Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Surkhet, Nepal

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th 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.


Job holder will work under the supervision of Strategic Outcome Manager (SO 3), receiving guidance and regular feedback from Country Director and Head of Programme on work performed. The incumbent will work in coordination with programme Policy Officer (policy coordination) based in Provincial Government and supervise the Sub-Office staff and Field Coordinators (Programme Associates) in Karnali province.


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet WFP Nepal Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019-2023 operation needs.


WFP Nepal’s Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019-2023 has been approved by the WFP Executive Board in its session of November 2019 and it has become effective from 1 January 2019. It aims to contribute to five Strategic Outcomes (SOs) that are aligned to five Strategic Results of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for Development). A total of eight Activities are planned to be implemented to achieve the contributions to the five SOs.

Under the Integrated Road Map (IRM), WFP has committed to a new way of working, linking not only all activities to the defined Strategic Outcomes, but also linking resources used for implementing the activities to the results achieved.

The five Strategic Outcomes (SO) are:

  • affected populations in Nepal have timely access to adequate food and nutrition during and in the aftermath of natural disasters and/or other shocks.
  • Food Insecure people in targeted areas have improved nutrition throughout the key stages of the life-cycle by 2025.
  • Vulnerable communities in remote, food-insecure areas of Nepal have improved food security and resilience to climate and other shocks by 2030.
  • The Government of Nepal has strengthened capabilities to provide essential food security services and respond to crises by 2023.
  • Government efforts towards achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 are supported by inclusive and coherent policy frameworks across all spheres of government by 2023.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Programme Policy Officer (HoSO) will be directly supervised by Strategic Outcome Manager (So 3). S/he will ensure that WFP programme activities under CSP (2019-2023) and field operations are implemented effectively and efficiently by achieving planned outcomes/outcomes against approved annual performance and work plan and are in consistent with corporate WFP policies and strategies. The key responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to the implementation of the WFP policies and programmes aligned with national goals and WFP and wider UN strategic direction.
  • Coordinate, implement and monitor the operationalization of the activities under CSP and contribute to the effective and timely achievement of relevant outputs/outcomes.
  • Contribute towards the development of project concepts and plans as required by Country Office, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance, CSP 2019-2023 and SDG targets.
  • Manage sub-office, supervise and guide the Sub-Office staff and field coordinators for food security, nutrition, resilience building, social protection etc related activities management, monitoring, reporting, knowledge management and ensuring programme quality.
  • Resolve operational issues between activities within the same strategic outcome, possibly requiring input from other stakeholders and the endorsement of the Country Office management.
  • Develop and foster relationships with partners (including government and local communities) and other stakeholders at all relevant levels to enable the effective positioning of WFP to meet national goals and promote partnerships and collaboration.
  • Monitor the food security and nutrition situation, vulnerability/risks of disaster and/or other shocks within the province and advise country office on the required interventions in a timely manner, if required.
  • Manage WFP assets/properties and premises in sub-office in accordance with standard rules and regulation.
  • Undertake regular field visits (at least one third time) for monitoring and oversight of WFP activities and ensure the effective coordination with stakeholders and that all planned activities are implemented through a cohesive approach.
  • Manage the implementation of CSP activities at operational level and supervise the implementing partners, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Assess and advise Country Office on the changes in local context relevant to CSP activities;
  • Research and analyze a range of policy and programme issues and potential risks to programme delivery to inform the development of appropriate policies and strategies.
  • Lead the initiatives of the result-based management of CSP activities including accurate and timely results reporting and knowledge management at Sub-office level.
  • Collaborate with other functional units and staff responsible for other WFP activities to deliver value for money services and maintain cost-efficiency.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, and ensuring protection, accountability, gender equity and social inclusivity.
  • Guide and supervise junior programme staff at SO, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the supervisor/required by country office.


  • 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.
  • Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.
  • National Professional: Excellent oral and written proficiency in English and Nepali.



  • 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.


Knowledge & Skills

  • Must be familiar with MS office;
  • Nepali Typing skill is an asset;
  • Driving skills with valid license is an advantage.


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