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Programme Policy Officer (EPR-DRR) NOA

Jordan (Jordan)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Jordan (Jordan)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-27

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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.


In its Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for 2020-2022, WFP Jordan Country Office (JOCO) added a new area of operation to provide capacity strengthening support to the Government of Jordan in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and emergency preparedness and response (EPR) which is represented by CSP Activity 2. This activity focuses on providing tools, system and trainings to enhance the government capabilities in emergency preparedness and response and disaster risk reduction. It is embedded in the CSP Strategic Outcome 1: Crisis-affected populations in Jordan, including refugees, meet their food and nutrition needs throughout the year.

Five workstreams have been identified as priorities for JOCO to collaborate with the Government of Jordan to enhance its emergency preparedness and response capacity, namely: vulnerability analysis and mapping, emergency telecommunications, disaster risk reduction, shock-responsive social protection, and linking DRR to climate change adaption under the livelihood portfolio. 

WFP is looking for a Programme Policy Officer responsible for managing this EPR and DRR portfolio (Activity 2 of WFP Jordan Country Strategic Plan). She/he will report to the Head of Programme. The job holder should operate with a high degree of initiative and independence, while cooperating closely with external partners and different WFP internal teams / units to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. The job holder is usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity.


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

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.    Conceptualize and design EPR/DRR integrated technical assistance packages in close collaboration with the requesting institution/government body and relevant partners and articulate the WFP value proposition.   
2.    Establish and nurture partnerships with relevant institutional stakeholders (National Center for Security and Crises Management, Department of Civil Defense, Department of Statistics, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Specialized research centers, Universities….), international stakeholders (UNDP, bilateral development agencies …) and national organizations (Royal Scientific Society …).  
3.    Strengthen the connection between WFP’s EPR/DRR technical assistance and other organizations’ projects and initiatives to optimize convergence, concentration, coverage and capacities and ultimately maximize the impact of our interventions.
4.    Lead on the implementation of the EPR/DRR technical assistance packages to government partners (technical guidance and training, partnership management, project management…).
5.    Lead on the evidence generation agenda, in close collaboration with the VAM-M&E unit, in order to measure the institutional benefits of WFP’s EPR/DRR capacity strengthening interventions.
6.    Strengthen the connection between WFP’s EPR/DRR capacity strengthening interventions with other WFP activities and institutional capacity building initiatives, including vulnerability assessment and mapping (VAM), emergency assistance, social protection and resilience building/livelihood support.
7.    Actively participate and contribute to national inter-agency processes and working groups/platforms related to EPR, DRR and climate change to ensure collaboration and alignment among agencies.
8.    Provide technical and management support to both internal WFP and inter-agency contingency planning and simulation exercises at the national level. 
9.    Coordinate and facilitate the implementation of WFP Emergency Preparedness and Response Package, Contingency plan, Business Continuity Plan etc at a country and area office levels, including supporting a) the identification and implementation of mandatory minimum Preparedness Action; b) the identification and implementation of relevant emergency preparedness actions and c) updating the risk registry and business continuity plans.
10.    Prepare evidence-based and story-telling reports and communication materials, conduct briefings on initiatives and projects, and organize after-action reviews and document lessons learnt and best practices in EPR/DRR programming.
11.    Perform other related duties as required.


Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, Environmental science, Agriculture, International Affairs, Nutrition/ Health, 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: Advanced university degree one of the above mentioned fields, supplemented by three years of post-graduate professional experience in emergency preparedness and response and/or disaster risk reduction. Or, first university degree in the one of the above mentioned fields supplemented by five years of post-graduate professional experience in emergency preparedness and response and/or disaster risk reduction.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and Arabic.


  • Experience in emergency preparedness and response and/or disaster risk reduction.
  • Experience in technical assistance to government counterparts.
  • Experience in building partnership at institutional level (Government and bilateral international development agencies).
  • Experience in facilitating / training in emergency preparedness and response and/or disaster risk reduction.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: 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 actions: 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 skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: 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 solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: 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 partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
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 fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
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.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Arabic
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and in writing.
  • Ability to coordinate and communicate with government counterparts and other stakeholders
  • Ability to negotiate with tact and build policy dialogue with government and partners
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong team player who is able to establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds


Applications must be submitted online through WFP e-Recruitment System

Make sure that you answer all mandatory questions accurately and to attach your updated CV in English.


27 January 2021


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.


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.

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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