Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th January, 2019

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.


Enhancing resilience for vulnerable communities has been a core foundation of WFP’s work in Bangladesh for decades. WFP commits through its new Country Strategy Plan (CSP) for innovative approaches to enhance resilience so that improvements in livelihoods, food security and nutrition are not repeatedly lost in areas, which are most exposed to climate-related shocks. The approaches like micro-insurance, forecast based financing, and seasonal livelihood planning would be introduced as the successful risk transfer mechanism to prevent a sharp increase in poverty following a disaster, in a country like Bangladesh.

The overall goal of the project intervention is to reduce human suffering caused by climate-related hazards and to enhance the risk-management capacity of the poor and vulnerable people. WFP will introduce the micro-insurance product and will test at the field. The outcome of the intervention should contribute to the creation of rural financial markets, by strengthening private insurance company and micro-finance institution capacity to pay for insurance in cash.


The purpose of this position is to lead and document the evidences on implementation of forecast based financing (FbF), micro-insurance, seasonal livelihoods programming (SLP) interventions of Activity-8 (Resilience Innovation) and prepare report; communicate the lessons in a systematic manner to donors, Government and relevant stakeholders.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within the framework of WFP’s Resilience Innovation and under the overall guidance of the Deputy Country Director (Strategy and Programme), and direct supervision of the Manager Activity-8, the incumbent will:

  • Support planning and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities on effectiveness of resilience innovation interventions (FbF, Micro-insurance, SLP); programme modalities;
  • Prepare resilience innovation specific communication work plans to maintain and enhance the visibility and reputation of WFP, as well as support fundraising activities, ensuring alignment with overall communications and WFP strategies;
  • Contribute to communications through good research, analysis of assigned area of work and timely preparation and distribution of information products to target audience; solicit inputs from the audience in designing tools and methods particularly on FbF, micro-insurance and seasonal livelihood programming
  • Maintain a contact list of stakeholders both government and non-government and update on news/information about WFP’s resilience innovation works; generate donor specific visibility content including, text, photos, videos and audio for use across a range of integrated online platforms;
  • Support capacity building of WFP sub-office and CP resilience innovation team staff on all aspects of data generation, report drafting, communication, provides advice and guidance within area and level of expertise;
  • In consultation with Country Office M&E unit, design M&E frame for the resilience innovation interventions and organize baseline, mid-line and end line assessment to generate evidences from the interventions; Contribute to the analysis of outcome data and recommend improvements to programme interventions and to enhance WFPs ability to demonstrate outcome focussed results.
  • Disseminate programmatic evidences; promote advocacy messages and recommendations to mainstreaming best practices that are evidenced from the piloting of the resilience interventions;
  • Organize periodic review on work progress, prepare report on resilience activities for the donors, Government and WFP senior management;
  • Organize national level seminar/workshop with key stakeholders to keep informed on the resilience innovation activity progress, challenges; and to buy-in their support, as needed.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Relations, Public Relations, Communications, Social Science or other relevant fields.


  • The person should have 10 years’ experience and at least 3 years of experience in activities and/or projects that involved project proposal preparation and reporting on project accomplishment.
  • Proven expertise in information collection and documentation, including using participatory methods of data collection
  • Cultivated sustainable relationships with local NGOs, government authorities, and other implementation partners.
  • Has research experience using variety of analytical tools and methods for causality analysis, forecasting, and other data modeling needs.
  • Performed monitoring, evaluations and assessments at multiple field locations.

Language: Good command over spoken and written in English and Bangla



  • 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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