WFP - International Consultant - Programme Policy Officer (Cash Based Transfer) - Expression of Interest Jobs in South Africa

WFP - International Consultant - Programme Policy Officer (Cash Based Transfer) - Expression of Interest Jobs in South Africa

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

On March 14, 2019, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall on the city of Beira causing destruction and moved further inland affecting other provinces.

The cyclone and subsequent flooding affected 1.85 million people in four different provinces of Mozambique (Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia). Urban areas were affected heavily but the impact on rural areas were devastating.

More than 700,000 hectares of crops – primarily maize – were washed away ahead of the main April–May harvest, doubtless deepening food insecurity.

Other key sources of income, like livestock and fisheries, have also been badly affected. It is estimated that those families will need support until the next main crop season in 2020.

Since 14 March, WFP has assisted 1.4 million people affected by Cyclone Idai (Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia provinces).

People affected by the flood and cyclone are receiving a 15-day supply of rice and maize meal, pulses, fortified blended food and vegetable oil.

Much of WFP’s support in the days after the cyclone was for urban communities isolated by floodwaters, and then focus shifted primarily to rural areas reachable by road. Delivery by air and boat were crucial to reach isolated communities.

Where local markets are functioning, WFP distributions of in-kind food will increasingly give way to cash-based transfers boosting local economies.

It is planned that WFP will reach around 400,000 people with assistance through Commodity and Value Vouchers by end of June 2019.

In addition to the emergency response phase, WFP is working closely with sister agencies, government and partners to develop a recovery plan for the

medium-term support for the most vulnerable until the longer term National Social Protection schemes pick up again starting September. CBT is planned to be the main transfer modality for those two phases.

Job Purpose

Therefore, WFP office is seeking a CBT consultant, who under the supervision of the Head of Unit will work closely with Sub-Offices and the CO team to support with the scale-up of the emergency response and the planning and implementation of the recovery and long-term support projects for an initial period of 3 months renewable based on needs.

Key Account-abilities

  • Manage and coordinate the roll-out and scale up of the CBT strategy for the emergency response - and beyond - to the cyclone IDAI;
  • Ensure the smooth internal coordination between all the WFP units involved in the CBT response;
  • Ensure WFP’s presence and positioning as a key player in all humanitarian coordination forums for Cash and vouchers;
  • Perform other duties as requested.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications


  • Advanced University degree in a relevant field; under graduate degree with 2 additional years of relevant experience can be considered.


  • 6 years of progressive professional experience in the field of international relief, recovery, development or related fields;
  • Experience in Cash Based Transfers, including planning and implementing cash and voucher operations;
  • WFP CBT experience is highly desirable.


  • Fluency (level C) in English language;
  • Knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish is desirable.

    Other Specific Job Requirements
  • Experience in planning, design and implementation of humanitarian and development programmes with relevant work experience at the country or implementation level in developing countries;
  • Experience in coordination, collaboration and partnerships within emergency and recovery operations;
  • Knowledge of WFP corporate assistance transfer platform (SCOPE), tools and guidelines are highly desirable;
  • Experience in developing, managing and implementing programmes; solid knowledge of program cycle;
  • Experience in supporting policy and strategy development.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 4th July 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; WFP - International Consultant - Programme Policy Officer (Cash Based Transfer) - Expression of Interest Jobs in South Africa

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