Programme Policy Officer (Markets) Job Vacancy at WFP

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Programme Policy Officer (Markets) Job Vacancy at WFP

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  UNIT/DIVISION: Programme
  DUTY STATION (City, Country): Dar es Salaam
  DURATION: 12 Months

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ABOUT WFP

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.

Assisting almost 100 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. WFP partners with governments, other international organizations and UN agencies, the private sector, and more than 1,000 national and international NGOs in its operations to provide food assistance and tackle the underlying causes of hunger.

The WFP Country Strategic Plan 2022-2027 seeks to ensure that vulnerable populations achieve climate-resilient livelihoods and improved food security and nutrition through sustained smallholder access to markets, enhanced value chains, and sustainable management of natural resources. This objective will be achieved by supporting smallholder men and women producers to diversify livelihoods, reduce post-harvest loss, and improve access to information, technologies, and markets.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Master’s degree in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, business administration, or a field relevant to agricultural value chain management.
Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and Swahili language.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The Programme Policy Officer (Markets) will be reporting directly to the Head of Smallholder Farmers’ Unit.

JOB PURPOSE

Under the new WFP country strategic plan (CSAP 2022-2027), one of the strategic focuses is to build smallholders’ resilience through improving productivity and income. Activity five of the CSP willl “Provide technical assistance to support men and women smallholder producers to diversify livelihoods, reduce post-harvest loss and improve access to information, technologies and markets”, and will host more than five projects to be implemented in more than 8 regions in Tanzania.  WFP will work to support smallholder farmers to move from subsistence farming to market-oriented agriculture by connecting demand for their crops with commercial markets, and further by helping them to access formal contracts. These contracts can help farmers to access the credit, resources, and services necessary to plant and harvest quality crops, which in turn can boost incomes and build long-term resilience. WFP will also put a particular attention and priority to young farmers, young entrepreneurs (particularly women), and people with disabilities. WFP will take the lead in coordinating the market access support for smallholder farmers through an extensive partnership with value chain stakeholders. WFP is looking for an individual to push forward these efforts.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Contribute towards the development of market access support initiatives for smallholder farmers in a multi-stakeholder setting.
  2. Provide project management support to the smallholder farmer support unit, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider smallholder support programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures as well as common interest identified among value chain stakeholders.
  3. Liaise with internal and external project counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  4. Identify target farmer organizations and farmer-friendly aggregators by managing the selection and due diligence process; collect, analyze and assess profiles of target farmer organizations and their farm business management practices.
  5. Link identified farmer organizations and aggregators with forward delivery contracts by private-sector off-takers interested in WFP-managed projects.
  6. Based on farmer data analysis, identify opportunities to build pro-smallholder staple value chains through partnerships with other key value chain stakeholders (aggregators, extension agents, input suppliers, credit providers and off-takers).
  7. Plan and manage farmer training on agronomic practices, post-harvest handling and delivery planning; ensure effective knowledge transfer by instituting and leveraging the lead farmer structure within the supported farmer organizations.

Programme Policy Officer (Markets) Job Vacancy at WFP

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES CONTINUED 1:

  1. Assist the head of unit in the development of market-based business plans and their implementation model across key value chain stakeholders.
  2. Manage national team members involved in smallholder market linkage projects, providing guidance and oversight as needed.
  3. Provide technical support to the cooperating partners and monitor their performance to meet the project objectives.
  4. In consultation with the M&E and VAM unit, develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  5. Draft or contribute to drafting progress reports, corporate and donor reports on smallholder value chain support projects implemented under the CSP/Activity five as required.
  6. Perform other related duties as required.

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • 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.

People

  • 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.

Performance

  • 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.

Partnership

  • 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.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.

Programme Policy Officer (Markets) Job Vacancy at WFP

OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with results-oriented private sector partners as well as internal WFP clients.
  • Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to perform and deliver results under time pressure.
  • Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing and in multiple contexts.
  • Ability to frequently travel within the country.
  • Knowledge of various aspects of financial services and business modelling is a bonus.
  • Strong ability to take initiative with research and analysis and produce valuable results in conditions of uncertainty; solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including ability to work and deliver projects proactively and under pressure.
  • Relevant experience in development and agricultural fields, with emphasis on pro-smallholder approaches; Experience in agriculture commercialization approaches; agronomy; and strong understanding of policy analysis, regional trade and marketing.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • Five or more years of experience in agribusiness, project management and value chain analysis with a strong focus on the private sector.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of SMEs, pro-smallholder procurement and commercial agriculture models.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consistent and timely client service to meet the changing needs and expectations of clients, allowing clients to actively participate in and contribute to decisions that are relevant to their needs. Make adjustments to services as required.
  • Take ownership of assigned tasks, establish priorities and monitor own work plan with minimum supervision.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The position is open to Tanzanian nationals only.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

The deadline for receiving applications is 20 November 2022.

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WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action

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