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Programme Policy Officer (Resilience, Livelihood & food Systems)
TYPE OF CONTRACT:
DUTY STATION (City, Country):
2 Years (24 Months)
NUMBER OF POSITION:
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.
WFP Cameroon is implementing its Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2022-2026, which focuses on supporting the Government of Cameroon in its effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Zero Hunger 2030 agenda. WFP interventions span across the two axes simultaneously delivering and enabling with the dual objective of saving lives and changing lives. WFP CSP aims to progressively shift the focus of WFPs work from direct implementation of food assistance programmes towards capacity strengthening and technical assistance to national partners.
Resilience building, food systems and social protection are focus areas anchored under the CSP’s Strategic Outcome 3: Food-insecure and climate-affected populations and smallholder farmers have enhanced livelihoods and resilience to shocks by 2026 and Strategic Outcome 4: National institutions and partners have strengthened capacities to manage food and nutrition programmes and social protection systems by 2030. WFP aims to provide livelihood support and strengthen food systems for including through climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, climate risk management and smallholder agriculture market support. WFP aims to expand its support to enhance smallholder farmers’ capacity to on post-harvest management and value chain development linking the homegrown school feeding programme and other structured markets. The Global Commodity Management Facility (GCMF) also offers an opportunity to facilitate linking smallholder farmers to markets. Within the Humanitarian coordination set up, WFP leads the National Cash Working Group.
PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
The objective of the role is to provide support to Cameroon Country Office in the development and implementation of its resilience building, food systems and social protection programming, integrating key thematic areas including climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, climate risk management and smallholder agriculture market support. This position will also support external cash working group coordination. The role holder will report to the Country Director.
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KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/ RESPONSIBILITIES:
The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out the following tasks and responsibilities:
• Lead the development and implementation of resilience, livelihoods and social protection activities (including the homegrown school feeding, agricultural value chain and market systems development) under the WFP Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2022 – 2026, ensuring alignment with WFP global policies and other guidance; Provide technical leadership for the development of climate change adaptation and climate risk management projects, plans and processes, ensuring a cross-cutting gender and age consideration;
• Assist government stakeholders in developing and implementing relevant policy frameworks and provide technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of food systems interventions to strengthen government and community capacities;
• Identify and facilitate engagement with relevant operational and strategic partnerships (including private sector, UN agencies, research organization, NGOs) at national and sub-national level for collaboration for the expansion of food systems and integration with other technical areas;
• Support the development and roll out of relevant guidelines, standard operating procedures, templates that would support effective and quality delivery of the homegrown school feeding linkages with smallholder farmers working with the relevant government counterparts;
• Organise and facilitate technical assessments to understand the production and marketing capacity of smallholder farmers, farmer organizations, their ability to access services, credit, information and resources and to inform interventions design and implementation for resilience projects;
• Develop and facilitate tailored capacity building strategies for smallholder farmers and farmer organisations to strengthen their aggregation, food safety and quality control, marketing and business development capacity and skills to increase marketable surpluses and market access;
• Represent WFP in partnership forums pertinent to resilience, livelihoods and social protection and provide coordination leadership for the National Cash Working Group and other relevant UN engagement processes;
• Lead timely preparations and implementation of partnership agreements with government, cooperating/ implementing partners related to linking smallholder farmers to homegrown school feeding, including preparation of memorandum of understanding (MOU) and field level agreements (FLA);
• Take responsibility for incorporating gender and other cross-cutting perspectives in areas of work (Protection, accountability to affected population) to ensure equal participation of women and men;
Contribute to Country Office resource mobilization efforts through development of concept notes, funding proposals, budget and other necessary activities for complementary activities to meet school feeding program specific funding targets;
• Provide effective management of project resources/funds for resilience, livelihoods and social protection initiatives including advising on timely planning and tracking of fund utilization working hand in hand with the Finance and Resource management teams to ensure timely commitment and disbursement of the project funds in line with agreements with donors;
• Advise on and support the design of knowledge management initiatives that enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partners to engage in resilience, livelihoods and social protection-relevant policy dialogues, program design and delivery;
• Contribute to the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports (Sitreps, bulletins, etc), publications, and a variety of knowledge products or proposals related to resilience building, food systems and social protection for internal or external use. This includes contribution to the Annual Country Reporting process;
• Perform any other duties as required.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE:
STANDARD MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:
Education: Advanced University degree in Agriculture, Economics, Development Economics or any relevant field.
1. At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in programme related functions of which significant experience (2 or more years) has to be relate to resilience building, agricultural value chains, market linkages for smallholder farmers, social protection to achieve food security and/or nutrition objectives.
2. Experience working with government in implementing resilience, social protection, climate risk management and disaster risk reduction interventions;
3. Experience in programming of food and cash assistance in emergency and/or development contexts including cash coordination;
4. Experience in developing, establishing, strengthening and maintaining relationships with a variety of stakeholders: governments and/or humanitarian & development stakeholders, preferably related to livelihoods and social protection programming.
5. Experience in supervising, leading and coaching staff
Fluency (level C) in English and/or French language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of other official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language).
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