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Programme Policy Officer (Emergency Preparedness & Response)

San Salvador (El Salvador)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: San Salvador (El Salvador)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Political Affairs
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-22

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Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Emergency Preparedness & Response)

Area of work: Emergency Preparedness & Response

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Grade: NOB (National Officer Level B)

Contract Duration: 1 year as a probatory period.  

Duty Station: El Salvador/San Salvador.



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 position is based in Country Office El Salvador, and report directy to Deputy Country Director or the designate. Job holders operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.



To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.




Under the overall supervision of Deputy Country Director (DCD) or the designated officer, is expected to perform following duties:

  1. Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.


  1. Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of considerable size/complexity, particularly in the area of emergency preparedness and response, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.


  1. Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.


  1. Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities.


  1. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.


  1. Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.


  1. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.\


  1. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through providing inputs into training materials.


  1. Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries.


  1. Other as required.



OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS (details to be determined by Post Managers):

The person in this position provides oversight, guidance and advise to WFP’s programmes, but also coordinates closely with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organizations seeking possibilities to further strengthen the collaboration and build the capacity in emergency preparedness and response in the country.








Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level


Understand and

communicate the

Strategic Objectives

Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

Be a force for positive


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


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


Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and

includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

Create an inclusive


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 solution

Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

Focus on getting


Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budgetand without errors.

Make commitments

and make good on


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


Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or

escalate needs of external partners.

Be politically agile &


Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

Be clear about the

value WFP brings to


Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies anddemonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.





Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Programme Lifecycle & Food


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 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 fieldsto 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.




  • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
  • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.




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.



National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English and Spanish.


Please visit the following website for detailed information on working with WFP Click on: “Our work” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate based on HIV/AIDS status.


Deadline for applications: 21 September 2020


We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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