International Consultant- Programme Policy Officer( Livelihoods)

World Food Programme, Amman, Jordan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 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.


The Jordan CO has recently embarked on a new three-year strategy (Jordan Country Strategic Plan 2020 - 2022) which foresees the scale-up of livelihoods activities to support the shift from relief to resilience. This requires innovative programming approaches and strategic partnerships to leverage WFP’s comparative advantages in vulnerability analysis, operational capacity, supply chain expertise and delivering at scale. The Programme Policy Officer shall report to the Head of Programme and will oversee the implementation of the Jordan CO livelihoods strategy and adapt as relevant, while identifying opportunities for integrated programmes with relevant partners.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within delegated authority, the Programme Policy Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Provide strategic inputs for the strengthening and expansion of livelihoods activities to assist the transition towards resilience activities. Strategic outputs focus on asset creation linked to climate change adaptation/mitigation and disaster risk reduction; training and small business promotion in urban settings, and support to small holder farmers.
  • Develop innovative approaches and the needed partnerships to livelihoods enhancement for vulnerable people living in Jordan, with particular reference to youth, women, environment and urban settings
  • Provide project management to the livelihood programmes and projects, ensuring a coordinated approach within the country office and with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures
  • Facilitate the development of partnerships at country level; including with other UN agencies, NGOs, government, specialized institutions, private sector, donors and other actors in the field of livelihoods.
  • Provide technical expertise, coordinate, supervise and assure the quality of the work of Cooperating Partners and staff of the livelihoods unit
  • Develop technical guidance and operational manuals/materials to guide the implementation of various livelihood projects
  • Provide capacity development to WFP staff, partners and national government in the field of livelihoods, e.g. through knowledge exchange, dedicated training sessions and joint management of activities.
  • Strengthen the connectedness of livelihoods interventions with other activities and institutional capacity building initiatives, including social safety-nets, cash-based transfers, climate change, disaster risk reduction, EPR, nutrition, school feeding, and VAM
  • Actively work on integrating youth, gender and social inclusion strategies to promote gender equality and social and youth inclusion for sustainable livelihoods programming
  • Actively contribute to national inter-agency processes and working groups related to livelihoods to ensure collaboration and alignment among agencies
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the M&E framework for livelihood activities in collaboration with the M&E unit
  • Prepare accurate and reliable operational reports, communication materials and conduct briefings on-going initiatives and projects, as well as document lessons learnt and best practices in livelihoods programming
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


  • At least 6 years experience in the planning and implementation of livelihood activities.
  • Experience in managing livelihood projects, including projects in setting up small businesses
  • Experience in providing strategic inputs on livelihoods
  • Experience in supervising staff
  • Experience in preparing detailed project documents including budgets
  • Experience in working with refugees is desirable.

Knowledge & Skills: General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration, Excellent communication skills, both verbal and in writing, Ability to think outside the box and come up with innovative approaches.

Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.



  • 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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