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Programme Policy Officer Vacancy at WFP

Programme Policy Officer Vacancy at WFP

Advanced degree in one or more of the following disciplines: political science, sociology, economics, business management, operations management, development studies, communication, or international development. Additional qualifications in computer science, information management, statistics is desirable.

Programme Policy Officer Vacancy at WFP

Terms of Reference:

Emergency Operations Division (EME) supports WFP’s Regional Bureaus (RBs), Country Offices (COs) and partners to prepare and respond to current and future emergencies in a rapidly changing operational environment. The division contributes to WFP’s strategic goal of achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 by ensuring the organization’s readiness for the future. EME provides field-oriented support by steering and convening the organization while focusing on forward-looking preparedness, readiness analysis, actions, and support to sudden and slow onset emergencies with swift, coordinated, and integrated responses.

Emergency preparedness is a proven tool and a critical strategic investment to achieve faster, more effective, and cost-efficient emergency responses. The return-on-investment study conducted in 2017 and 2019 concluded that investing in preparedness yields significant savings in subsequent emergency responses and better preserves development gains from shocks. WFP is strengthening its capacity for emergency preparedness by managing risks in advance, instead of reacting to events, to ensure that scarce resources are utilized effectively and strategically to save lives. The Emergency Preparedness team in EME will be driving the organizational shift in the coming years and looking for experienced and motivated staff to join the team.

The Emergency Preparedness unit is responsible for supporting COs and RBs in ensuring all the preparedness actions are put in place to enhance WFP’s readiness and response capacities that will help effectively mitigate, minimize the impact by any shocks and/or provide timely life-saving assistance in case of any emergencies. The incumbent of this position is expected to work closely with various EME units, HQ divisions and RBs/COs to ensure necessary actions are taken/put in place prior to any shocks.


  1. Contribute to defining, articulating, and implementing knowledge management and evidence generation approaches for the Emergency Preparedness. Work proactively with the Emergency and other divisions in HQ to identify opportunities for capturing and sharing knowledge, and disseminating information about major progress and results in relation to emergency preparedness.
  2. Contribute to design, planning and documenting of the learning, strategic and planning events (within/outside EME, RBs, COs) focused on emergency preparedness. Provide technical advice on knowledge sharing activities to maximise the replication of good practices and share the lessons learned.
  3. Support the evaluation of Emergency Preparedness Policy to be commissioned in 2023-2024. Contribute to research and studies on Emergency Preparedness to feed into corporate and inter-agency learning on the subject.
  4. Contribute to revising and updating evidence-based, field-tested corporate Emergency Preparedness policy and guidance in line with both the organizational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field in order to ensure a clear and strong connection between HQ and field operations.
  5. Contribute to the implementation of Emergency Preparedness workplan, including the mapping and tracking of priority countries, activities, action plans and lessons learned.
  6. As part of the EME’s Preparedness team contribute to provide guidance and support related to emergency Preparedness to RBs/COs to ensure that country operations are consistent with WFP policies/guidance and Executive Board decisions.
  7. Provide technical inputs and support to cross-functional and interagency discussions on global preparedness approaches, initiatives, and toolkits. Support the development of knowledge products borne out of the emergency preparedness activities at the corporate and regional levels.
  8. Revamp the emergency preparedness pages on WFP website (internal/external) with the latest information.
  9. Reorganize the depository of emergency preparedness related reports, evaluation, case studies and lessons learned.
  10. Manage the preparation and dissemination of critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.
  11. Contribute to resources mobilizations efforts for emergency preparedness, including proposal preparations.
  12. Other tasks as required.



  • Advanced degree in one or more of the following disciplines: political science, sociology, economics, business management, operations management, development studies, communication, or international development. Additional qualifications in computer science, information management, statistics is desirable.


  • Minimum 5 years of postgraduate, progressively responsible experience related to reporting, monitoring and evaluation, project design/management, food security programme implementation.
  • Minimum a few years of emergency field experience is critical and previous WFP experiences can be an asset.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Excellent ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing, Excellent written skills in English.
  • Ability to deliver results through planning and organizing own activities effectively.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple analysis and reporting requests in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with persons of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines.


  • Excellent command of English (Oral and Written).
  • Fluent or intermediate knowledge of another UN official language (Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian or Chinese) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is desirable

DEADLINE: 20 October 2023

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