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. We are currently seeking to fill the position of a Programme Policy Officer with our Programme Unit based in Nepal Country Office, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Position: Programme Policy Officer
> Functional Area: Programme/Nutrition (SO 2, Activity 4)
> Type of Contract: Special Service Agreement (SSA)
> Grade: SSA-8 (Equivalent to NO-A)
> Duty Station: Based in FMTC Office, Kathmandu, Nepal
> Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
> Nationality: Nepalese ONLY
The Programme Policy Officer is a temporary position based at the Sales Department of the FMTC, Kathmandu. The job holder will be a member of the WFP nutrition team but will be seconded to work at the FMTC head office. The incumbent reports primarily to FMTC head of the Sales Department and the WFP Nutrition Advisor, with a reporting line to the WFP Supply Chain, Programme and EPI unit to coordinate related implementation activities. The job holder is responsible to assist FMTC with the accelerated roll out of Fair Price shops outside Kathmandu in support of population affected by the COVID-19 emergency, assist with related capacity strengthening of local government and fair price shop owners, food supply and distribution, monitoring & evaluation, targeting of beneficiaries, consumer protection and related reporting. He/she is also expected to support and advocate for private sector’s engagement on nutrition.These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.
Working in Nepal since 1963, WFP has extensive knowledge of the Nepal context as related to food and nutrition security, livelihood creation as well as logistics capacity and emergency response. At present, WFP Nepal operates across the country with tailored programming based on present and predicted needs. Being a well-trusted UN partner, WFP is uniquely well-placed to support the Government, as well as local communities to tackle the underlying factors causing hunger, to build self-reliance and improve food security. One of the programme WFP is supporting in Nepal in the initiation and scaling up of rice fortification initiative. Accordingly, in 2019 WFP and four government organizations; namely Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MOICS), Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC), and Food Management and Trading Company (FMTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement a three-year plan of action (POA) to implement rice fortification in Nepal.
The programme envisages to distribute fortified rice through FMTC in targeted remote and food insecure districts under an existing social safety net program. Since FMTC was tasked in April 2020 by the government to increase food distribution to population affected by COVID-19, WFP provided three months technical assistance, to develop an operational guideline for implementation of Fair Price Shops (FPS): Private sales outlets that are authorized to sell FMTC subsidized food commodities. The FPS guideline was developed based on the requirements in the Right to Food and Food Sovereignty Act 2075, which ensures the fundamental rights of citizens of Nepal to food, food security and food sovereignty.
In order to implement the FPS guideline FMTC will be joining SUN Business Network (SBN) to receive technical assistance on training. The SBN is a dedicated global platform for business and nutrition, with the aim to reduce malnutrition in all its forms – through engaging and supporting business to act, invest and innovate in responsible and sustainable actions and operations to improve nutrition. It is the private sector branch of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement which aims to engage businesses within a multi-stakeholder, country-owned approach, to scaling up nutrition. Therefore, with the purpose of supporting the endorsement and implementation of the Fair Price Shop guideline, to orientate government and fair price show owners and support FMTC to establish fair price shops during a trial phase, WFP is looking for the services of a qualified and experienced Programme Policy Officer.
To provide support to FMTC to establish 14 Fair Price shops in food insecure districts of Province 5, Karnali and Sudurpaschim province, assist with related training design, capacity strengthening, food supply, monitoring & evaluation, targeting of beneficiaries, analysis and related reporting.
Application Deadline: 29 October 2020
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