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Programme Policy Officer

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Job deadline: August 31, 2020
Job title / Position title: Programme Policy Officer
Duration of contract : 1 YEAR Renewable
Contract type: Full-time
Location / City: Cairo
Languages: Arabic and English
Job grade / Post level: NOC
Salary estimation: NOC: 43,000 USD – 66,000 USD / Year
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Vacancy number: 123683

Section: Introduction

Why Work at WFP

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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.

Section: Responsibilities / Duties


Under the new Country Strategic Plan, the purpose of this position is to lead, design and coordinate different WFP programs that effectively meet food security for refugees, migrants, returning Egyptians and other host community members during and in the aftermath of the current COVID-19 pandemic, provide oversight and technical advice on programme strategy and implementation of emergency and recovery operations

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.Lead WFP’s emergency response during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to supporting vulnerable Egyptian and non-Egyptian vulnerable communities to ensure social cohesion and food security.

2.Contribute to formulation of WFP-wide programme policies in line with both organisational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field; and translate programme policy into Country level practices. Developing programme guidance and implementation modalities and operations related to food security and resilience of refugees, displaced populations and host communities, to ensure a clear and strong connection between Headquarters and field operations in Egypt.

3.Provide technical advice and mobilize technical expertise on programme and policy issues including Assessment, analysis, objectives, activities, transfer modalities, appropriate food products, the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies to support    stakeholders to reduce hunger and malnutrition for refugees, migrants and host communities that are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions and other relevant guidance.

4.Enhance WFP’s leadership status in fora relating to food security, nutrition and livelihoods support and resilience for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants by developing contexts and programs through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials.

5.Manage operational research and evidence building on issues related to food assistance and Cash-Based Transfers directed to refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and vulnerable host communities.

6.Assist counterparts in governments and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully employed and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of moderately complex food assistance programmes to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of food security, nutrition and resilience-building programmes at national and sub-national levels.

7.Manage operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to food security for refugees, asylum-seekers, migrants and vulnerable host communities.

8.Manage the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.

9.Contribute to resources mobilizations efforts for WFP projects, including clearly articulating the need for food security and related programme opportunities, follow up on the resource situation of projects including commodity, cash availability and ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for the achievement of set of objectives within a significant budget.

Extra Key Accountabilities

10.Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within a moderate budget.

11.Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff to enable high performance.

12.Lead preparations and response designed in the Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e. early warning, risk analysis, and contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises and needs.

13.Others as required.

Other Specific Job Requirements (details to be determined by post managers)

14.Establish and maintain strategic and operational partnerships with different stakeholders, to provide general food assistance and nutritional needs for refugees, migrants, displaced populations and host communities, design and implement different support activities that help in achieving better social cohesion and ensuring equal access to food.

15.Lead the WFP Egypt Country Office emergency response plan for COVID-19 with a focus on identifying and implementing urgent assistance to most vulnerable refugees, migrants, returning Egyptians and other host community members.

16.Design and oversee livelihood, knowledge, skills development activities and vocational trainings especially for women and young people from refugees, migrants, host communities and among Egyptian returnees that help in promoting self-resilience, income generation and establishing market and labor assessments to identify the needed employability skills.

17.Lead and provide the needed assistance to meet basic nutritional needs for pregnant and lactating women and girls and their children 6-23 months among refugees, migrants and host communities.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.

Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

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 the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

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..

Section: Requirements: Education / Experience / Languages / other requirements:


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses 
Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language, National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different
Experience At least 10 years experience in designing and managing emergency response programmes.


This role is in the Country Office (CO) reporting to the Head of Programme, job holders are likely to manage a portfolio of activities related to food security for refugees, displaced populations and host communities to ensure that they have access to adequate food all year round, direct management of programmes in CO, operate with considerable independence and manage a substantial team of professional and support staff


•Demonstrated experience in working with governments, UN, NGO’s across different program portfolios •Demonstrated experience in the design and management of refugee-focused assistance programmes. •Demonstrated experience in the design and management of Cash-Based Transfer programmes. •Experience in strategic planning at country level with engagement in policy discussions and providing inputs into policy decisions. •Experience in designing different programs including preparing complete proposals, reviewing plans, budgets and reports for management. •Demonstrated leadership and management skills.

Section: Extra information 

Duration: 1 YEAR Renewable- extension will be based on satisfactory performance and fund availabilty

Deadline For submitting online application:31/08/2020

Job Title:  Program Policy Officer  

Grade: FIXED-TERM  NOC                   

Location: Cairo


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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