World Food Programme National Programme Officer Job in Nairobi Kenya 2013

Vacancy Announcement No: OMN/001/2013
Closing Date: 04 June 2013
Post Title: National Programme Officer
Grade: NOC (Fixed Term)
Duty Station: WFP’s Regional Bureau for East & Central Africa, based in Nairobi
Salary: As per UN Scales
This vacancy announcement is open to both male and female candidates.
Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the post of National Programme Officer in support of the Regional Bureau for East & Central Africa (OMN), based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Programme Advisor, and in accordance with appropriate policies, guidelines, procedures and processes, the National Programme Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:
  • Support the Senior Regional Programme Advisor in managing and planning various aspects of programming including programme design support taking into account WFP requirements, policies and practices.
  • Oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports including proposals for improvements in operations and the scope of programmes
  • Responsible for overall school feeding programme support and act as a school feeding focal person in the regional office
  • Support the Senior Regional Programme Advisor in providing programme oversight to country offices.
  • Participate in country level programme review missions that consequently support the development of succeeding project documents or led to strategic revision of ongoing ones.
  • Support the Senior Regional Programme Advisor in preparing programme workplans and budgets.
  • Provide programme support in the review and preparation of reports including the Special Project Reports and Annual Performance Reports.
  • Review, assess and present proposals for extra-budgetary funding that support programming.
  • Closely work with the monitoring and evaluation team for the support of the country offices in managing decentralized evaluations in the region.
  • Act as Gender Focal Person in the Region
  • Ensure compliance with WFP’s policies, criteria and procedures with respect of programming.
  • Supervise other programme staff; provide training and technical guidance in their work
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Expected Results:
  • Well prepared, analytical work;
  • well managed projects, programmes and/or operations.
  • Preparation of documents/operations which bring together country programmes in a manner which reflects strategic regional/country strategies and executive decisions.
  • Effective coordination with other units and Headquarters, which leads to adequate delivery of required resources.
Critical Success Factors: 
  • Good analytical skills;
  • resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, negotiating skills;
  • ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing;
  •  ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to cope with situations which may threaten health or safety;
  • flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk description.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with counterparts and staff within the office, host population, donors, NGOs and other UN agencies;
  • ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision.
  • Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Qualifications and Experience
Education: University degree in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, international affairs, business administration, social sciences, development studies or a field relevant to international development assistance.
Experience: At least five years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in public sector management, development projects, emergency assistance, and/or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food aid or commercial transactions.
Knowledge: Training and/or experience utilising computers, including word processing, spreadsheet and other standard WFP software packages and systems. General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English essential.
Other desirable skills: Knowledge of relevant WFP specified software; proficiency in a second official WFP language, preferably French.
Interested Kenyan nationals meeting the above qualifications are required to submit their applications together with detailed curriculum vitae, copies of education certificates, names and telephone numbers or email addresses of three work referees by e-mail to: quoting the VA no. and the title of the position in the subject line.
Applicants should also complete and submit a Personal History form (P.11) available on the following link
Closing date: 04 June 2013.
Applications must be received by the deadline.
Late applications will not be considered.
Only short-listed candidates meeting all essential qualifications will be contacted.
NB: WFP does not charge fees from applicants at any stage during the recruitment process.

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