Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationMonitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th October, 2018

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.


Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of M&E Officer at Country Office, the Programme Policy Officer (M&E) will be contributing to the overall functioning of monitoring and evaluation functions for WFP programme in Pakistan


Facilitate in ensuring continuous monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities as well as facilitate in ensuring relevant WFP programme indicators are reflected under One-UN and other government led programmes, particularly relating to monitoring of capacity development and augmentation interventions.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Contribute towards the development of a limited number of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  • Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of small to moderate size that are relatively straight forward in nature, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects.
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives.
  • Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
  • Other as required.


  • Contribute to the development of monitoring plans in line with WFP corporate requirements;
  • Contribute to the development of an indicator framework for Capacity Development and Augmentation (CD&A) activities and assist in identifying relevant indicators for the baseline of CD&A activities;
  • Perform accurate, timely recording of data for CD&A activities and ensure consistency of information presented to stakeholders;
  • Coordinate with provincial offices to ensure Monitoring Assistants (MAs) are regularly visiting the field for verification of quantity and quality of the deliveries to extended points and conducting post distribution monitoring as per sample and document reasons for any variations compared to planned samples;
  • Conduct occasional monitoring visits to verify that staff at field level is conducting monitoring activities as per the sample plans generated and collecting quality information;
  • Contribute to the analysis of different monitoring data on monthly, quarterly and yearly basis;
  • Facilitate preparation of quarterly monitoring reports for internal and external audiences.
  • Provide relevant support for reporting on the effectiveness of WFP activities, constraints and presenting recommendations for improvement in light of monitoring findings of WFP staff, government, and other stakeholders;
  • Ensure monitoring issues are tracked with concerned units;
  • Provide technical assistance to supervise M&E focal persons at WFP provincial offices level, including third-party monitoring service providers to ensure quality monitoring as per WFP’s standard guidelines;
  • Support the capacity building of WFP cooperating partners (CPs) to enable them to adapt WFP’s monitoring techniques and ensure their relevant staff is performing their duties as per their agreed terms of reference with WFP;
  • Provide relevant support in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) work related to One-UN and other government led programmes;
  • Assist in the monitoring/evaluation process, including writing of the terms of reference, identifying and selecting independent consultants to lead and conduct third-party monitoring and/or evaluation;
  • Support in conducting different assessment for WFP projects;
  • Provide all relevant M&E related information for different internal and external reporting;
  • Perform other related duties as required.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


  • Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance: Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
  • Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher): Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
  • Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.): Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
  • Emergency Programming: Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
  • Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government: Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.



  • Advanced University degree in Sociology, Social Development, Development, Economics, Business/Public Administration or Performance Management or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.


  • Minimum 3 years work experience in monitoring and evaluation or related field in the development/humanitarian sector;
  • Experience in the relevant technical area (e.g. monitoring of capacity development and augmentation, programme design, food security etc.);
  • Experience in interpreting data to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring and capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of programmes;
  • Capacity to foster sustainable relationships with local NGOs, government authorities, and other implementation partners.


  • Fluency in English language and Urdu, knowledge of other local languages is desirable


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