Programme Policy Officer P2- FIT Pool- All Locations

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Full Time Contract



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Fit Pool


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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. 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. At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed people’s dreams of a brighter future, reduce risk and help enable people, communities and countries meet their own food and nutrition needs. WFP goes anywhere it’s needed and does what it takes to get the job done. You will find our people at the heart of every major humanitarian intervention around the world, providing the essential life-saving foundation required for those furthest behind. Each year, we reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries. Delivering our mission requires deep respect for personal and cultural differences and close collaboration between every member of our global team. While the 16,000 people working for WFP reflect the rich diversity of the world in which we work, the vital importance of our shared mission underpins a remarkably close community of purpose.


The World Food Programme (WFP) is offering life-changing job opportunities you are unlikely to find in other organizations. Working at WFP will give you the opportunity to work beyond your expectations, to be enriched by truly meaningful work and deepen your professional expertise.


The Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) is an entry point for a professional international career with WFP. WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talents interested in going to any of our 80 countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations, when the need arises.


A FIT Pool member is placed on the pool for a period up to 2 years during which he/ she is considered with priority each time WFP has a specific need for a Fixed Term International Professional staff member in his/her functional area and level.






These roles can be found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux and Country Offices. They provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs. WFP is looking for candidates with a strong passion to make a difference and to contribute to its mandate of achieving Zero Hunger. Strong analytical capabilities, learning agility as well as the potential to develop into a leadership role are prerequisites for successful candidates.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)




The Programme Policy Officer (P2) will be responsible for the following key duties:


Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance;

Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of considerable size/complexity, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures;

Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained;

Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities;

Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders;

Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery;

Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages;

Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through providing inputs into training materials;

Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries;

Other as required.






Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other fields relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.



At least three years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in the private or public sector demonstrating high performance;

Demonstrated interest in humanitarian and development topics such as food security challenges;

Experience in the implementation and monitoring of projects and programmes;

Proven capacity to support innovation.



Fluency in oral and written English;

Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).




Selected candidates will be placed in the FIT Pool and may be contacted as the needs arise for fixed-term international positions in any of the countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations. The FIT Pool membership will last 2 years.


Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. These positions are rotational which means that the incumbent shall be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as non-rotational. Professional level positions are rotational on a period of 2 to 4 years, mobility is the essence of WFP.


WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.


Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Where we work” and “Our work” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


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11 June 2018 


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.





Strong motivation to make a difference and to contribute to WFP’s mandate;

Proven effective cognitive abilities, analytical and problem solving skills;

Demonstrated learning agility and thirst for constant growth;

Displayed openness and passion for new experiences and multicultural environments;

Taken initiative when implementing programmes;

Exhibited ability to communicate effectively and build sustainable partnerships;

Deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams;

Attained experiences in the area of in-kind food, cash and voucher transfers is an asset;

Provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in oral and written English;

Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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