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Programme Policy Officer/Livelihood and Climate Change FT-NOB


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Cairo
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: Closed


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading Humanitarian Organization fighting hunger and changing lives worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies, and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In Egypt, WFP is committed to supporting the Government’s priorities towards the achievement of the SDGs. WFP’s current five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) is designed in a way to fully support Egypt’s vision 2030 and ensure food and nutrition security for all Egyptians, as enshrined in both the Constitution and the country’s commitment to the Global Sustainable Development Agenda.
The CSP focuses on five interrelated thematic areas:
• Support and complement the Government’s social protection programs;
• Support the refugees and migrants through food assistance and resilience building;
• Improve the nutritional status of Egyptians with a focus on Pregnant and Lactating Women and infants under two years of age;
• Support resilience of vulnerable smallholder farmers and Bedouin communities in Upper Egypt and frontier Governorates; and
• Provide capacity strengthening to the Government and support South-South cooperation between Egypt and neighbouring countries.
WFP Egypt is currently designing a follow-on CSP for 2023-2028 and is implementing a number of resilience building climate-smart interventions in more than 140 villages. These programmes are being jointly designed and managed by WFP and the Government of Egypt and are planned to be scaled up within the Haya Kareema Presidential Initiative.
The Incumbent would therefore be expected to provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs especially as they pertain to integrated, climate-adaptative agriculture and the resilience building of rural and Bedouin communities in Egypt


Education: Advanced University degree in International Development, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field related to climate change adaptation and/or international assistance or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience preferably with the UN or donor-funded programmes and trainings/courses.

Experience: At least 5 years of professional relevant managerial experience managing Programmes for UN agencies, government entities, or civil society in the fields of rural development/ food systems/ climate change and/or environmental sustainability; Experience in the management of relevant programme from inception to implementation and assessment, Proven ability and experience in the development of interagency networks, partnerships, strategies and initiatives.

Language Fluency in both English &Arabic languages



TThe incumbent is expected to serve as activity manager for rural development programmes in the Country Office leading the design, management, coordination, implementation, and review of all Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience Building initiatives in the WFP Egypt Country Office.


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

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Reporting directly to the Head of Programme and with the overall guidance of the WFP Egypt Deputy Country Director, the incumbent is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities
• Provide oversight, management, and support in developing and implementing all rural development and climate-adaptive initiatives, plans and processes, in alignment with WFP and Government of Egypt policies and guidance;
• • Identify and coordinate the design and development of new initiatives and propose the establishment of new partnerships as they relate to rural development, including through the drafting of concept notes and donor proposals;
• Support liaisons with government agencies, UN agencies, international financial institutions, and non-governmental organizations to ensure synergies with WFP’s priorities and to engage in project implementation and/or joint programming where possible;
• Develop a standard operating procedures package, inclusive of guidance on potential partner roster methodology; approaches to planning, implementing, monitoring, and reporting of all SO3 projects; and evaluating mid-term and final performance of all relevant partners;
• Ensure the preparation of accurate and timely reports that enable informed decision making and consistency of information;
• Ensure strong collaboration with public, private, and/or civil partners leading to improved projects implementation and design;
• Support the capacity building of WFP country office and field staff, partners, and government counterparts in relevant areas;
• Provide technical guidance, training, support and advice to all country and field office staff responsible for the implementation of rural development projects;
• Support the implementation of the WFP Egypt Country Strategic Plan by ensuring cross-cutting efforts such as nutrition-sensitivity, gender and diversity inclusion, protection and accountability, and linkages with other activities are integrated into rural development projects;
• Manage and provide supervision to the technical team and liaise with technical counterparts at WFP regional bureau and headquarters;
• Perform all duties and functions of an activity manager as relevant to internal WFP processes and procedures

Other specific job responsibilities

1.Lead climate resilience portfolio to promote the resilience of smallholder farmers vulnerable to the impacts of climate change
2. Support government efforts to strengthen adaptive capacities of national systems and local communities through providing technical assistance and forging strategic partnerships with national and international technical partners.
3. Lead a core team responsible for integrated rural development and climate-adaptive activities in the Country Office.
4. Identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food systems, agricultural or irrigation programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
5. Report on climate change impacts and mitigation measures of different programmes.



  • 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 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 fields to 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.


• MS package and knowledge in database management
• Knowledge of ERP systems


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


Contract Type: Fixed Term

Contract Duration: This is a one-year contract, extension will be based on satisfactory performance and fund availability.

Duty Station: Egypt -Cairo


Posting Date: 2 November 2022

Closing Date: 16 November 2022


WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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