Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, India

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st August, 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.


A major impetus to India’s development cooperation overseas came post liberalization of Indian economy in 1990s. India’s flourishing economy resulted in a more proactive foreign policy and propelled it to seek weightage in the global economy. By 2003-04, India had added host of initiatives to its practice of development cooperation. These included provisions of loans, grants, and project assistance to countries in South Asia, Africa and Latin America, cancellation of debt from highly indebted countries, and relief assistance to southern partners. In 2012, the Indian government also established the Development Partnership Agreement (DPA) housed within the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Additionally, other ministries have a cell for International Cooperation to facilitate such development opportunities.

WFP India’s Country Strategic Plan (CSP, 2019-2023) outlines its commitments to contribute to the efforts of Indian government in achieving their targets under SDG 2. WFP works with a variety of state and federal ministries to take this agenda forward. Realizing India’s growing willingness and potential to provide technical and financial support in the area of food and nutrition security, including disaster management, Activity 4 in the CSP focuses on supporting India’s engagement in South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC).

Facilitating South-South cooperation is a strategic opportunity for WFP India to (1) adopt more effective programme approaches by tapping into empiric evidence on localized solutions; (2) expand their tools and modalities to implement their CSPs by mobilizing additional technical and capacity development support from other countries; (3) promote country ownership and advocacy on SDG 2 by engaging host governments not only as recipients, but also as providers of SDG 2 solutions; (4) scale up local innovation; and (5)expand their financial resources by engaging with triangular and emerging donors on this topic.


The objective of the position is to support the SDG manager prepare and implement a SSTC strategy for India CO with specific objectives of:

  • Understanding gaps and opportunities for WFP to support GoI in SSTC;
  • Identify and strengthen partnerships around SSTC;
  • Prepare lessons learned for WFP corporate guidance on SSTC engagement at the country level.
  • DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  • Completion of mapping and scoping study for SSTC including a desk review and consultations with the key stakeholders to understand GoI priorities, the regional forums and the potential role;
  • Prepare SSTC Strategy for CO India aligned to GoI priorities and regional needs through a consultation process;
  • Develop partnerships and support building a sustainable model to facilitate SSTC.


Education: Advanced University Degree in, International Relations, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences and Social Sciences or related field.


  • At least 7 years of experience in social research and project development, management of which 3 years hands on experience at national / international level in policy analysis, assesments and research, development of knowledge products and knowledge sharing with focus on international cooperation, and platforms / SSTC etc.
  • Experience of coordination with government, local and international partners and strong network within government and other stakeholders.
  • Experience in UN System or International Development Projects will be an asset.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Hindi.


  • Excellent analytical skills; ability to seek synthesize information from number of sources /undertake policy analysis;
  • Ability to write clearly, insightfully and persuasively in an accessible, journalistic style;
  • Ability to work consultatively and independently, against tight timelines;
  • Ability to connect and talk with high level government officials.


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