Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th December, 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.


  • Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, 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.
  • Experience: Has more than five years of experience working across the development sector,international development, or other related fields

Desired experience for entry into the role :

  • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
  • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Arabic


This role is in the Country Office (CO) reporting to the Head of Programme, job holders are likely to manage a portfolio of activities related to food security for refugees, displaced populations and host communities to ensure that they have access to adequate food all year round, direct management of programmes in CO, operate with considerable independence and manage a substantial team of professional and support staff.


Under the new Country Strategic Plan, the purpose of this position is to lead, design and coordinate different WFP programs that effectively meet food security for refugees, migrants and host communities, provide oversight and technical advice on programme strategy and implementation

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • In line with both organizational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field; translate programme policy into Country level practices related to food security for refugees, displaced populations and host communities to improve their access to food
  • Developing program guidance, implementation modality and ensure strong connection between HQ and the field operations.
  • Provide technical advice and mobilize technical expertise on programme and policy issues including Assessment, analysis, objectives, activities, transfer modalities, appropriate food products, the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies to Support
  • stakeholders to reduce hunger and malnutrition for refugees.
  • Enhance WFP’s leadership status in fora relating to food security, nutrition and livelihoods support and resilience for refugees by developing contexts and programs through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials.
  • Manage operational research and evidence building on issues related to food assistance and Cash-Based Transfers.
  • Manage the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications,
  • and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.
  • Contribute to resources mobilizations efforts for WFP projects, including clearly articulating the
  • need for food security and related programme opportunities, follow up on the resource situation of projects including commodity, cash availability and ensure the best use of assigned financial
  • resources for the achievement of set of objectives within a significant budget.
  • Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff to enable high performance.
  • Contribute to Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e. early warning, risk analysis, and
  • Contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises and needs.
  • Others as required.
  • Other Specific Job Requirements (details to be determined by post managers)
  • Establish and maintain strategic and operational partnerships with different stakeholders, to provide general food assistance and nutritional needs for refugees, displaced populations and host communities, design and implement different support activities that help in achieving better social cohesion and ensuring equal access to food.
  • Carry out livelihood, knowledge, skills development activities and vocational trainings especially for women and young people that help in promoting self-resilience, income generation and establishing market and labor assessments to identify the needed skill sets versus the current existing profiles.
  • Lead and provide the needed assistance to meet basic nutritional needs for pregnant and lactating women and girls and their children 6-23 months among refugees, migrants and host communities.



  • 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 Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
  • 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 ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
  • 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.


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