|Date Posted||September 19, 2019|
Accounting & Finance
Consultant (Karamoja Social Registry/SCOPE Portifolio Manager)
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.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
WFP Uganda has established the Karamoja Social Registry (KSR), which is household data of the entire population in Karamoja, a region in North-Eastern Uganda. WFP Uganda needs a PM/Portfolio manager to be based in Karamoja to facilitate and coordinate the maintenance and operationalization of the KSR in the crucial inception phase.
The Karamoja region is characterized by unpredictable climatic conditions resulting in recurrent natural disasters as well as high-levels of vulnerability caused by marginalisation and a history of conflict and insecurity.
During a mission in 2016, WFP agreed with the Office of the Prime Minister to build the KSR on SCOPE and shape a model for future social protection platforms in the country. In April 2016, the Government established a Single Registry Sub-Committee and mandated WFP to technically support the GoU in modelling a single registry for the Karamoja region. The Karamoja Social Registry (KSR) should bridge the regional information gap by referring to unique identifiers and providing a common platform for social protection actors in Karamoja.
The Karamoja Social Registry (KSR) is a registry of all persons in a household for all districts of the Karamoja region. The registration process started in the Moroto District in November 2016 and was concluded in December 2018.
The next steps for the KSR will be data validation, management, updating and sharing; creation of a reporting engine of the registry to incorporate information on interventions of partners; rolling-out SCOPE/KSR platform for managing WFP interventions in Karamoja and for onboarding additional partners to the platform. This goes along with strengthening community engagement and linking the KSR with the NSR.
A SCOPE/KSR Portifolio Manager is therefore required to act as a liaison between the Area Office and the Country Office Digital Social Protection unit, to support and coordinate these activities in the field.
Oversee the field coordination of WFP interventions based on the KSR, in line with SCOPE implementation plans and programmatic priorities jointly determined by the AO and the CO DSP unit
Ensure KSR data quality, e.g. by leading field exercises for the purpose of removing duplicate data through adjudication
Create contextualized SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for beneficiary information and transfer management, in line with the WFP programme intervention cycle and in accordance with corporate guidelines
Manage/coordinate the activities of staff in relevant units and sub-units in the AO to operationalize SCOPE in accordance with KSR workplan
Train and build the capacity of relevant staff on the concept and practical application of the SCOPE platform, by devising contextualized training programs and by providing on-the-job training as relevant
Co-lead a regional KSR technical working group and engage with key stakeholders to facilitate the coordination of KSR-based interventions, while taking into account GoU, donor and partner expectations (short/medium/long-term)
Facilitate the sharing of the KSR data with the GoU and partners (e.g. Mercy Corps and Catholic Relief Services) for enhanced coordination and delivery of interventions
Raise awareness on the implications of the use of SCOPE to key regional stakeholders.
Facilitate the development of the SCOPE platform for partners’ adoption for transfer management purposes
Facilitate the development of a (potentially non-SCOPE) overarching reporting and analytics solution that displays information related to household and individual level transfers by partners with access to the KSR
Oversee community engagement activities on protection/gender/data privacy issues and establish beneficiary feedback management procedures aligned with UGCO processes, through consultations with district government structures and partners
Suggest recommendations on all KSR-related issues requiring the attention of supervisors and/or UGCO management, including for the broader utilization of the KSR database for targeting, transfer and reporting purposes
Provide inputs for an eventual exit strategy and handing over of relevant digital platforms to GoU
Prepare a comprehensive handover folder and relevant documentation as part of efforts to ensure continuity of operations, building upon lessons learned
Assist with the recruitment and capacity building of successor and various local staff
Proven ability to produce outputs independently
- Excellent training skills
- Flexibility and ability to take initiative to adapt to changing circumstances
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Positive attitude towards work and ability to work effectively within a team
Flexibility to travel frequently with short notice, and for extended periods of time to WFP’s sub and field offices
Competencies: Cognitive Capacity, Teamwork, interpersonal relations, Action Management, Innovation, Partnering, Client Orientation
Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook), data management tools.
At least 3 years of postgraduate experience in project management, with knowledge on humanitarian/development food/cash interventions
Extensive experience in using SCOPE to manage both registrations and transfers, including working with SCOPE Service Desk to address issues related to beneficiary information and transfer management
Experience in forging partnerships with Government and other relevant stakeholders in the humanitarian/development space to achieve project goals
Experience in training delivery and conducting capacity-building for key stakeholders in field operations
- Training and knowledge of social protection dynamics and UN system policies and functions would be a strong asset
Credentials/skills in database management would be a strong
Advanced university degree (e.g. Master’s) in a relevant field or equivalent working experience and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: social sciences, international development, project management, database management, or other related field.