World Food Programme (WFP)

National Programme Policy Officer (Cash Based Transfer)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

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.


From 10 June 2020 to 24 June 2020 


Type of contract : Fix term contract 

Duration : one year 

Number of required employees : 1 


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.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more Senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.


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

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  • Support the implementation and expansion of the existing cash-based transfer (CBT) modality, by improving efficiency and effectiveness of the existing modality and identifying new areas for expansion (in close liaison with activity managers and Field Offices);

  • Provide Technical Support and guidance to WFP Field Offices and Cooperating Partners (CPs) on existing cash-based transfer (CBT) implementation and documentation, through remote support and regular field visits;

  • Follow data gathering and monitoring systems, ensuring rigorous quality standards are maintained; Contribute to building evidence on existing cash-based transfer (CBT) effectiveness for beneficiaries and the local market;

  • Research and analyze policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the developments of policies, programmes and activities;

  • External Coordination with other humanitarian agencies and governmental bodies to ensure alignment of existing cash-based transfer (CBT) policies and implementation (including via the Cash-Working Group);

  • Review and update operational guidance (SOPs) to reflect country operating context while ensuring compliance with corporate policies and directives;

  • Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with Analysis and queries;

  • Contribute to documenting lessons learnt and best practices in existing cash-based transfer (CBT) implementation in Syria;

  • Act as head of the team during the absence of the existing cash-based transfer (CBT) Programme Policy Officer; and

  • Perform other related duties as required.



  • 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 in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences other field relevant to international Development Assistance OR First University Degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences other field relevant to international development assistance with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


  • With an Advanced University Degree: Minimum 3 years of progressively responsible professional post graduate (i.e. after obtaining the first University degree) work experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, education, livelihood, etc.), and cash-based transfers and providing input into designing operations, policy discussions and decisions

  • With a First University Degree: Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional post-graduate (i.e. after obtaining the first University degree) work experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, education, livelihood, etc.), and cash-based transfers and providing input into designing operations, policy discussions and decisions.

Knowledge & Skills: Sound knowledge of the project cycle and experience in humanitarian programmes. Previous experience with cash-based and humanitarian programmes.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Arabic.

  • Please upload your professional CV in English in PDF format making sure to include the following in terms of “Experience”:

  • Company/Organization name and scope of work of the organization

  • Exact Position Title

  • Contract type: part-time, full-time, volunteer, consultant, or freelancer

  • Start and End date of Employment for each position: From (dd/mm/yyyy) to (dd/mm/yyyy)

  • Responsibilities: To mention the main responsibilities that highlight your gained skills and

  • experience

  • A proof of your experience will be required in the final stage of recruitment.

  • Only short-listed candidates, who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised position, shall be contacted.

  • Candidates must get an auto confirmation email once application is submitted.


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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.

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