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Programme Policy Officer (Market Financial Systems) NOB(12 month renewable contract)Windhoek Namibia

Namibia (Namibia)

  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Namibia (Namibia)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-29

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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.



The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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 emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year. The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 11 Southern Africa countries including, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Malawi, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazaville.


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Namibia, an Upper Middle-Income Country, has made significant economic and social progress since its independence in 1990. The Namibian economy, until recently, recorded strong and steady economic growth while the country’s poverty rate was reduced significantly from 69% in 1993 to 17.4% in 2018. This impressive achievement has been underpinned by sustained political stability, sound macro-economic management and good governance. Some progress in reducing the pervasive income inequality has also been made.

Despite these gains, Namibia remains amongst the most unequal nations in the world. Stunting and malnutrition continue to stagnate. According to the preliminary findings of a recent assessment carried out following the 2018/2019 drought and COVID situation, an estimated 400,000 people are food insecure with food insecurity more prevalent in the north-western regions mainly due to prevailing chronic poverty, drought and the prevailing COVID impact on households. Main contributing factors to food insecurity and under-nourishment are the high poverty rate, inequality of the income distribution, and the incidence of HIV/AIDS.

This position will therefore be core to WFP’s contribution to the Government of Namibia and other stakeholders in addressing stagnating food and nutrition security situation while putting in place interventions to accelerate the journey towards zero hunger.

This position will enable WFP to 2 actively engage in the Namibia Market Systems and Financial landscape in order to co-lead, review, refine and develop programmes and products that support a range food system activity in order to contribute positively to the accelerated journey towards Zero Hunger.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, the Programme Policy Officer, MFS, will have the following responsibilities: 

•    Undertake research and market analysis on Food Systems including market and supply side assessments of identified products. 
•    Facilitate financial integration in food systems- associated programmers including through mobile payments and help identify key constraints with more upstream studies, work out and prioritize solutions, engage in policy dialogues, institutional and skills capacity building in addition to mobilizing resources for grassroot based mobile and other payment systems 
•    Analyse and design products and solutions through data cleaning, analysis and visualization and make compelling presentations that support especially financial inclusion for women and youth 
•    Lead in Cash Based Transfers and the development, implementation and analysis of surveys including cost effectiveness and cost efficiency metrics of WFP’s response. 
•    Lead the preparation of business models, multi-sector industry development plans and investment proposals for identified opportunities. 
•    Prepare and deliver training modules for value chain development and business modelling; 
•    Develop qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation guidance to strengthen data collection to track and guide relevant implementation activities. 
•    Provide markets related logistical and coordination support to ongoing project and programme activities. 
•    Provide market related logistical and planning support for WFP and partner technical events and workshops including communications and outreach material. 
•    Provide support in the development of communications and visibility activities for WFP’s market-based programmes and methodology and other related activities; 
•    Provide other technical inputs and advise on further development of the applied methodology as agreed. 



  • 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.



Education: Advanced university degree or first level university degree with additional relevant work experience in Business OR Economics OR Financial Systems OR Statistical Analysis OR Operational Research OR equivalent

Experience: Five years of relevant working experience in Markets Analysis, Financial Inclusion, Market Research, Busines Analytics, Financial and Value Chain Analysis. Proficiency in Windows MS Office and Other Statistical/Data Processing software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); Practical application of Data analysis using statistical software and solutions 

Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.




To perform the wide range of tasks and excel in this position, the ideal candidate would also possess:

  • Exposure to the international arena either by direct work for an international institution/organization; or, if working for a national entity, by way of interacting with international stakeholders;
  • Interest in community engagement and understanding of grassroot dynamics;
  • WFP’s international professionals are required to serve in different locations around the world during the course of their career (including in hardship duty stations); willingness to be mobile would maximise opportunities for long-term retention into the Organization.
  • Knowledge of UN world food programme process and system will be an advantage.
  •  Ability to offer guidance or basic on-the-job training to more junior staff.


  • This is a 12 month renewable Fixed Term Contract
  • Net Salary monthly range: NAD 51 790,01 - NAD 60 076,42
  • Benefits: 30 DAYS Annual Leave, Pension & Medical Insurance


Wednesday, 29 September 2021


This position is only open to Namibian Citizens Only.

Qualified female applicants 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.


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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