Project Manager – HGSF Programme (MNPs) – Lusaka Zambia

The World Food Programme (WFP) seeks to recruit a qualified, self-motivated and experienced professional to fill the following position:
Project Manager – HGSF Programme (MNPs) – Lusaka Zambia
Contract Type/level: Service Contract (SC8)
Contract Duration: 12 Months renewable
Background information:
The Country Office is implementing a Country Programme (CP 2016-2020) which is aligned with several national government strategic documents and the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) 2016-2020. The CP has three components- HGSF, Nutrition and Resilience. The HGSFP is being implemented in 32 districts reaching about 900,000 children in these districts. The SF provides children with hot meals five days a week for 180 days in a year. The food basket currently consists of the staple maize meal OR maize grain, pulses and oil. With the high levels of under-nutrition in Zambia (40% children are stunted), WFP has prioritised improving the nutritional value of the HGSFP, as this is one direct way that the education sector can support the attainment of nutrition goals in the country. To that effect, the Home Grown component of the school meals programme will ensure linkages with the agricultural sector for the production of local nutritious foods for supply to the schools. In addition, WFP intends to supplement the meals with micronutrient powders to enhance the nutrition value of the meals as well as utilisation of orange maize in the school meals.
Under the MNPs component, WFP will provide MNPs to 5,000 children in 10 schools starting first term 2016. In view of this, WFP is hiring a Project Officer who will be responsible for the implementation of this project. The Project Officer will work with the Ministry of General Education at the national level, but also the district, school officials and PTA members.
The objectives of the MNPs project are as follows:
Overall and specific objectives
The overall objective is to determine best operational practices for micronutrient powder (MNP) supplementation in the School Feeding Programme in Zambia and contribute to advocacy work around food fortification in the overall nutrition response in the country.
Specific Objectives
Objective 1: To improve micronutrient intake among 5,000 school age children in district A over a school year.
Objective 2: To raise awareness and increase support for food fortification including the use of micronutrient powders in school meals.
Objective 3: To document and share best practice for designing, implementing, and monitoring MNP intervention in schools with government and partners.
Duties and Responsibilities:
a) Micro-nutrient Powders Project
  • Plan and lead implementation of the project activities in line with the proposal
  • Liaise with district and HQ staff on matters pertaining to the project
  • Lead in the design of the Formative Research
  • Support in the identification of an implementation partner for the project
  • Participate and lead in the design of the training activities
  • Provide backstopping to the Implementing Partner
  • Whenever possible, participate in the sensitization activities of the project
  • Participate in the development of the IEC materials
  • Conduct monitoring of the activities
b) Home Grown School Feeding Programme
  • Responsible for the implementation of the decentralised HGSFP as assigned
  • As part of the team, the Project Officer will support the implementation of the HGSF led by the ministry, including capacity building of district and sub district level staff
  • Provide inputs and contribute to the development of a nutrition component within the HGSF Programme
  • Support the coordination and management of nutrition interventions within the HGSF Programme and other education related activities;
  • Participate and provide inputs for programme proposal writing to donors and for standard WFP programming relating to HGSF;
  • Support the design and implementation of WFP and country led assessments to identify the root causes of under nutrition among school going children and make appropriate recommendations to management;
  • Conduct regular field monitoring visits to implementation sites to provide technical back stopping, identify challenges, follow up on actions and oversight on programme implementation;
  • Work with the M&E officers to compile monthly statistics and trends on nutritional value intake in school children enrolled in the HGSF Programme;
c) Reports, Data management and budgeting
  • Provide monthly, quarterly and annual Reports, briefs and standard reports for donors and Government counterparts
  • Ensure timely follow up with the district on their submission of nutrition narrative and statistical data
  • Maintain records on programme activities, from formulation stage through completing, by extracting relevant information from reports, project review committees, budget records and other documentation;
  • Carry out advocacy and information related tasks for project/programme activities such as making presentations in meetings, workshops, seminars, missions, etc
d)   Partnerships
  • Provide technical support to the Country Director and Senior Programme Officer during donor and government consultative meetings;
  • Support the engagement of government and civil society counterparts at technical level to guide policy formulation and implementation
  • Participate in the steering committee for the HGSF Programme;
  • Provide technical guidance to other UN agencies and NGOs on design, implementation and monitoring & evaluation of nutrition with the HGSF Programme
e)    Required skills
  • Project management skills and understanding of the linkages between the nutrition and agricultural sector
  • Excellent communication, advocacy and networking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate project activities, work with multi-sectoral stakeholders in a district
  • Facilitation of various functions, which should include ability to supervise on-the-ground officials from government and communities that are involved in implementation
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in providing technical support to various stakeholders including community based organisations and local committees like neighbourhood committees
  • Excellent computer skills; proven familiarity with MS word, MS excel, MS power point
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-sectoral team
  • Ability to write and analyse reports
  • Willingness to travel within district of assignment
At least five years working in a similar environment
  • A degree in social development (Education or Nutrition) or related sector
  • At least five years working experience in an NGO or the UN
  • Knowledge of the UN system is an added advantage
Interested candidates meeting the requirements of the post should submit their application letter together with detailed Curriculum Vitae and/or the United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), and copies of academic and professional credentials. Envelopes should be marked as below:
CONFIDENTIAL – Project Officer – HGSF Programme (MNPs)
VA NUMBER: 001/001/2016
The envelopes should be submitted to:
The Head of Human Resources, United Nations World Food Programme Zambia P.O. Box 37726 Lusaka, Zambia. Or; delivered by hand at WFP Offices (Tender Box) Plot # 10/4971, Tito Road Rhodespark, Lusaka Zambia
The deadline for submission of application is 31st January 2016
Women candidates are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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