UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer, P2 (Strategic Programme Innovations and Transformation) Lusaka Jobs in Zambia

UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer, P2 (Strategic Programme Innovations and Transformation) Lusaka 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 end global hunger. 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.

  • In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.

    Organizational Context

  • 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 operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.

    Job Purpose

  • WFP Zambia has designed a five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) as a result of rigorous consultations with government, donors and other stakeholders, and reflects their appetite to support and partner with WFP in the country. It is informed by, and strongly aligns with, national and United Nations priorities, and global commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • In a break with past approaches, both the ZHSR and the NDP7 recognise that hunger and nutrition issues are multi-faceted, and require well-integrated, collaborative, multi-sectoral national approaches, that draw on the skills and resources of key stakeholders. These key strategies point to an increasing national consensus on food and nutrition security, which has created a strong opportunity for WFP to re-focus its investments and efforts to areas of genuine comparative advantage and give effect to maximum impact.

  • Advancing the WFP Corporate Strategic Plan (2017-2021), the CSP addresses both SDG2 and SDG17, and WFP’s Strategic Results 1, 2, 3 and 5. WFP will implement six activities to achieve four Strategic Outcomes (SOs). These SOs will: respond to crises and shocks including support to refugees (SO1); address the root causes of malnutrition (SO2); build the resilience, enabling environment and market access for smallholders, especially women (SO3); and support government institutions to provide social protection systems (including home grown school meals) and disaster preparedness and response (SO4).

    Key Accountabilities

  • The incumbent will coordinate Smallholder Farmer (SHF) Support and will be responsible for guiding the SHF support team, providing technical advice in relevant activities in line with WFP standards and processes, and act as a point of referral on SHF analysis and queries.

  • Contribute towards the development of tools and processes to strengthen national programmes and initiatives, including supporting development of national government policies, action plans, protocols and guidelines.

  • Focus on consolidating gains made in setting-up and harmonization of financial products (including weather-based index insurance) to government initiatives, increase meteorological stations to enhance early warning systems. Liaise with UN agencies, NGOs, private and public sector to ensure scale and sustainable exit strategies from direct implementation.

  • Support the CO’s strategic shift and provide guidance on post-harvest management activities by helping to enhance private sector business modelling on PHL technologies and practices in addition to facilitating provision of trainings to extension staff on post-harvest management, knowledge management to effectively generate/adapt appropriate post-harvest technologies to minimize food loss, and systems strengthening.

  • Support and contribute to donor proposals and reporting.

  • Guide the team on field level agreements and general management of Cooperating Partners.

  • Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national governments to prepare for and respond to shocks.

  • Prepare accurate and timely reports, contributing to a knowledge
    base that informs decision making of WFP and other stakeholders.

  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities including provision of technical analysis, and interpretation.

  • Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.

  • Other as required.

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.

  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.

  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications


  • Advanced University degree in Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Social Sciences, Business, Marketing and other related fields.


  • 3 years experience in working within relevant area.

  • 2 years experience in project management, business transformation and managing innovative concepts with proven results in achieving programme milestones.

  • Good understanding of WFP Zambia Resilience programme.

  • Excellent understanding of both the developmental and commercial ecosystem of the Zambia agricultural sector.


  • Fluency (level C) in English language.
    Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

    • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.

    • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.

    • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer, P2 (Strategic Programme Innovations and Transformation) Lusaka Jobs in Zambia

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