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International Consultant- Programme Policy Officer( Social Protection)

Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-23

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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 is looking to reshape and/or expand its support to national social protection systems in Jordan, including providing strategic guidance, policy/technical support and direction to support to government efforts.

The Government has developed a National Strategy for Social Protection that calls for improved targeting, coordination and expansion of social protection programmes, such as the National Aid Fund (NAF) and the National School Feeding Programme (NSFP).

The Programme Policy Officer shall report to the Head of Programme and will ensure dedicated expertise on safety nets and social protection, with a view to strengthen support in this area.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Define WFP social protection strategy in Jordan:
- Provide strategic thinking on WFP’s role in social protection programming in Jordan identifying opportunities for WFP’s onwards positioning and engagement in this sector.
- Develop WFP’s social protection strategy; formulate programme and implementation plans related to social protection, and support drafting of social protection programme/agenda on social protection. 
- Inform WFP’s engagement in specific social protection schemes, including in relation to specific national social programmes.
- Follow up on strategic and technical partnership and programme development.

Lead WFP’s technical work on social protection:
- Provide technical advice or mobilize technical expertise for government, on a wide range of programme and policy issues related to social protection including on analysis, objectives, activities, transfer modalities, the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies to support government efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition through national social protection systems
- Provide technical assistance to government counterparts on the development of strategy and systems for social programmes.
- Support other on-going initiatives relevant to social protection together with key partners, such as the World Bank.
- Lead WFP’s work with the National Aid Fund and the National School Feeding Programme (NSFP).
- Facilitate knowledge exchange to develop innovative approaches to better design and implement social protection systems.

Involve in broader Social Protection discussions:
- Act as a WFP’s subject-matter expert on social protection for the elaboration of the national social protection policy.
- Represent WFP in policy dialogue on social protection with key actors (e.g., Ministries, UN agencies, social partners).
- Enhance WFP’s leadership status in different forums on subjects related to social protection and resilience building through direct participation, briefings, information products and other knowledge products.
- Contribute to facilitating the national social protection policy development process through the coordination, preparation, moderation and reporting of the policy drafting committee’s technical group on shock responsive social protection.
- Support CO to build a policy dialogue on social protection with the host government and development partners.
- Coordinate WFP activities to assist in the completion of a national social protection policy more specifically regarding the shock responsive social protection strategic axis of the policy document, including the hiring and oversight of WFP consultants, internal and external experts.

- Maintain established partnerships and develop new ones in line with opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives.
- Maintain a network of national and international professional contacts in the field of social protection.
- Attend external events linked to social protection, as needed.
- Identify new funding opportunities for the social protection unit and develop funding proposals.

Evidence building:

Manage or oversee operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to social protection and the related dissemination of reports and information products.

Team management:
- Manage the unit’s workplan to ensure expected deliverables are meet in a timely manner.
- Lead, motivate and develop a substantive team to enable high performance.
- Support team members through coaching and guidance to support performance and ensure appropriate development. Conduct targeted trainings for staff, as required.

-Other tasks as required and assigned by the supervisor or senior management.


Education and Experience: Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, International Affairs, Economics, Public Administration, Public Policy or other field relevant to international development assistance with at least 6 years’ experience in social protection implementation in low and middle income countries or First University Degree with 8 years of related work experience.
•    3 to 5 years’ operational experience in national social protection systems, including responsibility for liaising with different line ministries at national and decentralized levels;
•    Experience in the Middle East Region is an asset
•    UN or donor experience, especially with WFP and/or UNICEF, DFID or World Bank is an asset.

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



  • 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.

Capability Name

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 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. 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..


Applications must be submitted online through WFP E-Recruitment System

Make sure that you answer all mandatory questions accurately and to attach your updated CV in English.

Join WFP to be part of saving lives and changing lives:

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


23 September 2019


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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