Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition & Education)

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 Nutrition and Education, 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 Nutrition and Education strategies, policies and programs covered under relevant strategic outcomes of WFP Pakistan Country Strategic Plan (CSP). To provide timely advocacy to and to identify funding opportunities from the Office of the Chief Foreign Aid relating to Nutrition and Education. To keep close coordination with WFP Nutrition and Education teams and identify the potential strategic partnerships opportunities under the government annual plans as well as the medium and long terms strategies. To position WFP as a preferred partner of choice for 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 Nutrition and Education initiatives in the KP province. Actively lead and extend technical assistance and advice to the Nutrition and Education line departments on key policy matters relating to Nutrition and Education.
  • Take initiatives for positioning WFP as preferred partner of choice for the provincial government and potential donors in the KP province. Timely follow up on Annual Development Plans and PC-1s to incorporate WFP mandated Nutrition and Education strategic priorities.
  • Enable WFP to timely access to the KP Government’s key policy documents for review and technical inputs relating to Nutrition and Education strategies. Consistently advocate and ensure WFP strategic objectives reflected in relevant government policy documents, highlighting the added value of WFP's technical strengths in Nutrition Research, Assessments and Evaluation (such as SMART surveys)
  • Assist the concerned Outcome Working Groups under FATA Transition Framework of the government in positioning WFP’s strategic priorities relating to Nutrition and Education sectors. Ensure adherence to WFP priorities under humanitarian and development, relating to Food security/Nutrition and Education.
  • Closely work the clusters/working groups securing organizational stakes in key decision makings. This includes maintaining liaison with other UN agencies including OCHA, FAO, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO and all concerned line department of the KP Secretariat, including erstwhile FATA Secretariat mainly; Planning & Development, Education, Health, Bureau of Statistics etc.
  • Actively support the monitoring and coordination mechanisms established under the Government for timely tracking the progress relating to WFP’s priorities e.g. FS/ Nutrition/Education Strategic reviews, multi-sectoral strategies incorporating Education & Nutrition. Assist the WFP team on required improvements in terms of planning, coordination and monitoring of the targeted project results annual work plans.
  • Timely inform the WFP team about government's plans for any assessments in KP including erstwhile FATA. Assist the WFP provincial Nutrition, Education and VAM teams; as required, in deliverance of the planned scientific studies (both baseline & impact studies) of WFP intervention under CSP including the documentation of evidence, qualitative and quantitative analysis and timely coordination with educational/ research institutes/ consultants.
  • Actively participate in the Nutrition/Health & Education specific technical meetings and coordinate with all relevant stakeholders as delegated (e.g. coordination and communication with the provincial government, nutrition/health and education cluster, cooperating partners and UN agencies for efficient implementation, monitoring and timely identification of potential risks and mitigation measures for achieving desired organization goals)
  • Assist policy level initiatives and programme i.e. SPRING PC-1, Merger updates, Ten Year Socio Economic Development Plan, Outcome Working Group, BISP education programme and/or other as required by the competent authority and Provincial Office WFP
  • Suppot 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, human Nutrition/Food security, preferably with supplementary courses in project management or community based management of acute malnutrition, or closely related fields.
  • Experience: At least 5 years of relevant progressively responsible experience in relation to the Job description involving advocacy and advisory support to government, essentially relating to Nutrition, Education and Food security or similar system. Hands on experience of working on disaster management specifically in planning, coordination. Working with government /UN agencies in KP/merged districts at Secretariat level.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Understanding of WFP Systems, particularly relating to advocacy positioning WFP as partner of choice for the relevant government sectors.
  • Aware of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa specific contextual needs, policy directions and immediate, medium and long term plans.
  • Applicant is expected to have understanding of different coordination mechanisms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including erstwhile FATA under the government and UN systems
  • Ability to analyze Government and WFP policy level documents and advise both government counterparts and WFP management on timely initiatives required for addressing gaps impacting on future directions
  • Technical knowledge in Planning and Coordination and interventions falling under partnership with Nutrition, Health, Education & Food Security sectors of KP

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


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