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Programme Policy Officer at WFP


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5 Year
Male, Female, Both
Master Degree


  • Organization: WFP – World Food Programme
  • Location: Lilongwe
  • Grade: Junior level – NO-B, National Professional Officer – Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Legal – Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2023-06-05


The World Food Program (WFP) is the top humanitarian agency that provides food aid in dire situations and collaborates with locals to boost nutrition and resilience. The United Nations created it in 1961 to aid in reducing global hunger. 80 nations are home to WFP offices, which have its main headquarters in Rome. The biggest humanitarian organization in the world, it is also the main supplier of school meals. In order to promote nutrition initiatives, policies, and programs, such as school meals and food fortification, WFP collaborates with governments, other UN agencies, NGOs, and the corporate sector.


The duties for Programme Policy Officer at WFP are :

1.    Programme Design and Planning for Emergencies and Social Protection 

  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts for WFP projects, including clearly articulating the need for food service and corresponding programme opportunities, and follow up on the resource situation of projects including item and/or cash availability, seeking advice from sector leads, where necessary.
  • Lead UNSDCF planning and reporting on emergency and social protection (including cash+) activities and assure submission of SITREPs to Country Office on programme performance , track key trends, recommend an-actions to address any identified, or foreseen gaps;
  •     Contribute to Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e. early warning, risk analysis, crisis preparedness and response package administration, contingency planning, response planning etc in order to timely respond to humanitarian crises and demands;
  •     Provide advice and help to partners on moderately complex issues to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions, and other relevant guidance.

2.    Programme Administration and Performance for Emergencies and Social Protection

  •     Establish and maintain strong operational and strategic partnerships to improve assistance packages, develop and maintain liaison with local government authorities (district councils, Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Disaster Management Affairs), NGO partners, UN Agencies (UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF), transnational and local NGOs, civil societies, beneficiaries and other partners and media engaged in the field of food security for both residents, social protection beneficiaries, refugees/asylum seekers;
  •     Strengthen local level engagement and deliberate efforts to cultivate the community leadership roles to improve targeting criteria, implementation of impactful Shock Sensitive Social Protection and wider expansion to relief operations
  •     Contribute to the expertise sharing and capacity building of humanitarian actors for influential preparedness and response to food assistance needs;
  •     Design and oversee day-to-day WFP field operations in the central and northern regions to ensure effective and efficient delivery of food assistance and that daily operational issues are timely resolved to prevent losses or delays;

3.    General Management and Leadership

  •     Keep regular and effective communication with staff, government Ministries, UN agencies and partner NGOs through meetings and written correspondence to ensure timely, orderly and effective delivery of food assistance to beneficiaries;
  •   Work with the Budget Programming Office and Finance units to track and programme funds and grants and assure that all grants are well managed;
  •   Keep the partner administration process through development of EOIs, performance evaluations, capacity assessments etc.

APPLY ALSO: Administrative  Finance Assistant UNDP  Pakistan


The requirements for Programme Policy Officer at WFP are :

  •  Advanced university degree in one or more of the following fields: economics, agriculture, international affairs, business administration, social sciences, development studies or a field relevant to international development assistance, or a appropriate first degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
  •  At least five years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional background in public sector management, development projects, emergency assistance, and/or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food aid or commercial transactions.
  • Has a substantial understanding of, established networks or experience working with key stakeholders and related government bodies implementing the humanitarian and/or development programmes.
  • Has deepened specialised knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
  • Has taken leadership of enforcing programmes.
  • Has provided input into programme planning and design discussions and decisions.
  • Acquainted with the UN and/or WFP work in Malawi;


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