Jordan nationals: Programme Policy Officer (Natural Resources Management) 

United Nations World Food Programme

Amman, Jordan 🇯🇴

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ABOUT WFP

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.

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ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Globally, the threat of natural resources scarcity, climate change and its shocks on food security and nutrition drive WFP’s efforts to lessen their impacts on existing vulnerabilities and to prevent undermining progress towards ending hunger and malnutrition. 
In Jordan, the projected increase in temperature, decrease in average rainfall with unpredictable patterns, heatwaves, and extreme climate risks such as droughts and flash foods are expected to further deteriorate natural resources base and weaken agricultural productivity and production in Jordan. Accordingly, within the framework of the new Country Strategic Plan 2023-27, WFP will provide integrated support to enable climate change adaptation and more resilient livelihoods of vulnerable smallholder farmers and pastoralist communities and work towards minimizing the negative impact of climate change on natural resources and the overall food security of the country. In parallel, WFP will establish long-term partnerships with relevant national institutions, including the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, in order to strengthen the sustainable management of natural resources through land reclamation, water conservation, rangeland rehabilitation and forestry. 

JOB PURPOSE

Subsequently, WFP Jordan intends to hire a Natural Resources Management Programme Policy Officer to lead on the design and implementation of integrated climate change adaptation actions. In particular, the National Officer focus will be on the following areas: 
(i)    the adaptive capacity of vulnerable farmers and pastoral communities, with a focus on women and youth.
(ii)    innovative climate-smart technologies and infrastructure investment for efficient water use;
(iii)    enabling access to relevant climate information service; 
(iv)    design and implement initiatives around livelihood diversification through training on value chains and marketing, 
(v)    enhancing the agricultural productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers, especially women

The selected candidate will be functioning as Activity 5 Manager (Provide tailored climate adaptive support to smallholder farmers, pastoral communities and institutions responsible for natural resources management.) She/he will report to the Strategic Outcome Manager responsible for the Climate portfolio within Programme Unit. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.    Overseeing and leading the development of technical direction for WFP Jordan interventions, with a focus on natural resources management and climate change adaptation actions, ensuring high impact activities are delivered in accordance with project workplans.
2.    Providing climate-related advice and inputs into the implementation of WFP Jordan Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2023-2027 and government policy/programme activities as and when appropriate.
3.    Support the definition of WFP Jordan value proposition in terms of integrated climate change adaptation actions and their relation to food security. 
4.    In consultation with various stakeholders, identify, conceptualize and implement appropriate integrated packages of activities for WFP’s climate change adaptation interventions.  
5.    Identifying climate financing opportunities and contribute to the process of developing concept notes and proposals for these funds, including the Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund as well as other multi/bilateral funding opportunities that may be identified at national, regional and/or global levels. 
6.    Advocating for WFP’s position vis a vis the Green Climate Fund (GCF)’s with National Designated Authority. 
7.    Strengthen the connection between WFP’s integrated climate change adaptation actions and other organizations’ projects and initiatives to optimize convergence, concentration, coverage and capacities and ultimately maximize the impact of our interventions. 
8.    Contribute to the evidence generation and climate actions outcome agenda, in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, in order to measure the medium to long-term benefits of any future intervention, with a focus on sustainable impact, socio-economically and environmentally speaking. 
9.    Documenting and sharing best practices to support the advocacy of climate action and the replication and scale of successful climate interventions. This includes developing clear information products that speak to the rationale of climate risk management and/or adaptation, showcasing WFP and partner work, and adopting various communication formats to target different audiences with these products.
10.    Liaise with project implementing partners and undertake visits to monitor project activities in terms of implementation quality in order to ensure that progress is made against set targets and within the timeframe while validating compliance of partners with WFP’s policies, criteria and procedures.
11.    Actively work on integrating youth, gender and social inclusion strategies to promote gender equality and social and youth inclusion for integrated climate change adaptation programming. 
12.    Provide technical support and guidance to relevant WFP staff, coordinate, supervise and ultimately assure the quality of the work of Activity 5 that will be ultimately implemented by dedicated WFP Field Office staff and Cooperating Partners. 
13.    Actively contribute to national inter-agency processes and working groups related to natural resources management, climate change and livelihoods to ensure collaboration and alignment among agencies and national authorities. 
14.    Prepare evidence-based and story-telling reports and communication materials, conduct briefings on initiatives and projects, and organize after-action reviews and document lessons learnt and best practices in integrated climate change adaptation interventions. 
15.    Perform other related duties as required.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: in environmental or earth sciences, natural resources conservation/ management, climate change, disaster risk reduction/management, agriculture, food security, social sciences, international relations, project management, or First university degree with at least 5 years of postgraduate professional experience.

Experience: At least three years of postgraduate professional experience, including: 
•    Demonstrated, progressively responsible work experience on designing and implementing climate risk management and/or climate change adaptation interventions at national or community levels;
•    Experience in project management and project cycle (including assessments, design, implementation, M&E, budget, staffing and partnerships);
•     Experience with programmes in the food security, agricultural and/or rural sector is desirable;
•    Experience in climate risk and vulnerability assessments, participatory appraisals, stakeholder consultations and/or institutional capacity assessments is desirable;
•    Experience with different climate adaptation approaches such as climate services, community/ecosystem-based adaptation, climate smart agriculture, risk finance (including sovereign/micro-insurance, forecast-based financing) and rural financial services (such as financial inclusion through savings and credit) is considered an asset;
•    Experience with design and/or implementation of climate finance proposals/projects, such as with the Green Climate Fund or other climate financing models is desirable;
•    Experience in providing support to national government policy/planning processes that address climate change impacts on food security and nutrition is considered an asset.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Arabic

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

•    Knowledge of global and national climate change policy frameworks and climate finance mechanisms;
•    Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities, with ability to synthesize and produce a range of well-communicated information products from reports to proposals, best practices, advocacy documents etc;
•    Strong interpersonal and coordination skills, ability to work in a team and to communicate clearly and diplomatically with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds; 
•    Proactive, independent, with ability to plan and organize their work, efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food AssistanceDemonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency ProgrammingDisplays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ GovernmentDevelops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.

EXPECTED BENEFITS

WFP Offers a diverse range of benefits and entitlements including annual, sick and parental leaves, allowance for the eligible spouse and children and UN Joint pension Funds. In addition to a life Changing experience that save and change lives. 

WFP is following the UN salary scale in Jordan; the expected net pensionable salary ranges between 37,761 and 49,301 JOD per year; depending on the years of managerial experience in supply chain exceeding the minimum requirements.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Applications must be submitted online through WFP e-Recruitment System

Make sure that you answer all mandatory questions accurately and to attach your updated CV in English.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

1 February 2023

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WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.


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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development