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Head of Programmes (HoP)/Programme Policy Officer P4

Port-au-Prince (Haiti)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Port-au-Prince (Haiti)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-10

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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.




Are you a Programme Manager interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Would you like to join the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly reputable organisation bringing positive change to the lives of millions of people affected by hardships? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people?



If your answer is yes, then this is a great opportunity for you to become part of a diverse and passionate team that works on ending hunger and malnutrition worldwide.






About WFP



WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Our mission is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  With more than 18,000 dedicated professionals worldwide, WFP works 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.




Why WFP?



  • Each year, WFP assists more than 86 million people in 83 countries with food, cash and specialized services. Your work will have a positive impact on lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people
  • You will join a diverse team of professionals and will have a chance to exchange your experience with your colleagues
  • WFP invests in development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities
  • Our team is growing internationally and the timing to join us cannot be better!
  • We offer attractive compensation package (please refer to Terms and Conditions section)



WFP Haiti



WFP is one of the main humanitarian and development actors in Haiti. The WFP Country Strategic Plan covers the period 2019-23 and focuses on the following strategic outcomes: delivering direct assistance to crisis-affected and chronically vulnerable populations, strengthening smallholders’ access to institutional markets and building resilience to adverse climatic events, and supporting national capacities in social protection and disaster preparedness. WFP strives to ensure that gender equality and protection are integral part of all its policies and programme design and implementation strategies.



WFP Haiti is looking for a Head of Programmes (HoP)/Programme Policy Officer at P4 level to develop, manage and implement WFP programmes and policies to address some of the critical challenges faced by vulnerable people in the country. The HoP will be responsible for a diverse team of about 30 national and international professionals working in various programmatic areas such as school meals, emergency response (in-kind, cash and mixed approaches), nutrition, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation. The WFP operation in Haiti is currently expanding and adapting to respond to growing immediate needs stemming from the socio-political instability and the COVID-19 crisis. The organisation is working to strengthen national capacities to address structural vulnerabilities affecting the lives of millions of Haitians.  



The post holder will report directly to the Deputy Country Director and will work in close collaboration with other units’ heads (e.g. Supply Chain, Resources Management, Finance, Monitoring and Reporting, Social Protection) to ensure that WFP programmes are coherently integrated into the Peace-Humanitarian-Development nexus.



The HoP will liaise with Regional Bureau and HQ to follow programme guidance and implement the latest lessons learnt related to programmatic activities in Haiti as well as new potential initiatives.




The Role



Key Responsibilities



  • Lead and inspire a team of approximately 30 diverse professionals, set and follow up on priorities, manage performances and offer advice and opportunities for career and professional development
  • Formulate WFP programme plans in line with both organisational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field in Haiti;
  • Provide advice and support to field offices delivering a complex portfolio of programmes to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies,
  • Provide leadership in mobilising technical expertise on a wide range of programmes and policy issues including assessment, analysis, choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and appropriate food products. Facilitate deployment and testing of innovative approaches and develop strategies to support government efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
  • Assist senior government stakeholders and other partners in identifying food assistance priorities and needs of the country and its people. Provide support and technical expertise for planning, development and implementation of programmes to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of food security and nutrition at national and sub-national levels.
  • Develop operational and maintain established strategic partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work.
  • Enhance WFP’s leadership status in different forums on subjects related to food security, nutrition, livelihoods, resilience, engagement in humanitarian, transition and development contexts and other related issues through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials.
  • Contribute to the design and resource mobilization efforts, including the development and drafting of project proposals and their budgets;
  • Collaborate with the WFP Monitoring and Evaluation unit to establish sound monitoring systems and coordinate data gathering, ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained;
  • Manage or oversee timely preparation and dissemination of analytical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use;
  • Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within a significant budget.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender and protection perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Contribute to Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e. early warning, risk analysis, and contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises and needs.
  • Other as required




About You



  • You have a passion for improving lives of millions of people living in poverty and hunger;
  • You have a solid background in managing teams and programmes in complex humanitarian and development contexts, you keep abreast of the latest policy developments on a range of humanitarian issues, including linking humanitarian and development action;
  • You are highly adaptive and able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences who might not share the same technical knowledge;
  • You can prioritize and strike a balance between ideal goals and operational requirements, and translate gender and protection objectives into tangible results on the ground



Qualifications & Key Requirements



  • 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
  • At least eight (8) years of professional experience with gradually increasing responsibilities in designing, implementing, and monitoring humanitarian and/or development programmes with international governmental or non-governmental organisations;
  • Successful track record in supervising multinational and multifunctional teams in complex operational environments;
  • Expertise in planning, prioritizing and managing resources (assets, budgets, etc) efficiently
  • Ability to communicate with communities and negotiate with government/ partners in support of Country Office requirements.



Additional/Nice have requirements:



  • Previous work experience in a UN agency at field or national level;
  • Previous work experience in the Latin American and Caribbean region;
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in inter-agency coordination in humanitarian settings
  • Experience in different programme approaches including managing emergency response operations using different transfer modalities;
  • Has collaborated with government agencies to identify needs and implement food assistance programmes;
  • Has led team in strategic discussions.





  • Fluency (level C) in French and intermediate knowledge (level B) in English languages



CLOSING DATE: 10 August 2020 


VA Number: 123301 



Terms and Conditions


Mobility is, and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a Fixed-Term contract with an initial duration of two years including a probationary period of one year.


WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details, please visit


Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from Low- and Middle-Income 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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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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