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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Senior Programme Assistant - World Food Programme (WFP) Uganda

Vacancy: Senior Programme Assistant
Recruiting Company: World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Northern Uganda (Up-Country),
Reports to: Programme Officer
Vacancy Announcement No: VA-02-2014
Grade: SB3/Q1 (G6 Equivalent)

Job Summary: The Senior Programme Assistant will coordinate with district Farmer Organizer Groups, work closely with local metal artisans and be responsible for coordinating district level efforts to support selected smallholder farmers in adopting appropriate techniques to reduce post-harvest losses

Be absolutely clear on all details contained within the Special Operation (SO) Workplan
Offer district leadership in all aspects of the Special Operation (SO) Workplan.
In charge of managing the four critical stages of the SO within district; Capacity Development, Equipment Manufacturing and Procurement, Field Support, Monitoring and Evaluation
Collaborate SO post-harvest enhancement programmes through the Framer Organiser Group selected in the district;
Routinely review the contract terms and conditions for the Farmer Organiser Group and monitor service delivery of the Farmer Organiser Group as per the agreed framework;
Maintain records /statistics/reports of programme activities within the district;

Actively participate in local PHHS training workshops; ensure training facilities are of the required level and training facilitators are correctly delivering the training material to invited farmers.
Participate in the preparation and implementation of training/ capacity building workshops (assist with venue selection, farmer invitations, copies of training materials, stationary, travel vouchers etc) and provide a written report at the end of each training session;
Routinely monitor the overall number and status of smallholder farmers in the project (ensuring >30% are women) and prepare an assessment report at requested stages during the SO;
Work in liaison with Programme Officer to ensure micro-financing support is available for participating farmers to purchase the required PHHS equipment;
Rendering support in identifying competent local metal artisans with the potential to construct silos for according to specific SO fabrication requirements.
Support Programme Officer in all areas of negotiations, either directly with artisans or with suppliers of raw materials, to ensure budgetary targets are met.
Co-ordinate the distribution of all manufactured silos (as well as hermetic storage units purchased from outside of the district) to participating farmers within the agreed time period and budgeted cost.
Work in collaboration with the Farmer Organiser Group, visit smallholder farmers sites to verify progress and provide advice as required;
Report to the Programme Officer on the status of all SO KPI's (in relation to smallholder farmers and SO partners) on a regular basis; weekly, monthly, etc;
Gather and collect market intelligence within the district through research and networking to improve the knowledge basis in WFP;
Technically support the SO Project Manager in strengthening partnerships with key stakeholders in post-harvest handling, including those managed by Government, UN agencies, NGOs and the private sector;
Actively participate in meetings with key stakeholders to update them on the progress of the SO and to address any concerns which may arise;
Perform any other duties as assigned the Programme Officer.

The prospective employee should possess a University degree or postgraduate studies in any of the following fields, public administration, transport, development studies, economics, agriculture or other related field from a recognized institution;

 Skills and Experience:
The WFP Senior Programme Assistant should possess a minimum of five years’ relevant working experience in a related field gained from reputable organizations;
WFP requires mature persons with sound judgement
Excellent analytical skills
Possess the ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing
Ability to work in a team, ability to resolve operational problems, work with minimum supervision, cope with situations which may threaten health or safety, and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds
Proficiency in both oral and written English is essential;
Strong working knowledge and expertise in using MS Office applications;
Possess the ability to speak at least one of the local languages will be an added advantage.

All suitably qualified Ugandans who are appropriately qualified and desire to in the United Nations’  World Food Programme (WFP) are requested to send their applications together with detailed curriculum vitae, copies of certificates under confidential cover quoting on the envelop the vacancy announcement number and name of the applicant to:
The Human Resources Officer, UN World Food Programme, P.O. Box 7159 Kampala.Uganda
Hand delivered applications should be dropped in a box at the reception of WFP Offices at plot 17-19, Clement Hill Road.

NB: Applications must be received by the deadline and only short listed candidates shall be contacted. Applicants should check on the Notice Board at the main entrance to confirm that their applications have been received one week after the deadline.

Deadline: 16th March 2014