Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Kenya

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th 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.


WFP Kenya is investing in innovative approaches to enable rural households and community groups to build resilient livelihoods and sustainable food systems in the ASALs. WFP is fostering the creation of a conducive environment for communities in the ASALs receiving WFP support to access financial services, including business planning support, agricultural microfinance and climate microinsurance. These services will be key catalysers of WFP’s impact on livelihoods transformation and sustainable hunger reduction.


WFP is seeking to recruit a Risk Management and Financial Services Specialist within Strategic Outcome 2 of the WFP Kenya Country Strategic Plan (2018-2023). Strategic Outcome 2 is designed to address bottlenecks in food production, transformation and consumption in food insecure areas in the arid and semi-arid lands through a systems-oriented, and risk management-, market- and community-based approach. Activities aim at addressing climate-related threats to food security and well-being by adopting climate smart technologies, investments in resilience of households, communities, institutions, market access for smallholder farmers, and combines these with innovative new approaches throughout the food system.

The risk management and financial services component will build on WFP’s extensive market and supply chain expertise, analyses and identified food-based business opportunities along the value chain in the ASALs, and subsequent business plans and models thus to enable WFP beneficiaries to gradually transition from a situation of food insecurity to self-sufficiecy and eventually market actors.

The work will build on WFP’s global experience and learning on integrated risk management also known as Rural Resilience Initiative (R4). R4 was introduced in Kenya in 2017 with positive results and is now being scaled up. WFP also seeks to build on long-standing efforts to link the creation of climate-resilient technologies at community level to microfinance - particularly village savings and loans associations, as a bridge towards financial inclusion. Additional innovative areas where financial services will need to be mainstreamed include farmer organisation capacity strengthening, youth engagement in agribusiness and the strengthening of capacity of small and medium-scale food retailers and processors in the ASALs.


  • Education: A minimum of an advanced university degree in one or more of the following disciplines: agricultural economics, economics, development studies or development economics, finance, or agriculture.
  • Experience: At least five (5) years of postgraduate experience in agricultural insurance, financial services or business economics, particularly in products for Base-of-the-Pyramid clients.

The candidate is required to meet the following qualifications:

  • Strong understanding of climate-related risks affecting food security, and agricultural livelihoods/agribusiness.
  • Demonstrated ability for strategic thinking and developing programming and programmatic strategy based on analysis;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify business opportunities and build and scale-up innovative programming;
  • Strong project management skills that ensure goals are set, projects are planned and managed effectively within budget and time constraints.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and coordination skills; experience in the management and building of long-term partnerships and ability to influence.
  • Excellent written and spoken English, with demonstrated ability write good quality written material (e.g. reports).
  • Strong computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet, project management and other standard WFP software packages and systems.

The following qualifications are an added advantage:

  • Experience in developing and/or facilitating trainings and workshops;
  • Understanding of public policy and socioeconomic context in the ASALs and capacity strengthening approaches;
  • Knowledge of the UN system and its policies, rules, regulations and procedures.
  • National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive):

The Programme Policy Officer will be responsible for the following areas:

  • Act as a thematic expert in business planning, savings, credit and insurance services in Strategic Outcome 2, developing WFP Kenya’s strategic approach in these thematic fields and mainstreaming these approaches in the food systems programme portfolio under Strategic Outcome 2.
  • Lead the identification and planning of appropriate interventions tailored to different contexts in the ASAL counties, the setup of implementation mechanisms, exploring and advancing key partnerships and linkages especially with the MoA&I (Kenya Agriculture Insurance Program), NDMA (Drought Contingency Fund), and the Rome-based Agencies (Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme – Climate Resilient Agricultural Livelihood Window).
  • Support WFP Kenya engagement in policy and strategic dialogue on financial inclusion and climate risk management in Kenya as the primary focal point for programming in this thematic area.
  • Closely coordinate the business planning, savings, credit and insurance work with the Strategic Outcome 2 team, WFP Kenya, and the R4 global team in WFP headquarters, especially the microinsurance advisor who will provide support and guidance on insurance-specific tasks.


  • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
  • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


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