Programme Policy Officer/District Coordinator

World Food Programme, Malawi

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

The Malawi Partnership for Resilience (MP4R) is a joint UN programme co-financed by the UN in Malawi and the UKAid, through its Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Change (BRACC) initiative. The joint programme aims to build household resilience to shocks and stresses and end the recurrent cycle of crises and humanitarian assistance in Malawi. Joint Components 1 and 2 of the BRACC are implemented by an UN-NGO partnership, and will be primarily implemented in four target districts of Balaka, Chikwawa, Mangochi, and Phalombe, with some additional market system interventions in more districts managed by partner NGOs. The partnership under components 1 and 2 of the BRACC is termed PROSPER (Promoting Sustainable Partnerships for Empowered Resilience).


  • Education: Advanced University degree in Development Studies, International Relations, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with five additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
  • National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the national MP4R Coordinator and under the administrative authority of the WFP Blantyre Head of Sub-Office and in collaboration with the Partner UN Organisations and the CWW-led Consortium District Manager, the District Programme Coordinator to provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide oversight and technical support to the joint MP4R and PROSPER activities by serving as the district coordination focal point in close coordination with the CWW-led Consortium District Manager.
  • With the CWW-led Consortium District Manager and the PUNOS, negotiate agreements including memoranda of understanding, standard operating procedures and workplans with district authorities in accordance with the objectives of the programme;
  • Ensure reporting and alignment to District Social Support Committee (DSSC) and/or District Environmental Sub-Committee (DESC) and/or any relevant anchoring committee, and the DEC through key line Govt. Departments at District level;
  • Ensure that complaints and feedback mechanisms are duly implemented according to agreed standards;
  • Ensure application of the joint M&E tools agreed through monthly monitoring of the execution of the District annual implementation plan, in coordination with the CWW-led Consortium District Manager;
  • Document and share best practices and lessons learned during the implementation of the programme based on guidelines provided by the national Programme Coordination team.
  • Support the implementation of the joint communications strategy by providing timely inputs for joint initiatives;
  • Contribute to the drafting of the narrative for funding proposals, seeking maximum synergies with other district actors.


  • Has gained field experience with designing and implementing integrated rural development programmes;
  • Is familiar with the working environment and professional standards of international organizations;
  • Has proven experience building and maintaining partnerships with a wide range of actors, i.e. the Government and development partners;
  • Experience working with NGOs and civil society and with participatory approaches.


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