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Programme Policy Officer (Crises Response) (FT) NOA, Egypt, Cairo


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Cairo
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Project and Programme Management
  • 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, religion or belief, or disability.


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 Egypt, WFP is committed to supporting the Government’s priorities toward 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.


As part of WFP Egypt CSP for 2023-2028, WFP is implementing it’s humanitarian response to refugees as well as resilience-building activities for refugees and host community members. Through its "One Refugee Policy" WFP targets vulnerable refugees irrespective of nationality with cash-based transfers to ensure they can meet their essential food needs throughout the year. WFP’s approach to food security is two-pronged; it first ensures access to basic food needs for vulnerable populations through immediate support, and secondly, it addresses long-term resilience building for future self-reliance.

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.


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

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Contribute towards the development of a limited number of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  • Establish transparent relationships with all partners including identification of their priorities, concerns and managing expectations in regard to livelihoods interventions.
  • To assist the project manager in the identification of new projects and new areas of intervention.
  • Coordinate trainings for women and youth empowerment, including trainings on food processing and micro-credit activities as part of the livelihood activities.
  • Ensure that linkages are made between the small and medium enterprise (SME) development and market linkage programs and the refugees.
  • Capture and analyze learning, innovation and best practice of current and past operations in urban settings with a specific focus on tools and useful approaches to support Livelihoods activities 
  • Harmonize reporting, evaluation, and monitoring mechanisms to ensure efficient coordination among actors in all livelihood activities targeting refugees and host communities
  • Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.



Education: Advanced University degree (Master's 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 (3 years)  of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
Language: Fluency (level C) in English and Arabic languages Oral and writing 

At least 3 years of professional experience in implementing Livelihoods and emergency programme  programs

  • Experience in urban development and resilience building
  • Experience in the implementation of programmes and in the provision of inputs into designing operations.
  • Experience in provision of input into policy discussions and decisions



  • 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.


• Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
• Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
• Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


Fixed-term Appointment:  an appointment for a continuous period of one year and shall have a specified expiration date and be subject to a probationary period of one year, which may be extended to 18 months.

Annual Net Pay Salary:  as per the established salary scale with then the country 

Staff Assessment A staff assessment, comparable to national income tax, shall be applied to the gross salaries and such other payments as are computed on the basis of salary, The assessment shall be calculated at rates set forth in the FAO Administrative Manual.

Dependency allowances: applicable to children up to 18 years of age, or up to 21 years in full-time school attendance

United Nations Joint pension fund a deduction  of 7.9% from the pensionable remuneration will be made from the net salary, the WFP will contribute of 15.8%

Medical Insurance: mandatory for the staff member and can be extended to dependents  in a cost-sharing

Annual leave: 2.5 days a month and Sick leave: 2 days per month

Official Holiday: 10 days as officially established for each duty station


14 February 2023 


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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