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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Cash-Based Interventions
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-11-29

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Programme Policy Officer (Cash Programming & Coordination) Consultant, Nairobi

Nairobi (Kenya)


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Posting Dates

Date of Issue: 16th November 2018                 Closing Date: 29th November 2018

Organizational Context:

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 World Food Programme Somalia activities include food assistance for relief, emergency school feeding, nutrition and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers. WFP Somalia delivers one of WFP’s largest cash-based responses in a highly complex and challenging environment.

During the 2017 drought, Somalia saw a surge in the cash response from all humanitarian actors across sectors. The inter-agency Cash Working Group, which is comprised of UN, NGOs and donors, was revived in February of that year. Co-led by WFP and the NGO Adeso, the Cash Working Group (CWG) played a critical role in coordinating humanitarian cash assistance in 2017 and 2018. As the agenda in Somalia is increasingly evolving towards recovery and resilience, the issue of safety nets (establishing the transfer rates, frequency of transfers), is becoming a priority of the CWG for 2019 and beyond.

This position is open to qualified candidates; female candidates, are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Transfer Management Team is responsible for the management of all transfers (cash, vouchers and in-kind) to beneficiaries through the SCOPE platform, as well as coordination with external stakeholders on cash-based programming. In this context, the Programme Policy Officer will report directly to the head of the WFP transfer management team and will have a dual responsibility:

  1. Co-lead the inter-agency Cash Working Group (CWG) on behalf of WFP, and
  2. Work with the Somalia Country Office as part of the Transfer Management Team, to support the WFP cash operation implementation. 

In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Coordinate the work of the inter-agency CWG for Somalia as per the CWG TORs. Ensure smooth communication and information sharing in the CWG. Facilitate regular CWG meetings and provide technical support on cash-related issues discussed in the group. Update and liaise with the Programme Unit on the discussions and progress of the CWG. Liaise closely with WFP and partners on CWG progress and strategic direction.
  • Provide analysis supporting the determination of appropriate transfer values. Conduct analysis of minimum expenditure baskets in collaboration with VAM.
  • Support the increasing engagement of cash actors on safety nets.
  • Perform ex-ante and ex-post modality selection and effectiveness analysis for WFP interventions as per need and in accordance with team work plan.
  • Support SCOPE processes and act as focal person for WFP’s Somalia Area Offices for support on specific aspects of SCOPE (to be determined).
  • Participate actively in the internal WFP Somalia cash-based transfer working group and provide updates to the working group as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: University degree in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, international affairs, business administration, social sciences, development studies or a field relevant to international development assistance.

Experience: Minimum 3 years post graduate, progressively responsible job-related experience in one or several of the areas humanitarian and/or cash programming, inter-agency coordination, information management and/or qualitative/quantitative data analysis.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is a requirement.

Knowledge & Skills: 

  • Knowledge and experience in cash-based interventions is required. Experience working in Somalia or other fragile contexts is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Humanitarian Safety Nets.
  • Proven professional experience in the related fields with ability to work independently on technical matters with minimum supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience in liaising with donors and establishing innovative partnerships.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English; ability to produce excellent quality document and reports and policy documents.
  • Ability to work under stress and achieve results under very tight deadlines.
  • Experience in working with other UN agencies and partners in issues of hunger, malnutrition and food-based programs and capacity development.
  • Experience in organizing workshops with government agencies and partners at national and sub national levels.
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing the area of work is a plus.

Application Instructions

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment.

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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