UN World Food Programme Policy Officer Jobs in Zambia

UN World Food Programme Policy Officer Jobs in Zambia

About WFP

  • 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.

    Organizational Context

  • WFP has joined a consortium of public and private institutions, known as the Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA), to help smallholder farmers unlock new opportunities. The Alliance works by supporting smallholder farmers to move from subsistence farming to market-oriented agriculture by connecting demand for their crops with commercial markets, improving their access to agricultural inputs and finance, and connecting them to post-harvest solutions, with the aim of boosting incomes and building long-term resilience.

  • FtMA is a consortium of six agri-focused organizations, with a mission of making markets work better for smallholder farmers since 2016. Through a demand-led approach, FtMA works with local agricultural ecosystem players to sustainably improve farmer livelihoods whilst fostering commercial viability of value chain stakeholders.

  • FtMA promotes the growth of viable smallholder facing business models through strategic and hands-on partnerships. FtMA coordinates the ecosystem, co-innovates products and services, and provides information management covering market access, access to finance, access to inputs and technology, and post-harvest handling and storage to overcome critical value chain bottlenecks in smallholder crop markets.

  • WFP hosts the coordination of this comprehensive value chain intervention and is looking for an individual to push forward these efforts.

  • These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.

  • Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.

    Job Purpose

  • To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

    Key Accountabilities

  • Overall, establish and manage private and public partnerships in Post- Harvest Handling and Storage (PHHS), Markets and Logistics’ domain with the Private sector.

  • Inform the FtMA Managing Director and Acting FtMA Zambia Country Coordinator monthly on progress against a subset of agreed upon target indicators, and make recommendations as needed to maximize achievement of outcomes and impact.

  • Spearhead fine-tuning and mainstreaming FSC anchor model in PHHS, Markets and Logistics spheres including aggregation.

  • Provide support of PHHS, Markets and Logistics operations including online platforms and work with input providers.

  • Support Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of activities related to PHHS, Markets and Logistics pathway.

  • Lead in designing and refining scalable, sustainable approaches and strategies suitable for PHHS, Markets and Logistics pathway operations.

  • Liaise and be the link between FtMA and Alliance Partners on matters related to PHHS, Markets and Logistics

  • Conduct regular field monitoring and proactive troubleshooting visits to FtMA’s FSCs.

  • Provide advisory support to cooperating partner field staff through the designated Project Manager.

  • Attend and represent FtMA-Zambia in stakeholder meetings/forums.

  • Ensure appropriate documentation of the project implementation process and progress

  • Provide insights and suggestions to the Team as required to ensure project milestones are met.

  • Contribute to the formulation of the annual workplans.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: University degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Agriculture Economics or a field relevant to Agriculture. An advanced degree in a relevant field is a plus

  • Experience: At least eight (8) years of experience in agribusiness, either in private sector enterprises or in non-profit value chain related projects, with a strong exposure to the private sector.

  • Language: National Professional: Fluency in both oral and written
    English language.

    Other Specific Job Requirements

  • Demonstrated knowledge of agricultural economics; field level experience with smallholders and pro-smallholder SMEs.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of establishing, mentoring and coaching smallholder Farmers into successful and profitable business entities particularly in aggregation and markets.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of PHHS, Markets and Logistics spheres with a strong sense of how to deliver success in these sectors

  • Proven success in building up scalable and sustainable crop aggregation business models.

  • Ability to work independently, establish priorities and monitor own work plan with minimum supervision in close coordination with the geographically diversified FtMA team.

  • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with results-oriented private sector partners as well as internal clients.

  • Solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including ability to work and deliver projects proactively and under pressure.

  • Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiating skills.

  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to frequently travel within the country.

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.

  • Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.

  • Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.

  • Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.

  • Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.

  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfill the needs of internal and external partners.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Policy Officer Jobs in Zambia

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