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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Gharm
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-23

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Head of Field Office (Programme Policy Officer) NOA, Gharm



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.


To plan and manage field operations to ensure the effective and efficient deployment of food assistance programmes and use of allocated resources.


WFP Gharm Field Office oversees implementation of activities in the Rasht valley, including school meals programme, climate change adaptation programme (food-for-assets) and emergency preparedness and response activities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Effectively manage the Field Office to ensure the continued development of a cohesive and high performing team;
  2. Plan and manage WFP field operations within the area of assignment to ensure effective and efficient delivery of food assistance and that daily operational issues are timely resolved to prevent losses or delays;
  3. Conduct timely and efficient management of allocated resources (human resources, petty-cash, and facilities) and ensure that allocated resources are used efficiently and are in line with agreed plans; timely recorded and reported, and any deviations are reported to the Country Office;
  4. Hold accountability for the security of WFP staff, operations, premises and assets in the Field Office to ensure that WFP security and safety standards are locally set and followed. Actively participate and contribute to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT);
  5. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting of the Field Office. Oversee the preparation of all other reports as well as proposals to the Country Office Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) to ensure a high quality and timely delivery;
  6. Conduct timely monitoring and evaluation of activities and prepare accurate and comprehensive reports on WFP’s operations and performance with regular and timely submission for Country Office review to inform efficient operational planning and decisions;
  7. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives.
  8. Initiate, develop and maintain productive relationships with key partners and advocate for food security, serving as an effective ambassador for WFP at coordination meetings, conferences and other events;
  9. Build partnerships to improve assistance packages, develop and sustain liaison with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, civil societies, beneficiaries and other partners and media engaged in the field of food security;
  10. Build effective and collaborative relations with the local authorities and contribute to the expertise sharing and capacity building for effective preparedness and response to food assistance needs;
  11. Provide technical advice or mobilize technical expertise on programme and policy issues to support the government efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition;
  12.  Ensure internal control and compliance of operations with WFP’s policies, criteria and procedures with respect to food assistance
  13. Ensure extensive and frequent presence at project areas, distribution sites and centres;
  14. Other duties as required.


Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of humanitarian assistance and development practices;
  • Good understanding of project lifecycle, humanitarian principles and tools, programmes and transfer modalities;
  • Familiarity with planning and implementing humanitarian assistance;
  • Ability to explain strategies and projects to field counterparts and communicate with local governments and partners clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to provide technical advice, or mobilize technical expertise, on         a range of programmatic, operational and support areas;
  • Ability to lead, coach and motivate staff for efficient and effective delivery of results;
  • Ability to assimilate and analyse complex issues using independent judgment and anticipate potential impact on operations;
  • Negotiation and motivational skills;
  • Good understanding of business principles and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems;
  • Ability to cope with situations which may threaten health or safety;
  • Tact and ability to work harmoniously with people of different national and cultural background;
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and problem-solving skills.

  • Have managed staff, including evaluating and improving performance;
  • Have led a small to mid-size team to ensure the effective delivery of results;
  • Participated in a vendor/government/ partner negotiation within area of focus.


Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, International Development, Social

Sciences or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of

related work experience and/or training/courses.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and Tajik and Russian


Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. WFP offers an attractive compensation package. For more details please visit International Civil Service Commission website: (link:

16 weeks of maternity leave is part of the package and a staff member may avail of special leave with full pay up to 8 weeks following maternity leave.


16 June 2019.


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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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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