Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Peshawar, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th May, 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.


This job is based in Peshawar closely liaising with Office of the Chief Foreign Aid, Planning and Development Dept. for technical support to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Government including newly merged districts, on matters relating to joint projects, policy advocacy and funding opportunities relating to Livelihoods, Climate Change and Resilience, with reporting line to Head of WFP Peshawar Area Office.


To maintain close coordination and extend technical support, advice and advocacy to the relevant Government teams in P&D Dept. on matters relating to resilience and livelihood strategies, policies, and programs covered under relevant strategic outcomes of WFP Pakistan Country Strategic Plan (CSP). To provide timely advocacy to and identify funding opportunities from the Office of the Chief Foreign Aid relating to resilience, climate change and livelihoods. To keep close coordination with WFP teams of livelihoods, resilience and Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping (VAM) and timely communicate government's relevant plans contributing to WFP mandates. To position WFP as a preferred partner of choice for the Government under immediate, medium and long term plans of the KP Government.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Ensure close coordination with office of the Chief Foreign Aid on policy advocacy and funding opportunities relating to resilience and livelihoods activities in the KP province. To actively lead and extend technical assistance and advice to the resilience, climate change and livelihoods sectors of provincial government on key policy matters
  • Position WFP as a preferred partner of choice for the Government as well as potential donors for WFP in the KP province. Facilitate timely access of WFP to Government's relevant policy documents on livelihoods, climate change and resilience strategies and undertake required advocacy for reflection of WFP strategic objectives in the Government policy documents. This includes keeping the provincial government informed on the value-addition of WFP's technical strengths in Implementation, Research, Assessments and Evaluation.
  • Coordinate with and lead the relevant UN/Government outcome working groups/clusters (Food Security, Resilience etc), highlight visibility of WFP activities and position WFP’s strategic priorities relating to livelihoods, climate change and resilience programmes and assessments/studies. Explore partnership opportunities with the Government, UN and civil society that strengthen existing capacities of WFP programmes and assessments.
  • Closely work with the WFP Resilience, Livelihood, Climate Change and VAM teams for the designing, development and implementation of the DRR, Climate Change, Resilience and Livelihood programmes under CSP. Ensure adherence to the national priorities and guidelines in the use of programme modalities such as cash transfers, food and vouchers. Ensure timely responses to the Government queries on WFP operations.
  • Timely coordinate with the line departments and WFP relevant sections/VAM unit for planning and designing the required assessments; identifying the current gaps and required response; development of assessment tools and methodologies. The staff member will also ensure visibility of WFP interventions and mandate in the relevant assessments and studies.
  • Ensure data management and conduct techncial analysis of the assessment reports for timely decisions. Timely disseminate key findings to all concerned stakehodlers and WFP relevant focal points. The staff member will also provide recommendations for resilience, climate change and livelihood programmes based on findings of assessments and techncial inputs into key documents of the Government for the improvement of livelihoods and resilience systems.
  • Identify opportunities where WFP can support the Government's efforts and build their capacities. The staff member will also contribute to building, enhancing and sustaining operational capacity of government staff through organizing training to conduct assessments and monitoring in collaboration with WFP Resilience, Climate Change, Livelihood and VAM units
  • Support the resource mobilization efforts for joint programming the Government.
  • Other accountabilities, as required.



  • 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 management, social sciences, project management or closely related fields.
  • Experience: At least 5 years of relevant progressively post graduate responsible experience in field of assssment, DRR, coordination and communication in public sector, involving advocacy and advisory support to government, essentially relating resilience, climate change and livelihoods.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Good understanding of food security, climate change, livelihood and resilience.
  • Sound understanding of economic and social issues in the context of Pakistan, particularly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
  • Aware of government specific contextual needs, policy directions and immediate, medium and long term plans.
  • Applicant is expected to have understanding of different coordination mechanisms in Khyber Pakhtunkwa/erstwhile FATA under the government and UN systems.
  • Advanced computer skills, including at least intermediate skills in windows based word processing, spreadsheet and database.
  • Ability to analyze data and statistics for the analysis of food security indicators ability to conduct assessments particularly in organizational capacity; Able to produce high-quality written reports and present it to senior management
  • Technical knowledge in displacement and vulnerability issues, data analysis, information management and coordination.

Language: Fluency in English, Urdu and Pushto is required.


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