Programme Policy Officer (Cash Based Transfers)

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Full Time Contract



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Kurdistan Region



The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the frontline humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries. Around 14,000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor. In Iraq, WFP assists conflict-affected families in every corner of the country. By providing food, cash and vouchers to displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees, WFP is helping to save lives and livelihoods.

The Programme Officer (CBT) will work under the close support and guidance of a more senior Programme Officer.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive) 

Contribute to formulation of country office (CO) CBT programme strategy in line with both organisational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field.

Catalyse learning and promote the active dissemination of lessons learned in CBP programming, strengthening the role of innovation in the CO operations as well as at corporate and regional levels.

Support the design and field implementation of unrestricted cash transfers in combination with CBT and the mainstreaming of lessons learnt to ensure quality, efficient and effective food assistance programmes

Provide technical advice or mobilise CBT technical expertise on programme and policy issues including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities, the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies to support CO colleagues deliver assistance through CBTs.

Promote interagency collaboration with UN agencies, INGOs, and NGOs on CBT programming and implementation, providing technical or other forms of guidance relevant to WFP projects, including facilitating information exchange to support complementary strategies; identifying potential areas for collaborative approaches and initiatives in the field.

Provide advice and support to COs 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.

Contribute to resources mobilisations efforts for WFP projects, including clearly articulating the need for food assistance and related programme opportunities, and follow up on the resource situation of projects including commodity and cash availability, seeking advice from senior colleagues where necessary.

Advice and support the development of functional training in areas of expertise to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partner to design and deliver effective food assistance programmes.

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

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

Contribute to Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e. early warning, risk analysis, and contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises and needs

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency (level C) in English. Knowledge of Arabic language is a strong advantage. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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