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Expression of Interest-Programme Policy Officer (CBT)- Latin America and the Caribbean

Panama City (Panama)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Panama City (Panama)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Cash-Based Interventions
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-28

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.


Selection 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.


The World Food Programme (WFP) is assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, WFP supports national efforts to improve food and nutrition security and reduce the impact of emerging crises, natural disasters, and climate change among vulnerable populations. The Regional Bureau Panama (RBP) coordinates technical strategic support and guidance to Country Offices in the region, promotes strategic partnerships, and support resource mobilization efforts.


To contribute to formulation and implementation of WFP’s Cash Based Transfers (CBT) programme strategy.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Depending on your experience level and expertise areas, you will be involved to a greater or lesser degree in work related, but not limited, to the following:

  1. Formulation and implementation of WFP’s CBT programme strategy in line with the organisational strategy, WFP-wide programme policies and context at Country Office level; translation of the CBT strategy and WFP-wide programme policies into Regional/Country level practices.
  2. Design of operations inspired by the principle of cost-efficiency and effectiveness. Proactive juggling of transfer modalities to reach the most appropriate choice for a defined context.
  3. Coordination of Country Office units (e.g. Logistics, Procurement, ICT, Finance, M&E and VAM (food security analysis)) to ensure synchronized technical backstopping and compliance with corporate policy, strategic objectives, guidance, and incorporation of gender perspectives in programme design, intervention set-up and implementation of CBT operations.
  4. Setting of programme objectives as guiding lines all over the intervention for all functional.
  5. Enhancement of WFP’s leadership status in forums relating to CBT and wider programme policy focus areas such as food security, nutrition, livelihoods, resilience or engagement in humanitarian, transition and development contexts through direct participation, briefings, information products, and other materials.
  6. Maintenance of close contact with key partners and advise on opportunities for strategic collaboration; for example, assistance to counterparts in governments and/or other stakeholders in identifying where CBT interventions can be usefully employed and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation, and implementation of CBT programmes.


Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Agricultural Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Years of relevant professional experience:

  • Junior Consultancy: One to three years of relevant professional experience.
  • Level I Consultancy: Three to five years of relevant professional experience.
  • Level II Consultancy: Six to ten years of relevant professional experience.


  • Fluency (level C) in English language.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Spanish or French are highly desirable.

Professional experience, mastery, or knowledge is desired (but not required) in one or several of the following areas:

  • Setting up and/or running of CBT operations or has experience in at least one CBT emergency operation.
  • Experience in humanitarian and/or development related work with an international organization.

The World Food Programme (Panama Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean) is seeking Expressions of Interest from qualified individuals for future consultancies in the region.

All applications received will be reviewed and go through a selection process to asses relevant experience and qualifications. Applicants who meet the selection criteria may be contacted for further interviews or assessments and to confirm their continued interest and availability.

Successful candidates will be placed in a roster for short-term opportunities. Rostered applicants may be contacted in the upcoming 12 months on an as-needed basis.

WFP offers a competitive compensation package determined on the basis of the Terms of Reference and the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. 


15 September 2020. 


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 race, sex, colour, ethnic group, age, sexual orientation, other affiliation or 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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