International Consultant- Programme Policy Officer( General Food Assistance Coordinator)

World Food Programme, Amman, Jordan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th August, 2020

Job Description


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.


WFP Jordan is providing general food assistance to around 500,000 Syrian refugees and is planning to include refugees of other nationalities based on vulnerability criteria in its future activities. General food assistance is provided in the form of unrestricted cash and restricted electronic food vouchers, using iris scanning and blockchain technologies. WFP also provides welcome meals to new arrivals in the camps, in transit centers and medical facilities. WFP Jordan is also supporting around 40,000 vulnerable Jordanian families with in-kind food assistance, through its national partner Tkiyet Uhm Ali (TUA).

The GFA coordinator will provide strategic direction and oversee the implementation of the GFA activities to enhance the overall food security of targeted vulnerable populations. The GFA coordinator will closely work with relevant country office units that are supporting the GFA activities, and enhance WFP’s collaboration with other actors, including UNHCR and other UN and NGO partners, related to food security.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, the GFA coordinator will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic advice on the development of General Food Assistance (GFA) projects, plans, activities (Cash-based Transfer (CBT) and in-kind) and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance
  • Formulate needs for assessments, monitoring and research activities to strengthen the GFA activities and enhance evidence of the outcomes of the GFA activities
  • Manage GFA programmes and projects, including but not limited to planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, working closely together with other relevant country office units on targeting, beneficiary database management, nutrition, accountability to affected population (AAP), protection and gender aspects
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on GFA programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to
  • stakeholders
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts including NGOs, UN Agencies, academia and other stakeholder to raise the awareness of WFP’s activities, ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery
  • Participate in internal and external meetings as required, including interagency fora, meetings with service providers and cooperating partners
  • Facilitate and participate in donors missions to view GFA operations as requested
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to
  • collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for
  • and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through providing inputs into training materials
  • Receive, review and analyse cooperating partners’ implementation/monitoring reports and contribute to periodic evaluations of cooperating partners’ performance
  • Provide technical assistance for the capacity strenghthening of national institutions related to general food assistance
  • Oversee and review financial reports of all expenditures related to GFA activities and ensure the timely payment to service providers, cooperating partners and retailers
  • Undertake visits to project sites and beneficiaries to ensure that progress is made in the achievement of project objectives
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Education: Relevant university degree and postgraduate studies in economics, nutrition, health, agriculture, environmental science, social science, international relations or other related field.


  • At least 6 years postgraduate professional experience in project management in humanitarian settings.
  • At least 3 years experience working in food or food security sector

Experience with inter-agency collaboration

  • Knowledge & Skills: Strong understanding of the programme cycle and all its aspects
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills, including strong English written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and think outside the box
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholder, persons of different national and cultural backgrounds, being patient and tactful.

Languages:Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of Arabic is a plus.



  • 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.


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