activities
  • Strengthening partnerships around food systems transformation and SHF support initiatives.

Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Advanced university degree in international affairs, economics, nutrition/health, agriculture, environmental science, social science, or other field relevant to international development assistance, or first university degree with additional years of work experience and/or related training/courses.
  • Language: International Professional: Mastery (level C) of the English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish and/or the WFP working language, Portuguese.
  • National professional: Proficiency (level C) in English and the language of the duty station, if different.

Other specific job requirements:

  • Minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in the areas of food and nutrition security, natural resource management, international and rural development.

Desired experience to enter the role:

  • Exposure and experience with food systems, food and nutrition security programs and safety nets is desirable.
  • Strong coordination and negotiation skills, especially in the implementation of multi-sectoral projects
  • Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, mature judgment, tact, negotiation skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; ability to work in a team and to establish effective working relationships with people of different nationalities and cultures.
  • Ability to deal with situations that could threaten health or safety; flexibility to accept work assignments outside of normal office description. Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) and experience in the use of Geographic Information Systems are an advantage.

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