Programme Policy Advisor

World Food Programme, Zimbabwe

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd December, 2019

Job Description

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.


The World Food Programme’s (WFP) 2017–2021 Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Zimbabwe is a significant step forward on WFP’s vision for zero hunger as it addresses food security and nutrition challenges. The CSP has priority actions based on: lessons learned, discussions with the Government, donors and partner consultations, the findings of the Zero Hunger Strategic Review and an assessment of funding opportunities.

The objectives of WFP’s urban interventions are to collaborate with governments and partners at all levels to maximize the food security and nutrition impact of existing safety net programmes and to offer technical, advisory services related to the design, operationalization and evaluation of the cost-efficiency and effectiveness of food security and nutrition-sensitive safety nets and other food security, nutrition and resilience-building interventions. After piloting an urban, cash-transfer intervention in one of the poorest areas of Harare, WFP is expanding the pilot to an additional seven (7), urban domains nation wide. This expansion will allow for ongoing analysis, research and active-learning towards the development of tools and methodologies for responding to food insecurity in urban settings.


WFP Zimbabwe seeks a qualified candidate for its Country Office in Harare to lead the development and implementation of the urban programme through expert guidance and oversight on policy formulation, strategy development and strategic partner engagement.

Under the overall coordination of the Senior Operations Manager, the Senior Programme Advisor will lead the urban assistance team and provide analytical support across a range of processes and activities related to support the Government’s Social Protection System for chronically vulnerable, urban populations.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide project management support to WFP’s strategic engagement with the Government of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare (MPSLSW), as well as other relevant government Ministries, in the design, formulation and/or implementation of effective food security, nutrition and resilience-building programmes in urban areas.
  • Articulate programme policies and guidance on urban programming for the Zimbabwe CO by translating WFP corporate guidance into practices and implementation modalities and operations to ensure alignment with the Government of Zimbabwe’s priorities.
  • Represent WFP in different fora in Zimbabwe and throughout the southern Africa Region on subjects related to urban food security, nutrition and resilience, engagement in transition and development contexts and other related issues, through direct participation and/or through briefings, information products and other materials.
  • Support senior stakeholders of the Government of Zimbabwe and other partners in identifying different modalities for delivering social assistance for the implementation and/or expansion of urban assistance programmes that strengthen government and community ownership and promote effectiveness of food security and nutrition programmes at national and sub-national levels.
  • In close coordination with the WFP VAM and M&E teams, provide periodic guidance on the design and implementation of multi-sectoral, urban assessments that inform urban resilience.
  • Oversee operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to urban safety nets, food security and nutrition, and resilience, including community-based approaches, to inform advocacy for WFP and to strengthen policy and programme formulation
  • Lead the urban programmes team and support the development of functional training in areas of expertise to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partners to design and deliver effective urban assistance programmes.
  • Take the lead in the design and planning for the expansion phase of the urban programme, including the preparation of funding proposals to key donors.
  • Liaise, coordinate and oversee engagement and communication with and between key actors, including specifically between the NGO implementing partners (IPs) and the researchers to ensure timely transfer of information between WFP, IPs and the researchers, alignment of priorities and actions.
  • Support the development of countrywide protection guidelines in close coordination with the CO’s M&E team and with the support of the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator and HQ protection and AAP colleagues subsequently ensuring protection and AAP considerations are taken into account through all stages of the expansion phases of urban programmes.
  • Work with UNDP and UNICEF, as well as other partners (including on knowledge management under the urban resilience programme), to develop a “community of practice” on urban food security, nutrition and resilience, including by establishing an Urban Working Group; and supporting the active-learning and research components of the urban Pilot
  • Provide timely analytical and critical updates to CO Management on progress, challenges and opportunities related to urban programming.
  • Any other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Education: Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Livelihoods, Environmental Science or other field relevant to international development assistance supplemented with experience or additional education in education, social sciences, nutrition, agriculture or other related field
  • Experience : At least eight years of progressively responsible experience, of which at least three years relevant to urban programming. Experience with urban saving groups, slum-upgrading funds and community-driven resilience building desirable.
  • Knowledge & Skills: Proficient in the use of computers, including word processing, spreadsheets, and communication platforms (i.e. Microsoft Teams, Trello). Familiarity or training in the use of standard WFP software packages (i.e. Tableau, SPSS) and systems is desired.
  • Languages: Fluency in both oral and written English


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