Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th April, 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.


Under the direction of the Programme Policy Officer (SDG, CSP) and with technical support from the Regional Gender Advisor and Regional Humanitarian Advisor at RBB, the Gender, Disability Protection Adviser will provide strategic and technical support for the mainstreaming of disability, protection, gender equality and women’s empowerment across WFP operations in the country. Based in the Islamabad, the incumbent may be required to travel extensively to sub-offices in the country.

The successful candidate will operate with a high degree of independence to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. The incumbent will be involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of considerable complexity. As this level, jobholders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide strategic and technical support to the CO for the implementation of the corporate Gender, Protection and Accountability to Affected Populationa (AAP) policy, and Regional Gender, Protection, AAP and Disability Strategy to mainstream and integrate these cross-cutting themes into WFP Operations;
  • Support WFP and partner staff in implementing the Humanitarian Protection Policy, AAP and Disability commitments, and ensure WFP operations and programme activities take beneficiaries’ protection concerns into account, facilitate safe, dignified, and accountable food assistance, and operationalise AAP and Disability commitments;
  • Advise and work with senior management to ensure strong institutional commitment and leadership for Gender, protection, disability and APP Programme objectives;
  • Ensure robust mainstreaming of gender and protection into WFP programming and operations, including providing policy advice on specific gender, disability and protection issues that impact on WFP operations and policy work.
  • Lead systematic disability, gender, protection and risk analysis,
  • Formulate appropriate protection risk mitigation and response activities;
  • Identify potential adjustments WFP can make to maximise Gender, protection and Disability outcomes, promote gender equality and transformation, and minimize risks including protection from sexual exploitation and abuse,
  • Support the development of relationships with gender, protection and disability mandated or expert agencies and inter agency fora to strengthen coordination for informed incorporation of these cross-cutting elements in WFP operations;
  • Represent WFP and participate in relevant fora, conferences and trainings aimed at strengthening public and policy advocacy for protection, disability , gender and AAP priorities in the post-2015 Development agenda and Beijing+20;
  • Engage with donors on gender, disability, protection and AAP related issues at the regional and country levels.
  • Lead activities to celebrate International Women’s Day and the 16 Days of Activism against GBV.
  • Any other duty as required and in line with duties of this position


  • Work with all SO managers to ensure that gender, protection, AAP and disability are effectively integrated into planning process and implementation of activities
  • Support the Country Office in increasing awareness of gender, protection, disability and AAP among WFP and partner staff and building the capacity of staff to implement protection-related responses and adopt AAP approaches;
  • In collaboration with logistics, security and programme unit, provide advice and guidance in relation to responding to or (in future) preventing any gender, disability or protection problems related to safe delivery of food, cash or voucher to beneficiaries before, during or after distribution. Undertake or contribute to research, reports or activities;
  • Manage the effective application of the Gender and Age Marker and ensure that staff are equipped to mainstream gender equality and women’s empowerment objectives/goals in all WFP strategies, projects and programmes;
  • Support the establishment and coordinate the work of the CO Gender, Disability and Protection Working Group;
  • Strengthen strategic partnerships on gender, protection, disability and AAP and support mobilization of resources required to implement the related corporate policies and regional strategy effectively
  • Develop and implement gender, disability & protection training including on gender analysis, protection analysis, Gender Based Violence, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and other related subjects;
  • Strengthen WFP workforce and partners’ gender, disability & protection analysis capacities and improve their ability for gender / disability/ protection mainstreaming in project design and throughout the cycle;
  • Work with compliance unit to review Complaint and Feedback Mechanism to identify whether, and if so which, the CFM is working effectively, has the appropriate tools and support to inform programme, referrals are appropriately undertaken, and protection concerns are well captured and addressed;
  • Ensure that gender, disability, protection and AAP considerations are integrated in all surveys, collection and analysis of demographic, social, physical, economic, and financial data;
  • Work with RB and CO teams in setting up or adapting existing monitoring systems to measure progress in gender, disability, protection and AAP mainstreaming results by using the WFP Strategic Results Framework and other gender, protection, AAP and disability guidance;
  • Incorporate gender, disability, protection and AAP actions into unit work plan, CSP, evaluations and other internal documents / reports in line with relevant policy documents;
  • Support the country office to implement good practice in data protection and privacy;
  • Provide individual mentoring and support to gender, disability and protection focal points in the country office and sub-offices;
  • Gather and analyse primary information from stakeholders (affected populations, INGOs, UN agencies and others) on the situation and experience of crisis affected populations and provide advice and support to implementation of corrective actions and/or related policy discussions.
  • Contribute to RBB and HQ gender and protection reports/information requests Represent WFP in interagency working groups and facilitate WFP engagement and coordination of gender, disability & protection networks including inter-agency networks at the national and regional levels



  • 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.


Education: Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, law, gender, international development, humanitarian assistance, or another related field like international relations, human rights or political science;

Work experience:

  • At least 5 years of solid, responsible and relevant work experience in a humanitarian or development organization dealing with gender, disability, protection, human rights and/or gender-based violence;
  • Demonstrated experience in protection programming, human rights programming or community services in a humanitarian setting;
  • Experience in delivering training and capacity-building on quality programming issues such as protection and accountability to affected populations;


  • Knowledge: In-depth knowledge of gender in humanitarian and development settings, gender-based violence, humanitarian policy issues, and its linkage with food security and nutrition;
  • In-depth knowledge of IHL, refugee and international human rights legal frameworks as well as the humanitarian principles;
  • Solid analytical, writing skills, and communication skills (including developing advocacy messages);
  • Sound knowledge and skills in training and facilitation;
  • Knowledge of UN system policies and functions of gender-mandated agencies;

Language: Fluency (level C) in English and Urdu.


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