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Head of Sub-Office (Prog. Policy Officer/Livelihoods & Asset Creation), Int. CST II, Maradi, Niger


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Niamey
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Managerial positions
  • 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 of the United Nations is the largest humanitarian organization fighting humanitarian organization that fights hunger around the world. In Niger, WFP is responding to the needs of population to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 by supporting government and community efforts on two fronts, including saving lives and changing lives. To save lives, WFP works in crisis areas. WFP is providing food assistance in these assistance in these areas to help victims of the conflicts, refugees displaced, returnees and local host populations. To change lives, WFP is working across Niger to make people more resilient to shocks, including become more resilient to shocks, including climatic ones, that threaten the agricultural and livelihoods of the most vulnerable Nigeriens. Our integrated package activities cover nutrition, school feeding, and technical assistance for land reclamation. In addition, the COVID-19 epidemic has had a negative impact on the country's food and nutrition situation in the country, with an increase in the number of people in need of emergency food assistance.


WFP Niger is looking for a Programme Officer to oversee the sub-office based in Maradi. In addition to in-kind food assistance, the WFP Niger office also undertakes procurement activities related to cash transfer (CBT) through retailers, as well as using financial service providers.


The incumbent reports to the Deputy Country Director in charge of field operations. This is a management role, leading a multi-disciplinary team in charge of field operations. In addition, the position will also support ongoing efforts to strengthen the office's organizational wellness strategies. It is expected that the incumbent will operate with a degree of independence and guide more junior staff to staff to ensure effective results.


1. Manage and lead WFP field operations within the area of assignment to ensure timely and effective deployment of food assistance programmes.

2. Hold accountability for the deployment of CO initiatives, policies and strategies.

3. Effectively manage the Field Office to ensure transparent and efficient people management and the continued development of a cohesive and high performing team.

4. Ensure efficient use of financial resources for achievement of set objectives. 

5. Hold accountability for the security of WFP staff, operations, premises and assets in the Field Office to ensure that WFP security and safety standards are locally set and followed. Actively participate and contribute to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT). 

6. Collaborate with governments and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully deployed at the local level and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of food assistance programmes, including advice on the context-specific transfer modalities (food, cash or vouchers).

7. Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems and conduct timely monitoring and evaluation activities.

8. Hold accountability and/or prepare accurate and comprehensive analysis and reports on WFP operations and performance with regular and timely submission for Area/Country Office review to identify programme support requirements and inform operational planning and decisions.

9. Forge and nurture external partnerships to improve assistance packages and support complementary strategies; identify potential areas for collaborative approaches and initiatives.

10. Develop and sustain liaison with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, donors, civil society, beneficiaries and other partners and media engaged in the field of food security.

11. Engage with beneficiaries, inspect storage places and points where WFP commodities are received, in order to ensure compliance with WFP policies and that progress is made in the achievement of project objectives.

12. Other as required.


1. Effectively represent WFP in the region.

2. Assume responsibility for the effective management of WFP operations in the region.

3. Coordinate and supervise cooperating partners in the implementation of WFP emergency

emergency activities, including assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons, households

displaced persons, households affected by shocks and natural disasters, and ensure the operationalization of the nexus approach.

4. Coordinate and supervise cooperating partners in the implementation of WFP activities to

activities to further strengthen the resilience of communities through the implementation of an integrated package of activities using a multi-sectoral and multi-actor approach including rural development, education, nutrition in the areas of:

- Participatory Community Planning (PCP) and Means-Based Seasonal Livelihoods Based Programming (SLBP),

- The creation of productive assets according to the watershed approach, in particular the development of ponds (market gardening, rice cultivation, fish stocking), the recovery of degraded lands (scaling up of multi-functional half-moons), capacity building of communities through the operationalization and scaling up of Ecological Digital Farms (EDF) and Biodigesters, Income Generating Activities (IGA) for women and youth, rural micro enterprises, etc.

- The organization and structuring of farmers' organizations, the follow-up of the implementation of the SAMS strategy and the purchase of food from small producers in the WFP intervention zones.

- The coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the strategy of progression

of households.

- Community nutrition, especially activities around the learning centers for nutritional rehabilitation (FARN),

- Reinforcement of complementary activities around the schools with canteens (grain mills, school herds and school soup gardens),

- Demonstrating the evidence through a strengthened partnership with universities and other research institutions.

5. Assume responsibility for the security of WFP staff, operations, and assets to ensure that security standards are met.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries. 
  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships  
  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations 
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


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 the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

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..


  • At least five (5) years of relevant postgraduate experience in areas pertinent to the subject of the assignment.

  • Has developed, or supported in the development of, multi-discipline work plans to support the achievement of WFP strategic aims within a defined area.

  • Has gained experience in field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency situation.

  • Has field experience via field rotations or working in a sub-office, and through field postings.

  • Gained experience of analysing political situations, assessing risk accurately and supporting managers and leaders in decision making that is sensitive to this.

  • Gained broader exposure across areas within a function (i.e. policy, programme etc.)

  • Has gained experience managing mid-size financial budgets, balancing multiple priorities effectively.

  • Has experience leading a mid-size to large team to ensure the effective delivery of objectives.

  • Participated in a vendor/government/ partner negotiation in support of broad function or Country Office requirements.

  • Participated in a moderately complex emergency operation/ development programme.

  • Has experience with security co-ordination and compound management within a mid-size area.


  • Education: Advanced University degree in Political or Social Sciences, Environmental Studies, Rural Development, or a related field from an accredited academic institution, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

  • Language: Fluency in oral and written French and English.

  • Context: Good understanding of Niger and Sahel context is highly desirable.


WFP offers equal opportunities to all

WFP is committed to promoting a work culture in which every employee understands and is able to carry out their work responsibilities and maintain the dignity of their co-workers. WFP offers career opportunities for its employees and supports them in their professional development with training and continuous learning actions.

WFP is also committed to creating and maintaining a harmonious climate in the workplace, based on mutual respect and understanding, free of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority and respectful of diversity. WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion in its workforce and encourages qualified women and men from all religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. WFP has a zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate based on the status of HIV / AIDS.

Finally, WFP seeks to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and is confident that its mission to fight global hunger can only be achieved if women, men, girls and boys equal opportunity for access to resources and services and participation in decision-making roles

  • Contract Duration: 11 months

  • Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.

  • Eligibility: WFP is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.


Closing date of application:  23 March 2023

Applications should be sent only on-line through WFP recruitment website.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you do not hear from us within 2 months, please consider your application unsuccessful.


All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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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