Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Malawi

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th November, 2019

Job Description

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) WFP is recognized as the leading solution provider and partner in the struggle to end hunger and malnutrition and particularly for its efforts to reach those furthest behind first.

Being the frontline agency of the United Nations system that delivers innovative hunger solutions to 81 countries each day worldwide; WFP’s 14,800+ strong staff share a vision and commitment to end hunger by 2030. Tackling the causes -- not just the symptoms – and operating in the remotest corners of the world, with all logistical means necessary, WFP’s results-focussed team provides nutritious and life-saving food and cash assistance when necessary. Bringing unrivalled experience and operating in the world’s most high profile, difficult environments, WFP upholds the humanitarian principles of humanity, integrity impartiality and neutrality.

In successfully achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) i.e Zero Hunger by 2030, the WFP team actively fosters partnerships with governments, communities, local authorities, civil societies, other UN agencies and the private sector.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Economics, Agriculture, Social Sciences or International Development. Advanced degree will however be desirable and therefore an added advantage, similar to the length of experience in CBT related activities.
  • Language: International Professional: Fluency in English language.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Programme Formulation, Implementation and Reporting

  • Lead the identification, development and management of potential partnerships with other actors (state/humanitarian/development) to ensure collaborative partnership in the implementation of CBT activities;
  • Develop and update operational plans and standard operating procedures (SOP) for interventions using CBT;
  • Conduct research into the scaling-up of cash based transfers through government social protection interventions;
  • Lead the operational planning for distributions through coordination with financial service providers, cooperating partners as well as retailers where commodity vouchers may be deployed;
  • Follow up on beneficiary data management and other monitoring systems, ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained;
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on outputs and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to CO management;
  • Manage CBT-led interventions as per plan and provide assurance that standards set for quality, time and budget are appropriately met;
  • Provide feedback on operational issues arising from the planning, set-up, implementation and reporting on CBT activities.


Desired Knowledge & Skills:

  • Skills in designing and implementing programmes using cash based transfers
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills.
  • Excellent understanding of national and UN institutional frameworks, including financial management frameworks.
  • Knowledge of UN operational programmes, while WFP programmatic and partnership experience is preferred.
  • Strong project management skills, personal time management skills, and attention to detail.
  • Problem-solving skills – helpful in meeting requests for information from donors and partners, as well as in strategizing to meet unit and agency achievements.


Progressive professional work experience in the areas of project management, budget management, financial management, partnership management or/ and ​reporting or related areas.

  • Experience with beneficiary management systems is also desirable.
  • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


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