World Food Programme (WFP)
Close on 11 Jul 2020
Location: Uganda
Grade: General Support
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Job Description

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


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.


Education: Basic university degree in one of the following disciplines: business administration, finance, or other related fields would be an advantage.
Language: Effective verbal and written communications skills in English. Working knowledge of one more of the following languages is an added advantage. Luo, Acholi, Lugbara, Madi, Kakwa, Aringa, Alur and Langi.

General Service (Field): 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.


This function is important to WFP’s contribution to the District Local Governments in Northern Uganda specifically to initially support NUSAF, DRDIP and SAGE Programmes that lead to benefits to local community structures in promoting social inclusion of the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups by supporting accountable practices and institutions, community engagement, and ensuring compliance with social safeguard policies and standards. The emphasis is social protection to become more efficient, transparent, child- and nutrition-sensitive, to scale up the coverage of existing programmes and improve their effectiveness. This support will intensively encompass investments into national systems and tools or addressing crucial gaps (e.g. with respect to nutrition aspects of on-going programmes). This role will be critical in ensuring the WFP social protection technical support at the districts and community level support the establishment of systems that promote accountability to people in need, enhance gender inclusivity and give the people that we serve a voice to demand quality service delivery from duty bearers.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.Support partners and DLGs to undertake district specific gender assessments, map out beneficiary protection risks areas and define mitigation measures needed including establishment of needed protection systems/structures at different levels.

▪ In collaboration with the AMEL team monitor and evaluate, report and advice on specific gender/protection/AAP issues including targeting of beneficiaries, choice of transfer modalities, and ensuring that programmes do no harm.

▪ Undertake gender and power dynamics analysis in the scope of Cash Transfers and broader Cash Plus programming outcomes.

▪ Support robust mainstreaming of gender and protection/AAP into WFP Uganda (West Nile & Acholi Region) social protection programmes including advice, guidance and follow-up in relation to protection and gender aspects.
▪ Strengthen existing Grievances Redress Mechanism (GRM) at the different levels to address Social Protection programme gender, AAP and protection emerging needs.

▪ Facilitate and support the integration of gender-based approaches into monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management frameworks and ensure that gender considerations are integrated in all data collection initiatives, and to ensure proper gender analysis ensues.

▪ Facilitate staff and partner (including District Local Governments) capacity strengthening to integrate gender equality, inclusion and protection principles into their work, employing diverse learning methods in daily operations.

▪ Facilitate the development of district level detailed annual gender action plans with resources allocated towards effective mainstreaming of gender and protection-sensitivity in social protection programmes.

▪ Responsible for gender and protection reporting tracking all gender and protection related indicators and benchmarks.

▪ Provide WFP staff with regular information and updates on gender and protection concerns and trends in WFP’s programme areas.

▪ At field level, participate in protection and gender working group meetings to identify issues that require WFP’s attention to inform programming

▪ Work closely with the management and protection and gender officer to support cooperating partners integrate GEWE and protection meaningfully into upcoming proposals and budgets.

▪ Support the implementation of the Gender Action Plan through ensuring gender features prominently at all stages of the program and activity cycle i.e assessment, design, baseline, implementation monitoring and evaluation including budgeting.

▪ Support partner capacity building through trainings, coaching and mentoring and development of protection and gender guidelines.



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 fulfill the needs of internal and external partners.
Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Tendering and Contracting Displays basic understanding of processes to support the contracting/tendering implementation at WFP by collecting necessary information.
Vendor Management Leverages basic understanding of business needs to define vendor requirements and selection criteria.
Commodity and Product/Service Intelligence Appropriately handles products/services based on an understanding of sources, technologies, properties, and public procurement principles/practices.
Systems & Reporting Demonstrates strong understanding of procurement systems, Corporate operating System and tools to conduct range of analyses and generate reports to drive decision making.
Ethics and Compliance Maintains accurate records of activities in line with compliance standards to increase ease of response to basic audit queries.


This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


• Demonstrated familiarity with locally purchased commodities/goods/services (e.g., cash based, in-kind donations).
• Experience conducting supplier research and coordinating with retailers, wholesalers and traders.
• Demonstrated knowledge of procurement processes and linkages with other operations (e.g., logistics).



Female applicants and qualified applicants from Uganda ONLY, are 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.

About WFP

Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.

On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments.

WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict. 

At WFP, we are committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment for all our employees. We adopt a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment, harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination in the workplace. WFP has a clear and robust framework (HSHAPD Policy) to address and deter such behaviour. 

The World Food Programme created an Ethics Office in 2008 to ensure that all staff members observe and perform their functions with the highest standards of integrity, as required by the Charter of the United Nations, and in accordance with the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service.

At the same time, WFP adopted a Whistleblower Protection Policy to guard against retaliation for individuals who report misconduct, provide information in good faith on wrongdoing by one or more employees, or cooperate with a duly authorized audit or investigation.