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Programme Policy Officer NOA

Tunis (Tunisia)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Tunis (Tunisia)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-01

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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.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, 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.
Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


Tunisia’s National School Feeding Programme (NSFP) reaches 260,000 children. Fully funded by the national government, Tunisia’s investment in school feeding totalled USD 13 million in the school year 2018/2019. The programme is under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and is implemented in a highly decentralized manner, where all food procurement and management is done at the school level.

A key objective of the collaboration between WFP and the Tunisian Government is to ensure the most vulnerable girls and boys are reached through a quality and high-impact school feeding programme to advance education, nutrition, and social protection outcomes. With support from WFP, and as a result of a partnership to enhance National School Feeding Programme (NSFP) active since 2014, serving a warm and nutritious lunch at mid-day has become a cornerstone of the on-going Education Reform.


Under the overall responsibility of the head programme. The Programme officer shall provide support

to strengthen regulatory framework through policies and lows and tools in the area of governance of the programme of school feeding as well as efficiency, as part of WFP’s overall capacity strengthening provided to the Tunisia Government.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  1. Coordinate with the ministry of education and relevant institutional partners based on the CSP and the agreed plan for the expansion.
  2. Coordiante with the ministry of edcuation on all issues related to formulation of the agreement.
  3. Follow up with the ministry of education and relevant institutional partners, on capacity strengthening activities in the relevant area to enhance the ministry’s capacity strengthening to run the national programme and the expansion of the central Kitchen and the food bank, and the governance of the programme
  4. liaising with Ministry of foreign affairs, to issue certificates, visas and documentation relating to WFP staff
  5.  Provide regular updates on any relevant developments and support the possible roll out of additional central kitchen models and school bank.
  6. Support and co-ordinate data gathering and monitoring/assessment systems, that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders
  7. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reports on meetings and activities that allow informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders
  8. Support the identification of potential partners and partnership to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach in the area of school feeding and food bank
  9. Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency preparedness and response needed.
  10. Contribute to strengthen the regular framework and tools in the area of governance


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.
Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
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 capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
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.

This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.

  • 5- 7 years of experience and exposure to implementation of national/international development and humanitarian programmes.
  • Experience working in education field/food security/ nutrition/social protection.
  • Solid knowledge of the country context in terms of food security/education /social protection aspects
  • Experience in working with Un agencies or National -international NGOs;
  • Strong time management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

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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