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Programme Policy Officer - Social Behaviour Change and Communication - SC8

Timor-Leste (Timor-Leste)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Timor-Leste (Timor-Leste)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-28

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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.


UN World Food Programme in Timor-Leste

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP has been present in Timor-Leste since 1999. WFP focus in Timor-Leste is on building the capacity of the Government of Timor-Leste in the integrated Management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (IMAM), Social Behaviour Change Communications (SBCC), Rice fortification, Operational research and evidence generation including the Fill the Nutrient Gap (FNG) through the Ministry of Health’s. Technical assistance and Government capacity development, with a strategy for hand-over of a sustainable food-based programme to the Government are key priorities. WFP supports KONSSANTIL (Inter-Ministerial Council for Food Security, Food Sovereignty and Nutrition) to implement the Zero Hunger Challenge and has aligned its activities with both UNDAF and Government policies, strategies and action plans.

WFP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Note: Non Timorese applicant will not be accepted


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other fields relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses in Social Marketing, or Behaviour Change Communications.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English (level C) and Tetum


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme and general guidance of the Country Director, the Programme Policy Officer will support the development of evidence-based social behavior change strategies targeting key populations on issues ranging from   Health Promotion, Education, Nutrition, Rice Fortification, Food Safety, and Hygiene, WASH/COVID specific WASH, Hygiene Promotion among others.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. To conduct formative research as applicable for the SBC Projects, in collaboration with the Research Division of the relevant Government Ministries and other research institutions

2. To support the development of SBC strategy with a clear roadmap;

3. Develop ToR for engaging with agencies, partners, and other SBC organizations to conduct formative research, strategy development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation;

4. Liaise with agencies and other partners as required for developing materials and other relevant tools and job aids;

5. Conduct pre-test and revise materials as required before printing and distribution.  

6. conduct capacity building activities to increase the effectiveness of relevant Government staff, Community Health Workers, Mother  Support Groups, School Clubs, Smallholders Farmers, Community Leaders, Traders, and partners to implement demand creation programming for SBCC among key populations; 

7. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners, and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives;

8. Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral, and assisting them with analysis and queries;

9. Coordinate with monitoring team to develop M&E plan and coordinate with other programs to ensure alignment;

10. Regularly monitor and report data for program reports and feedback integration; 

10. Engage with key stakeholders, UN agencies, and other development agencies to ensure alignment with program objectives and catalyse partnerships;etc.

13. Other as required.


At least 2 years’ experience in the following area:

  1. implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
  2. Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
  3. Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.
  4. experience in social behavior change, community development, and training of civil society organizations on SBC programming;
  5. experience in implementing and assessing innovative approaches and techniques on-demand generation

28 October 2020, 23:59 Timor Leste time.


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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