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

WFP - International Consultant - Programme Policy Officer (FFA) - 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

Tropical cyclone ‘IDAI’ made landfall in the central region of Mozambique heavily affecting several districts of Sofala, Manica, Zambesia and Tete provinces, and left around 1.85 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

The first days of response were focused on the life-saving rescue operation in close cooperation with National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) where WFP providing high energy biscuits to populations stranded owing to widespread flooding, downed bridges, communications, road and port damages.

Within days, the focus shifted from immediate life-saving interventions to a broader approach intended to meet the food needs of affected populations through provision of food in accommodation centers and to rural and peri-urban communities.

Job Purpose

Under the overall supervision of Head of the Head of Unit, the Programme Policy Officer will work closely with the Sub-Offices and CO team in implementing the cyclone ‘IDAI’ Assistance Strategy (2019-2021) and materializing the recovery and resilience building plan formulated throug a joint mission to be commission in June 2019 involving HQ, RBJ and CO.

She/he will form part of the Programme Unit with a focus on providing support to WFP’s Integrated Resilience Building Approach in the face of the loss and damage caused by cyclone ‘IDAI’.

Key Account-abilities

  • Based on HQ/RBJ assessment mission recommendations, prepare a 6-month work-plan with clearly articulated milestones in consultation with HoSO, CO and RBJ;
  • Work closely with HoSO, CO and RBJ in analyzing the entry point for shifting from unconditional to conditional assistance approach – as well as look into the challenges and opportunities therein;
  • Liaise with local government offices to explore the possibilities of horizontal expansion of government-led safety-nets programmes; subsequently assess the gaps and needs; and work-out a plan to support existing programmes through conditional assistance;
  • Liaise with clusters/sectors and other UN agencies (especially FAO, UNICEF, UNDP) and look for joint intervention opportunities wherever possible – subsequently formulate joint proposal to access programme funding opportunities;
  • Delineate the different phases of interventions and their durations, during the implementation of the 3-year strategy - conditional support through light FFA/FFT based on community needs and priorities; and subsequently moving towards more sophisticated asset creation interventions, VSL, access to markets, etc. based on SLP, CBPP results; and illustrate a graduation strategy;
  • Lead the SLP and CBPP ToTs and consultations guided by the work-plan and subsequently produce SLP and CBPP consultation reports, share with all relevant stakeholders;
  • Identify resilient infrastructures/assets to be created/rehabilitated by community people, visit the sites and assess potential environmental and social risks;
  • Support WFP staff and Cooperating Partners (CPs) in planning and formulating quality FFA projects (gender and nutrition sensitive) that address the
    underlying causes of food insecurity for various target groups using community-based planning processes;
  • Work closely with HoSO, CPs and RBJ in developing the asset description, design standards, work-norms and no. of participants to be enrolled.
  • Liaise with CPs including visits to FFA project sites in order to ensure that activities are implemented on timely basis and to the required quality standards.

    Work closely with CPs to identify opportunities for:

  • Improvement in agricultural production through conservation agriculture, provision of improved inputs (seeds, fertilizer, insecticides, irrigation), reducing post-harvest losses (PHL) and connecting smallholder farmers to markets (SAMS).
  • Formulate FFT package including priority skill improvement training needs, season and duration of trainings, as well as assess the need for input support to kick-start new business by beneficiaries;
  • Perform any other activities assigned by the HoSO.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications


  • Advanced University degree in Economics, Agriculture, International Affairs, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Development Studies or other fields related to international development assistance or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


  • At least 6-10 years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in public sector management, community-based development; experience in project management and operational implementation a must, while experience with WFP is strongly desirable;
  • Strong experience in formulating programme strategies and activities in humanitarian and transition contexts, drawing upon full range of food assistance tools, and translating them into implementation modalities and operations;
  • Proven experience in designing and managing resilience and climate change programmes.


  • Fluency (level C) in English language;
  • Knowledge of Portuguese and local languages is desirable.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role
  • Sound knowledge on resilience building – especially in designing FFA and FFT - and safety-nets – demonstrated ability to support and guidance the Sub-Office for the design, formulation, implementation and monitoring of integrated livelihood support programming that strengthens linkages among resilience initiatives including FFA, FFT, PHL, SAMS, climate services, DRR and with other pillars of the 3-year assistance strategy;
  • Knowledge and skills on facilitating SLP and CBPP – experience in Southern Africa region would be an asset;
  • Experience of working with local government institutes, sensitize local government as well as building their capacity on corporate 3PA tool and integrated resilience building approach;
  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to gain the assistance and cooperation of others in a team endeavor; solid writing skills; ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Good understanding of programme principles in emergency, transition and development situations with ability to translate them into context specific design and implementation approaches;
  • High capacity for organization and coordination, as well as an ability to work with a high degree of independence in a team environment; and
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook);
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration is desirable.

    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 (FFA) - Expression of Interest Jobs in South Africa

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