Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme , Italy

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th October, 2021

Job Description

The Project

  • Through a five-year project, implemented in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana), the partnership aims to Strengthen Food Systems to empower small-holder farmers and young people. The project has a strong focus on empowering youth, in particular young women, with the objective of fully engaging youth in all segments of the value chain and thereby increasing their food security, income and employment opportunities. Using a value chain development approach, the project will focus on reducing post-harvest losses and increasing the access of small-holder farmers to reliable and remunerative market opportunities for a range of different crops. In complement to those core intervention areas, the partnership will introduce innovative access to finance solutions to the benefit of key-value chain actors, as well as a range of other innovative digital solutions to strengthen the performance of targeted value chain actors and improve overall the overall efficiency of the targeted value chains.

The three pillars of the project are:

  • Post-harvest loss reduction, including through the provision of training, facilitation of access to post-harvest handling equipment and awareness-raising;
  • SHF market access, including through the promotion of SHF production, support to SHF aggregation systems, facilitation of linkages between SHF aggregation systems and pro-smallholder buyers,
  • Inclusive market system development, including a wide range of activities in terms of facilitation of youth and women, access to core value chain services, access to finance, promotion of digital innovations, value chain coordination and market information.
  • WFP Country Offices will promote integrated approaches to bring the various elements of the project together and connect and leverage existing WFP’s resilience-building activities in the countries to magnify impacts.

Job purpose

  • To deliver against the above, WFP HQ in Rome is seeking a Policy and Programme Officer (P4 level) to support the coordination and implementation of the Mastercard Foundation project. The incumbent will operate under the direct supervision of the Senior Project Coordinator (P5) of the MCF partnership.
  • The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out the following tasks and responsibilities:


Partnership management

  • Support the project coordinator with the overall management of the partnership, ensuring smooth implementation of HQ and the field activities.
  • Assist the coordinator to manage the budget and drive precise financial management.
  • Support the Senior Project Coordinator with the preparation and dissemination of timely reports, publications, and various knowledge products or proposals for internal or external use as required by the donor and the partners.
  • Represent the organization in meetings with government officials, partners, and donors to advocate for strategic partnerships as required.

Development of guidance

  • Collaborate with the PRO-F team and the other relevant technical teams in HQ and the field to ensure the full integration and alignment of the project with the programmes and activities in the areas of Smallholder Agriculture Market Support (SAMS) Post-harvest Loss (PHL), Food Systems as well as school feeding, resilience and climate
  • Coordinate the development of technical guidance material for CO-level implementation, in particular in the area of market access, PHL, gender, youth and M&E.
  • Lead the dissemination of the relevant guidance to the implementing countries, including training of field staff as required

Field support

  • Establish and manage strong communication and coordination frameworks with the Country Office and Regional Bureaus technical and operational units to promote synergies and effective coordination and enable the alignment and integration of the project with their strategic objectives and targets.
  • Establish and oversee adherence to comprehensive workplans with COs and RBs.
  • Provide field-level support to country offices for carrying out assessments and informing revisions in project design
  • Provide field-level support for project implementation, including  activity implementation, output and outcome monitoring as well as budget management. 


  • Support the development of a comprehensive research agenda for the project in close collaboration with the selected research institute and MCF.
  • Facilitate the implementation of the research activities of the research partner within WFP operations
  • Review learning products reviewed by the research partner as well as Country Offices to ensure quality and coherence Other as required.



  • Advanced University degree in Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, International Development, International Relations, or other fields relevant to rural developments and food systems, or a First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


  • 8 or more years of professional experience (including field experience) relevant to agriculture, food systems, rural development, preferably contributing to food security and/or job creation objectives in Africa

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of current thinking and developments in the field of food systems and agriculture value chain development, preferably in Africa;  experience in managing and coordinating large programmes in the area of post-harvest losses management, youth employment creation in agriculture, small-holder access to market, women`s empowerment would be important assets
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills;
  • Aptitude for leading, guiding, and empowering staff.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders, conveying an informed and professional demeanour toward internal and external partners and stakeholders;
  • Understanding WFP’s mandate, process, intervention modalities, programme and project lifecycle tools, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation is desirable.
  • Learning agility and appetite for exploring and experimenting with new ideas and approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality written outputs and ability to present in English and the working language.
  • Ability to lead and coordinate a multi-cultural team
  • Ability to manage large donor contribution, being accountable for resource management;


  • Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of French is an asset for this role.


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