Emergency Program Officer

World Food Program, Burundi

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st October, 2019

Job Description

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Staff selection is on a competitive basis and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger around the world. WFP's mission is to help the world reach the Zero Hunger target by 2030. Every day, WFP works around the world to ensure that the most vulnerable populations, especially women and children have access to the nutritious food they need every day.


Burundi is a landlocked, low-income, food-deficit country in a fragile situation. Social and political tensions resulting from the disputed presidential elections of April 2015 had a negative impact on the economic activity and the food and nutritional security of the population. Burundi ranks 184th out of 188 countries in the 2016 Human Development Index and 108 out of 159 countries in the Gender Inequality Index. With an estimated population of 11.7 million in 2017, Burundi has the second largest population density in sub-Saharan Africa. Population growth, at 3.3%, is among the highest in the world and exacerbating pressure on the earth. More than 45% of Burundians are children under 15 years old. Nearly 65% ​​of the population lives below the poverty line, mostly in rural areas. The poor are highly dependent on the agricultural and informal sectors, characterized by unreliable production and incomes. According to the 2014 World Hunger Report, Burundi has the highest score of hunger in the world. The rugged topography and high altitude of the country make the population particularly vulnerable to natural hazards and disasters. The National Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management (2012-2015) reported that the main risks are droughts, floods of swamps and sloughs, and mudslides. In 2015, more than one-third of the population was affected by extreme weather events, which resulted in the displacement of 42,000 people. Political unrest has caused 150,000 internally displaced persons and more than 400,000 Burundians, half of whom are women, have sought refuge in neighboring countries. Between 2017 and 2019, nearly 20,000 people have returned, and more than 200,000 are expected in the coming months.

WFP's Interim Country Strategic Plan 2018-2020 addresses challenges and gaps in the fight against hunger, identified through a consultative process with the government and other stakeholders. In Burundi, per capita gross domestic product is the second lowest in the world, and nearly 65 percent of the population lives in poverty. WFP will extend its innovative activities to include life-saving interventions, support for smallholder farmers and agro-food markets, building resilience and combating undernutrition. WFP is working to integrate safety nets into the social protection system, contributing to sustainable progress towards achieving zero hunger. This includes support for national policies and strengthening of systems and institutions. This Interim Country Strategic Plan places special emphasis on women's economic empowerment and transformative gender approaches. This Interim Country Strategic Plan will support the country's goals in the fight against poverty, undernutrition and the elimination of hunger through the following five strategic outcomes:

  • Populations affected by the crisis, including refugees living in camps, IDPs and returnees in targeted areas, are able to meet their basic food needs throughout the year;
  • Food insecure households in targeted areas have safe access to adequate and nutritious food throughout the year;
  • Children, adolescents and pregnant and lactating women and girls in the targeted provinces and communes have improved nutritional status throughout the year;
  • Smallholder farmers and food-insecure communities living in targeted areas have improved livelihoods that can better meet food security and nutrition needs by 2020;
  • Government, humanitarian and development partners have access to supply chain management and efficient logistics throughout the year.
  • The multisectoral platform for food and nutrition security led by the Presidency of the Republic ensures the integration and synergies of partners supporting the government's goals to eradicate hunger. WFP participates in the joint programming and implementation of interventions with other United Nations agencies, particularly the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development ( IFAD), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Women.


Under the direct supervision of the Program Head of Unit, the post holder will be in charge of managing and coordinating emergency preparedness and crisis response activities, including planning, implementation and reporting of activities. and in partnership with functional leaders to promote, or possible, the transition from emergency response to resilience (nexus).

Its specific functions are summarized in the following points:

  • Assessment, design, emergency planning
  • Under the leadership of the Program Manager, in collaboration with relevant WFP units (especially Supply Chain and VAM) and in collaboration with the Government and other partners, ensure that emergency assessments are carried out and that results be taken into account in the formulation of the response strategy, including exit strategies;
  • Ensure that the intervention modality (cash, food, combination) is chosen based on a rigorous analysis;
  • Ensure the writing of evaluation reports as soon as possible;
  • Ensure that the CO, the regional office and WFP headquarters are aware of WFP's humanitarian developments and response, through regular information and consultation;
  • Coordinate the development of all plans and budgets for implementation of emergency response activities under the agreed emergency response program and strategy;
  • Contribute to OC efforts in mobilizing resources for emergency projects by supporting the preparation of funding proposals;
  • Contribute to the formulation and revision of the CPSI and / or proposals for "Immediate Response" window;

Management of emergency activities and implementation

  • Maintain ongoing monitoring of the developing humanitarian emergency and adjust activities accordingly.
  • Establish strategic and operational partnerships with cooperating partners and other partners (ICRC, IFRC, RRM partners, etc.);
  • Establish Field Levels Agreements and / or other Memoranda of Understanding to be signed as soon as possible in case of emergency response;
  • Provide strategic coordination with partners to ensure that the emergency response is, or is possible, followed by a recovery phase / and / or targeted actions to increase the resilience of individuals and communities affected by the crisis;
  • Ensure active participation in all emergency coordination meetings, including regular meetings at refugee camps;
  • Ensure that the various activities planned by the rests are implemented in a coordinated and coherent way, internally with field offices and other units as well as externally with stakeholders
  • Monitor projects on an ongoing basis and highlight potential risks for carrying out activities
  • Ensure that emergency activities are conducted in accordance with the Sphere Minimum Standards and the Humanitarian Charter for Disaster Response;
  • Ensure the establishment of complaints committees and the follow-up of all intervention sites
  • Provide the necessary support to field offices and colleagues involved in the management and monitoring of emergency activities.
  • Establish contacts with the RR mechanism to establish opportunities for coordination and partnership

Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting

  • In collaboration with the M & E Unit, ensure the rigorous monitoring of emergency response activities by supporting the training and capacity building of WFP staff and strategic and implementation partners;
  • Track activity results to ensure strategic objectives are achieved, program quality is appropriate, and timelines and budget are met. Track progress and initiate corrections as needed proactively.
  • Organize after-action reviews, as appropriate, and document lessons learned and good practices from the response;
  • Prepare performance reports for emergency response activities, including specific reports required by donors;
  • Contribute significantly to WFP Annual Country Report writing and other products (Factsheets, lessons learned, etc.)

Budget and personnel management

  • Exercise the role of "activity manager", manage the budget of activities related to emergencies, track expenses according to products and results, track the grants according to their deadlines and restrictions of donors;
  • In close collaboration with the budget management unit and the supply chain unit, monitor and manage the emergency pipeline in optimal shape.
  • Supervise the staff under his responsibility (performance and development) to have a successful team.
  • Undertake any other assigned tasks.


  • Have in-depth technical knowledge for being part of technical groups or teams.
  • Have directed the implementation of programs for a minimum of 7 years.
  • Contributed to discussions and policy decisions.


Training: Advanced university degree in international affairs, economics, nutrition / health, agriculture, environmental sciences, social sciences or any other relevant field or first university degree with additional years of professional experience and / or training / courses.


  • Mastery of the English language (level C), French (level C), Kiswahili and Kirundi
  • Give 3 reference persons including 2 professionals



  • Understand and communicate MAP Strategic Objectives
  • To be a force for positive change
  • Make the WFP mission inspiring for our team
  • Make our mission visible in our daily actions

Human resources

  • Look for ways to build people's skills.
  • Create an inclusive culture.
  • Be a coach and provide a contructive feedback.
  • Create a spirit of I want "/ 'We want'


  • Encourage innovation and creative solutions
  • Make commitments and good solutions
  • To be decisive

Partnership :

  • Connect and share between MAP units.
  • Build a strong external partnership.
  • Be graphically agile and adaptable.
  • Be clear about the value that WFP brings to the partnership.


  • Program life cycle and food assistance : Show the ability to identify the main problem of hunger at the national or sectoral level, design and implement modalities of transfer (food, cash or good) work of contextual programs integrating analyzes complex and complex range of food aid tools: Demonstrate its ability to analyze and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information. from different sources (eg market research) to inform the selection of transfer modalities and program development
  • Extensive knowledge of specialized areas (Nutrition, VAM, ...): Demonstrate the ability to interpret baseline data in the context of MAP's specialized areas; contribute to the design, implementation and monitoring of technical programs
  • Emergency Programming : Show the ability to translate the understanding of program principles into emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective and context-specific approaches
  • Strategic Policy Engagement / Government : Develop in-depth recommendations using different data (eg from the Government, research or its own experience) to strengthen national or sectoral entities and Government food and nutrition security programs


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