United Nations World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer Jobs in Kenya

United Nations World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer Jobs in Kenya

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.

Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree in Development Studies, Economy or Socio-Economic Developments and related fields
  • At least five years of postgraduate professional experience in supporting management and implementation of projects in the following fields; livelihoods and market analysis, value chain development, socio-economic assessment, private sector development, urban/rural economic development, agricultural development in arid areas and monitoring and evaluation?
  • Has led a small programme team or facilitated planning and implementation a complex set of interventions to improve livelihoods and economic outcomes for target groups.
  • Has participated in policy and strategy development processes: proven ability to take initiative, develop and execute demanding work plans.
  • Ability to analyse and identify opportunities and challenges and develop and propose solutions to programmatic challenges;
  • proven ability to establish and maintain excellent working relations with colleagues and external partners and deal tactfully and patiently with different people.

    Key Accountabilities

    Project Management and Implementation
    Support management WFP’s assistance for self-reliance and integration of refugees and their hosts in Kakuma and Kalobeyei.

  • Lead planning and coordinating implementation of WFP’s assistance for self-reliance and integration of refugees and their hosts in Kakuma and Kalobeyei while ensuring complementarity with broader assistance programmes and compliance with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Prepare project implementation plans and detailed budgets jointly with WFP sub-office staff, government and other agencies.
  • Support capacity building of WFP staff, partners and country government to respond to project needs.
  • Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries on WFP’s assistance for self-reliance and integration of refugees and their hosts.

    Partnership Management and Coordination

  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food self-reliance and integration programmes.
  • Ensure that WFP is represented in relevant partnership, coordination and collaborations forums with government, United Nations agencies, donors and private sector forums among others related to Kalobeyei Integrated Social and Economic Development Programme.
  • Maintain calendars and records of coordination meetings held and monitor action points.
  • Support processes for contracting and managing implementing and complementary partnerships.
  • Receive and review narrative and financial reports from cooperating partners to ensure compliance and coherence with project implementation.
  • Participate in partnership evaluation processes in collaboration with the Contracts Officer based in the Country Office
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Reporting
    In collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation focal point follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Ensure the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and period reports, and a variety of information products.
  • Organise for joint project review forums to continually learn and improve project design and implementation plans.

    Policy and Strategic Engagement

  • Participate in policy and strategy development processes with government and WFP colleagues.
  • Advocate with county government for implementation of policies and strategies that will improve self-reliance and integration of refugees and their hosts.

    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
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Organizational Context

    WFP Kenya Country Strategic Plan (CSP)- 2018 to 2023, through its Crisis Response component will support refugees and asylum seekers living in camps/settlements and populations affected by natural and man-made disasters will be supported to have access to adequate food to meet their food and nutrition needs.

    WFP in collaboration with other UN agencies has made progress in initiating activities that will contribute to refugee and host community self-reliance and integration in Kalobeyei settlement through the Kalobeyei Integrated Social and Economic Development Programme (KISEDP) framework.

    KISEDP, a 14 –year programme, is a collaboration between United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Turkana County Government which aims to transition towards a model of self-reliance providing both refugees and host communities with better livelihoods opportunities and enhanced service delivery.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
  • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

    Job Purpose
  • This position will support management and implementation of the WFP's strategy for integration and self-reliance of refugees in Kakuma camp and Kalobeyei settlement.

    Other Specific Job Requirements
  • Project implementation plans and detailed budgets developed jointly with government and other agencies.
  • Project data collection, monitoring and evaluation plans on integration and self reliance based on country office plans, developed and implemented.
  • Reports and briefs from research and analysis on operations, policy and strategic issues to support senior colleagues and government counterparts in developing and updating policies, strategies and project designs.
  • Partnerships necessary for successful implementation of the projects are maintained; WFP representation in all relevant internal and external meetings on refugee self reliance and integration is ensured.
  • Resource mobilisation - input for funding proposals provided.
  • Reporting - prepare reports for periodic reporting by the sub office, to donors and for Standard Project Reports (SPRs).
  • Draft and update infobriefs/fact sheets and case studies on integration and self reliance for host communities and refugees.
  • Organise and manage donor and high level missions to project sites.

    How to Apply
  • Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • For any queries write to Nairobi.queryhr@wfp.org
  • WFP is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge any fees during the recruitment process.
  • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted
  • Deadline for application is on 1st April 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer Jobs in Kenya

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