Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Juba, South Sudan

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th January, 2021

Job Description


This position will be based in the Nutrition Unit at the WFP Country Office in Juba, South Sudan. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Nutrition and the overall guidance of the Head of Nutrition Unit as the coordinator of the Institutional Feeding Programme and responsible for WFP South Sudan’s programmatic and strategic engagements in the area of HIV/AIDs & TB.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The incumbent will perform the following tasks: 

  • Undertake the overall operational coordination of the IFP programme, providing technical and implementation oversight to field offices.
  • Engage with key policy actors and partners at both national and state level, undertake consultative meetings and field visits where needed, to review existing programmes and identify coverage gaps, operational challenges/constraints and best practices that will inform adjustments to the programme design;
  • Liaise with the key stakeholders in the country (national and international organizations) establishing sound relationship with different agencies for effective collaboration and common understanding and contribution to HIV/AIDs and TB related programmes;
  • Participate in key strategic fora including the JUNTA meetings, IFP partner coordination meetings, World AIDS Day and other related meetings.
  • With the technical support of Roaming Nutrition Officers, operationalize the strategy, building on existing approaches within WFP institutional feeding programmes;
  • Conduct training of WFP cooperating partners’ staff and Ministry of Health staff on the IFP programme;
  • Undertake regular performance reviews of the IFP in consultation with the relevant Country Office units, Field Offices and cooperating partners (CPs);
  • Perform additional tasks assigned by the Deputy Head of Nutrition Unit.


  • Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
  • 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.


Performance Indicators

  • Leadership and guidance for implementation of the new Country Office nutrition strategy for the HIV & TB programme provided to SMOH and Cooperating Partners (CPs) e.g. through supportive supervision, capacity building and development of tools;
  • IFP proposals submitted by partners are technically reviewed and cleared ensuring that they are prepared according to WFP and related national guidelines;
  • Technical support provided to Field Offices on gap analysis, programme planning and implementation to achieve programme goals and increase coverage of services;
  • Active participation in coordination forums, workshops and consultations at national level to ensure quality programme implementation.


  •  Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
  •  Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
  •  Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

Knowledge and Competencies:

  • Computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet and other standard software packages and systems.
  • Good analytical skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgments, tact, negotiating skills;
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrable evidence to work under complex crises and challenging situations;
  • Willingness to travel to remote field locations


Education: Graduate degree in nutrition and/or public health, medicine, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance; or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


  • At least 5 years of post-graduate progressive experience in a related field which may include experience in working on food/cash assistance programmes, project management and design,  working in or with government structures, especially the MoH departments and participation in policy fora;


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