Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th 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.


Country Offices (COs). Job holders are likely to report to a more senior Nutritionist or Programme Officer.

Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.


To provide support to nutrition programmes and activities to contribute to meeting the nutritional needs of WFP beneficiaries and strengthening government capacity.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The staff member will work under the direct supervision of the International Head of Nutrition.

Duties and responsibilities:

The overall aim of this role is to provide will provide technical support to the country office on its nutrition strategy and programme implementation focusing on: planning, quality implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation of critical experiences and programme results. More specifically the Programme Officer (Nutrition Programme Implementation) will:

  • Contribute to the development of nutrition activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider nutrition policies and guidance;
  • Provide technical guidance and programme management support to the design and implementation management of nutrition specific programme components under the integrated assistance package of livelihood support for vulnerable women, school feeding and a nutrition safety nets, targeting the most vulnerable populations of Cox’s Bazar, the Chittagong Hill Tracts, ensuring a coordinated approach in line with WFP standards and procedures and in alignment with government policies and strategies, in collaboration with other nutrition stakeholders in the targeted areas
  • Provide technical guidance and support to enhance nutrition sensitive approaches and outcomes of the integrated assistance package of livelihood support for vulnerable women, school feeding and a nutrition safety nets in collaboration with relevant partners and their programmes - including integration of behavioural change communication;
  • Contribute to the technical guidance and support to enhance nutrition outcomes of the emergency assistance WFP will provide to respond to acute food and nutrition needs among the most vulnerable households affected by disasters. This includes engaging with the food security cluster and the nutrition cluster at national level to enhance nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive emergency preparedness and response planning by GoB.
  • Technically support and enhance capacity for the development and co-ordinate data gathering and monitoring/assessment systems for nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Technically support and enhance capacity for tracking and analysis of data to provide input into reporting activities and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on nutrition activities that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

Long Description

  • Provide technical assistance and liaise with implementing partners (internal and external) to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  • Provide technical assistance to Government, particularly the Institute of Population, Health and Nutrition and National Nutrition Services for the implementation and scale up of the National Plan of Action for Nutrition key action areas, particularly nutrition-specific programming for malnutrition prevention and treatment and emergency nutrition preparedness and response in collaboration with other humanitarian actors.;
  • Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of proposals for WFP and Government nutrition specific and sensitive programme funding and partnerships as and when required.
  • Support the identification of potential partners and partnership negotiations to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to meeting nutrition needs.
  • Represent WFP in critical fora and platforms to facilitate coordination, consultation and collaboration with key government bodies and partner organisations.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff and partners including government staff to prepare for and respond to nutrition needs, for example through the preparation and review of training materials.
  • Provide guidance to support and junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with programme administrative and financial processing tasks, and assisting them with nutrition analysis and queries.
  • Any other tasks as required and deemed appropriate.


  • Keep informed on national policies and targets in improving food security, health and nutrition for the poor and vulnerable, particularly for women and children;
  • Knowledge on Government strategies in achieving food security and nutrition targets;


  • Education: Advanced University degree in human nutrition and/or public health nutrition or related subject
  • Experience: At least 5 years of experience in Food Security, Nutrition Security and/or related fields possibly with a UN organization, or international development organization
  • Language: Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and Bangla

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Good understanding on the Nutrition situation in Bangladesh and the knowledge of the National Plan of Action for Nutrition 2;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, consistency in follow-up, ability to work with diverse teams, capability and initiative to provide timely technical advice and independent ability to facilitate coordinated planning and subsequent follow-up on implementation and reporting;
  • Action management and results orientation;
  • Identifies early warning indicators and reacts on them;
  • Strong capability to manage and collaborate across organizational units;
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with multidisciplinary/multicultural team;
  • Proven capacity to coordinate and communicate with Government officials and cooperating partners



  • 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.


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