Programme Associate (Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping – VAM)

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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

In Uganda, WFP provides monthly food (in-kind and cash) assistance to almost 1.3 million refugees across 13 rural settlements as well as other crisis-affected populations, most recently providing emergency food assistance in response to alarming levels of food and nutrition insecurity in the Karamoja region. WFP Uganda also provides agricultural and market support to smallholder farmers, buying directly from farmers for its school feeding programme where possible. The UN agency uses its supply chain network to not only transport food but also other commodities such as medical protective gear to support the government COVID-19 response. WFP Uganda is also working closely with the government to strengthen its social protection systems and make them more responsive to shocks, both critical ingredients to achieving food security.

ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?

We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Programme Associate (Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping – VAM) ) G6 to be based in Kampala. The selected candidate will be employed on a Fixed-term contract

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The job is found in WFP Uganda Country Office, Kampala, reporting to the Programme Policy Office (Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM).

JOB PURPOSE

The role will be responsible for performing specialized and/or standardized policy and program-related processes and activities to support the effective delivery of assistance packages.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (1/2)

  • Manage all mobile data collection, analysis, and reporting (Mobile Vulnerability Assessment & Mapping mVAM) for refugee settlements;
  • Maintain a functional mVAM database and expand mVAM to all refugee settlements;
  • Work closely with the ICT unit to ensure the mVAM database is running on a safe, secure, and robust platform and the backup of the database is done regularly and an appropriate disaster recovery mechanism is in place;
  • Establish an effective system to follow up with mobile data service provider(s) and ensure that quality data on key food security indicators are collected;
  • Visit WFP databases on a weekly basis to ensure that the data is available; check the data for consistency and provide feedback to field offices on any issues of concern;
  • Support the implementation of the two-way communication through the Interactive Voice Response (IVR);
  • Actively participate in the planning, training, data collection, report writing and dissemination of the annual Food Security and Nutrition Assessments in Karamoja and Teso sub-regions and refugee settlements and hosting areas;

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (2/2)

  • Organize training, as needed, for the Country Office, field offices, and partner staff;
  • Prepare a range of reports and data analyses;
  • Build and maintain GIS databases and use GIS software to analyze the spatial and non-spatial information through the use of mapping software;
  • Produce maps showing the spatial distribution of various kinds of data, including food security classifications, beneficiary numbers, etc;
  • Provide support to specific and/or defined programmes;
  • Perform any other additional tasks assigned.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor degree in Statistics, Agricultural Economics, Social Sciences, Development Economics or any other related field, obtained from a recognized institution;

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station (English).

OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible experience, with at least two years in Food Security analysis, monitoring, mVAM and database management related functions;
  • A strong statistical background that will facilitate the use of complex and rigorous analytical methods, including principal components analysis, different sampling strategies etc;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and under minimum supervision;
  • Strong English Written and Oral Communications skills;
  • Strong compute skills and knowledge and experience in using quantitative analysis techniques including SPSS, Tableau and Stata;
  • Experience in the use of ArcGIS and use of GPS;
  • Good knowledge and skills in using MS Office applications;

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.

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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