Job Opportunity at FRA – Program Officer Food Governance
JOB DESCRIPTION AND PERSON SPECIFICATION
Job Title: Program Officer Food Governance
Reports to: Head of Programs
Direct Reportees: Program Assistants
Contract Details: Fixed Contract
Everybody eats; it is the key to our survival, but food also has the potential to compromise health. The global food system is challenged by issues of drought, climate change, trade, malnutrition, and exploited workers. Population growth and the forces of marketization have further compromised the ability of the food system to deliver safe, nutritious and sustainable food to the world’s population. FRA in its strategic plan 2019 – 2023 plans to explore how law, policy, and regulation address food system challenges or contribute to them at local, national, regional, and global levels. This includes issues such as food security, food safety, food sustainability, equity and social justice in national and global food systems, and nutrition: under/malnutrition, obesity, and non-communicable disease.
The principal objective of the Program Officer Food Governance role is to provide strategic leadership and growth of the Food Governance Program, coordinate the planning (strategic and Operational) , implementation and monitoring of all activities of FRA’s Food governance and food Justice Programme in assigned jurisdiction. S/he will manage and lead a team of Program Assistants, Interns and Volunteers to ensure efficient and effective implementation of Food Justice Activities in line with project plans, budgets and timelines. The role involves strengthening capacity of member organisations and other like-minded CSOs working on Food Justice related components through on job training and also involves addressing barriers to Food and Nutrition Security.
Responsibility 1: To coordinate planning and implementation of Food Justice activities of FRA and Member Organisations working on Food Justice within the agreed plans, budgets, time frame and donor guidelines. By;
- Taking lead on the overall implementation of all FRA activities under Food Governance assigned to you.
- Leading analysis of the connection between food practices with health, economic activities, the relationship with natural resources, with culture, with ethics and social justice, with the quality of life and the social relations between communities to inform processes leading to strengthening food system in Uganda
- Mobilise and promote participation of social actors to strengthen the campaign of linking food to sustainable development.
- Representing FRA in coordination meetings and Technical Working Groups around food justice as required
- Strengthening the coordination and collaboration between FRA Secretariat, Member
Organization’s and community structures to promote food justice.
- Promoting effective integration of programme activities at national and regional level placing programme beneficiaries at the heart of FRA programme
- Strengthen construction of integrated food strategic at local level to promote different stakeholders involved in the work on food justice in Uganda
Responsibility 2: Coordinate capacity building of State and Non State Actors to promote food justice in Uganda. By
- Developing and coordinating development of tools for training CSOs and government staff to understand food justice and its importance to sustainable development linking to SDG 2 (Zero Hunger)
- Supporting and Training CSO and government officials on food justice, leading the knowledge generation and sharing to increase the profile of the work around food justice in Uganda
- Providing regular technical support to organisations working on components of food justice at all levels (community, district, regional, national and global).
- Conducting research on how law, policy, and regulation address food system challenges or contribute to them at local, national, regional, and global levels. Share the finding to influence processes working towards addressing challenges facing the food system domestically and globally
- Ensuring issues of food security, Food Sovereignty, safety, food sustainability, equity and social justice in national and global food systems, and nutrition: under/malnutrition, obesity, and non-communicable disease are kept on table of appropriate fora domestically and regionally contributing to global effort
Responsibility 3: To ensure the highest standards of Monitoring & Evaluation of food justice activities to facilitate effective programme delivery and reporting on expected results. By;
- Working with the Head of Programs to formulate technically accurate monthly plans and activity budgets for project activities according to annual plans of each project.
- Participating in the development and review of M&E plans for each project and other activities within the overall Food Justice program
- Ensuring all your projects have up-to-date tools for recording all the required data throughout a campaign cycle, according to the project M&E indicators and field teams including staff of member organisations are using the to
- Ensuring the data base for beneficiaries in your assigned target areas is updated regularly with technical support from the MEAL Offic
- Ensuring data at end of each campaign cycle is analyzed, used in the monthly report and stored on the server for use whenever required.
- Documenting case studies, best practices and lessons learnt in project activities to promote internal learning and for inclusion into donor report
- Supporting compilation of monthly activity reports in a timely manner and presenting to the Project Manager for review and compilation of Sector monthly report.
- Support in tracking and documentation of meteorological information from established weather station facilities in and around operation areas.
Responsibility 4: Staff Management
- Supervise staff that directly report to you and provide ongoing leadership to the management of staff being managed by the staff you manage, especially community based extension work
- Set performance objectives for your direct reports, and ensure those supervised by your direct reports have performance objectives as w Routinely monitor their performance and evaluate them at the end of the performance period.
- Strengthen and build skills of the staff through on-job mentoring and coaching and feedback mechanisms to improve their performance
- Recommend disciplinary actions for staff who are not performing in consultation with your Project Manager.
- Address and mitigate staff complains and conflicts in coordination with the Project Manager.
Responsibility 5: To support programme development processes in FRA. By;
- Participating in programme development activities like contextual analysis review, baseline studies, Post distribution monitoring, End lines and any related studies in cross cutting issues like Gender when called upon.
- Respecting, upholding, and actively supporting the broader FRA organisational development initiatives and that of member organisations g. Equality, Disaster Risk Reduction, Resilience Building, Advocacy, Program Participants Protection and Capacity building.
- Support actual programme development like writing some sections of a proposal and doing budget as part of your personal career development.
Responsibility 6: Working as a team member in FRA
- Establish and develop effective working relationship with entire FRA staff, Volunteers, Interns, Member organisation staff, Government staff to ensure team work and integration.
- Participating in team decision making process including but not limited to, planning and review meetings, staff meetings and
- Adhering to all FRA organisational policies
- Undertaking any other activities assigned by the Executive Director
- University degree qualification in Law, Agriculture or Rural Development
- Must possess excellent organizational, representation, negotiation skills and diplomacy.
- Excellent computer skills, including Excel, Word, with related technical functions
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Excellent communication skills, including drafting documents
- A team player with good interpersonal, team building and representational skills
- Willingness to undertake additional responsibilities and initiative is critical
- A valid driving license preferably with skills of driving Manual operated cars
- Minimum 3 years’ experience practical work experience as a Program Officer preferably within the NGO/UN/Government system
- Experience in working with Policy advocacy CSOs as a Project Officer
- Experience in managing large and diverse teams
Desired: Experience with FRA or any other NGO similar works
Skills and Competencies
- Demonstrated self motivation and integrity
- Leadership skills
- Communicating and teamwork
- Result oriented
- Planning and Decision making
- Creativity and Innovation
- Influence, Advocacy and Networking
- Change management
- Electronic communication
Statement of Safe Guarding
According to Food Rights Alliance organisational value of accountability, it is our policy to safeguard all individuals involved in Food Rights Alliance work against risks of exploitation and abuse. Food Rights Alliance will not tolerate exploitative or abusive behaviors by anyone associated with the implementation of Food Rights Alliance work.
How to Apply
Send your CV and motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Application for Program Officer Food Governance” by 3rd March 2020