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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Islamabad
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Security and Safety
    • Climate Change
    • Legal - Broad
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-25

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Programme Policy Officer (Climate Change, Resilience, Livelihood, School Safety and CBDRM) NOC

Islamabad (Pakistan)


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.


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 in Pakistan is undergoing a strategic shift from a humanitarian to development focus – the Humanitarian Development Nexus (HDN). In parallel, it has moved away from the PRRO model to the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) (2018-2022). To expedite this strategic shift and to strengthen WFP’s positioning as a key and trusted government partner, the selected candidate for this position is expected to provide leadership in the development and implementation of policies under the CSP that effectively meet food assistance needs, with specific focus on Climate Change and Resilience,  in a complex context, or provide technical advice and oversight on the development and implementation of complex policies, strategies and operations.


The role requires a diverse range of skills related to Climate Change, Resilience, Livelihoods (including Food For Assets (FFA) and Food For Training (FFT), possibly involving engineering work), School Safety, and Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) , to contribute strategically to the development and implementation of these programmes under the Pakistan Country Office CSP.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Develop and implement the Resilience and Climate Change component (e.g. Green Climate Fund project and/or proposal) in line with WFP policies, guidelines, Executive Board decisions, and directives.
  2. Develop cost-effective and sustainable programmes with short, medium and long term outcomes that align with the objectives of the Humanitarian Development Nexus (HDN) and SDGs.
  3. Develop and implement Livelihood, Food for Assets (FFA), and Food for Training (FFT) Programmes, in line with WFP’s policies, guidelines, Executive Board Decisions, and directives.
  4. Provide support to integrate activities with Seasonal Livelihood Programming, including linkages with  Productive Safety Net (PSN), Shock Responsive Safety Net (SRSN) programmes and/or peace and stabilization initiatives.
  5. Develop and operationalize implementation of School Safety and CBDRM projects in line with WFP’s policies, guidelines, Executive Board Decisions, and directives.
  6. Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to establish transparent, accurate, and ethical targeting and beneficiary selection, fully in accordance with SCOPE beneficiary management procedures, and triangulation of data, to ensure the most vulnerable are assisted.
  7. Coordinate with internal stakeholders to ensure timely implementation in line with needs on the ground and corporate guidelines.
  8. Engage, maintain and strengthen upstream policy dialogue to build/support government capacity to plan coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluation of resilience, climate sensitive, school safety, and CBDRM programmes in a devolved environment.
  9. Provide advice and support to Provincial Offices on moderately complex issues to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions, and other relevant guidance.
  10. Develop relevant programme guidance, incl. SOP’s, and implementation modalities and operations, to ensure a clear and strong connection between CO, PO and field operations.
  11. Provide technical advice or mobilise technical expertise on programme and policy issues including climate change, resilience, livelihood (FFA/T), integrated natural resource management, school safety and CBDRM in order to support government efforts in these areas.
  12. Assist counterparts in governments and other partners in identifying where relevant programmes can be usefully employed and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of moderately complex development programmes to strengthen government and community ownership at national and sub-national levels in the areas of climate change, resilience, school safety and CBDRM.
  13. Establish and maintain operational and strategic partnerships for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work, in the areas of climate change, resilience, livelihood, school safety and CBDRM.
  14. Enhance WFP’s leadership status in forums relating to area of specialism, such as food security, livelihoods, resilience, school safety, CBDRM or engagement in humanitarian, transition and development contexts through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials.
  15. Manage operational research and evidence building on relevant issues.
  16. Manage the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.
  17. Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff to enable high performance.
  18. Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within the budget.
  19. Contribute to CO Emergency Preparedness in order to respond to humanitarian needs.
  20. Other as required.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries. 
  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships  
  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations 
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


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 the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Climate Change, Resiliance, Livelihoods, School Safety and CBDRM)

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.


Education: Master’s Degree or PhD in Climate Change, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Disaster Management, Sustainable Development, Social Protection, Economics, Agriculture, Water resource management or other field relevant to international development assistance in the area of Resilience.


  • Minimum of 7 year’s experience working in Climate Change, Resilience, Livelihoods (including Food For Assets and Food for Training), School Safety, and Community Based Disaster Risk Management at both policy and implementation level.
  • Experience in development and operationalization of programmes and policies.
  • Led a programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio in the relevant area.


  • Knowledge and experience of Seasonal Livelihood Programming (SLP).
  • Knowledge and experience of social safety nets.
  • Demonstrable knowledge off WFP corporate policies, guidelines, Executive Board decisions and directives related to Livelihoods (including Food for Assets), Resilience, Climate Change, School Safety, and Community Based Disaster Risk Management.
  • In-depth knowledge of, and extensive experience in working in coordination with relevant Government ministries including Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Ministry of Food Security, Ministry of Climate Change, Economic Affairs Division of Finance Ministry, departments and authorities including NDMA, PDMAs, FDMA, SDMA, GBDMA, and Provincial Line Departments.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of relevant government national and provincial legislation, policies and priorities related to each of the relevant fields.
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills, particularly in relation to coordinating and working collaboratively with diverse groups of stakeholders, in particular Government, and UN agencies to develop effective strategic partnerships.
  • A sound understanding of the Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus (HDPN) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework.
  • High standard of writing skills for the preparation of all internal and external documents.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language, Urdu, and other local languages.


24 April 2019


Qualified female applicants 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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