Programme Policy Officer (Disaster Risk Management) Vacancy-Job Ref: JKRWWFP/2404/202413


Programme Policy Officer (Disaster Risk Management) Vacancy-Job Ref: JKRWWFP/2404/202413
Kigali (Rwanda)
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.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP Rwanda works in partnership with the Government and other stakeholders to deliver integrated programmes to enhance the food and nutrition security of the most vulnerable people and to strengthening national capacity to formulate, manage and implement programmes for achieving zero hunger. In implementing its activities, WFP bridges the humanitarian–development nexus and leverages its extensive experience and the contributions it has made in Rwanda over many decades in order to achieve the strategic outcomes outlined in the WFP Country Strategic Plan (CSP).

WFP works closely with the Government of Rwanda and specifically the Ministry in charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA) to strengthen national systems and capacities in disaster management, as disasters remain a key driver of food and nutrition security and resilience. WFP delivers various forms of policy engagement, technical assistance and capacity strengthening on disaster prevention and mitigation, response and recovery, and associated innovations, such as anticipatory action. The activities include e.g. analytical work, policy dialogue, support to key policies, strategies and financing frameworks, technical assistance on operational (e.g. digital, early warning, emergency coordination) systems, simulations and training. During major disasters, upon Government request, WFP may deliver complementary emergency response in close coordination with Government and partners.

WFP also foresees district-level capacity strengthening and community-level activities in shock-prone districts to strengthen frontline capacity to manage disasters. In line with national policy priorities, WFP will also support national efforts around mainstreaming of disaster risk management into other sectors, including social protection and agriculture in Rwanda. Therefore, internal integration of disaster risk management with other areas of WFP’s work and expertise will be a priority.

Under the supervision of and with support of the Outcome Manager, the incumbent will lead WFP’s disaster risk management and anticipatory action work, and be responsible for the following:

– Lead effective disaster risk management policy and technical dialogue with Government, building a strong and collaborative partnership with the relevant ministries and agencies, including possible partial out posting to the counterpart Ministry as relevant.
– Support DRM and AA activity management by designing and coordinating programmatic strategy, work planning, activity designs, and budgets, ensuring alignment with WFP policies and standards and keeping abreast of latest global and regional evidence, policy and operational developments to inform activities.
– Ensure strong coordination with partners, including by representing and positioning WFP in coordination meetings and platforms, steering committees and technical working group (e.g. anticipatory action and the cluster system). Coordinate WFP’s engagement in the Food Security, Cash and Livelihoods Cluster.
– Lead the design and delivery of capacity strengthening on DRM and AA, as well as supervise analytical and technical assignments by external service providers, ensuring quality and timeliness. Provide technical review and inputs into assignments and deliverables.
– Support WFP’s emergency preparedness and operational coordination and delivery of emergency response, when required, in close coordination with Government and partners, ensuring adherence to WFP policies, guidelines and standards.
– Contribute to resource mobilization and management through budget and expenditure plans and oversight, and to donor partnership management through particularly the preparation of accurate and timely proposals, briefings and reports.
– Guide and supervise (as required) more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with technical guidance. Provide technical guidance to other WFP staff in the Country and Field Offices and NGO partners on DRM and AA activities at district and community level.
– Ensure effective day-to-day internal coordination and programmatic integration with Kigali-based units and field offices in the implementation of activities.

A Master’s degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, humanitarian/disaster management, development studies, public policy and management or other related fields, or a first university degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.

Fluency (level C) in English language and Kinyarwanda

• At least three years of relevant professional experience in disaster risk management, humanitarian action, or a closely related field.
• Demonstrated experience working in close partnership with Government and key stakeholders in the field of disaster risk management or anticipatory action.

Knowledge & Skills:
• Excellent technical understanding of disaster risk management and anticipatory action.
• Experience in coordinating humanitarian or disaster management operations.
• Proven ability to provide input into policy discussions in the areas of disaster risk management, anticipatory action and/or humanitarian action.
• An ability and interest to engage with different technical teams and programmes to promote programmatic integration across multiple technical sectors.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds and to build strong partnerships.
• Strong communication skills.

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