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Commodity Officer


Position: Commodity Officer

Report to: Deputy Commodity Manager

Location: Yumbe


To provide technical and direct management oversight of the food aid program at the district level with a view to ensure quality food programming, systems and procedures and accountability within the framework of World Vision and the Donor (World Food Programme) standards and guidelines. Collaborate and coordinate with the rest of World Vision Uganda ministry departments, partners, donors and government in the design and implementation of food aid programs

Major Responsibilities:

Food Aid Programming

  • Provide management supervision and oversight for the food aid program at district level.

  • Manage and track food aid programming budget and assets at the district level.

  • Work hand in hand with other World Vision Uganda departments to ensure proper integration of the food aid programming with the greater World Vision Ministry.

  • Collaborate and coordinate with other World Vision Uganda ministry departments and regional technical staff in areas of food programming research, impact learning, innovative programming and partnerships as well as the dissemination of major food programming issues, new ideas and trends, advocacy and the optimization of food programming for both relief and development need in the country.

  • Develop monitoring plan for all food aid in the district and ensures that regular and rigorous monitoring takes place during implementation.

  • Track major trends and findings and take action to ensure project objectives are accomplished.

  • Assist in recruitment of staffs that have the required knowledge, skill and abilities in order to meet World Vision food aid programming

Supervision of field operation

  • Provide technical oversight through periodic visits to monitor and review all aspects of the food programming and systems as well as to provide appropriate feedback and recommendation to the Field Coordinator and Food Monitors.

  • Ensure proper management of the entire process of distribution planning, food dispatch from the warehouse to the Food Distribution Point, receipt of food at the Food Distribution Point, distribution, returns and accounting of losses.

  • Ensure distribution staffs have adequate distribution aid to enable them perform their work effectively.

  • Conduct un-scheduled and scheduled field visit to observe distribution and check compliance with set standards. 50% time allocated for field visit per week.

  • Conduct on spot training to correct any anomalies detected.

  • During field visit talk to beneficiaries and community leaders to get their opinion regarding project implementation

Review of field documents and reports

  • Ensure that proper food handling and accountability systems are in place including the maintenance of all required records and documentation.

  • Put in place proper systems and schedules for review of documents and reports with a view to ensure compliance with World Vision and donor standards and guidelines.

  • Review CSR, RSR & LSR and ensure they tally with distribution reports generated from the Food Distribution Points.

  • Ensure beneficiary list tally with all supporting documentation (Waybill, TIR, Unloading tally sheet, DCVR & Certificate of food receipt and distribution).

  • Ensure all losses (warehouse, transit & distribution) and excess have been properly accounted for in the Waybill and reported accordingly.

  • Ensure all commodities returned to the store are accompanied by a Return to Store waybill.

  • Ensure quantity shown as received on the waybill & tally sheet agrees with actual physically count at the Food Distribution Point.

  • All commodity documents and reports are accurate and completely filled by staff concerned.

Commodity Reporting

  • Ensure timely and accurate reports including CSRs, RSRs, LSRs, narrative etc, which reflect the true picture of the food aid projects in the district, are prepared and submitted to Commodity Tracking System Coordinator and Commodity Manager as per agreed timelines.

  • Ensure Food Accountability, Information and Reporting Officer generates accurate reports (CSR, RSR, LSR, Donor Receipt tally, Distribution

Summary, RTS Summary, Ration reasonability test) as per the agreed timeline

  • Prepare monthly and quarterly narrative reports as per the agreed scheduled with SOs and Donor.

  • Make sure that reports capture all the major activities that happened during the reporting period including challenges encountered and action taken to resolve them.

  • Ensure reports are submitted to Commodity Tracking Systems Coordinator and Commodity Manager on timely basis according to agreed schedule

Management of invoicing process

  • Ensure timely compilation and reconciliation of CSS and invoices for distribution cost based on tonnage handled in the district.

  • Ensure Commodity Tracking System Officer prepares and submit CSS showing the value of commodity received by the project during the reporting month within the agreed timeline.

  • Ensure Commodity Tracking System officer prepares an invoice for tonnage handled based on the approved USD rate per Mt.

  • In cases where the tonnage handled falls below the expected quantity, prepare a fixed cost invoice in close collaboration with Field Accountant within the agreed timeline.

  • In cases where World Vision hires transporters for food delivery to the Food Distribution Points, ensure transporters deliver invoices to World Vision for payment on a timely manner. Work with Field Accountant to ensure that invoices are processed and paid on time as agreed in the contract transporters.

  • Ensure all invoices plus corresponding backups are submitted to the local World Food Programme office within the agreed time lines

Staff management

  • Develop and implement a staff capacity building plan on areas of commodity management, food distribution, and nutrition and hygiene sensitization in order to meet established standards through on the job training, workshops, conferences and any other appropriate methods.

  • Identify other training needs during appraisal process and liaise with Commodity Manager and Human Resources to see how this could be undertaken.

Coordination and networking

  • Organize staff meeting to discuss project implementation as well as challenges and success.

  • Participate in monthly management meetings.

  • Participate in district coordination meetings with donor and other stakeholders.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

Minimum Qualification required: A Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or development.

Experience: 3-5 years past experience, preferable with a busy NGO or United Nations agency, in food commodities handling tracking and accounting.

  • Prior experience with World Vision Commodity Tracking System and or United Nations World Food Programme Compass system is an added advantage.

Technical Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of World Vision, World Food Programme and USAID regulations pertaining to relief food commodities tracking accounting and reporting.

  • This position requires a person who is self-starter, who can accomplish the task with minimal or no supervision.

  • He/she should be able to manage a team of staff as well as cooperate with other units. He/she must be keen on details and well organized individual.

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Travel: 100% Field Based