Programme Policy Officer (Government Liaison) - NOC - Aden
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.
Job holder will report to the Head of Area Office or the Head of programme. Job holders are likely to manage a moderate portfolio of activities that may include contribution to and/or direct management of programmes in COs of moderate complexity, or contribution to policy formulation and provision of technical advice at RB or CO level for a defined area of expertise. Job holders operate with considerable independence in their specialities and may manage a substantial team of junior professional and support staff
To design and manage programmes of moderate size or complexity that effectively meet food assistance needs, or contribute to policy formulation and/or provide technical advice or oversight on programme strategy and implementation.
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.
Experience: For Advanced University Degree holders: At least 5 years of professional work experience, including 1-year post-graduate experience in related fields.
For First University Degree holders: At least 6 years of professional work experience, including 3 years post-graduate experience in related fields.
- Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in Arabic & English languages
- Nationality: Yemeni National only
1. Represent WFP and attend meetings with the UN and other multilateral bodies, NGOs, member states, taking notes, sharing information, and supporting joint information programmes to increase WFP’s profile, and protect its interests.
2. Maintain effective relationships with member states, UN agencies, NGOs, host government and other partners, to keep them informed on important, strategic operational WFP issues. Provide information to these actors on strategy, design, relevance and impact of programmes, organizing and planning meetings with them to advocate the work of WFP.
3. Coordinate work with other government partnership officers to ensure the flow of information and other WFP units to align activities and ensure donor visibility and that donor conditions are met. Facilitate strengthening of partnerships amongst UN Agencies, NGOs, line-ministries and donors.
4. Identify capacity gaps and help develop capacity building of key government counterparts/line-ministries and partners as required. Ensure providing support and facilitation in liaison and coordination with Aden Area Office management/CO senior management and Partnership Unit to clear and sign LoUs/MoUs between WFP and Government authorities
5. Gather inputs from WFP that contribute to inter-governmental/inter-agency work, to ensure that WFP positions are properly explained and considered in decision making.
6. Working closely with the concerned government authorities as well as Coalition Forces to facilitate access for WFP operations, including clearance for the transported goods, staff/contractor’s movement, etc. in the area of operation.
7. Spearhead negotiation with government counterparts/line-ministries to get necessary approvals/clearances to maintain operation capability and implement the mandate of WFP in Yemen.
8. Review all LoUs for government counterparts, negotiate with government authorities within WFP principles, share with the management an advice on legal issues and how to link it with the basic agreement. Facilitate credential papers for WFP CD.
9. Facilitate customs clearances and other clearances, as mandated by the member state, for incoming consignments, including food and non-food items, for WFP’s operations.
10. Coordinate with government authorities and provide support in planning and organizing high profile missions to the Area Office and hold meetings with high-level government officials (Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers/Vice Ministers and Governors etc.)
11. Ensure timely submission of distribution plans to line-ministries and coordinate with Ministry of Interior and Southern Transitional Council/Support and Security Belt Forces to facilitate food loaded trucks to move on to the target governorates/districts and also follow-up with the Logistics Unit for commodity deliveries and WFP partners in timely distribution of food baskets/rations to the needy people.
13. Keep the management informed on political development in Southern Yemen.
14. Undertake/Perform any other duties/tasks designated/delegated by the HoAO.
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
- Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
- Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.
- Look for ways to strengthen people's skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
- Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
- Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
- Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
- Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.
- Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
- Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
- Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.
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.
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 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.
- WFP staff who are still under probation period are not eligible to apply for another FT position.
- WFP staff on FT contracts must have completed one year in the current position to be eligible to apply for another FT position.
- The applicant must be a Yemeni national.
- Only candidates who are short-listed will be contacted
- Applications must be submitted online with:
- Use English language only
- Indicate all your job TOR
- indicate clear years of experience with each job (month/year)
- By submitting your application, you have read the Terms of Reference for this position and agree that any false, wrong or incomplete information might lead to your disqualification in this recruitment process.
NB: Qualified candidates will be retained on roster for at least two years and may be considered for future similar vacant positions.
25 September 2020 at 11:59.p.m (Sana'a time)
WFP never uses external recruitment agencies and recruitment is always is free of charge. WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. The selection of staff are made on a competitive basis and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. Only applicants whose profiles meet the advertised job requirements will be considered and only within the announced deadline.
لا يقوم برنامج الأغذية العالمي بالاستعانة ابداً بأشخاص او بوكالات خارجية في التوظيف، علماً بان عملية التوظيف دائماً مجانية. يبحث برنامج الأغذية العالمي عن مرشحين من أعلى درجات النزاهة والكفاءة المهنية والذين يتقاسمون مبادئنا الإنسانية.
يتم اختيار الموظفين على أساس تنافسي ونحن ملتزمون بتعزيز التنوع والتوازن بين الجنسين. سيتم النظر فقط للمتقدمين الذين تفي ملفاتهم الشخصية بمتطلبات الوظيفة المعلن عنها، وفقط خلال الموعد النهائي المعلن.
Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
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