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Programme Policy Officer NOC

Harare (Zimbabwe)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Harare (Zimbabwe)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-07

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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.


This role is found in WFP Zimbabwe Country Office . The incumbent will report to the Deputy Country Director and Head of Programme. The incumbent will operate with considerable independence in their specialities and may manage a team of national staff


To design and manage programmes that effectively meet food assistance needs or contribute to policy formulation and/or provide technical advice or oversight on programme strategy and implementation.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  1. Formulate parts of WFP-wide programme policies in line with both organisational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field; or translate WFP-wide programme policy into Country level practices, programme guidance and implementation modalities and operations, to ensure a clear and strong connection between HQ, RB and field operations.
  2. Support WFP’s strategic engagement with host government to design, formulate and/or implement government-led or nationally owned school meals and context specific social protection programmes.
  3. Engage in consultations and technical discussions to contribute to shaping WFP’s corporate school feeding agenda taking into account regional and continental perspectives, initiatives and commitments.
  4. Develop operational partnerships and maintain established strategic partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work, with special focus on school meals and social protection.
  5. Provide technical advice and support to programme activities to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies and other relevant guidance.
  6. Provide technical advice or mobilise technical expertise, on WFP’s programme and policy issues including the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies to support government efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
  7. Manage or oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical programme reports, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.
Accountabilities Cont..

8. Advice and support the development of functional training in areas of expertise to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partner to design and deliver effective food assistance programmes.

9.Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.

10. Take the lead in the translation and operationalization of WFP’s new school feeding strategy into country level practices, including development of functional training to enhance the capacity of WFP staff, government and partners to design and deliver effective school meals programmes through knowledge exchange, and joint management of activities.

11. In close collaboration with the M& E and the Knowledge Management team, contribute to the operational research, outcome monitoring and evidence-building on issues relevant to school feeding and social protection, ensuring documentation of the same in relevant information products for both internal and external use.

12. Support resource mobilization efforts for school meals and social protection by clearly articulating the need and follow up of the resource situation for both activities


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..



Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, urban and rural planning, social sciences, agriculture, environmental sciences, agricultural insurance,project management and disaster risk management , 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.


Fluency (level C) in English language and Shona/ Ndebele

  •  Ideally have 5 to 8 years of progressive professional experience in public sector management, development projects, emergency assistance, agricultural insurance and/or diverse aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food assistance.
  • Has experience working across diverse programme areas, including planning and implementation; experience in leading teams; programme experience at all levels from grassroots to management engagement.
  • Experience in the establishment of partnerships with public and private sector actors; understanding of policy issues
  • Has experience and performed the role of Government Liaison officer at national or provincial/regional level or with specific line ministries.
  • Has proven leadership skills within an organization and with Governments, donors and other partners.
  • Has extensive experience in conducting food security assessments, needs assessments, analysis of data, crafting response plans and recommendations for policy and programme development.
  • Has experience working across the Program portfolio including VAM/Nutrition.
  • Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.
  • Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.
  • Has general knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration

Must have strong organizational skills with an ability to work independently, as part of a diverse team, work and to take an idea from theory to practice.

Have Training and/or experience utilizing computers, including word processing, spreadsheet, project management and other standard WFP software packages and systems 

Have ability to work systematically, use initiative, good judgement, and to communicate complex matters both orally and in writing; proven ability to work in a team environment and achieve common goals.


Qualified candidates are requested to submit their application via E- Recruitment  attaching a signed application letter, Curriculum Vitae and a signed Personal History Form (P11) available at Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the recruitment processes.



Deadline for applications: 7 April 2020


Qualified and experienced 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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