Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Amman, Jordan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd November, 2019

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.


Join us to make a difference!

  • SAVING & CHANGING LIVES Make a difference, the world will notice. We are driven by our mission to fight world hunger and feed people’s dreams of a brighter future
  • GLOBAL COMMUNITY : Build bridges that unite people across the world. Being part of a global, diverse and multicultural community like WFP, will continuously expose you to new ideas and perspectives.
  • UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES: Unlock possibilities you never thought you'd find. WFP goes anywhere it is needed and does whatever it takes to get the job done.


  • This position is part of WFP Jordan’s capacity strengthening pillar.
  • The person will report to the International Social Protection Officer.
  • Job holders operate with a high degree of independence managing junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level, job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.


  • WFP Jordan is embarking on a new three-year strategy (Jordan Country Strategic Plan 2020 - 2022) which foresees the expansion of WFP's support to the government on tools, systems and training to enhance its emergency preparedness and response capabilities in case of natural disasters such as floods, droughts, earthquakes and economic shocks such as food price increases. This will involve working closely with government institues on strategic engagement and advocacy to formulating a joint strategy and implementation plan to include disaster simulatin exercises, development of tools related to early warning systems for natural disasters and economic shocks, contingency planning and training to prepare for emergencies.
  • This position will support WFP's activities in support of the government's emergency preparedness and response (EPR) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Coordinate and facilitate the implementation of Emergency Preparedness and Response Package in the country office including,
  • supporting the identification and implementation of mandatory Minimum Preparedness Action and;
  • identifying risks and updating the country office risk registry accordingly.
  • Provide technical and management support to both internal WFP and inter-agency contingency planning and simulation exercises at national level as well as participate and contribute to national platforms on DRR and EPR.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff and national government to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
  • Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  • Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of considerable size/complexity, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  • 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.
  • Guide and supervise junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries.
  • Other as required.


  • Education: 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.
  • Experience: Three years experience for candidates holding an advanced university degree and five years for first university degree holders in emergency preparedness and response and/or disaster risk reduction related to natural disasters such as floods, drought, earthquakes and/or economic shocks such as high food prices.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and Arabic.


  • Experience working with/for national government/ or government institutes.
  • Experience in capacity strengthening of/technical support to government counterparts
  • Experience in facilitating or providing trainings in emergency preparedness and response and/or disaster risk reduction
  • Experience in development activities, research and strategy formulation


  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and in writing
  • Ability to coordinate and communicate with Government counterparts and other stakeholders
  • Ability to negotiate with tact and build policy dialogue with government and partners
  • Strong team player who is able to establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds



  • 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.


  • Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
  • Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
  • Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
  • Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
  • Emergency Programming Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
  • Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.


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